- Mon, 2005-05-30 13:44
He’s been likened to LCD Soundsystem and dubbed as 'Scotland’s answer to Royksopp' while 2 Many DJs play his records twice in the same set. From the humble beginnings of a limited edition 7" single back in November 2002, Mylo’s rise to prominence has been meteoric. Real name, Myles Macinnes, created one of the best electronica albums of 2004 with debut Destroy Rock & Roll. Mylo ain’t just a sonic guru either. Born and raised on The Isle of Skye, Mylo has a degree in English from Oxford University and studied psychology at Los Angeles UCLA.
Back at home, Mylo began using his ProTools and Mac G4 tp create his '80s inspired music and subsequently in 2002 Mylo won the Diesel-U-Music award. 2003 saw him performing a session on Lamacq Live, remixing the Sugababes, Elton John, Master H and label mate Linus. It saw his singles Wolves of Miami and Paris 400 all over the specialist shows at Radio One and in the dj boxes of everyone from Pete Tong to Erol Alkan.
Mylo turned down offers from several labels to set up his own Breastfed Recordings imprint, releasing Destroy Rock & Roll in April 2004, including recent singles, Drop The Pressure, and In My Arms.
We caught up briefly with Mylo shortly after his outstanding live set at Homelands 2005. (It really was something else; Mylo complete with live band is truly ace!)
“I Like Music because… it makes me feel funny.” Mylo
ILM: It must’ve been somewhat of a whirlwind since you first won the Diesel-U-Music competition in 2002. You must be glad you entered?
Mylo: I completely recommend people entering competitions like Diesel U-Music, and showcase competitions like that. They are really important.
ILM: You’ve got another gig later tonight haven’t you? I keep noticing your name on plenty of flyers.
Mylo: We’re not leaving for a while, but we’re playing the last slot at a new festival in Scotland organized by the people who put on the Edinburgh Hootenanay.
ILM: Are you used to flying around to multiple gigs yet?
Mylo: Well, you can’t do it all the time. We were here exactly a year ago doing Homelands, it was one of our first ever gigs, and we came down in my car and did a little set in the Strongbow Rooms and since then it’s all changed. This year we came down in the tour bus with crew and played the Live Arena, so it’s a good step up from the last time we played here… We’re still raving!
And off Mylo went to enjoy a few bottles of beer and some 80s classics in the VIP area, before heading off to wow Scottish crowds with his eloquent fusion of electro-disco.
Meanwhile at Homelands, The Streets performed an incredible headline set, while Roots Manuva wowed the crowds with his awesome lyrical flow and excellent multi-faceted band - the DJ even replaced his decks with a flute at one point. Roots followed Mylo (who played to a packed tent and had everyone dancing) who followed Audio Bullys who got the party REALLY started with the spectacular Shot You Down, along with tracks from their new album and previous record.
And with a decent amount of sunshine and no rain - a whole host of DJs including Youth Music competition winners who opened the show in the Hip Hop arena, this year's Homelands was another blinder - a great way to kick of the 2005 festival season!