Get To Know Millie Blooms And Her Release “Faint Of Heart”

Millie Blooms is a United Kingdom, Monmouth based musician, composer and producer who is well versed in the arts of rap and hip hop music. Millie Blooms has just released an original single titled “Faint Of Heart”. We had a few questions and answers with her. Below are exclusive details on Millie Blooms and her new release.

Continue reading to learn more about this amazing artist.

 

What’s your official stage name and why did you choose it?

When I chose my official stage name, I wanted one that felt personable, one that would represent me as a solo artist and also allow me to feel like I could just be my authentic self. ‘Millie’ is an abbreviation of ‘Emily’, which is the name my mama gave me and ‘Blooms’ came from the sentiment of ‘growth’. I’ve been making music for years and been involved in a variety of projects under many different guises, of which the journey has allowed me to gain a lot of experience and grow both personally and as an artist, songwriter and producer.. It felt very fitting to present myself as ‘Millie Blooms’.

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When did you decide to pursue music as a career?

My love for singing and songwriting started at the age of 14, when I took a work experience position in a recording studio in Cardiff, which was where I was first introduced to songwriting, sound engineering and live performance. This gave me opportunities to feature as a backing vocalist on a number of other artists’ records and also front an electronic music project OHM, which I co-wrote and toured with the studio owners John and Sanjeev Mahapatra.

At the age of 17, I began cutting my teeth in the world of Pop music releasing records with co-writer Rohan Tarry, I also freestyled weekly on a Drum n Bass underground radio station 48bit.com and featured on white label DnB & Hip-hop releases with Cardiff based producers Keltech & Dial Up Records. Through a chance meeting with one of SIRIUS Radio’s presenter’s Larry Flick, I even went on to demo a selection of tracks written by songwriter, producer & American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, which took me to New York where I performed live on his show.

Since 2006, I’ve obtained a BA (Hons) in Creative Sound & Music, delivered many projects for local councils, non-profit organisations and private clients; including works featured on MTV The Valley’s and ITV’s – Must Be the Music. As the music landscape grew with the introduction of social media, I branched out into graphic design & music video production and I now produce an eclectic variety of multimedia projects in my home studio, alongside my co-music producer husband Dan Fry.

Over the years I’ve released and toured music extensively as an artist throughout the UK in various guises including; MLE (Alt-Pop), Dirty Half Hundred (Alt-Rock) & Digital Criminals (Alt-Rock) and in 2020, started a new solo studio project under my alias Millie Blooms, initially self-releasing music and video that documented my experience of the pandemic, with my track Lockdown receiving BBC Introducing radio play and currently I’m in the process of releasing music and videos I’ve been producing in my home studio into the world.

I don’t think I ever consciously decided to pursue music as a career, it’s just always been my obsessive, passionate lifestyle choice, that I got better at through hard work and commitment, that now makes me some money.

 

How would you describe the music you typically create?

I’ve always loved Pop song structures, vocal hooks and political and cultural lyrical concepts with depth and meaning, so that’s typically the foundation of the music I make for myself. I have an eclectic taste in music and take influence from lyrics and rhythms found in Rap, from beats that make you want to bounce your neck in Hip-hop, the no f***s given attitude of Rock and the vast array of production soundscapes delivered in electronic music, so I’ve always creatively sat in an alternative music making space.

Over the last year I’ve been writing and producing tracks for myself that have been massively inspired by artists like Missy Elliot, Kano, The Pharcyde, Run the Jewels, The Streets & Kendrick Lamar and I’ve just started self-releasing singles on all major streaming platforms, with my latest release ‘Faint of Heart’ being the first of many tracks in this vibe.

Another way I get to express my love of the multi-genre is through my works collaborating as a vocalist, songwriter and producer on other artists’ records.

I’m currently working on various projects around my own, including two long term projects with UK Country music artists Paige Wolfe and Eleri Angharad, which I absolutely love! Collaborating allows me to be creative in different sonic spaces and I get excited by the challenge of working with others to produce their ideas from concept to realisation.

 

What is your favourite work you’ve produced so far and why?

I honestly can’t pin it down to one track, I just absolutely love making music! I love the creative processes; the places it takes you and the people it introduces you to. I’m grateful for all the memories it’s allowed me to make.

Get To Know Millie Blooms And Her Release "Faint Of Heart"
Get To Know Millie Blooms And Her Release “Faint Of Heart”

 

Why did you split from your old band Digital Criminals?

This is a tough one… After years of touring weekly with the band, I literally had a nervous breakdown. It was hard to accept that I was burnt out, but I recognised that the only way I could get back to a healthy space, was to step away from the machine we had created and take some time to sort myself out. The energy it takes for unsigned artists like myself to juggle full-time jobs, produce multi-media, rehearse, book and play gigs, manage social media and others expectations is phenomenal. I found myself in a headspace where it stopped feeling like fun and I felt like I was going through the motions for everyone else involved. It took me a long time before I felt I could let myself be creative again. My decision to leave, disbanded the band I had co-founded, it meant I hurt and let down a lot of people and for that I will always be sorry. However, I’m thankful I didn’t lose myself, or the love, passion and ambition for making music. Tough times make us grow and Millie blooms!

 

What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music?

Obviously as a music maker I would love it if everyone that heard my music liked it, commented on posts, shared it with their friends and streamed or downloaded it, but the reality is… it won’t be for everyone and that’s ok! Music is subjective and social media platforms offer us an abundance of it, there’s something for everyone. I like to explore concepts that challenge thinking through my lyrics, that’s where my mind gets engaged and if I inspire or invoke a reaction from other people, that’s a beautiful thing.

 

Are you surprised by the reactions you get?

I’ve been around the music block enough times to not really fixate on people’s reactions. I’m at that place where I acknowledge that I don’t need anyone else’s permission, or opinions to make the music I want to make. I feel really privileged to be in a position where I’ve managed to set up a home recording studio, that I can self-release records and that social media platforms offer space to share what I love doing. I’m just happy that I’m in the position to sustain making music. That being said, I’m truly humbled when people take the time to reach out and connect with me about my records, words of encouragement and support from others are powerful!

 

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

The processes of creating music, the places it takes you, the people it introduces you to and the amazing memories it’s allowed me to create.

 

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?

Yeah of course! I love graphic design, making music videos and thrifting for clothes, antiques and taxidermy. I’m also quite heavily tattooed and get a lot of joy covering my body with art. In addition to that, I love going on nature walks with my husband and we have a beautiful 13-year-old rescue cat Lily, whose quirky calico personality retains my interest for hours!

Get To Know Millie Blooms And Her Release "Faint Of Heart"
Get To Know Millie Blooms And Her Release “Faint Of Heart”

 

What has been the high point of your career so far?

Honestly, my high point is that music is still the love of my life! I’m now 40 years old, which is not celebrated when you’re a woman in the industry and I’m still making music and releasing new material. In terms of high points by general definition of success, I would say performing live on SIRIUS radio in New York, or when Digital Criminals were selected from hundreds of bands to play Concert at The Kings in front of 5000 people, or even getting very drunk in celebration on expensive whisky at The American Ambassador’s house in London, to which we were invited as we won a music video award.

 

For those thinking about turning a passion for music into a career, could you give any advice?

Learn your craft, get good at what you do and be reliable. Stay in your own lane and be authentic. Learn from others, but don’t tie your head up in everybody else’s opinions, opinions are like assholes and everybody’s got one! Question everything you chose to do and know why you’re doing it, there’s no right or wrong, but understanding yourself is integral to choosing the right paths to take for your career. Be kind to everyone you work with, they don’t have to work with you. The value of a music project isn’t just found in financial return. Be prepared to be an investor and initially work for free on projects and with artists you connect and believe in, that way you’ll always make music you’re proud of!

 

Have you ever participated in any music competitions? Did you win any prizes?

Yes, as part of Digital Criminals I won; Rock the House 2015 – Best Music Video Award, presented to us by The House of Parliament, 21st Century Fox & Metropolis Studios. We were the only band to not receive a physical prize, although the laminated card signed by Mike Weatherly MP, makes a great addition when having to catch and release rogue house spiders! So, winning!

 

What is this new release about?

Faint of Heart was my acceptance song; that being a music maker takes ambition, passion, hard work and time. A reminder that I shouldn’t worry about comparing myself to others or outside opinions, that I just had to stay in my own lane, be authentic and quite simply, just do what I love. It very much represents the beginning of a new musical journey that I’m so excited to be on, all be it one that I know from past experience is not for the faint of heart.

 

Who and how many people worked on it?

I wrote the music and lyrics for Faint of Heart and then co-produced it with my husband and music partner Dan Fry, who also carried out the mastering process for me.

 

What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

I’ve got a whole catalogue of tracks I’ve written and produced, which I’ll be releasing throughout the year, so look out for Millie Blooms on all major streaming platforms. I’m also currently co-writing and producing records set for release with UK Country music artists Paige Wolfe & Eleri Angharad, of which Paige has recently released Why Can’t My heart & Wish You Love on all major streaming platforms, so please go and check both of these incredible artists out too! We create a music scene when we’re all in it together!

 

What message do you have for your fans?

If you like my music, you can show your support by liking it and leaving comments online. If you really love it, share it with friends, add it to your Spotify and iTunes playlists and come and catch a live show when I tour. As an unsigned artist, it’s really challenging to cut through the wealth of talent online. Every time you action support, it affects the algorithms and increases my visibility and with your support, more people get to know Millie Blooms.

 

Christian
Christian
Young and vibrant man I am, God fearing, warm at heart. Music is bae food is life. If you've seen this then you know me!!!
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