by the partae
Where are you currently based?
Melbourne, VIC.

How did Million form?
The three of us have known each other for years, and collaborated on various projects since meeting back at university almost a decade ago. In June 2020, we connected over our shared love of pop music, and decided to book a rehearsal studio for the day to see what happened. We quickly found that writing together was a lot of fun and felt very natural, so we decided to start the project that has now become ‘million’.

What’s been happening recently?
We’ve been very focused on releasing these singles out into the world! While the tracks came out on September 16th, we premiered them on InnerFM the Monday prior, and launched the tracks live at The Gasometer the following Friday. It was our first headline show and we were absolutely stoked with how it all turned out.

Your latest singles ‘Bed / He Looks Better On Me’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Whenever we’re writing songs, we really like to think about it as storytelling. We’d already written quite a few songs about love and relationships, however we wanted to approach the subject matter from different perspectives and explore new narratives. Both of these songs are inspired by personal experiences, and we like to think that the key theme tying them together is empowerment. In terms of the sounds, we experimented with a lot of new textures and instruments, and some of our influences included Lily Allen, The 1975, Massive Attack and Billie Eilish.

How did you go about writing these singles?
‘Bed’ was a lot of fun to write. A lot of our catalogue was on the darker, moodier side, so we decided we wanted to produce something completely different. Something upbeat and fun! “He Looks Better on Me” was one of the first songs we ever wrote, however it sat on the back burner for almost two years. We came back to it earlier this year, and while we were really happy with the structure of the song, the production has almost changed entirely.

Where are when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
We finished tracking/mixing both tracks earlier this year at Saturn Street Studios and collaborated with sound engineer Luke Mullan for the masters around July.

How did you approach the recording process?
We tend to have the song pretty much ready in demo form, record vocals, and then track any of the instruments needed.

Please tell us about any upcoming shows:
We’re not quite ready to announce yet but…. Fitzroy, keep your eyes peeled.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
We’re all big fans of Holly Humberstone, Lennon Stella, Haim, Carly Rae Jepsen. Female pop acts who write great hooks and have such distinct styles. Very much looking forward to Taylor’s new album too!

What do you like to do away from music?
Run, read and eat sandwiches.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?
Lots of writing, rehearsing, recording – with the hopes of an EP mid next year. Watch this space!

Favourite food and place to hangout?
Big fans of The Royston in Richmond, can’t go past their schnitties.

You may also like

Leave a Comment