Many of you may not know that the front-man for the popular music group Rhye is actually Mike Milosh. Milosh is also a successful solo artist and photographer who recently released his fourth project entitled “Jetlag”, which is currently available on iTunes.
Over the past month or so we’ve been working very closely with Milosh to help launch his Jetlag photo exhibit and album listening event in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Milosh on Thursday, April 17th, from 7-10pm at the Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. West, near Spadina) and will feature photos taken by Milosh & Alexa (his wife).
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If you’re unfamiliar with Milosh or even Rhye, check out our exclusive interview below…
1. What came first for you, music or art?
Music came at the same time as art for me. I started playing cello when I was 3 and was picking up pencils around the same time. I went to an art school for my childhood and into my high-school career where I was actually an art major and music minor. The two forms have been my outlets for as long as I really can remember having a personality.
2. Who’s your favourite photographer?
I don’t have a favourite photographer per se, but I love artists like Ai weiwei, love his use of photography and I love artists like James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. I guess what I am getting at is that as an artist I wouldn’t ever want to be relegated to just one particular form, art is an expression, you choose the form to suit what you are trying to express be it music, film, photography…
3. Film or Digital, and why?
I use both but I actually like Digital better. I just like what you can do with it, you aren’t confined to a particular stock, or pre existing look. I love the way film looks, and I admire what other photographers are doing with it but Digital just suits what I am doing. I love the mix of technology and art, I think there are a lot of similarities in electronic music, digital film and video.
4. I read somewhere that your wife Alexa actually came up with the music video concept for “Slow Down”. How involved is your wife in your overall creative process?
Actually she is very involved, it’s why I have her credited as my master producer. She not only inspires me to create and push things further but I view most of what I do as a collaboration with her. She was by my side during most of the recording of “Jetlag” throwing ideas in, helping with lyrics all the way to the mastering process, lending her ears on the final touches. She is such a brilliant actress, I love filming her and shooting her, this idea she came up with for slow down was just something we had to do once she thought it up. We actually kind of do everything together to be honest. All the posters for Rhye (the witch hunt series) are collabs between the two of us, the Milosh music videos… It’s fun times. We are working on another EP together as well.
5. I know you don’t agree, but a lot of your fans think you sound like a women when you sing. Do you think the Rhye album cover may have added to the confusion?
Yeah It probably did. I didn’t realize people really thought I sounded like a woman on that record as it’s me, so, yeah… I thought people were saying that more as a joke at first. I also think because I didn’t release photos of myself people just ran with what they wanted to. It was kind of interesting to watch.
6. Has the popularity of Rhye allowed you to grow as a solo artist?
I think, or I hope I am always growing from all the things that happen in my life, Rhye is just one of those things.
7. Lastly, I don’t think very many people realize that you’re originally from Toronto. What type of influence, if any, did growing up in Toronto have on your style of music?
Hmmm, well in the 90’s there was a nice little electronic appreciation in Toronto so I think that helped, but I have always had a wanderlust, an interest in seeing as much of the world as possible and drawing influences from all there is. I think my specific group of friends in Toronto had a large influence on me. We were all super into music, listening to it, making it… I don’t want to sound unappreciative, I think Toronto was the perfect place for me to grow up in a perfect time. The trees in Toronto are some of the most inspirational tress in the world, and how that relates to music well, then we need to discuss the Fibonacci sequence and how trees influence your creative spirit. Ravine city man, ravine city.
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