Marcelo de Mello e Silva was born on July 19th of 1973 in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His father used to hear music every day, and his family tells he was a sound freak from the cradle.
He grew up with Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Yes, american music like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, and brazilian music such as Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, among others.
At the age of 5, his grand mother gave him his first turntable, and compact records of Johnny Rivers, The Association, The Eagles, The Hollies and his first Beatles single.
The guitar amazed Marcelo real soon, because of his uncle Fernando Mello, which was a young talented guitarist in the early 70’s.
When he was7, Marcelo saw PETER FRAMPTON for the first time, which became his first strong guitarist influence. This also gave him the desire of doing some singing too.
Toy-guitars everywhere in the house, pictures with brother and sister Rodrigo and Marcia painted like KISS, dubbing I LOVE IT LOUD at other children’s parties in the neighborhood. Listening to music ALL THE TIME...
His uncle had a large Guitar Player magazine collection, which very soon caught Marcelo’s interest for instruments, gear and technology. Also with his uncle he used Overdrive, Distortion, Digital Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser pedals, premium cables and strings, Strat and Les Paul guitars and tube amps for the first time.
He’s got his first acoustic guitar in 1983, at the age of 10. Started to learn the first chords on his own, with a basic music theory book his father gave him, and with a little help from his uncle and guitarist mentor.
In high school 1987 he met the beginner drummer Renato Graccia and bass player Cesar Talarico, his first band mates, playing in other friends' parties. That was when his parents gave him his first electric guitar and Distortion pedal. They grew up playing together and still remain best friends.
In the same time he knew the band RUSH and the master guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, that became two of his strongest influences.
He also got to know and listen to Hard Rock and metal bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Scorpions, Europe, Whitesnake, Heart, Mr. Big.
In 1988, at the age of 15, Marcelo didn’t know guitar techs to build or adjust a guitar, replace parts and properly set it to feel and sound better. Through a friend’s suggestion he knew the shops Tiguez and Ivan Freitas. “They taught me a lot.”
Before turning 18 he had the privilege of contact with some of the greatest brazilian rock players such as Wander Taffo, Andreas Kisser, Edu Ardanuy and Faiska.
"I thank all my friends who supported my musical instruction. More than influences, these guys have been really generous with me, as a musician and as a person as well.”
In late 1990 he had knowledge of the master players instructional videos VÍDEO-AULAS such as de Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Malmsteen, Steve Morse and Greg Howe.
"At the time I couldn’t afford a music school or private lessons. I used to study by my self, with books, magazines and friends. Those videos saved my life! I always enjoyed practicing and learning music and guitar. And learned from the best players in the world right at home. Kee Marcelo, Greg Howe, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Reb Beach, I’ve learned from ALL of them."
In 1991, Marcelo started teaching acoustic and electric guitar for beginners. “I already had the desire to become a teacher, and also wanted to make music for a living. Teaching is one of the things I like the most.”
Still in 1991 his youngest brother RODRIGO MELLO was a drum student for a couple of years. Together they formed the band DRAGSTER, that also had Cesar Talarico on the bass, and some singers on the go. That was his first compositional band.
From there he started to build a career and perform with several bands in medium and huge clubs and events.
He worked with the bands Radio Taxi and Viper.
He played in Brazil with Billy Sheehan and Greg Bissonette, Ian Paice (Deep Purple), and toured twice with Paul Di'Anno (ex-singer from Iron Maiden).
In 2001 he became Fender and Digitech product specialist, and was shown in DIGITECH USA website as official clinician in Brazil.
He was awarded in 2005 with FENDER AWARDS, for the Fender Latin America clinic record, with over 400 clinics in 4 years.
Marcelo has done works and clinics, in Brazil and EUA as well, for many instrument manufacturers such as Ibanez, Marshall, ADA, Walker Guitars, Korg, Ovation, Marshall, Carvin and T-REX. In the Brazil Expo Show as in the NAMM SHOW in Los Angeles, California.
Working in other music markets like stores and trade companies, studios, venues and guitar factories also made him well rounded and experienced.
He often works as a clinic translator for major guitarists. He worked in Brazil with RALF JUNG (Digitech Europe), STEVE MORSE, PAUL GILBERT, BILLY SHEEHAN, JOE SATRIANI, ANDY TIMMONS, MARTY FRIEDMAN, ERIC MARTIN, PAT TORPEY, RICHIE KOTZEN, VERNON REID, JONATHAN MOVER, among others.
His main influences are:
Bands: Beatles, Rush, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Pink Floyd.
Guitarists: Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Peter Frampton, Hank Marvin, Steve Morse, David Gilmour, Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Jimi Hendrix, Greg Howe.
He listens and likes almost every music style. Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Electronic, samba, bossa nova, surf guitar, country, new age music, brazilian viola, celtic music.
"I’m open minded. In every style we can find talent and quality. Every music has its moment to be enjoyed. Even if you are a metal player, I’m sure you’re gonna like listening to Bob Marley if you’re on a beach with your girlfriend.”
"I love to mix guitar into electronic music. The blend of my tones with synthetic sounds feels amazing."
Marcelo loves beach and sun, and to practice sports. He plays tennis, he bikes, he runs and surfs.
His favorite dish is STROGONOFF, he loves barbecue, pepperoni pizza, coconut water, fruit juices and german beer.
He likes to watch TV series such as SUPERNATURAL, and movies like THE AVENGERS, X-MEN: WOLVERINE, THE LAST SAMURAI, SPEED RACER and REAL STEEL.
His hobbies are Slot Car races since his childhood.
Professional live guitarist and studio session, private teacher, translator, clinician and songwriter, the musician MARCELO MELLO doesn’t hesitate:
"I fear nothing. I know I'll die making music on guitar."