I first met Myele about five years ago when I interviewed him for this story around the release of his debut album. I knew he was a great drummer, people talked about his work with Electric Wire Hustle and he was making waves as a beatmaker/producer/DJ – then there was the fact that he was the son of Sam Manzanza, a well-known Wellington musician, a fixture of the local scene.
In the years since – I’ve seen him play a few times, and he’s just released his amazing new (live) album.
So it was great to get him in for a chat – to find out everything that’s gone on around that, from touring internationally, and various collaborations to seeing his new album reviewed in Modern Drummer; the bible for aspiring and professional drummers. We talk drums quite a bit, we talk about his time studying at the Red Bull Music Academy under tutors like Hudson Mohawke and Flying Lotus and graduating from there to go on the road with Theo Parrish.
Myele’s a passionate music fan, a knowledgeable student and he’s emerged as a key figure now across various scenes. It was a great pleasure to sit down with him and hear his highlights, discuss his process and philosophy and to enjoy his point of view.
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