Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Artist Spotlight: MILKK

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Feel good, sad songs.

MILKK is an indie-pop trio based out of Nashville and Minneapolis. Comprised of Pat Kiloran, Jack Vondrachek, and Joel Ogelby, the three guys are no strangers to music, but their band is. They've only been around since March, but they did something that captured the attention of people from all over the world. On top of all that, MILKK already has a strong fan base despite the fact their debut song "Pacific Kiss" won't be released for another 9 days!

Yesterday I got the opportunity to sit down and have a casual chat with Pat through good 'ole Twitter.

First of all, I gotta thank you again for taking the time to do this! I'm excited to learn more about you guys and the music you make. So, how did the idea of MILKK come about?

Pat: Jack and I grew up together in MN playing in bands and working on music. After high school we went off and did our own things for awhile. I moved around to Toronto, Los Angeles, etc, and Jack built up his studio in the Twin Cities.

Then just earlier this year, after a few years of working in the industry, some circumstances came about that brought Jack and I together, discussing and working on a new project. The idea for MILKK just started as something fun we thought we could do on the side. We did not expect it to gain the support it has so quickly.

Then after playing a few gigs with him around Nashville, I met John and almost immediately knew that he was the exact right person to be a part of this band. It was just sort of obvious.

When you and Jack were in high school, did you consider music to be a hobby or did you already know that you really wanted to pursue it?  

Pat: We played in a lot of bad bands ha. I think we both knew it was what we wanted to do. I remember at 14 or 15 being very excited by the idea of making records and touring. It's been a weird twisting road since then, but it seems like things are heading in the right direction.

So technically you've both been musicians since high school. That's cool. Was there a specific person or artist that influenced that?

Pat: I don't think specifically.

I remember back then I was a big fan of bands like Green Day and Fall Out Boy. Jack was really into classical guitar and Led Zeppelin. I honestly don't know what John was into haha. But he has also been playing for a long time. We all grew up studying and working in the industry in some way.

Lastly, the one big question that's been on my mind since I found you guys...  How did you come up with the name MILKK? Why two K's?

Pat: If you want the honest answer haha. We were originally going to call it "MILK" just because we thought it would be funny, but Facebook wouldn't let us name a page that because it was such a common word. So I called Jack and asked what we should do. I randomly hit the "K" key again and looked at it. Then I told Jack "We're good. I think this will work."

It's really dumb, but it's the truth.


Click above to hear a clip of the song!

Pacific Kiss comes out May 26th, 2017, and you can pre-order the song on iTunes (which I have gladly already done).

I hope you fall in love with this band as much as I have. I look forward to seeing where they go from here, how they grow, and the day I get to see them live!

Again, I would like to thank Pat, Jack, and John for creating this amazing music, and I would also like to thank the Milkk Cartons group on Twitter! You are all so kind and I'm lucky to have met such nice people.

Find MILKK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat: wearemilkk

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