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In December 2016, Shazam listed MILCK as one of their artists to watch. The Los Angeles-based vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter finds comfort in discomfort; her songwriting and vocal style thrives on that carnal desire to win the battle against the darkness that threatens to oppress. “I was told that I was a moody child, with quite a bit of angst,” she says. "I didn’t like taking photos, and I didn’t like that girls were assumed to like pink. I was drawn to gray t-shirts, blue backpacks, and rolly pollies. I was constantly told to tidy up and be more lady like.”
For a while, MILCK (born Connie Lim) tried out the societal lifestyle of “should’s.” She should be pretty, thin, and quiet until called upon. She was surprisingly good at playing the roles, from being elected homecoming queen to ASB president. Behind closed doors, though, she was drowning in an abusive relationship, battling depression and anorexia.
Songwriting and singing were her only ways of releasing her true voice, as she had never learned how to use it in her day to day, so she explored the music industry in Los Angeles. Eventually though, she became burnt out on catering to pop, stifling producers, and reality television singing contests, and stopped everything to focus on reclaiming her authentic voice, both in real life and music. That’s when MILCK was created. A stage name that includes her real last name, LIM, spelled backwards, followed by her first two initials, CK. After years of being trapped by the cyclic habit of pleasing others and hiding her pain, she wanted to literally and figuratively turn herself inside out.
MILCK’s debut single, “Devil Devil,” is built on a fearless backbeat as the dramatic tones of the music and her vocals swell into a raging song of rebellion, strength, and resilience. Her voice soars as she belts out, “You can’t try me devil devil, you can’t buy me, devil devil. You won’t make a fool of me." The cinematic feel of the track lends well to tv/film. In 2016 “Devil Devil” has served as the soundtrack to the season finale of The Royals, Netflix’s Marco Polo trailer, and Fox’s Lucifer, as well as an episode of Pretty Little Liars. “Devil Devil” peaked as the #1 popular tune on Tunefind.com twice in 2016, as well as garnered over 520K streams on Spotify, and over 1 million YouTube views.
On January 18th, MILCK released a follow up single, “Quiet,” which she excitedly refers to as her thesis. “Quiet” is a rise against MILCK’s own history of physical and sexual abuse, alongside pressures to fulfill commodified standards of beauty. MILCK joined The Pussyhat Project in Washington, D.C. on January 21st for the Women’s March. There, she performed “Quiet” with 25 other female singers of all different backgrounds and ages in a cappella “flash mob” choral performances. 14 of the singers were members of George Washington University's GW Sirens. The group also served as Pussy Power Pack Women, wearing bright pink backpacks and distributing Pussy Power Hats.
To encourage others to vocalize whatever they may be holding inside, MILCK has launched a website and major social media campaign for #ICantKeepQuiet as a place to collect and share personal stories. The campaign aims to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities, and encourage empathy, tolerance and understanding towards one another. Proceeds from merchandise of the project will benefit the Los Angeles chapter of Step Up, an empowering nonprofit that provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls ages 13-18.
Thanks to film and music video director Alma Har’el, who shared a video of the vocal performance at the Women’s March on both Facebook and Twitter, millions of new fans have connected to the #ICantKeepQuiet project. The video was shared by others including Emma Watson, Tom Morello, Tegan & Sara, Debra Messing, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Denis Leary.