Melissa Tkautz is a clear example of a star living a glamorous life. She is one of Australia’s most enduring performers and this Saturday marks the release of her new single I Want Your Love with Nick Skitz.
The track was the signature tune for the UK pop rock band Transvision Vamp which reached the number 8 spot on the ARIA Charts back in 1988. The new version will also be featured on the new Skitz album, Come Into My World.
A price tag of $50,000 was attached to the song’s film clip which was shot in Germany. Tkautz told SSO the clip was really funny, with crazy people running though the streets. It is available now on YouTube.
She also preformed the song at the last Mardi Gras Fair Day as well as Brisbane’s Big Gay Day.
I was a big fan of Transvision Vamp when I was growing up, Tkautz said.
We wanted not to change it around too much, so I really had to give it my own personal touch when I was singing and try not to sing it the way that Wendy sang it and hopefully I did it justice.
We still wanted people to recognise it but there is a whole new generation of kids who will listen to it who have never heard it before.
As well, there are a lot of remixes. Some of them are full on techno but my favourite ones are the electro music and radio music edits.
Despite pursuing a music career, Tkatuz will also be taking her chances in a new SBS show called Couriers and will also star in Revolution which is still in its pilot stages.
The performer is also newly signed to Goodrem Management, run my Delta’s mother Lea.
The I Want Your Love official launch party will be held at the Trademark Hotel on Friday 4 April. Tkautz will perform at the Midnight Shift on Friday 25 April.
The gay community has been so supportive of my career, Tkautz said.
I have so much love for everyone and especially to the ones who stuck by me.
They make me want to keep doing what I’m doing, so thank you.
Tkautz will be embarking on a national tour sometime this year, though dates and venues are yet to be announced.
She is expected to release an album of new material at the end of the year, but jetsetting back to Germany first to do is some work with a secret international DJ.
For more information on Tkautz visit www.myspace.com/melissatkautzofficial