Meet ALEX MELTON - Country to Pop-Punk YouTube Sensation
If you're into pop-punk music and have been on the internet within the last decade then you've probably stumbled across South Carolina-based multi-instrumentalist Alex Melton, known for his renditions of Punk Songs as country-influenced songs on YouTube and vice versa.
Alex has spent over the last decade dishing out interesting versions of pop-punk tunes in the style of country songs and country songs fitted in a pop-punk outfit with a bunch of other genre-crossing songs in the mix as well such as his rendition of Panic! At The Disco's "I Write Sins..." arranged as a full-blown top 40 country hit (WATCH HERE) and Yellowcard's "Only One" as a gospel/worship song (WATCH HERE) to a version of Free Fallin' by Tom Petty in the style of blink-182 (WATCH HERE) and most recently a cover of Luke Combs' "Beer Never Broke My Heart" (WATCH HERE) taken straight from his new album "Southern Charm" set to drop on January 23rd, 2023 via Pure Noise Records.
Southern Charm is made up of two halves, amped-up versions of country classics and Alex's trademark alternative spin on punk and metal tracks. The album synthesizes all of Melton’s influences, from the country staples played on a loop in his childhood home through scene icons like blink-182, The Starting Line, A Day to Remember, and Four Year Strong. The first half of Southern Charm includes covers of Tim McGraw’s nostalgic “Something Like That” (ft. Ryan Scott Graham) and Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places'' the second half offerings come from The Story So Far, The Amity Affliction, Stick To Your Guns and more.
I had a chance to talk with Alex and chat about his newfound relationship with Pure Noise Records, how he chooses his songs, possible tour, and more!
THE POP PUNK DAD: I’ve been following you for quite a few years. I’ve always wondered what
got you into recording and posting videos on YouTube? Specifically covers.
ALEX MELTON: I think a lot of my inspiration came from channels like Pomplamoose back in 2010
when I was in college and learning about home recording and just devouring all
kinds of art on Youtube. I was in the process of getting my music degree and
learning Pro Tools, and loved the process of exploration. The concept of one person
sitting down at a computer and making a full production by themselves was very