5 Under 5000: MILKK, “The Internet’s Favorite Boyband”
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If you have access to Twitter, you more than likely have heard of MILKK. Sporting an uplifting and soothing sound, the group consists of lead singer Pat Kiloran, guitarist Jack Vondrachek, and drummer John Ogelby. The trio will be releasing their second EP, “If You’re Reading This, I Love You” on June 15th, and will be embarking on their first ever tour across seven Midwest/East Coast North American cities in early July. In this feature, Pat explains the slightly odd spelling of the group’s name, what it’s like having such an incredibly strong bond with the band’s fans, and provides a playlist of songs that he, along with Jack and John, have been jamming to.
Don’t miss your opportunity to delve deep into the world of MILKK now. Check out the group’s latest music video for their second single, “Leaving”, and be sure to give their page a like!
Tell us a little about who you are, and how you got to where you are now.
Hey, we're Pat, Jack, and John, and we make up MILKK. Jack and I (Pat) grew up together in Minnesota and played music together for years. We had the idea for MILKK in early 2017. Jack had been kicked out of the band he was in at the time (without reason), and I was not seeing any success from my solo music. It just started very loosely and almost as a joke. Just something fun to do on the side. I had known John for a couple years from playing together in Nashville. While on a (very unsuccessful) tour playing my own music, I asked if he had any interest in this new project. To my surprise, he was into it. So, we threw it up online around April of last year and put out our first song at the end of May. And the rest is buried in our Twitter and Instagram timelines.
So, MILKK. Why that name and why that spelling?
We sort of started as a very light-hearted side-project. We weren't thinking very far ahead. So, we liked the name "MILK" because it just sounded dumb enough to work. But it was "too generic" according to Facebook, when we were making our socials. So, I just kinda bumped the "K" key again while on the phone with Jack trying to figure out what to do. I looked at the word "MILKK" for a second. We decided it was good enough.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
You just keep working. People think you have to have these "a-ha" moments to write a great song. And sometimes that's exactly what happens. But the real magic is made when you sit down everyday, even when you don't feel like it, and build something new. A song, an idea, a plan, whatever. It's the everyday push to be better than before that ultimately overcomes.
What has been your biggest challenge or conflict?
At this point, it's just been a little tricky to work around the fact that Jack lives in Minnesota and John and I live in Tennessee. We totally make it work, and it hasn't caused any major trouble at this point. But it certainly makes it more of a challenge to plan things and get everyone on the same page. I think we'd like to all be in the same spot at some point, but we'll see.
What would you like new listeners to know about you?
They'll have to tweet/insta us to find out.
What is your most important message for your fans?
Our appreciation for them is about as massive as it can be, and we're very grateful to have such a supportive team of people around us. Genuinely can't wait to see as many of you as possible on tour, and I'm really glad that you're a part of our lives. I genuinely feel like our fans are our biggest means of spreading the word, and we really couldn't do what we do without you.
Speaking of your fans! You seem to have a very strong bond with many of them through twitter, what’s that like?
I really enjoy it. It's cool to be able to build those relationships as we grow. I'm sure it'll be harder as we continue to grow, so I definitely really value being able to make those connections now and "hang out" with people, so to speak, through social media.
What do you aim to say in your body of work?
For us, it's really about communicating more through a feeling than through a specific message. You can take our songs and apply them to your own situation however you want. I think that's an important thing in art. They might mean something specific and personal to me, but it might mean something else to you. And if it moves you in that way, that's the beauty of it.
What is your personal favorite song of yours?
Probably some no one's heard yet. But of the one's we have out now, I personally feel strongly about "IDWK" and "Secret's Out." Also, "Leaving." I like them all. Oh, well.
Lastly, your upcoming EP, “If You’re Reading This, I Love You”, comes out incredibly soon! What song are you most excited for the fans to hear?
"I Hate This Song" is my favorite (currently recorded) MILKK song, and I'm very happy it is coming out.