Every day for me is a little bit different, but also, generally the same. What I mean by that is, I have catered my life and schedule to work solely around working in music, mainly as a musician—performing both vocals and drums, touring, and writing—and as a booking agent, with some other stuff sprinkled in here and there.
A normal day consists of me waking up after five to seven hours of sleep, so it’s usually dependent on how late I have been up the night before. I immediately make coffee, and I don’t look at my phone for at least 15 minutes. I let my brain come through first. Once I feel more alert, I dive into my to-do list for the day, which I usually make the night before. I check and respond to all emails and phone calls. Now, if I am on tour, this all usually happens the same way, except I’m waking up in a hotel or near the venue. My “office hours” spent sitting at a stationery location can vary based on the timezone I’m in, but will usually start slowing down by the evening.
After office hours is when I can really let myself sink into the musical performing and creating mindset. This applies to when I’m getting ready to perform on tour, or if we are writing a record, this is normally when I’ll go on lockout and spend the evening and late night or early morning writing. If we are recording, I do most of my tracking during this time as well, be it drums or vocals.
The reason music has consumed my entire life is, quite simply, because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do since I was a child. I can’t really remember wanting anything else, and I feel very lucky that I’ve been able to channel this. My booking career started in college when I was booking tours for Hail the Sun during my lectures, and eventually branched out to work for other bands. I work on Hail the Sun day-to-day now with the band and our team.
The workload can shift depending on what we have in the immediate future, but even when things quiet down, there are always workings going on behind the scene. I book many Blue Swan Records bands as well, and since I live with Sergio, we are always bouncing ideas off one another for tours. And, more recently, Nova Charisma has come into existence, which is a whole other layer of writing, recording, and branding something very special to both Sergio and I. Living together in L.A. has really allowed our efficiency to double what it was before. The desire to continue building something greater than myself, within a community of music that I believe so strongly in, has helped be my driving force since I started this journey. Working on all the projects I’ve mentioned helps push that direction more and more.
The day-to-day aspect is always shifting due to where I’m at in the world and whether I’m home, on tour, in the studio, or just traveling. I have left myself available to be able to take most musical opportunities, wherever they may be, at the drop of a hat. I’m so grateful to have cultivated a lifestyle that caters to my passions, which have also become my career.
Follow Donovan Melero, Nova Charisma, and Hail the Sun on Spotify!
Photo by Ebru Yildiz