"[Milan Ring] favours the multi-instrumentalists idyllic neo 90s R&B influence, while remaining firmly planted in the realms of modern, future soul." - C-Heads Magazine
The concepts of duality (Ying & Yang), spirituality and personal evolution are a constant source of inspiration to Milan’s artistry, as is the influence of her environment. From the sparkling city of Angels to humble Australian outback bedroom beats, her music is a rendezvous between polarities, laced with spiced Caribbean rhythms.
“I am Chinese, Indian, Australian and have been truly lucky to have travelled to many corners of the globe because of my family and my music. I am inspired by all cultures and am particularly drawn to music from North & South America and the Caribbean.”
Milan’s signature sound is a carefully orchestrated balance between the analogue and digital worlds, blending live percussion with electronic drums and synths with her raw
guitar takes. Her production dances between moods and elements whilst her dynamic vocals bounce from low earthy raps to luscious harmonies. Lyrically, her songs are a conversation about control, decisions and navigating the spectrum of self, with verses that burst into a pure stream of consciousness.
A singer, rapper, guitarist, producer, mix & mastering engineer, Milan directs each and every aspect of the creative process, from the first chord struck on the guitar to the final master. This one woman powerhouse is perfectly illustrated to us in her live show, stepping out solo, creating loops, dropping beats, triggering samples all whilst effortlessly leading with the guitar and engaging us with her honest & unique vocal - a masterful combination which has seen her play alongside Sampa the Great, Tokimonsta, Hermitude, Manu Crooks and The Rubens.
Having released a string of EPs and the largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap, all via her own label MXMAY, this year has seen Milan unveil an extensive line of mood-based singles in ‘Unbounded’, ‘2063’, ‘Obscured’ and, now, ‘Drifting’. A song about love, loss & growth, Milan is set to launch 'Drifting' in a live setting with a special Sydney headline show at Waywards on Friday 26 October.
Bringing together her contrasting influences to share a sound that is distinctly her own, Milan Ring is one to watch.
(Photos by Gianna Hayes)