Milky Chance is a German duo consisting of
Rehbein and Philipp Dausch. The band has a unique sound that combines a
smooth singer-songwriter sound with jagged, upbeat tones of electronic
Their song ďStolen DanceĒ has blown up the
music scene over the past year. It currently has over 160 million views
on YouTube. You most likely have heard the song playing on the radio
recently, or in stores near you.
The band is currently venturing across North
American on tour, stopping at the Skyline Stage at the Mann in
Philadelphia on July 28. Then, after the road trip, Milky Chance hopes
to put out a new album sometime next year.
Recently, we hooked up with lead singer
Reihben, who talked with us about the bandsí experiences and goals.
I wanted to ask about
your band name. Itís obviously very unique. How did you come up with it?
I came up with that name when I was younger. When I was
starting songwriting Ė about the age of fourteen or fifteen or
something. Really, thereís no meaning in the band name. Itís very
different from when it began. It just sounds really weird.
would you describe your music?
I think weíd call it "danceable melancholy." That kind of
consumes it all. It is different sides of music, but it works. Itís a
lot of singer/songwriter stuff mixed with electronic beats. Danceable
melancholy is a bit more lyrical and this combination, I like it a lot.
Obviously your song
ďStolen DanceĒ has become pretty popular. What can you tell me about it?
It took me two and a half years to write that song and
finish it. It took a while to polish it up Ė the chorus and pretty much
all of it, actually. These words were always stuck in my head and so I
decided to work with them again two years later. Itís about a mixture of
being young and naive and getting a lesson, really knowing about things,
relationships and people. The verse is about getting older and knowing
people. The chorus is about being naive.
Whatís next for you
Well weíve got our upcoming North American tour now, so
itíll be a lot of on the road this year. Then weíll take a break. Calm
down and have some privacy, do some other stuff. We want to record new
stuff in winter. About January, I guess. I finished writing new songs
with my guitar. Then weíre releasing a second album next year. I donít
know exactly when itíll be, but thatís the plan for now.
You talked about
touring. What would you say is the best part about touring for you?
Being on the road, the feeling that youíre on the move and
able to see the world. Itís always felt very free. The feeling of being
free, not having the life where you wake up in the morning, go to work,
get home in the evening and then you watch TV or something. When you do
shows you have a team. You go and do concerts all the time in the
evening and the night. You really do have this really cool feeling.
sounds cool. What would you say is the best place that youíve ever
Oh man, itís hard to pick favorites. Weíve played so many
different countries, so many different concert venues for different
people. There are always so many wonderful people with wonderful
natures. Every place seems amazing.
Obviously you have
collaborative partners in the creative process. What is that like for
For me and Philipp it was very easy because we both know
each other very well. We know what each of us can do and what we canít
do. We have our roles. I do the songwriting because thatís what I always
did. We also work together. We produce the songs together. We have the
same taste in music and the same ears. If someone has an idea, itís
like, ďOh yeah, thatís exactly what I was thinking!Ē Itís always very
coincidental. We have something thatís very comfortable and really very
useful. It can also be very complicated too.
How do you think
social media helps you reach out to fans?
Itís very important nowadays. Itís the main media that we
use. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: we use all of them to
inform and connect with fans and the people who pay attention to us.
Itís very important to communicate with people and we can do that there.
Who would you say
inspires you as artists?
A lot of different artists of course, but also our friends.
We have a lot of friends who play instruments and are very interested in
music. We both had a great education. We learned all about music
history, so I guess all the people that we have gotten to know by now
have been an inspiration of sorts. We also get inspiration from older
stuff. We play some Ray Charles and stuff like Duke Ellington, but also
newer stuff Ė especially singer songwriters, and electronic music.
Thereís a big electronic music scene in Germany that we really like.
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