Milan Credle is a hip-hop/rap artist based out of Lancaster, PA. Growing up in a musical family is what led Milan to strive to be successful in a musical career. He was inspired by the likes of artist such as Bob Marley, Luther Vandross, and Tupac. It is Milan’s goal to bring a new sound to the hip-hop scene and inspire everyone to never stop chasing after their dreams. He has the passion, drive and talent to make his mark with his music. Be sure to check out his latest inspirational single “Take Me To Pluto” showcasing his radio-ready sound you will love.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yea, my catalyst was actually the traumatic circumstances that were going on in my life at a young age and I knew I needed an outlet that was true to me in expressing the pain and anger brewing inside of me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It's actually a funny one. I was performing at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia, PA and this guy, who was clearly not sober, tried to grab my mic stand from where he was in the crowd. As I'm talking into the mic, I look at him and say "Your good homie, your good", but my eyes were saying, "If you touch this mic stand or get on stage, I will put you to sleep and continue my set." Thankfully, my team pulled him aside so I could finish. We laughed a lot after that show.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I think for me the high point on my music path has been having the opportunity as of late being able to create on a consistent basis an at a high level. That was always a dream of mine and now I'm living that out. It's pretty cool for me because I always had different road blocks in the way and my music always had to be on the back burner or a hobby for me and that's not what I want to do, I want to make this my career and take care of my family.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I approach it very strategically. Depending on the song or the mood of the song, I read poetry from Maya Angelou, or Langston Hughes and listen to songwriters like Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and the Beatles on my downtime to put me in the right mindset when I start writing. If Iv'e been reading a lot, then I just write with no music around me, just me, a pen, and lots of paper. If I've been touched by a particular sound, then the sound of the melody or harmony or overall song gives me the "vibe" when I am writing to a production piece.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
If I had one thing, I would ask the music industry to not be so difficult towards indie artist. I know they are trying to make their money as well but come on now, you have all the resources and indie artist would dream of. Let the indie artist grow the way they want to grow with access to mainstream as well. Whether indie or major, music is for everybody.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Man, that's tough to be honest. If he was alive, I would definitely say Bob Marley because of what he represented and the energy he brought to the stage every time. He brought a life altering/changing experience every time he hit the stage and that's what I aim to do when I hit the stage. So, it would have been nice to share that same energy with him and learn from him.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I usually start my rehearsals at home with my wife and kids. I go through my set as if they were the live audience. They give me their honest critique and I tweak things to the critique. After that, I do it again with my music team, musicians and business people, and they give their critique. Lastly, I do it by myself with all the critique to see how I feel about it, then I'm ready to hit the stage.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I think am unreleased song that I have called "Waves" was probably my biggest challenge because of the vulnerability, honesty, and transparency of it scares me because I think to myself, "The world is going to hear this, they are going to hear the side of me that no one knows but a handful of people."
What's coming up in the future?
I have my two more singles coming soon with visual content. My debut album will be coming late spring of 2018.
Where can fans can access your music.
They can go to www.milancredlemusic.com to get all the links and access to every music outlet my music is on. Also connect with me on social media @milancredle to stay updated on my releases, press, live performances, etc.