About Milky Chance
At his parent’s house, Clemens has a room that he uses as his recording and rehearsing studio. A couple of years ago, he started to work on tracks – all of them from scratch and mostly instrumental. “They were more like drafts rather than songs”, Clemens says. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and continued to play bass in a jazz band for years. He did not start to sing until one year ago. At that time he got himself engaged with song writing and recording, supported by Philipp who now is his fellow band mate. “I never asked myself what I was doing, what this would be or whether people would like it“, Clemens says. That his songs would change his life so significantly was not planned but happened along the way and was and is still gratefully acknowledged. “It’s a feeling in my gut. I listen to all kinds of music and this is reflected in my songs. “
When he finished his first tracks, Clemens uploaded them onto YouTube and within a short period of time the song “Stolen Dance” counted over half a million “clicks” and entered the German charts (#78). All this happened without any promotion. Milky Chance’s new stance was rewarded with many followers who spread the word and thus his music found its way to a wider public of music lovers. In June, Milky Chance was the artist that was most blogged about worldwide according to hype machine. Many major labels knocked on their door but Clemens and Philipp decided to go their own path: They founded “Lichtdicht Records” with close friends in order to work professionally on their music career. “We thought that it is very intriguing to learn and experience how to start your own label”, they said. Lichtdicht released “Sadnecessary” in May.
Now, the whole attention that is brought to Milky Chance is coming as a big surprise. “I was hoping that my friends would like the songs that I uploaded. That’s all. I didn’t think of a professional career in music in the first place. But then more and more people listened to the songs, major labels wanted to sign me and I played more concerts. Now it looks like I am releasing my album Europe-wide.” Clemens is still overwhelmed by this fact. The recently closed publishing deal between Lichtdicht and PIAS Germany offers Milky Chance the opportunity to work on an international floor with a partner that is a global player. “At the same time we still have artistic freedom which was of utmost importance for us”, he says.
Whoever listens to “Sadnecessary” gets a feeling what that means. All of the songs communicate an airy melancholy that is true to the bone and a reflection of the artist’s nature. “Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me.” A closer look at the band will reveal a duo, two friends that have found their identity as musicians at such a young age. They have mustered the courage to go their own way in order to wholeheartedly stand behind what they are doing. The heart of the songs tells stories about self-reflection and self-criticism. This is wrapped in an energetic, fierce and sometimes even spherical soundscape. The music does not need to shun any comparisons because there is uniqueness to it that is both odd and eccentric but at no point dishonest. Even though influences of other musicians shine through every now and then in their songs, Milky Chance manages to create a very personal stance.
Putting everything aside, for now there are only few things that occupy the friends minds. That is to keep on making music and touring Europe. And maybe, when life is well-disposed towards them, new doors to a great career will open up and will offer those two 20 year old boys the opportunity to make a change.
Dec 08 ThursdaySacramento, CA, US Golden 1 Center
Dec 11 SundayRichmond, VA, US The National
Dec 12 MondayNorfolk, VA, US The NorVa
Dec 13 TuesdayWilkes-barre, PA, US F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 15 ThursdayKansas City, MO, US Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland