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Kevin Cook

Interview with multi-talented musician Mila Robert

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Soulful and sultry, Mila Robert’s latest single ‘Break Up With U’ is the first to be released from her forthcoming EP titled Gap Summer, which she impressively produced the instrumentation for. The project is set to be released on the 3rd of August. Her vocals are as catching as her album artwork, complementing her fiery personality. Speaking of which, let us delve deeper and get to know the artists behind ‘Break Up With U’. She had some wonderful insights:

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Actually, the first time I kicked in my mother’s belly was at a Sting concert. She says that at this moment she wished for me to sing as well as him. I’ve been obsessed with music ever since I was a kid. I remember that I wanted to hear every music genre and asked my parents to bring me different CDs. I remember having a Walkman and going to kindergarten with it. I’ve dreamed of producing music ever since I was 15, but I had no laptop, and good computers seemed unaffordable. Then, at 24, I was able to buy a MacBook on my own and then immediately received an invitation to study music production at Sound Ninja Academy, and I see that as destiny.

Please tell us more about how your latest release/project was conceived.

The song “Break Up With U” is the first song from my upcoming EP “Gap Summer”. I produced and wrote the songs last summer. This song in particular is a song about being ready to be on your own, finally, and not to cling to the love that you know – it’s good, but you are not completely all in. You’ve got to be honest and break up. 

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I was just writing and producing for myself, I wanted to learn. I was like, okay, just do it every day and let’s see what happens. Then at the end of the summer, I had 30 demos, I chose the best 6, and I was like, okay, good enough, let’s perfect it and see what happens. I called up my wonderful producer friends, and together we polished my ideas. I’m so thankful.

How much do you invest in how your music is received upon release?

I invest a lot of time and money, but for me it’s cool. I’ve been blessed with being able to make money from music for the past 4 years, so for me it’s an honour to invest.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

The first time a girl tattooed my lyric on her shoulder was wow. Last week I sang my EP in Berlin and this guy went crazy and really pumped me up. There’s not just one for sure.

Are there any key non-musical influences on your sound and creative process?

Yeah, I think that life is my biggest inspiration. I just love the whole thing. It’s cosy, people are so interesting, our own minds are insane and I’m so excited. 

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

For now it’s just my upcoming EP “Gap Summer” – watch out for that, it’s going to be great!

Famous last words?

Be generous and kind, put others first, but never let anybody shit on you. 

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