Melvin Hall picked up an old trumpet at the age of 4 in the basement of his Grandparents home. He remembers blowing into that mouth piece until his cheeks were sore and his lips were bleeding, but he was determined to get sound out of it. Mel went on to be coached and trained on the trumpet, and by the age of 12, he was reading and writing his own music. He was first chair, solo trumpet all through elementary and high school, formed a singing group at the age of 17, graduated from high school, went immediately into the military, Marine Corps, was deployed to Viet Nam where he spent two years, completed his military contract, returned home to New Jersey, and was sucked up by the turbulence, social unrest, civil disorder, survival issues, and, drug culture of the late 1960's and 1970's. Mel made his way to California, Long Beach to be exact, to find his self, and to put his life together. He formed a band.."Buggy and The Boys" did a few gigs while getting very high, crashed and burned, and moved on to another chapter in his life. Mel survived, and, 3 marriages, 6 sons, and many years later Mel was able to get back to his life long passion....music.
He purchased a 88 key Triton Korg Xtreme and built his recording studio around it. He was now able to play all of his instruments, create his beats, write, sing, rap, arrange, record, and produce his own music, as he feels it, and, as he wants it. He was now able to express, through his music, what he feels in his soul and in his heart.
Mel formed Qui Roll Inc/Ganstapa Records in December 2008. He has successfully produced 6 albums to date: "KEEPIN IT REAL"...."OLDER WISER AND REAL"...."GLOBAL APPEAL"....LOVE LIFE AND GAME"...."ROLLIN SOLO"...."STREET AND LOVE" all are available on ITunes and the standard digital supported outlets.
He is a profound singer, songwriter, producer. He has a very unique music style. His beats are complex, smooth, and, fused with love of jazz. His lyrics are real life. His vocals are gratifying. His arrangements are exciting. You have nothing what-so-ever to lose and a lot to gain by checking out the music of one...Melvin Hall aka Mel Ganstapa Hall aka Mel Hall aka Mr Vegas.
Mel has most recently relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, and, is very pleased with his new surroundings.
**Just released his newest album titled: "2DeeP"...a 2disc CD containing 29 all new original tracks...a really great music project.**
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