Taylor Hanson, one of the newest members to The Show Last Night team, and an excellent photographer; shot and interviewed the Millenium.
For the Millenium, time hasn’t stopped since the release of their EP in early 2014. In fact, these guys have been at this for a while, and their passion and hard work show through in every performance. From playing Warped Tour to selling out Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry on the Cold Kids & Campfires tour, they’ve brought nothing but energy to the table, and we’re excited to see what they’ve got in store for us this year.
I caught up with the guys near the end of 2014 to hear about their experiences so far and if we can be expecting any new music this year!
For those who haven’t heard of you, can you introduce yourselves and tell us your role in the band?
Kyle Culver – 22 – Guitar
Kyle Featherstone – 23 – Guitar, Keys
Matt Hasenmueller – 23 – Vocals
Sean Koran – 20 – Bass
How did The Millenium come together?
We formed in May 2014, after our two local bands, The Picture Perfect (Kyle Featherstone, Sean Koran) and The Last Semester (Matt Hasenmueller, Kyle Culver) had disbanded around the same time. With of all us bringing different skill sets and expertise to the table, it only seemed fitting to form out of the ashes of the former and create something new.
We noticed you eliminated an “n” from Millennium, any reasoning behind that?
We chose an alternate spelling to differentiate us from the 60’s rock band, The Millennium.
You guys have gained quite a following and have been playing a lot of shows since releasing your EP. Have there been any exciting shows or moments that really stick out since then?
Playing Highline Ballroom in the heart of New York City was incredible. Our first show ever was to a crowd of around 400 with The Summer Set in Eau Claire, WI, a pretty humbling experience.
This summer you played the Minnesota date of Warped tour! What was that experience like?
It was our first time playing something of that magnitude, and it fulfilled the dreams all of us had growing up. It really set in motion for us how badly we want to be on the road doing that full time.
Are there any specific artists or bands that each of you draw inspiration from to incorporate into your performance or songwriting?
Kyle Culver: The local music scene has had a profound impact on what I aspire to be. Coming from a town which has produced a few grammy winners, notably one of my favorite bands, Bon Iver, a very reputable indie scene, and a community in which the arts can flourish, to me it’s a very motivational place to live. I can speak for the other members in saying that we all come from a very different musical background, and so the way in which we have coalesced as a band and bringing those elements to the table has been very cool.
Kyle Featherstone: My biggest inspirations musically are a lot of pianists and multi instrumentalists like Chris Martin from Coldplay, Bryce Avary from The Rocket Summer, Josh Ramsay from Marianas Trench and Andrew McMahon from Jack’s Mannequin.
Matt Hasenmueller: Max Bemis, Dan Campbell.
Sean Koran: My parents, they are the best. I have a lot of musicians I look up to, but not idolize. I wanna be myself.
There are so many talented and hardworking artists that are constantly progressing in their music career. What makes you guys different?
Dave Grohl put it simply: “Write good songs and the rest will follow.” We like to keep it as simple as that, and we’re constantly working as songwriters and musicians to better our craft.
You released your EP, It’s So Much Friendlier With Two, earlier this year. What’s next for The Millenium? Any word on a new album or EP for the New Year?
We’re working on some new material, but haven’t announced anything yet. We hope this new stuff will showcase our musical abilities in a different light as opposed to the record.
Anything you’d like to say to those who have supported and are interested in supporting the band?
It’s a humbling experience. We want to create an idea with this group, and make it one big family. Join us.