Canadian duo Milk & Bone hosted an intimate performance during a snowy night in February at Gild Hall. We checked in with Laurence and Camille about their inspiration, favorite New York spots, and thoughts on what makes a hotel extraordinary.
We love the name Milk & Bone. What’s the backstory?
At first we just liked how it sounded. When you write songs it’s normal to think of names you could call yourself if you ever started a band. One of us had Milk and the other had Bone and when we decided to create a band together, the two just seemed to fit. We also liked the duality implied. The softness of the milk versus the hardness of the bone. You can find this duality in our songs. Delicate and fragile at times, but also darker and harder in the meaning and arrangements.
NYLON Magazine says listening to your music transports them into “blissful haze”, where do you find inspiration for your songs?
We mostly write about things and feelings we’ve experienced ourselves. It’s a way for us to deal with what’s going on in our lives.
Montreal is one of our favorite cities, if someone had one hour to visit a place that embodies the spirit of Montreal, where would you tell them to go?
Camille: First of all, I’d say stay away from the Old Montreal. Yes, it’s pretty and historical, but it’s also very touristy. Hang out in the Mile-End area. Go to Olimpico for a cup of coffee then head to Les Étoffes on St-Laurent for some window shopping. I also like walking around Monastiraki and looking at all the prints they have. One day I’ll buy them all and frame them for my apartment.
When you travel on tour, what are three essential items you always have with you?
Laurence : Flat Iron (my bangs are my trademark!), a pillow for the long car rides and a pair of comfortable sweat pants. On tour it’s pretty much comfort over style.
Camille: When I pack my bag, I always make sure I have my makeup, plenty of food and my iphone charger. The rest is pretty much optional.
What differentiates a great hotel from one that is average?
THE BATHROOM. There’s nothing like plenty of counterspace and a huge bath to relax after a show. Cable TV is also something we look for. The FOOD network and TLC are great channels to fall asleep to.
This week you gave an intimate performing at Gild Hall in NYC. Name three words that describe New York to you.
Pizza, Muji (we don’t have a store in montreal yet so coming to nyc also means it’s our chance to stock up on all things Muji), Dave Chang from momofuku (we just devoured The Mind of a Chef on Netflix and sort of fell in love a little)
What song do you have on repeat this month?
Laurence: You & Me by Disclosure (Flume Remix), to me this song is perfection.
Camille: Lonesome Tears by Beck and Lionsong by Björk
Camille-you were a performer on the Asia-Pacific Cirque Du Soleil Quidam tour, what’s your best memory from that time in your life?
I was 12 at the time so some of my best childhood memories are from that period of my life. My best memory would be stepping on stage for the first time in front of two thousand people. I was a singer-character and had to open the show by turning on a tiny light on stage. I’d say it was one of the most stressful moments of my life, but was also the beginning of an amazing adventure that lasted two years and brought me to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong (my personal favorite) and California.
Any words of advice for aspiring performers?
Never do something you don’t want to do. Surround yourself with a team that will let you call the shots and be in control of your career