Meredi is an internationally acclaimed composer, producer and pianist, born and based in Berlin.
Meredi always knew she wanted to compose. The 27-year-old’s introduction to music didn’t come via the allure of glittery stages or the hedonistic lifestyle of rockstars, but rather out of pure need to express herself. Today, the world seems to overlook composers (let alone female ones), making a career in the field risky to say the least, but Meredi didn’t have a choice. She knew she had to get those melodies she heard in her head out into the world, “I was about nine when I found out that my friends didn’t have this kind of experience of music playing out in their heads, these trance-like moments.”
Stardust is Meredi’s debut album, and a collection of early and more recent music. Meredi’s certainty towards composition, and an old piano which lingered at her home’s hallway, meant she had an early start, “I don’t really remember when I started to compose, it feels like the music was always in my head and I just learned how to bring it to live,” she reminisces, “The piano was always my island or retreat, I spent a lot of time by the piano with my melodies.”
The pastime developed into a passion, the passion uncovered a talent, and soon enough Meredi was studying music and composition at university.
While developing her technical abilities, Meredi had always felt her studies to be a constraining experience, “I felt limited and overwhelmed with prejudices and rules. It was about reaching the mind, not the heart,” recalls Meredi. She is after all part of a generation creating art beyond categories or genres. A generation blessed with infinite possibilities to virtually travel through space and time. As a young and free woman in Berlin, Meredi would be studying classical music during the day, and clubbing at night. The trance of nightclub goers was alluring to her, much more than the coldness and stiffness found in concert halls. “I went to lots of techno clubs and the energy in these clubs, this kind of longing that the crowd felt, was so mesmerizing to me.”
A youthful sense of freedom, as well as a cosmopolitan grasp of different cultures can be felt subtly throughout Stardust. Take a track likeCircles in the Sky for instance, which superimposes a simple, stripped-down melody over such a punctual bass line that it almost feels electronic. Notice how the peaks of intense emotion in Crane, could have come straight out of the chorus of a pop tune, “I never thought in genres, for me it was always about what I felt when I listened to a song,” she says. But while Stardust captures the infinite possibilities of Meredi’s generation, it also manifests something of the longing,and sometimes alienation, caused by these circumstances.
In listening to Stardust, it is clear how much the feeling of longing has inspired Meredi. Every track seems to be connected by a nostalgic yearning for something that wasn’t fully consummated or lived. Meredi says that the melodies in her head will often play full blast when she feels this unique kind of craving, “There are these special moments, moments with a certain kind of energy, like for example when you see something very beautiful you feel very much this longing, you want to take it, to have it, to be that. You want it so much, that you don’t want to be separate from it.”
Stardust embodies Meredi’s desire and need to compose. It’s a visceral and personal expression but it’s also something external to her. It’s her relation to her surroundings, her connection to her past and generation.
Her tracks are as much her compositions, the melodies in her head, as they are compositions of and about her time. Stardust, the album and the matter, connects the personal to the collective.