Question: What do Adele, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse all have in common? Answer: They are all alumni of The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Hoping to add her name to that list of famous names is 18-year-old and recent BRIT School graduate Rainy Milo.
From the age of 14, the London-born singer/songwriter surrounded herself with inspiring people, including local musicians and arts collectives. The passion rubbed off on Milo, as she pursued her goal by adding vocals to a jazz-inspired hip-hop beat produced by BLCK RSSN, which she discovered while trawling through the internet. This later went on to become her first single “Bout You” and gained the attention of Gilles Peterson for his “Brownswood Bubblers” – a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent.
On the back of the single, Milo released her debut mixtape “Limey” in 2012. The mixtape, which was produced by Cole MGN, featured collaborations with Chet Faker and Ariel Pink, as well as a reinterpretation of Steve & Cockney Rebels’ “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)”. Despite attracting attention from various record labels, Milo turned down the offers as she felt it was too early in her career.
In April 2013, Milo releasing her debut EP “Black & Blonde” on the Virgin EMI Records label. The extended play featured three tracks, including a cover of The Clash’s 1980 single “Bankrobber (ft. Kossisko)”. This later appeared as a bonus track on her debut album “This Things of Ours”, which was released in the UK in March 2014 (the American version is set to launch in April 2015). The record, which also featured the singles “Rats” and Bout You, drew comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Neneh Cherry and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Rainy Milo is set for a big year in 2015, which includes an appearance at SXSW in Austin next March.