Young E^ST could never have imagined that she would one day be signed to the very label she grew up revering the bands of, Fueled By Ramen, but here she is.
And to make things even more unbelievable, she's just wrapped up a tour supporting Panic! At The Disco around the country, playing massive arenas to frontman Brendon Urie and co.'s legions of dedicated fans.
As she gears up for her own headline shows this November and the release of her new EP Life Ain't Always Roses next week, we caught up with Mel to reflect on the last couple of weeks with pop punk's most theatrical band.
Now that the Panic! tour has wrapped up, how do you feel it went?
It was so much fun and I think it went well for everyone! Such a cruisy tour to be a part of, and Brendon’s fans definitely helped with that.
We saw that mega cute photo you took with Brendon, what did you guys talk about and what do you think was most memorable about him?
That was so awesome and surreal to meet him. We talked about tour life and Japan (since we were both headed there after the the Aussie shows)... The most memorable thing about him is definitely the way he treats other people, which just seems to be filled with respect and kindness.
In Sydney, the whole arena lit up their phones for your song Friends. How did you feel when that happened?
I nearly started crying when they did that to be honest. I didn’t even ask them to, and at one point I looked up and realised the whole place was lit up. It happened again at the Melbourne show during my last song Life Goes On, and I’ll always be thankful for everyone who spread their love.
We know you’re a fan of Fueled By Ramen, what does it feel like to be on the label now and getting to tour with one of its biggest acts?
It doesn’t feel real... When I was 10 I dreamed about doing the stuff that I’m doing right now. I’m just super overwhelmed and thankful, and happy for myself.
Grab your tickets to E^ST's headline tour here, the national tour kicks off November 3rd in Melbourne.