Millie Blooms closes out her debut year with her latest release, ‘Multiply’ available now via all major streaming services.
2022 has been a big year for Millie, having pivoted into her brand-new sound infusing the soul of classic 90s hip-hop and R&B with modern Hip-Hop. She has already released three very well received tracks ‘Faint of Heart’, ‘DNA’ and ‘Bounce Ya Necks’.
In the past year, Millie has amassed over 150,000 streams which is a testament to her hard work. In between self-producing, mixing and mastering her own music, Millie has been song writing, producing for, and mentoring other artists working across a breadth of genre’s, flexing her capabilities.
Here, Millie discusses her music inspirations with Andy Howells
Tell us about your latest music release?
My most recent release Multiply came out on 25th November 2022. Conceptually the song explores the experiences I’ve faced and continually face in the music industry. It’s a call to arms for all those who like myself, do everything themselves and are continually questioned, whether that is as an artist, entrepreneur or as a woman. It’s about celebrating those success stories, achievements and individuals who continue to strive forward.
As an independent female artist, I am often made to justify my worth and am too often challenged to prove that I do in fact create my own records. Multiply is a track that I wrote, recorded and then produced with my co-producer and mix/master engineer Dan Fry, as a response to how I navigate my musical journey. It’s a declaration of authenticity and a celebration of pride, that I produce my own music. This is by no means disregarding the art of collaboration, as I also work with other people to produce their music from concept to realisation.
Sonically Multiply is more stripped back than my previous tracks, laid out on a chilled beat with an electronic synth pulsing throughout. It isn’t a diss track to those who don’t do it themselves, it’s a celebration for those who do it alone and wanting to bring together everyone for a better music industry, as I quote in the song’s lyrics, “We come together and we multiply, reach for the stars and we touch the sky, nobody left out high and dry, we all come together, and we multiply”.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister, which was released on their Hormonally Yours album in 1992. It’s such a soulful and emotive song and I loved the artists aesthetic and performance style; they were so arty and dramatic, which really resonated with me.
What was the first single you bought?
One of Us by Joan Osborne. I bought the single on cassette tape and played it on repeat until it couldn’t take any more pencils to wind the tape back in.
What was the first album you owned?
Lamb by Lamb. That was the start of my love of Trip Hop, Hip hop and Electronic music.
What’s your constant go to track?
Runnin by The Pharcyde, which was released on their Labcabincalifornia album in 1995. It’s like a family member in my household, always there and always on.
What’s your constant go to album?
In all honesty, I don’t really listen to albums as much these days, but more playlists featuring an eclectic array of artists that I love including; Missy Elliot, The Fugees, Little Simz, Queen Herby, Kano, Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Kate Bush, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Portishead, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, TLC… the list goes on.
Who’s your latest music discovery?
I recently came across 3 different artists that I’m super vibing; Willow Kayne, Delilah Bon and The Waxidermist.
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
I’m always working on growing and progressing on both a personal and artistic level, so I don’t feel that I should define myself by one track alone. However, I would say I’m very defined by my values in standing up for, speaking out and supporting women and marginalised genders, which is reflected in both my lyrical concepts and within the work I do as a songwriter, producer, music mentor and vlogger.