Ahead of her show at our new music festival, the Five Day Forecast, prodigal pop talent Millie Turner lets us into her world.
Turner steadily made jaws drop with each new offering last year: “The Shadow” is strobe-lit dance filtered through ‘80s pop, fluid electro number “She Was A Dancer” melts hearts in an instant, and “Night Running” makes a play for the big leagues. Inspired by ‘70s soul and the likes of Florence + The Machine, the artist, who only has a couple of years’ songwriting experience under her belt, has already drawn comparisons to Björk and Maggie Rogers for her ambitious and leftfield approach to folk and pop. Thanks to chameleonic lurches with each release, Turner is chronically refreshing and requires every ounce of your attention.
Check out "Night Running" below and get to know Turner afterwards.
Could you introduce yourselves for us please?
My name is Millie Turner, I'm 18 years old, and I'm a new artist based in East London with a love for creating alternative indie pop music, experimenting with different sounds, and working with visuals alongside that.
What do you try to do with your music and how do you achieve this?
I always try to be honest with my music, make every song personal to its meaning and the concept. This is so important to me; I think that music should be intimate and emotional, and adapting that to the sound and lyrics and every other fraction of what makes a song a song. Music can represent so much because there are so many parts of it, and I always want each part to be whole and true to its meaning.
Can you tell us what musical and non-musical influences have shaped your sound?
I have been brought up on some very strong female artists who have always inspired me in what I create, such as Paloma Faith, Florence and The Machine, Björk... women who I would consider to show so much emotional intelligence in their music, experimenting with their image as well as the music itself. I’m always inspired by artists who are able to stick true to their artistry, who are able to use their music to create more than songs, but an entire art movement. It’s such an empowering statement to be able to do something radical and new, which I think is so important as the basis of self-expression.
What should people expect from your Five Day Forecast show?
Expect me along with my boombox, singing to a mix of released and unreleased tracks, with some poetry and a lot of dancing.
What are you working on now/next?
At the moment, I’m getting ready for some upcoming releases which I’ve been looking forward to for ages. Trying to thread together music videos and visuals which I’m very excited to share. I’m also thinking about the upcoming live shows, rehearsing for these, making sure they’re interesting and engaging.
How is 2019 shaping up? What are you looking forward to this year?
2018 was insane, so much has happened which has transformed everything, which I really wasn’t expecting at all. Music was something so personal and I never had the confidence to share it thinking it wasn’t really good enough, but to be able to say millions of people have heard my tracks is unbelievable and I’m so grateful. I can’t wait to share more in 2019, to create more, that connects to people and inspires them. That’s what I’d love to do more than anything.