Bristol based dance music crew Millions Like Us have been tearing it up over the last couple of years with their trademark blend of dubstep and drum & bass, and along the way they’ve picked up some big love from the likes of Skream, Benga and Mistajam. Having emerged from a background in live music the trio, made up of Tom, Ian and Chris, combined and transferred their musical prowess to the dancefloor destroying material they’ve come to be known for.
Recent releases include their brilliant D&B remix of Clement Marfo’s ‘Champion’ and the massively succesful equinox EP on D-Style Records, and with plenty more on the horizon Millions Like Us are without doubt one to keep your eye on! We caught up with the guys for an interview…
What’s been keeping you busy lately?
We’ve been locked away for a couple of months now working on new material. We’re in the process of finishing off some new tunes and then we’ll be releasing them. We’ve also done a couple of remixes of late. Clement Marfo’s “Champion” and Bruno Barudi’s “Like A Stone”.
Tell us about your musical background, and how did you come together to form Millions Like Us?
We were all involved in music from an early age. Ian and I (Tom) are brothers, so played in a few covers/original bands together in our teens. I joined Chris’ band in Brighton after replying to a gumtree ad and passing a rigorous audition process (!). At the time, Ian and I were producing drum and bass on the side. Once the band split, we decided to come together and write music. Millions Like Us was “born”, so to speak!
Having come from live music backgrounds, how did you first get into electronic music?
Well speaking personally, I was into dance music from about 13 years old. I sort of chopped and changed a bit and got really into rock/metal/punk when I started playing Bass Guitar at 15. Then when I went to college I discovered Drum and Bass due to going to clubs/parties etc. When I went to study music I ended up living with 3 DJS so it was inevitable that I’d learn to mix. It just went from there and I started wanting to produce, so I bought a computer and started picking up what I could from other producer friends.
In terms of your own musical style who have been your biggest influences?
Pendulum were a massive influence from back when “Vault” came out. Noisia are an influence too, they’re just so inventive and they’re mix downs are always top notch! Amon Tobin is crazy too, so experimental!
You’ve been moving varying your tempos a lot recently, what is it about that kind of variety that appeals to you?
It’s just that – variety. We like so many different styles so get excited to try new things out. We never wanted to be known as just a “Dubstep Group” or anything like that, so mixing up tempos keeps things fresh for us and the listener.
How has your production style evolved?
Well hopefully it’s ever improving! Our ears seem to change pretty much weekly. One week you think something is spot on and the next it’s s**t! As for the style, it hasn’t varied that much – we still use Logic Pro on a Mac and various third party plug ins. Obviously we’re always learning new tips and tricks so implement them where we see fit.
What does the rest of 2012 have in store for Millions Like Us?
More writing and more DJing! Check our social media for our dates.
What 3 tracks sum you up best?
Lovechild – Liberta (Moonman Remix)
NOFX – The Pharmacist’s Daughter
Jonnie Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
Who, for you, is the most exciting DJ or producer in the world right now?
Hmmm, couldn’t pick one! Right now we’re into Disclosure, Maribou State, Harmonimix etc… But it’ll change next week!
And finally, what can we expect from your set at Chew The Fat’s HENCH records takeover at Cable in September?
Dance floor music for sure, mainly 128bpm-140bpm I expect. And some exclusive new MLU music