MILLíS END - It's Only The Beginning
By Sara Lambeth
Mill's EndPhotos courtesy of Millís End 

The music industry is tough, no matter what stage of it you are in. We wanted to know more about what it takes to keep a band making music and performing shows year after year. To find these answers we turned to Millís End frontman, Jeff Bump.  Millís End is a southern rock ní roll quartet, raised on old 97ís, Allman Brothers and Neil Young. The band came into existence 10 years ago with the intention of bringing back good ol' bar band rock Ďní roll to the Phoenix scene. Currently, they have two EPs and one full length album under their belt with new music on the way.

DB: Congratulations on 10 years as a band. How has your opinion/outlook changed about being in a band over the years?

JB: As the band continues, I really feel there is just a greater appreciation for being able to write songs and record and perform them. We just feel incredibly lucky that we can keep doing this, we just have a great love for the entire process.

DB: Over the last decade, what single event has meant the most to you, or stood out more than others as a band/musician?

JB: I think getting one of our songs used for the Light Rail campaign was quite an honor. We got to record in an awesome studio, do fun events and had an amazing animated video created for it. Itís a great feeling when people say, ďI heard your song when I was at the grocery store todayĒ.  I never imagined that we would have our music playing when people are shopping for produce lol.

DB: Can you elaborate on "what a long, strange, trip itís been" quote you have on your bio?

JB: Like any group that has been around for awhile, we have been through a lot, not only in our music career, but in our personal lives as well. Lots of stories, lots of ups and downs and even personnel changes. The music business is crazy no matter what level you are at.

DB: I see you have released "Sightseeing" and "Follow The Money" back in 2017 and are currently in the studio. Can you talk about what is to be expected?

JB: We have two EPs and one full length album. We are getting ready to release a new single very soon and then another [single] in the next few months. When we have enough songs, we will put them all out as a full-length album.

DB: During this recording process, or anytime in the studio, did any of the songs come out differently than you had planned?

JB: We generally have a pretty good idea of what we want when we record. Our producer Bryan Kuban really pushed us on the last two releases with some innovative ideas and trying to get the best performance out of us. In doing that, the songs turned out even better than we expected. We were so excited to hear the final mix. We felt we had really made some solid records.

DB: What are your thoughts on the music industry, social media and YouTube?

Mill's EndJB: In a lot of ways, social media and YouTube is the music industry. There seems to be a lot more emphasis on singles rather than albums, and in the past the industry would "discover" talent that they thought would sell and put it out to the public. Now, the artists really have to show they can garner attention on social media and YouTube and then the industry comes to them. Thanks to social media and YouTube there are a lot of great resources for do it yourself musicians to really put out high quality recordings, videos, etc. The challenge is there is so much out there you really must put the extra effort in to make what you do stand out instead of being scrolled over on someoneís laptop.

DB: How would you say the local music scene has changed over the last 10 years?

JB: One substantial change is just the number of bands. There is a lot of music out there in pretty much every genre. Just as with social media, you really must put the work in musically and then promotion wise to be able to separate yourself. People are going to give you a small window to win them over, so you really need to have your act together when you get that opportunity.

DB: What does the future have in store for Mills End? I see you have some shows coming up, what can we look forward to?

JB: The emphasis right now is writing and recording. We want to keep pushing ourselves musically and creatively and get it into the studio. We also love to play live so there will be plenty of opportunities to see us play not only in the Valley but the Southwest.

DB: Is there anything that you would like to add?

JB: You can always get the latest on shows, music and news at millsendband.com and a big thank you to all those who have supported us over the past 10 years.

Millís End style of alt-country is the perfect playlist to a summertime barbecue or the inspiration to find your favorite jeans and boots to hit the town. Make sure to check out Millís End and follow them on Facebook.

Millís End:

Jeff Bump - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mike Eckert - Drums
Geoff Butzine - Bass
Alan Clark - Lead Guitar, Vocals 

Links:

www.facebook.com/MillsEnd/
www.millsendband.com

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