Miloux is en route to winning over our ears, with her slick beat-ed tracks accompanied by a mystical vocal aura. From releasing her first EP, EP 1, only a month ago, she has already received praise for her authentic, harmonically weaved and in-sync songs.
This week, Miloux filled us in on the charms of being a young music artist, her hopes and dreams, and why she does the good deed of making music.
The latest Jono Das Stolen Cadillac Remix of Miloux’s “Pocket” has just arrived on a silver platter (exclusive to WG, we might add) and it is sure to bring you to a place of musical oasis. The opening orchestra is somewhat out of this world, gravitating around a classical string backdrop mixed with a jazzy/bass-y electronic groove. Long story short, it just makes you wanna sway.
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Where did the urge to pursue music come from?
Looking back, music has always shaped my life, and been the hobby that always made me the happiest and most excited. The soundtrack of my life is vivid and important, and new discoveries or favourite pieces have genuinely set the tone of my life at points along the way, since I was a very young child. I didn’t actually realise I could/should pursue music as my own career until I studied jazz at university, and began meeting other people in that industry, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? How has life changed for you since that moment?
The first finished composition I wrote was at about age 12, called “Come Around” — it's actually a pretty cute jazz/neo-soul song.. I was obsessed with Lauryn Hill at the time, and the lyrics are cringingly derivative. I got to perform it a year or two later with actual grown-up jazz musicians at Rakinos, too. It was terrifying.. I gave them very messy chord charts.
What's the first country you'd like to tour?
Assuming I’ll tick NZ off the list soon— My two biggies are definitely Japan and the States. I love to travel and these are both places I’ve never been to. Japan just looks incredible and has such an amazing and varied music scene, and America is so enormous and interesting that it would be super cool to tour through as many different cities as possible. Perhaps more realistically though, Australia!
Who do you write music for?
Definitely myself, for catharsis, but also to create the exact sound I’m wanting to hear at that particular time. I’m really enjoying learning and experimenting with electronic production, so will often end up listening to a finished instrumental track on repeat for days/weeks/months without the vocals, and tweaking it 'til its perfect.. This is how I know I love a track, and if I don’t, it will never be released.
Lyrics are often about deeply personal subjects so often I purposefully make them a little ambiguous, too — I want people to relate to them, but they are also my own little documentation for myself, of myself.
“Pocket” is your number-one-played song on Spotify, can you give us some insight into what it's about?
Pocket is about the deep regret that comes when you think or realise you have lost a lot of time and screwed things up in a relationship, or several relationships (not just romantic). In this case it is because of the disconnect that comes with deep depression, or feelings of inadequacy. So, it's a little bleak. But there’s also an element of hope, which comes with realisation and wanting to move forward.
What influences do you turn to in making your music?
It’s always been finding new (or very old) music which is so great it instantly makes me have to write something of my own, right there and then. It could be a completely unrelated genre to mine! At the moment this includes artists and producers like Kaytranada, Tom Misch, and badbadnotgood.
Which current artist would you most like to perform live with, or do a collaboration with, and why?
That’s a ridiculously hard question!! Definitely in the top ten would be Robert Glasper. He’s just a master of re-harmony, beautiful chords.. I’d love to just go crazy on improvisations over that.
Robert, if you’re reading this...
What or where would you describe as your music-making-haven?
A nice, dead-quiet studio... One day. At the moment, I have a very messy non-haven music-making-haven in my study, with a cat, which is pretty good.
Do you have a number one fan?
Rachel Rhodes of Nottingham, England.
What album are you listening to at the moment?
A Moon Shaped Pool (Radiohead), Fingertips EP (Vera Blue) and The Colour in Anything (James Blake) — all brilliant.
Favourite all time song?
Pass! Maybe After the Gold Rush or Birds by Neil Young. Or an acoustic Old Man.
What are your thoughts on fame? Do you want to be famous?
Fame seems actually crazy, now with social media at the point where people seem to actually feel that they are entitled to be party to every detail of someones private life. Let's be completely honest though, being able to collaborate with people that you would never be able to otherwise, travel the world and connect with people, create music videos, documentation, dance with big budgets... That would all be amazing. That level of success would seem to be aligned with a certain level of fame.
Would I appreciate being acknowledged by other artists that I look up to in my field? Definitely.
Would I like people to chase me down the street so they can Instagram me buying some milk? No thank you.