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Melissa Brooks' DGAF Mentality

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Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 4:00 AM
click to enlarge Melissa Brooks - PHOTO BY RYAN FRAILICH
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Melissa Brooks doesn't just say she doesn't give a fuck - she really doesn't. After opening for the Vivian Girls during their farewell L.A. show on Valentine's Day, the 19-year-old budding rock star spent the headlining performance stage-diving.

She favors Doc Martens and cherry lipstick, and isn't shy about hoisting the middle finger. Add in the fact that she's a professionally-trained opera singer with perfect pitch, and it's easy to see why people are predicting that she'll blow up.
 
She founded the band Aquadolls in Seal Beach in 2012, but more recently is working on a solo psychedelic pop project with local producer Aaron Greene. The working title of the project is Psychedelic Love, she tells us while walking around Amoeba Records in Hollywood, the neighborhood she calls home. 

click to enlarge Brooks about to stage-dive during the Vivian Girls show - PHOTO BY LEONARD DRORIAN
  • Photo by Leonard Drorian
  • Brooks about to stage-dive during the Vivian Girls show
Brooks describes her solo project as "Spice Girls but more punk." Perhaps even more so, at her core she's the band geek version of Bangerz-era Miley Cyrus: Over the summer she surfed the crowd at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa wearing a pink wig, and then brought an inflatable flamingo on the stage. 

The new work should be out by the summer, but for now, Brooks is a freshman at Cal State Fullerton and says she's looking to ink a record deal. If and when that happens she plans to drop out. "My parents said it was okay," she says with a nervous laugh. 


Brooks was groomed for the music industry from an early age growing up in La Mirada. Her mom, a Mexican-American with a fondness for Hawaiian culture, enlisted her in Polynesian dance competitions during middle school.

"My mom has a weird obsession with Hawaii," Brooks says. "I actually went to Tahiti for a competition when I was 13."

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