Indie-pop act The Million today have taken over [fictitious] new date show Kiss or Miss for their official video Somebody Better and have announced headline shows for Melbourne and Sydney in December.
The video, directed by Sydney cinematographer Sejon Im (Cosmo’s Midnight, Graace), is something special. For the narrative, Tamon is an over-the-top game show host who hates his role, Jay is an incompetent boom operator who eventually gets fired, and Jacob, well Jacob is a contestant looking for love. Stories will intertwine and will indirectly help each other get to a better place. The band drop by to answer some questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
It had mainly been the process of just making sure we had the right version of the song before releasing it, we went through a few iterations to get it to a place where we felt sonically it made the most sense for the story.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Every song comes with different challenges which is just a part of the process but I think the biggest challenge for us on this single was just making sure we stayed true to the message and translated that lyrically and musically
Sonically, how would describe your music?
We’re a blend of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Funk. So if you would imagine all of those thrown in a crock-pot you’d make our sound 😉
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I think as a band we look to other bands like HONNE, Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, Vulfpeck – it’s everchanging. In this stage of the process though our biggest band influence would likely be HONNE.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
This is a hard one because there’s been great advice over the years but I think the simple advice of making sure you love what you’re doing or don’t do it would resonate the most – I think its crucial that you need to have your whole heart in whatever it is you’re doing, jobs, relationships etc because at the end of the day all you’ve got is yourself and I know I, like many others, have compromised what I’ve wanted at the benefit of someone else and nothing is more dissatisfying than that.
How did the band get together?
We started initially when Jay and I formed a high-school band and went through different members coming and going until we eventually found a committed bassist (Tamon) and from that point we formed The Million.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch The Million on the following dates
Thursday Dec 5 – Factory Floor, Sydney
Thursday Dec 12 – Grace Darling, Melbourne
Check out The Million on Spotify