MELODOWNZ is an Urban Poet / MC / Rapper from West Auckland, New Zealand.
MELODOWNZ is a Polynesian poet hailing from New Zealand. Born Bronson Price, MELODOWNZ was raised in the melting pot community of West Auckland’s Avondale, surrounded by a diverse palette of culture, ethnicity and walks of life, all of which play a role in his second nature for storytelling.
His debut EP Avontales was released in July 2017, the title a play on his humble hometown of Avondale and all the narratives which reside within it. MELODOWNZ reps his roots with a fusion of hip-hop and R&B, infused with neo-soul and elements of G-funk, jazz and reggae. The self professed slipknot of hip hop moulds a duality of raw street hip hop, balanced between conscious raising conviction with a cause.
During his conquering come up, Melo has worked with Grammy nominated and award winning producers, among the likes of DJ Khalil, FNZ, Skhyehutch, Bizness Boi, Beat Boy and more. During the perfect storm, MELODOWNZ has signed to Def Jam ANZ & SNIFFERS Records, after releasing his first single under the new label in December, ‘No Mercy’ featuring Denzel Curry. Always putting on for the people, this year MELODOWNZ has also partaken in a mentorship programme with global brand PUMA, where aspiring young artists have the chance to be mentored by him and collaborate through their art.
With his first new music of the new decade, MELODOWNZ latest single ‘Fine’ displays the rappers sustaining growth. The gangster groove is a euphoric anthem that contrasts both rap and R&B sensibilities, as Melo embraces the infectiously carefree attitude that defines his name.
In 2019 MELODOWNZ was the recipient of prestigious kiwi honours, including the Pacific Music Awards prize for “Most Promising Artist”. He has sold out nationwide tours in New Zealand, playing the biggest festivals in his country such as Northern Bass, Rhythm and Vines and Laneway festival. He’s opened for international artists such as Joey BadA$$, Anderson .Paak, Bas, The Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, YG, Buddy, RL Grime and many more. In August 2017 Melo embarked to Europe, where he played two shows in Berlin and a show in London. Whilst overseas he landed a spot on the renowned COLORS Berlin channel, where he showcased a slick performance of ‘$on of a Queen’.
In 2018 Melo took on several respective projects, first joining forces with fellow kiwi musicians, producer IllBaz and rapper Raiza Biza, to release their politically prosed collaborative record High Beams. Following the collaboration, Melo released his second solo EP Melo & Blues, where he showcased his duality complex on the double sided body of work, featuring a guest appearance from prolific UK rapper Coops.
An artist not to be ignored, gaining recognition internationally and quickly becoming a hometown hero in New Zealand, MELODOWNZ is on a mission to share his wisdom with the rest of the world.