INTERVIEW: MILQ

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thanks for having us! We’ve been pretty well, grateful for the response
“Summer Again” has received so far.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summer Again”?

“Summer Again” represents most aspects of MILQ: upbeat choruses, emotive vocals/keys, lots of synths, a mix of programmed and live drums, but with some let’s say left of centre production moments. Funnily we’ve been playing this song live for about two years, but with a different ending but we weren’t happy with how it translated when recorded so we scrapped it and wrote the new ending in early 2020. We barely finished it in time for our mixing deadline.\

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Lyrically the song is inspired by romanticizing young love and past experiences.

When new love hasn’t been working out for so long we tend to revert back to past relationships and feel like we let the right person get away. Sonically we really liked the feel of the drum groove and wanted to make a sort of “Springsteen” inspired song but with sonic palette.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We are working on a music video for the song right now actually, hopefully to be released in the next month or so.

How was the recording and writing process?

“Summer Again” like most of our songs was written very quickly from a sort of loose idea, in this case a nostalgic anthem inspired by the 80’s sound and vibe.

We spend a long time tweaky the arrangement, recording and producing it until sounded the way we pictured. Like we mentioned above the ending was re-written and re-recorded late in the process, but even before that we ended up recording most aspects two or three times, just trying to get the sound we had in our heads to become reality.

What role does Edmonton play in your music?

Edmonton is where we live, where we met and where we’ve written/recorded/ performed nearly everything MILQ has done. It serves as our home base, and home-studio, MILQ wouldn’t exist if not for Edmonton.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

We love the energy, and anthemic qualities most 80s songs seem to have. There’s also a nostalgic quality to near everything from that era, it’s hard to say if we just feel that way because we were born after the 80s or if it is something in the music but that is definitely something we have tried to do with our music.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! We’ll be releasing our debut EP. The Ep is finished and will include “Summer Again” as well as two previously released songs “L.U.2.H.” and “Saw You Out Last Night”. It will also include three unreleased songs that we are super excited to share.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The EP is called “tired.” and will be released on June 26th 2020.

Any plans to hit the road?

Unfortunately due to the current global situation we have no current plans to be on the road, but we look forward to playing live again as soon as we can safely.

What else is happening next in MILQ’s world?

We’re working on new music as well as the music video for “Summer Again.”

Stream the new single “Summer Again” on SoundCloud // Spotify now.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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