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ARTIST INTERVIEW: KYLER MILS


Interview


What first got you into music?


I grew up in a small town called Courlay, where I didn’t have access to internet as a kid, so I’d get to the family piano and I would play the Fort Boyard theme for hours (it’s a TV show in France). That’s my earliest memory about music, I guess… I also remember that I used to make music on Audacity, singing the synopsis of my books and creating beats with everything I could find! So, I think I started making music when I was very young and I stuck to it!



What is “Dressing up to nowhere” and why is it so relaxing?


Dressing up to go nowhere is my latest two-track single, containing the songs “Dressing up to go nowhere” and “Healed”. It’s my most personal project so far. I wanted to go back to simple and comforting sounds like the Mellotron, this perfect instrument that I fell in love with, listening to Jack Antonoff’s productions. Mellotron is such a relaxing instrument that’s why my two songs sound so chill and relaxing.



What memorable responses have you had to your work?


Someone once told me that my music would help them at 3AM in the middle of an insomnia, contemplating the rain through the window… That’s the best compliment you can ever tell me! I like to think that I can help people with my music, after all that’s what I do for a living!



Can you write what was your best performance in your career? How do you remember it?


My best performance is not out yet unfortunately, but it might be by the time you read this! It’s a cover of “cœur déjà pris” by the French singer Alizée; written and produced by Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, my idols. This song is one of the greatest ever made so I had to do something special about it, and that’s what I did! I can’t tell you more about it but it’s my greatest performance to date.


I think I had this crazy idea about making a cover to this song at 4AM on New Year’s Day, and I knew I had to make something special, so, I took my mic and my camera and I recorded this video, hoping people will like it.



What are you most proud of?


I think what I am the proudest of is getting out of bed every morning and making something new every day. As a former depressed person, I know that getting up can be hard, and creating content even harder, but now I’m proud of myself because I know that I can make great things even if I’m still sick. That’s why I made a music video for my song “Delta”, that I'm very proud of as well, to remember that I can do something with my life even if something’s pulling me.



Do you have a mentor or coach?


Not really, but I have two incredible best friends that also make music and that push me to show the best of me every single day.


How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?


My opinion is quite mixed; I know that the internet is great and that I can help artists such as me to grow, it’s also a great place to meet new people and start a career “at home” but I find it sad that the CD market is decaying because of streaming platforms. I would love to go back to a time where the CD was something big and where people cared to release music on a beautiful piece of art – when album cover arts really mattered. Though, I’m glad that Apple Music and Spotify exist, it allows me to deliver music worldwide. I even get streams from India!



What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an artist?


Making the best content ever!



What message do you want to leave to your fans?


I don’t know if I’m comfortable with the word “fans” but I’d say to them that no matter how deep you are in your depression, you can always find a way to go back to the surface. Yes, I’m assuming that all of my fans are depressed. I would also add that you’re not alone, we’re here too, and as long as I live, I will make music that can carry you to a safe place.



Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Of course I do! Also, I would like to thank you guys at Pigeon Opinion for making all of our dreams come through as young artists. As it can be hard to get heard sometimes, medias like you help independent musicians to grow a fanbase and I think it’s the best thing a magazine could do!


Review

In "Dressing Up To Go Nowhere" you can't beat a heartbreak. Kyler Mils joins Blur's "13" or "The Glow Pt.2" in encapsulating heartbreak intrinsically, through discreet and soft keys that generate intimacy in its pure state and through Mils' whispered and genuine performance.

"Dressing Up To Go Nowhere" does more with less through minimalist strings, and very few orchestral refinements. These piano spells give rise to passionate shimmering melodies that contrast with the sadness present in Kyler's desperate existential crisis. This single perfectly represents the feeling I get when I don't feel like doing anything, but go to take a bath in a failed attempt not to collapse back into bed without any will to exist...




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