Milly

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Milly to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am half Greek and lived in London all my life. Well my mum used to play music all time in the house and I was always performing as a child, I used to put on shows in the living room for my family and would charge them money to get in. I never remember wanting to do anything else other than sing and perform.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I have always been inspired to sing since and growing up I was influenced by listening to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. I would say though my current inspirations with my own music are definitely artists such as Jessie Ware, Lorde, Christine and The Queens. I like these artists because they all have a unique sound with a message to share in their songs. Also adore the Urban Flora Album with Alina Baraz on vocals as it's so pure and makes me feel happy inside to hear it.

How would you describe your sound?
Smooth electronic, dream pop with big meanings behind each track.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest and second release is called "Adrift". Available on all platforms on the 7th June along with a video release.

So, not to get too heavy here but one of my lyrics is "Never mind maybe there'll be another time." Unfortunately I have not had the best of luck in the past. For years I tried to be positive every time there was a missed opportunity and said "Ok, well hopefully that will happen sometime." Everything I tried, failed and it was so frustrating. I'm taking more of a stand now but until this point I have felt very disconnected to everything around me. I have had serious tragedies in my life that has meant times been lost. As human beings we all need growth to be happy. I feel as if I stayed the same for a number of years, not achieving any of the things I wanted to, not going back or forward but just staying in one spot. Another line is "Are you gonna watch me leave this way, or are you gonna save me"? The truth is I did have people around me that could have easily given me a help in hand and they didn't. Thankfully this has all led to me being a very strong and happy person with wonderful people in my life. Proving that sometimes being lost can take you somewhere better.

What’s your local music scene like?
I love going to jam nights all through the week such as Ronnie Scotts in London and many others. I am a big supporter of other artists and I often turn up to jams and open mic nights not only to play my material and cover a few songs but to hear what music my friends are making. There is a lot going on in London so I make it my business to be around as much music as possible!

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have quite a few gigs to be announced near my released date of Adrift on the 7th of June. I plan to record the last of my songs for the EP and write with some exciting people I have recently met. I would love to get on some festival slots and am planning to fly out to LA in January as I have always wanted to check out the music scene there. I also have some very talented friends living there who I would like to work with.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I absolutely love Rag'n'Bone Man. I think his songs are really fresh and I would love to write with him.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
During 1 second of silence during an intro, someone farted so loudly it made me jump and my water went all over me.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I may be a late starter to writing. I may have been told "You're 30 it's not going to happen now." But I want to inspire people to do the thing that makes them happy because, they can. Anyone can. I have a whole list of things that happened to me and I am about to release a track about everyone. Not to moan about it, but to connect with anyone else who feels the same. I have never wanted to do anything other than sing, perform and to inspire others.

You can find out more about Milly via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or YouTube.