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Biography + C.V.

 

BIOGRAPHY

JEFF MELLIN (b. 1970) is an American multidisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and award-winning art/creative director.

He’s designed for just about everything; magazines, record labels, arts non-profits, literary presses, food manufactures and high-tech companies. He’s collaborated on performance installations in NYC, Boston and Philadelphia. His video collaborations have been selected for the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the New York City Indie Film Festival, and the Arlington International Film Festival.

As a songwriter and musician, Jeff 's been performing and recording for almost three decades. Starting out as a suburban troubadour and garage caterwauler, he played driveways, coffeehouses, church basements, and subway stops up and down Boston's North Shore before eventually even finding his way to the CB's 313 Gallery stage at the legendary CBGB in Greenwich Village in the early '90s. He then returned to Boston to immerse himself in its storied roots-pop scene, and spent the rest of the decade fronting the Eddies, a twangle-pop group known for powerpop, surf-guitar bite and a touch of country soul.

Recording "Don't Go Crazy Before I Do!" at Q Division Studios. (Photo by John Soares)

Recording "Don't Go Crazy Before I Do!" at Q Division Studios. (Photo by John Soares)

He's since released a series of solo mod-folk / classic-pop / melancholic swamp recordings including Jeff Mell!n Saves The World, Parts 1ne & 2we and Good For A Gander and Love is Made Of Sky.  Most recently he's released singles for London’s WIAIWYA Records featuring members of SHRAG, Jenny Dee, and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground, and a concept album inspired by Bette Davis films with Delicatessen’s Neil Carlill and the late King Toad. Oakland-based poetry press Kolourmeim Press published an anthology of what Epitonic.com has called his "literate, Bob Dylan-esque" lyrics. His songs have been covered by indie artists including Miss Mary, Death by Chocolate, Superdrive and Slide.

With his brother, the NYC-based composer Joel Mellin, he's also helped to promote the creativity of others with both Stereorrific Recordings, a small underground pop label, and Waxfruit Arts Media, Inc., a not-for- profit organization he co-founded to support and create projects connecting indie music with other media arts and the community at large.

Now based in the Philadelphia area, he continues to work and collaborate with creative people from all over.

READ JEFF'S ARTIST STATEMENT

Shooting the Dark Victory video in 2011. (Photo by John Soares)

Shooting the Dark Victory video in 2011. (Photo by John Soares)

"Few Art Directors or Graphic Designers as so attentive to and understanding of the content and spirit of the project. Each sketch or finished work we receive from Jeff makes us say, yes, that's EXACTLY what we mean! The popularity of our print materials alone has increased so greatly we've already doubled -- and then tripled -- our baseline print runs. Some of the best graphic design work I've ever seen."

— Anna Naruta, Chinese Historical Society of America

"I have worked with many designers and Jeff is heads and shoulders above them all. He is a perfectionist who strives for -- and achieves -- excellence with every design."

— Kristen De Deyn Kirk, Port Folio Weekly

"An almost appalling inventiveness.... continues to amaze me with every new listen."

— Butch & Brenda, The Noise

"...catchy and diverse... a listener can’t help but hear snatches of Crowded House, a ’60s Turtles vibe, a cheery side of the Velvet Underground, a bit of Paul McCartney bass and even some Dylanesque vocals and lyrical images."

— Ames Arnold, Style Weekly

"...infectious melodic jangle pop and swamp folk..." --

— All Music Guide

"...inventive, original, retro and refreshing... Pinch me, I must be dreaming!"

— Jordan Catalano, The Noise

 

 

C.V.

INSTALLATIONS/EXHIBITS

2014   City Squared: Philadelphia Abstralographs, Millésimé, Philadelphia PA.Exhibit of Semi-abstract photographs

2013     Time Never Forgets, Millésimé, Philadelphia PA. Multi-projector Abstract video installation, in conjunction with Design Philadelphia Festival

2011     Together/Apart, Hartwick College, NY. Collaboration with Joel Mellin & Catherine Hedberg. Large format, stylized photo portraits illuminated in synchronicity with a computer music composition.

2010    Vortex, Chocolate Factory Theater, NYC. Collaboration with Joel Mellin, Catherine Hedberg, Faurot + Paulson. Site-specific installation for avant garde music performance. "Live" version of Together/Apart.

2009    A View From A Window From The Outside, National Mechanics, Phila. PA. Collaboration with Joel Mellin, John Soares, Faurot + Paulson, Jodi Melnick

1999    Why/POP?, CyberArts Festival, Boston MA. Collaboration with Interrelated Arts Foundation

 

FILM FESTIVALS

Setting up a shot of Niki Luparelli for the Dark Victory video. (Photo by John Soares)

Setting up a shot of Niki Luparelli for the Dark Victory video.

(Photo by John Soares)

2012    Dark Victory, Video Short, Official Selection, New York Independent Film Festival. Co-Director, Writer, Editor. With John Soares & Niki Luparelli

2012    The Shabby Dress, Video Short, Official Selection, Phila. Independent Film Fest. Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor. With Xan Kaplan, et al.

2012    Tumblebee, Video Short, Official Selection, Arlington International Film Festival. Editor. With John Soares & John Clarke.

2011    Dark Victory, Video Short, Official Selection, Phila. Independent Film Festival. Co-Director, Writer, Editor. With John Soares & Niki Luparelli

 

PANELS etc.

2013    Screening Panel Member Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival

2010    Judge for the 35th Annual Connecticut Art Directors Club Awards. With Ophelia Chong, Brett Yancy Collins & Monica Hargrove

2010-12 Senior Portfolio Reviewer, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

2005    What Makes a Great Rock & Roll Photograph?, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. Panelist/speaker on the topic with Nirvana/Sub-Pop photographer Charles Peterson

1995    Guest speaker the topic of Album Cover Design, Mass. Communications College

 

With Ninevolt Editor-In-Chief Jeff Maisey (right) in 2004.  Just months after the sales manager complained that our covers were "too scary," we won First Place for Cover Design from Virginia Press Association. (Photo by Kathy Keeney)

With Ninevolt Editor-In-Chief Jeff Maisey (right) in 2004.  Just months after the sales manager complained that our covers were "too scary," we won First Place for Cover Design from Virginia Press Association.

(Photo by Kathy Keeney)

AWARDS/HONORS

2005 Virginia Press Association Awards

  • 1st place – Cover Design, Port Folio Weekly
  • 2nd place – Cover Design, Ninevolt Magazine
  • 3rd place – Design & Presentation, Port Folio Weekly

2004 Virginia Press Association Awards

  • 1st place – Cover Design, Ninevolt
  • 1st place – Design & Presentation, Port Folio Weekly
  • 2nd place – Special Section Design, Tidewater Parent Baby Guide

1999 Recognized by Gov. Paul Celluci for “contributions to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”  for work with ArtsAround Boston magazine

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2012    Chorus Vs. Solos: a Tribute to Charlie Chesterman. Executive Producer. Compilation to benefit Friends of Charlie Chesterman fund

2006    Waxfruit/Flicktracks Independent Music Library

2004    Pop Eye View: The Popstar Photography of John Soares, The Norva, Norfolk VA

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Soamel Pictures. Video collaborations with John Soares. Director, Editor, Photographer (2010-PRESENT)

Waxfruit® Arts Media, Inc. NYC-based not-for-profit established to connect & promote musicians & artists of various media. Co-founder/Board member (2006-2016)

Stereorrific™ Recordings. International underground independent record label/promotional support umbrella. Co-founder/Art Director/Producer/Artist (1998–PRESENT?). Directed photography and layout for artist branding, promotion, packaging

 

SONGWRITING / PERFORMING

Skin & Bones: A Collection of Lyrics, Kolurmeim Press, Oakland CA, 2006. Anthology of song lyrics published by Bay area poetry press

2011    Three On A Match, Audio Recording, With Neil Carlill & King Toad, Stereorrific Recordings

Recordings vocals for Love Is Made Of Sky with producer Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens, VT.  (Photo by Joel Mellin)

Recordings vocals for Love Is Made Of Sky with producer Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens, VT.  (Photo by Joel Mellin)

2010    Love Is Made Of Sky, Audio Recording, dpulse/Stereorrific Recordings

2001    Good For A Gander, Audio Recording, Stereorrific Recordings

1998    Jeff Mellin Saves The World, Parts 1ne & 2we, Audio Recording, Stereorrific Recordings

1993-1997 The Eddies, Rock & Roll group

1994-present BMI affiliated songwriter and publisher

 

COMMERCIAL/GRAPHIC ART & DESIGN

Art direction for periodicals and special publications including Scientific American, Port Folio Weekly, ArtsAround Boston and Art New England.

Work for publishers, non-profits, artists, arts organizations, science and high tech, and product packaging projects. Clients include City Lights (Charles Bukowski), Chinese Historical Society of America, H.B. Hunter Foods, Princeton Center (Mobil, Delta)

Work with countless indie artists and labels to help them define their identity and realize their personal vision. Clients include Upstart/Rounder (Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets, Upper Crust, Dennis Brennan), Q Divison (Buffalo Tom, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Jenny Dee), Signature Sounds (Mark Erelli), Slow River/Ryko (Charlie Chesterman), wiaiwya, dren records, planting seeds records, ...

More details available at LinkedIn.
 

EDUCATION

Livingston College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors
  • Major in English, minor in Political Science
  • Coursework in Art History and Fine Art
  • Editorial Illustrator, editor and writer for multiple campus periodicals
  • Paul Robeson Honors Scholar

 

References available on request.