Posted On 26 Jul 2018
Following his viral single “If We Want To”, which has amassed over 2.5 million streams, and debut EP which has garnered over 6 million streams since it’s release last year, the Danish alt. pop artist, M.I.L.K. returned recently with “Slow Emotions”. “Slow Emotions” is a summery affair that expands the singular sound of his unique producing style while building on the natural charm of his voice. “Slow Emotion” is the first single from M.I.L.K.’s sophomore EP, Maybe I Love Kokomo, released on May 25th on Play Nice Records.
The Copenhagen-based producer announced himself last year with ‘If We Want To’ which received hugely encouraging tips from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, SPIN, NME, Nowness, Apple’s Beats 1 and Hillydilly. With his liquid skill set and distinctive style, both musically and visually, M.I.L.K. have become a trusted collaborator to some of the front-runners on the rising scene of Scandinavian alt. pop. His collaborations expand beyond the music studio, as he has also been making waves in the world of visual arts – directing music videos and developing audiovisual shows for the likes of Liima (4ad), Reptile Youth, Blondage, Abby Portner and Kwamie Liv.
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Learn more about M.I.L.K. in the following All Access interview:
Where does this interview find you now? What’s on tap for the rest of your day?
I’m in the studio these days. Right now I’m having a little break in the park.
Overall, how do you think 2018 has been treating you and your music career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it?
My biggest goal for the year has been to establish a songwriting career next to my life as an artist. I get a lot of inspiration writing and producing for other and so far its really working out well for me. Surprisingly well. Its a whole new world – and i’m already addicted. On the artist side, everything is smooth. I’m proud of the stuff that’s coming out of my studio these days.
Growing up, was music always a big part of your life? Can you recall your first ever musical experience?
Actually I think music only became important to me in my late teens. Before it was just something that was there. I always wrote poems and loved doing that, but never played around with music, so it was only was I realized I could actually turn my poems into songs that I started digging into music for real. But from that point I haven’t been doing anything else than that.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today? If you don’t think that it has affected you at all, why is that?
I grew up on a small danish island called Bornholm. It’s also known as the sunshine Island of Scandinavia, cuz it has more sunny hours than most other places in Denmark. So in the summertime its filled with tourists, but in the winter its a ghost. And in many ways I think this contrast have colored my mind in many ways – and therefore also my music.
What was the inspiration for your newest EP “Maybe I Love Kokomo”? What was it like putting this collection together? How did the process differ then the making of your first collection? How would you say that you have grown as an artist?
There’s quite a difference between the two EP’s I think. The core vibe and lyrical themes are the same, but the the grooves are different. The first EP were laid-back beach jams. The new EP has more to offer for the hips. It’s still beachy, but the beats aim to make you move.
How did your EP’s lead single “Slow Emotions” come together? Why did you decide to release it as the first track from the collection?
It’s the first song I did for the EP and when it was done it kind of paved the way for the rest. So it seemed natural to put out this one first.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for you? What has been a favorite performance of yours so far? Do you have any upcoming shows this summer?
The love shows at festivals in those magic hours when people choose to go all in or go home. And then my goal is obviously to kick start the night. We had this experience at Roskilde Festival, which was one of the first concerts I ever played. It was a wonderful experience.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period? If you don’t think it is, why is that? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
The times are fucked up. But there is always hope. Otherwise we could just as well give up as a species. But why – I mean its not the first time in history we’ve faced challenges. I think this is extremely important to remember. Without hope and positivity there is no reason to try and fix things. And I wanna soundtrack this hope and positivity. We need the good times – and music has a strong role supporting the collective smile of the world.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all?
Social Media is what it is. I post when I want to and try not to think to much about it. And I think my fans appreciate he fact that I don’t spam them with all kind of salesman bullshit.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
I’d love to work with Jungle, Robin Hannibal, August Rosenbaum, Mura Masa, Badbadnotgood, Pharrell, N.E.R.D, Rex Orange County, Benny Sings, Kaytranada, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Timberland, Polo & Pan, Jai Paul, Leisure, Agnes Obel, Vulfpeck, etc.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you?
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
Trust – the series about the Getty family. I’d love to soundtrack that weird 70’s Italian life.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music?
Where can our readers connect with you?
Spotify and other streaming platforms: M.I.L.K.
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