Biography + C.V.
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 writing, recording, and performing for decades. He cut his troubadour teeth in driveways, coffeehouses, church basements, and subway stops on Boston's North Shore before finding his way to the early 90s folk scene of Greenwich Village and the legendary CBGB 313 Gallery. He returned to Boston to immerse himself in its own storied music scene, and spent the rest of the decade fronting the Eddies, a twangle-pop group with surf-guitar bite and a touch of country soul.
Since then he's released a series of solo mod-folk/indie-pop albums including Jeff Mell!n Saves The World, Parts 1ne & 2we, Good For A Gander and Love is Made Of Sky, singles for London’s WIAIWYA Records (backed by members of SHRAG, Orange Nichole, 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 his "literate, Bob Dylan-esque" lyrics. His songs have been recorded 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 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.
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"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
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
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
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
1995 Guest speaker the topic of Album Cover Design, Mass. Communications College
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
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
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
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
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
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, ...
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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.