After spending the last few months releasing a broad array of textured delights, Bristol-based artist Milo Gore has now returned with his sensational new EP 'As you hear me now, you listen to my past'.
Channelling a bold and euphoric indie-rock direction from start to finish, 'As you hear me now, you listen to my past' makes for an incredibly passionate return from the singer, songwriter and producer. Filled with blistering pace, vibrant hooks, and his own shimmering voice layered throughout, this new offering proves that he is firmly on the rise right now.
So with the new EP available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Ooh that’s a tough one.. but I would say it’s got to be the guitar, as it was the instrument I first truly appreciated. Although now I find myself much more drawn to the piano. Piano was actually the first instrument I took up, but I was so young and had the attention span of a fish, so sadly I stopped taking lessons. It’s got to be one of my biggest regrets.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
My music taste really came to me through my parents and my grandparents. I’ve got to admit, I absolutely loved the classic ballads. My grandad’s all time favorite was Frank Sinatra, and so I listened to a lot of him. To be honest though, I never really found myself listening to one genre more than any other. I just listened to what I was feeling at the time. When you're a teenager, you go through some much growth and so many emotions, I think it’s too hard to pin one specific genre or type of music down.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Hmm I’d probably have to go with something like ‘Holocene’ by Bon Iver. It’s just a stunning track. I will never get tired of hearing it. I’ve always found this question far too hard to answer though.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not really.. although the environment matters a lot to me. I find it difficult to write in stressful, busy situations. I need to be able to lose myself in the music I’m making.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to a hell of a lot of Black Foxxes. They’re absolutely class. The energy and passion with which the frontman Mark Holley sings is just so captivating. You properly feel what he is saying, and for me that is so important the music I listen to.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
A fair few to be honest. Although I couldn’t put an actual number to it, as I honestly wouldn’t be able to remember. I write about real life experiences and things I’ve been through, and that often involves friends, family, loved ones, and of course lost love. Saying that though, a lot of music is about me, my head and my mental health. I guess it just depends on what is going on in my life at the time.
What has been the funniest or most unusual moment in your career so far?
I think one of the funniest moments has got to be when I turned up to a gig on the back of a pick-up truck haha. My little red van had broken down on the way from Falmouth to Exeter, where I was supporting my friends Pattern Pusher. My drummer and I turned up in the back of a pick-up truck, with my little van on the back, and with only 15 mins till we were meant to be on stage! The Pattern Pusher team then came out and helped push my van into a parking space, while me and my band ran to get ready! I’m sure it was very stressful at the time, however, looking back, it just makes me laugh so much!
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Ben Howard. No question. He is my hero. He’s the reason I got into music. Which is hilarious, as my best mate, Christina, who actually plays in my band, supported Ben when he toured in Holland in 2019 haha. So she’s been there, done that! She is amazing, she plays under the name FARE and actually features throughout my new EP, especially with a verse on my song ‘Chilli’.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
To this day, I still want to work with animals. I don’t really know what I would do in that area of work.. but there we go! I absolutely love dogs, so maybe I should become a dog groomer/walker haha!
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Do your thing, focus on yourself and your art. As long as it means something to you, then no one else matters.
Milo Gore's new EP 'As you hear me now, you listen to my past' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.