Millie Manders is an off the wall, off the chart, ballsy singer-songwriter from South London, who brings a party-hard mix of ska, pop and punk-rock to the stage. Blending socially conscious lyricism and carnival-esque beats with Riot Girl attitude, Millie and the band’s slick delivery and captivating stage performance is rapidly grabbing attention.
Now, with her new PledgeMusic funded EP Obsession Transgression set for release on 20th November 2015, she’s about to make her first big steps onto the national circuit.
Millie’s music is clearly eclectic and this is a fact she happily celebrates; “I like to think my music is full of energy and dexterity – a colourful clash of genres incorporating everything from rock and soul to ska and folk. I draw inspiration from many different artists; James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Skunk Anansie, Pink, The Who, Rolling Stones, The Specials and The Ramones being a few of my favourites. I was brought up listening to classical, theatre, rock, rhythm and blues, hip hop and more because my parents are both music lovers so it all plays a part in the way I write.”
Millie started her musical journey at just five years old, experimenting with the piano, and going on to pass grade five on the clarinet at 11, adding alto and soprano saxophone to her repertoire, until at 16 she chose her voice as her main instrument and received vocal coaching from Richard Charlton (Ed Sheeran, Jason Perry, Leanne Mitchell). Since this time Millie has been in various bands, developing her vocal and song writing skills in new ways and emerging as a solo singer-songwriter in 2012.
The last three years have seen Millie grow a substantial fan base across the UK, touring consistently and releasing two EP’s. Millie is constantly reaching out to her fan-base and her non-stop work ethic has cemented her reputation as a hardworking and recognisable force.