Fresh from breaking the silence with her viral hit “Quiet,” Chinese-American singer-songwriter MILCK yields a powerful voice in the contemporary pop landscape. Kicking the year off with an EP entitled This is Not the End, you best believe that she’s just getting started.
Raised in a traditional household rooted in patriarchal values, keeping quiet was a concept the fueled the rumbling noise within Connie Lim, better known as her stage name MILCK. “I remember learning that women with smaller mouths were deemed more attractive because they would be more quiet, and less disruptive. In contrast, I was a tomboy who preferred collecting bugs, writing scary stories, and practicing different accents,” recalls the LA-based singer-songwriter. Being told to behave more lady like steered her to a disoriented reality where she was in the wrong by simply being myself. “That self-consciousness and externally placed shame muted my true colors. I learned to hide and act like I thought what everyone else would deem as appropriate,” she adds. “I constantly felt unheard, but as I fell into an abusive relationship and eating disorder, more and more of my inner voice was oppressed. I knew that if I kept hiding and playing the parts that everyone else wanted from me, I would live a life where no one would know the true me–including myself. I had to let it out. There was no choice.”
“I don’t want to chase being anything I’m not. I just want to express what I truly feel so that my audience has quality music to rock out to.”
Her art granted a safe space for her to break her silence. However, MILCK moved past the pop molds that shaped LA’s music industry by writing songs about the most real and raw feelings close to her heart. “Too often, I find that artists try to project this sense of perfection or coolness because they themselves are insecure, and that energy is super unhealthy to put into the world,” she suggests. “I work to keep my intentions and energies pure and healing to provide constructive vibes for the world.” She proved to be an influential voice for the silent majority as her viral hit “Quiet” became the unexpected anthem of the Women’s March, which took place in Washington D.C. last January. “The experience of supporting the #MeToo movement felt like a gift. I’m so grateful to be able to live during the time where women are banding together to help cleanse society of the toxins that an imbalanced patriarchy can generate,” shares the singer-songwriter. “The women of our generation are learning that we have even more agency and freedom than we’ve imagined.”
MILCK pens the anecdotes of her journey towards healing and empowerment in her latest EP entitled This is Not the End. Built around melodic complexity and sentimental resonance, the singer propels herself to a higher level of pop permeation. “I hope that this EP is something that will bring comfort and strength to the listener’s life,” she suggests. “I constantly wonder if I’m doing enough for the betterment for society. I strive to be the best conduit to wellness and love as possible. This constant challenge of assessing who I am fuels for songwriting, because a lot of emotions are stirring within me. I don’t want to chase being anything I’m not. I just want to express what I truly feel so that my audience has quality music to rock out to.” In addition to her newest record, MILCK continues to make the right noises with #ICANTKEEPQUIET, a global community dedicated to supporting organizations that are anchored in love, inclusivity, and hope. “I’m an artist because art is how I process my emotions,” she adds. “But I’m an activist because I believe it’s my responsibility to be the change I want to see in the world.”
By: Pola Beronilla