You never know who you're going to meet on the first day of school. Sometimes, you can end up being introduced to one of the best friends you'll ever
know. That was the case for Clemens and Philipp-otherwise known as Milky Chance. The Kassel, Germany duo met in an Advanced Music Course at
the start of eleventh grade, and they creatively gelled right off the bat.
They got along so great that they played in a local band until graduation. Even though the group disbanded when their drummer left Kassel, Clemens and
Philipp kept on making music. Weaving together elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals, they harnessed a style
unequivocally their own.
Clemens put it best, Think of it as the singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats. Somehow, it's always a little bit melancholy, but there's a
positive spin. You can dance to most of it too! Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me."
In order to capture that, the boys built a tiny studio in the quiet house Clemens grew up in. Over the course of two weeks in 2013, they cut their full-length
debut, Sadnecessary, on a minimalist setup, spending hours getting the settings just right. They didn't need anything more than a rudimentary interface,
microphone, and computer. That's why Sadnecessary sizzles so much.
After cutting the tracks, Clemens and Philipp uploaded the first single Stolen Dance to YouTube. With its bright handclaps, plaintive acoustic guitars, and
his own gravelly smooth delivery, the song became a viral sensation, eventually racking up over 30 million-plus YouTube views and made them the most
blogged about act on HypeM for that month.
About the song, he says, It's less of a story than a feeling. The feeling in the song refers to a certain moment I wanted to hold on to. It's the sentiment you
experience when you miss somebody you really like and just can't spend time with that person. You're sad the other person isn't there, but you're also
happy for the beautiful moments you've spent together.
Sadnecessary, released on the musicians' own Lichtdicht Records in Europe, became a phenomenon followed by packed shows around the continent. In
early 2014, Republic Records inked a deal with Milky Chance to release the record stateside, opening them up to their largest audience yet.
Now, songs like Down By The River flow between poetic musing and delightfully danceable grooves. Clemens remains honest at every turn though.
There is actually a personal story behind 'Down By The River', he adds. In general it's about being in love, but there's a lot of room for interpretation.
That's important to us.
Ultimately, because of that emotional expanse, these songs will resonate loudly with listeners everywhere. Clemens leaves off, At the end of the day,
we're most happy when people discover our music for themselves and have fun at one of our concerts. It's just great when they listen to a song and
connect it to a personal experience. That's the most amazing thing, and we'd love to encourage that.
Led by the irresistibly catchy, danceable track "Stolen Dance" - which has already hit #1 in 15 countries and amassed over 50 million views on YouTube -
German duo Milky Chance are now poised for greatness in the states as well.
The duo weaves elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars, along with lilting, lush vocals. It's a unique sound that is unequivocally their own.
2. Flashed Junk Mind
7. Down By The River
8. Sweet Sun
10. Stolen Dance