MILCK has been singing for as long as she can remember. Born to Chinese immigrants in the Los Angeles suburb of Palos Verdes, she enrolled in classical piano at six-years-old and opera classes at the age of eight.Performing under her given name, Connie Lim, she paid her dues tenfold. Throughout the next 8 years, she successfully financed an indie release via Kickstarter and built a sturdy foundation all the while weathering crumbling business partnerships and a series of obstacles. In 2016, she re-emerged under the name MILCK—her last name Lim spelled backwards and first two initials.She made waves with “Devil Devil,” which went on to receive high-profile syncs in Lucifer and The Royals as it racked up 925k Spotify streams and over 1 million YouTube views. However, the stark and shuddering, yet disarmingly catchy “Quiet” finally needed to be heard.
1.When did you know you wanted to become a musician?
I think I’ve always known. Even when I was like 5 years old I had a little voice that would whisper “singer” every time an adult would ask me what I wanted to be when I grow up. It wasn’t until my 2nd year in college that I allowed myself to honor that little voice.
2.What does music mean to you ?
Music is my window into another dimension of this spiritual, beautiful paradise we call life. Music is also my mouthpiece, that allows for me to express my truth. It is the sacred space where I don’t have to be Chinese enough to please my parents, and where I don’t have to be American enough to fit in. I can just be plain human. Music is a universal language, and it accepts everyone who wants to be in it.
3.Where do you draw inspiration from ?
I draw inspiration from all things around me- from the wildflowers that bloom by the sidewalk, to the amazingly honest things that my friends don’t mean to say while getting coffee with me, to the kids talking to their mothers on the subway. If I keep my heart open, anything will inspire me. Recently I have been drawing inspiration by some of my old music loves, LCD Soundsystem and Chromeo.
4.Who are some people who you admire and why do you admire them ?
Wow. There are so many. Malala for her fierce ability to speak her mind, and fearless determination to win education rights for young women all around the world. Rupi Kaur for building an empire from her drawings and poetry. I admire LCD Soundsystem, because I can really hear the honesty and playfulness in the band’s music. I also admire Florence and the Machine, because she is so clear on who she is as an artist. I am also very inspired by Mr. Rogers, who stayed so true to his hope and life mission, despite how harsh the world can be. I also admire Elon Muske for daring to think big, and creating change for our generation. I also admire Elon’s mother, who has impeccable sense of style. I admire Emma Gonzalez from the March for Our Lives movement because of her vulnerability and empathy. also admire the kids who created a method of recycling styrofoam. There are some really special kids out there changing the world right now.
5.What is one quote/saying/philosophy that you live by ?
No mud, no lotus.
6.What are some books that everyone should read ?
The Tao te Ching, by Lao Tzu
Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
How To Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Alchemist Paolo Coelho
Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
7.What is your biggest accomplishment to this day ?
Not giving up on my path as an artist. I’m really good at getting back up over, and over, and over again.
8.Who would you love to do a song with ?
LCD Soundsystem. Even to just be in the room with them as they make one song, and I wouldn’t have to be a part of it.
9.What do you hope to achieve through your music?
I hope to create the most pure, freeing, healing, and loving music to help others find their own strength and sanctuary.
10.What is the best thing about being a musician?
Being a musician requires me to be at my personal best with spiritual and artistic health, and I like that accountability. When I think abundantly, playfully, and fearlessly, I make my greatest music. When I trap my spirit in scarcity mentality I create mediocre music.
11.What are some causes that are dear to your heart and why ?
I am not free until we are all free- any causes that support those who are marginalized are important to me. I also care deeply for nature, as us humans are nature, too. I would like to prolong this magical experiment of humanity as long as possible, so many more generations can marvel in the beauty of life after me.
12.Do you have anything to say to your supporters?
I love you. You are enough. Just breathe.
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Thank you so much to Connie for this wonderful interview.Personally,she is one of my favorite artists and I am so glad I got to know her better.I cannot wait to see her upcoming projects.You can find Connie and her music on her official site, YouTube,Instagram,Twitter and Facebook.