Torstrassen Festival / M:Soundtrack
Melissa Perales moved from Chicago to Berlin in the 90’s where she studied film at Columbia College Chicago. Since then she has organized an international film festival, owned her own restaurant, began booking and promoting live shows and film screenings under the moniker M:Soundtrack. As a concert promoter she presents international acts monthly, often at the stellar indie-venue Schokoladen. M:Soundtrack is a platform and meeting point within the Berlin independent music scene since it’s 2004 inception. She has also been co- organizing the Torstrassen Festival since 2011, now a three day event that takes place in various parts of the neighborhood Mitte.
In 2017, Melissa became the co-founder and curator of We Make Waves e.V., a new Berlin based Europe- wide network based on learning, sharing, connecting and exchange for women, trans and non- binary in the music industry and other creative fields. Her next mission in 2019 is creating together with Antje Grothe (Media Producer) an online open learning and sharing based platform for female identifying and non binary people working in music and other creative industries.
Besides all of this Melissa is a pretty good hobby dinner party hostess. You can find her often up late night watching supernatural TV shows to wind down from all the ideas but her main job is being a mom to two boys, 4 and 17 years old.