Hiya Milena Galasso thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I think I was nine years old when I had my first performance in front of a large audience. It was only a karaoke night in the open air in the local plaza, but there must’ve been 300 people around, and I remember it as a buzzing Summer night. I sang My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion as a kid would sing it, but from the moment I picked up that wireless microphone in my hand, I knew I would want to do this for the rest of my life.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I grew up listening to my mum and dad’s cassettes, which contained a mixture of Italian pop, Serbian folk, and classical music. They both love music, so they made me and my brother start playing instruments from a very young age as a hobby, first piano and then cello, then piano again and guitar, but I always loved singing the most. In fact, I started taking singing lessons when I was 11, and I never stopped.

I’ve always been fascinated by vocal technique, and I recently got a teaching qualification, too, but I feel like the more I teach singing, the more I learn about it; it’s fascinating. Songwriting is something I fully started grasping only later on. I wrote tons of half-songs, but I’m not good at finishing them on my own, which is something I realised when I moved to London 3 years ago and finally finished writing my first songs by collaborating with other people. For me, music is all about collaboration. 

What’s the live music scene like in London right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

The live music scene in London is buzzing, with a diverse array of events and venues catering to all musical tastes, which is something that has always fascinated me about this city. I started playing live in London a year ago and it’s the best feeling ever. I’m addicted to it. I only write songs so that I can play them live and I try to go to as many gigs as possible. I recently saw Olivia Dean live, truly a star on the rise. 

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. What’s your view on the industry?

The music industry is a complex ecosystem that offers both opportunities and challenges for artists. Despite the democratisation of music production and distribution, major record labels, radio stations, and influential playlists still hold a lot of power and are often prioritising established artists over newcomers. But at the same time independent artists have more creative control over their work than ever before. They can produce, release, and promote their music without the constraints of a traditional record label.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m only just getting started.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I have two different degrees.

I’ve swum with dolphins before.

I have a selfie with Taylor Swift on my phone.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

Even though I’m a very spontaneous individual, I think it’s important to think twice before saying anything these days to avoid any misinterpretation. 

What was your best experience on stage?

When we won the Isle of Wight New Blood Competition semifinal

What was your worst experience on stage?

Stepping on a cable and unplugging my microphone… 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I can solve a rubik’s cube.

What are the next steps you plan to take to reach the next level?

I’m taking a step back to reflect on my journey so far as I create new music. I’m exploring new genres, as I collaborate with different musicians, songwriters and producers and I’m practising piano and going to dance classes just for fun. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

My debut ep ‘i hope you’re having fun’ is coming out on June 14th and I can’t wait! It features 4 tracks and offers a captivating blend of pop enriched with r&b elements. Each song is a reflection of my own experiences and emotions, and I hope that listeners can find solace and connection to the music. 

What was the recording process like?

Long. We recorded bits in Angel Studios and bits in Abbey Roads, and other bits at home and in a studio in Limehouse. It took us a long time to come together and agree on sounds, words, mix and mastering but eventually we got there and we did have lots of fun. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Once you have an idea, don’t let it sit around for ages, the best songs are always easier to make. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Yeah, sure, there are some things that I would’ve done differently now that I know better, but that’s for the next chapter, so stay tuned.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you remember not to always take yourselves so seriously and that what matters the most is that you’re having fun.