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Balancing act: New Mexico native makes waves in film, music industries

New Mexico-based musician and filmmaker Joshua Nathaniel Melendez recently released a video for the single “Día de los Muertos.” (Courtesy of Janelle Montano)

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Joshua Nathaniel Melendez is becoming a master of balance.

With his hands in various projects, the native New Mexican is making headway in the film and music industries.

Melendez released the music video for the single “Día de los Muertos” on Oct. 13.

The track features Dontrell Moore and is directed by Dan Mathis. It is presented by Melendez’s Mind Your Own Music and Gentlemen Bastards.

Melendez and crew filmed the video in the South Valley. Lowriders and bikes showed up for the shoot to give it an authentic New Mexico feel.

The song appears in the short film “Inherited Earth.”

“This particular song was done for the short film,” he says. “Adam Ford called me up and told me about the premise of the film. He gave me a theme of the character, who was going to a funeral for his twin brother. It took me to think about all the people I’ve lost and how I felt, how I wanted them to be remembered. That’s where the heart of the song came from.”

Growing up in Roswell, Melendez was drawn to music.

As he’s gotten older, music is still at the forefront, but he’s dipping his hands into the film and TV industry.

A scene from the short film “Lot 26.”

He’s been on set for “Better Call Saul,” as well as the short film “Lot 26.”

Melendez also his behind Mind Your Own Music, a music-themed clothing company.

Here are a few things Melendez wants you to know:

1 “I’ve been featured on radio and TV. I don’t think people who know me know that. The people I work with on a daily basis don’t know this about myself.”

2 “I almost died three times – all of them have to do with vehicles and driving or traveling.”

3 “I’m a huge Marvel and Star Wars nerd, and I have tons of old comics, posters, action figures.”

4 “The biggest obstacle is yourself. You have to get out of your own way. A lot of people are given gifts and talents but are scared to put it out there. You have to put your light out there for people to see.”

5 “As I’ve grown and come into my own experiences in different areas of work, I just want to help people. We launched Latino Beatz years ago to give a spotlight to Latino artists and athletes. For me, I want to help other people succeed.”

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