The recipe for No Love for The Middle Child has a lot to do with the journey of Andrew Meoray. A classically trained cellist and pianist when he was a kid, Maury found himself learning to play guitar, drums, bass, and other instruments on his own. Then he found himself getting into production, producing beats for some of Philadelphia’s best and most known rappers until finally he ended up starting No Love For The Middle Child. Alternative Addiction recently chatted with Meoray about his journey into production, his early ventures in music, and his new No Love For The Middle Child EP, Run For Cover.
“I play cello. I used to be in orchestras growing up,” said Meoray talking with Alternative Addiction about how he got into music. “I always thought it would be cooler to learn guitar rather than play cello. I was young and naive to what was cool. I taught myself a bunch of instruments and I played in a bunch of different bands. Then, I started listening to rap and I heard these beats. I thought it was all live instruments. I thought it was a way for me to play everything. I had a cello teacher and a piano teacher everything else I learned on my own. I remember having a little pressure to quit all the instruments that I had learned except for one… just to pursue one. I never really wanted to do that. I heard beats and I thought that was going to be my outlet to play everything that I could. Little did I know no one knows how to play anything really and it's all fake instruments but it got me into production which got me to where I am now.”
As he worked on his producing, eventually Meoray became good enough to start reaching out to Philadelphia’s rappers to have them use his beats. That led to huge opportunities and even led him to work with one of the most iconic rappers in the world right now.
“I found myself reaching out to rappers in Philadelphia until more and more people started reaching out to me for beats. I worked with all kinds of artists until I got to work with PnB Rock and Meek Mill - I got some placements with them. And that was kind of where my production got its biggest break for me.”
Production is a big part of Meoray’s work in music but producing his own music and releasing No Love For The Middle Child songs has become a bigger emphasis. Before releasing No Love For The Middle Child music, he was releasing music under his own name, but it wasn’t what he was passionate about, which led him to start releasing music under the name No Love For The Middle Child.
“It was time for a change. I was in bands and then I did my actual name as an artist. That stuff was all over the place. I was doing more and more rap stuff every day. You are who you hang out with in music. I was working with rappers all day and my music was drifting towards that world. I love producing that, but as far as trying to be that kind of artist - it just felt like it wasn't me. No Love For The Middle Child seemed like a fresh start. It was a way to combine everything. I was making rock music, then folk music, then all of sudden it was rap - with No Love I can combine the parts that I like out of all of it - I could just be myself with it.”
With the release of the Run For Cover EP, that’s the second EP that Meoray has released so far in 2020. The plan for him is to keep releasing new EPs in small doses every couple of months. The process is being used across the music industry now; it’s a way to have each song get the attention it deserves instead of getting skimmed over and overlooked. Usually when bands/artists are releasing these EPs – there’s a single as the focus song and then a couple of other songs added on. No Love For The Middle Child does it differently. Just because he’s called the EP Run For Cover - that doesn’t mean it’s the main song on the three-song set.
“With this EP and the last one, the name of the EP isn't the focus song. ‘Run For Cover’ isn't the central song, but it's my favorite song lyrically. It's not a single, it's just a meaningful song. I try to think of what I want people to hear and the journey I want people to take when they start with a single and work their way back.”
When you listen to Meoray’s music there are a lot of things to notice. The primary thing to perceive is that he cares. He’s passionate about putting out music he believes in. Because of this, he puts special attention into every element of his production and even every syllable he pronounces on his vocal.
“It's crazy. It's what words you say, how you choose to say them. how you pronounce a word is literally so important. How you would speak them is sometimes how you should sing them - with that type of inflection,” added Meoray.
Look for No Love For The Middle Child to continue to release new music in 2020 and look for him to develop a live show into 2021 when things are able to get back to normal.
“With live music so far all I've done is just small acoustic shows,” said the man behind No Love For the Middle Child. “When stuff opens back up hopefully, I'll be able to get a band together and hopefully play a lot. That's my favorite part about music, that's what I want to do with it.”-aa