Cameron, North Carolina Vs. The World!
It’s time to introduce to all of you the man behind your favorite film photos shot in the underground today. One of our brothers who goes by MELSDEAD has been growing his iconic portfolio of film with known faces in each of his shots. Separating himself more than others he has shots from many great artists despite the fact of coming from a small town in North Carolina. After really stepping to the forefront with his legendary shots we’ve took the time to sit down with the man himself to get an insight of his daily life & what inspired him to pursue photography on this addition to our Q&A series. MEL is not only our brother here at Us Versus The World but he’s soon to be your new favorite film photographer if he’s not already!
Q: What’s your name & where you from?
A: Mel Medlin, mel is my nickname but i’ve always gone by it. I’m from Cameron, North Carolina. if you know who Jeff & Matt Hardy are from WWE they live like right down the road from where i grew up.
Q: What’s a normal day like for “Melsdead”?
A: I just go wherever money takes me.
Q: What made you want to start shooting film?
A: My Mom. She’s super gifted at taking photos, my family has always been artistically inclined but seeing what a film photo can do to you emotionally is what made me gravitate towards it. There are so many feelings I have invested in each one of the photos I take, so the process comes naturally.
Q: How’d you get so deeply involved in the Charlotte scene, like with the artists & what not?
A: When I first started taking photos I was just bringing my camera to parties and shooting with my friends. I had already been tied in the local music scene supporting my friends and after i started posting my content, different artists started to hit me up. i guess it was a wrap after that.
Q: If you could bring any one back to life who would it be & why?
A: There’s so many people that I wish had never gone but I really believe in my lifetime, the future rerouted when A$AP Yams passed. He’s a legend I’m really inspired by. Peep & X too.
Q: Who/What inspires you the most?
A: I get inspiration from something different constantly, but seeing my people win and looking at what/where i came from really helps to put things into perspective.
Q: How old are you?
Q: Favorite thing to do when you’re not shooting?
A: It really depends on my mood, I fuck with just kicking shit but at the same time I want to go do something different, I just don’t like to stay stagnant.
Q: Where do you see yourself 2 years from now?
A: 2 years from now I’ll definitely be able to say my team & I are racked up somewhere exclusive plotting the next move.
Q: Favorite streetwear brands right now?
A: FELT & Cruwelf are two brands I’m holding close to my heart but I also really fuck with H33M, illegal innocence, Absent and of course the legends FTP & Foulplay.
Q: Last song you listened to?
A: Lucki – Live It.
Q: Who’s your go to underground artist(s) right now?
A: I’ve been listening to SLIME DOLLAZ, 10CELLPHONES, BBY GOYARD, LIL XELLY, BRAINDEAD, BIGBABYGUCCI & SLIMESITO alot lately, they’re all going super crazy right now.
Q: How would you describe yourself to someone who’s not familiar with you/your work?
Q: Craziest thing that’s happened in your life so far?
A: I really wish i could pick something specific but there’s always some other shit going on, i fuck with that though.
Q: What’s next for Melsdead?
A: I just want to keep growing and keep learning, I’m so proud of my team at UsVersusWorld for how far we’ve come in so little time. This is just the beginning so everyone will just have to wait for what’s next.