Singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and all-around creative Mila J is like a 90s west coast classic; down to earth, easy to vibe to, and with story behind it all. With so many projects on the way, it’s dope to be able to see not only the inspiration, but also the creative process, and even the mindset of this artist. Often times, the music industry can be overwhelming but Mila marches to a different beat and doesn’t let the business compromise her integrity or creativity. Her attitude is the same on and off of her songs, raw and unafraid, Mila shows just how far confidence and diversity can get you.
RESPECT.: You’ll be on the Late Nights tour with Jeremih really soon, what are you looking forward to the most?
Mila J: This time around I’ll be performing all new songs. It’s refreshing to be able to do new stuff and get feedback.
RESPECT.: From listening to your EPs, your music is definitely easy to vibe to. What’s your creative process like?
Well, I’m kinda all over the place. I can hear something or see something at random times, like in the shower or in the car. No pressure, no force.
RESPECT.: Where do you usually draw style/music inspiration from?
I’m a 90s baby so that music is naturally in me. I was always inspired by TLC, Janet, Jodeci and Snoop growing up, I thought I’d be the female Snoop. I also love the oldies, like 70s music, as an adult I appreciate the fact that i was exposed to it.
RESPECT.: Is there an album in the works?
There is. I’m not 100% done, but I’m close. Honestly, I’m just trying to top what I’ve done last, kinda stepping out and trying new things, creating whatever kinda art I feel like doing.
RESPECT.: Who have you been wanting to collaborate with?
Honestly, I wanna work with female artists. I feel like so many guys are able to team up but I feel like on the women’s side it’s really not that unified.
RESPECT.: What advice would you give to a rising artist trying to drop their first project?
Well first, you have to believe it and be confident in it. For me personally, when I was in groups and stuff I was the rapper, so at first I didn’t see myself being a singer, it took encouraging people around me. A producer asked me why I wasn’t trying to sing and I honestly didn’t know why, it took the encouragement to help me realize I could do it. So, I would say having positive people around you definitely helps. I feel like it takes time but until it really clicks for you, it’s not gonna go anywhere. No one’s going to believe something that you don’t.
Check out Mila’s latest single, “Kickin Back,” here:
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