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A Sit Down With DJ Milk N Cookies

15:27 Jan/18/2018

Milk N Cookies, although duplicated (members Paul and James are twins) their sound and use of sarcasm can never be imitated. The fun-loving creators of “Post Bro” House have a style all their own and they, quite frankly, DGAF. Paul and James are purveyors of an always energetic, upbeat party vibe that draws inspiration from The Chainsmokers and their own experiences.

The native Chicagoans, who also work under their own label Kitchin Records, are relatively new to the scene but are carving their own way through sheer talent, personalities that attract even the most cynical electronic listener, and “frat brothers gone bad” good looks.


"Music was something I always wanted to do—as my job or my life and I could never see myself doing anything else."


Where did the name Milk N Cooks come from?

This homeless man was shittin\’ himself all over the sidewalk this one time when we were in San Fransisco.

Why did the band eventually released only one LP?

After we recorded the first album in England, we came back to New York. The first single was released and Island expected more success than it had received. So they brought us back to England to record a new song we had, "Tinkertoy Tomorrow" and a new B-side "Wok n Woll", to be released as a second single. Although pressed as a test pressing, it never got released and they didn't release the album 'till 1976, when the New York Punk scene was happening.

Tell me about some of your early gigs.

One of our first gigs was a sweet 16 party. And we got a bunch of baseball uniforms and dyed them pink—pink baseball uniforms at the Coventry. We also had pink pajamas with feet. We were cultivating the idea of a uniform but that didn’t last very long, so we just started wearing different clothes.
What are your favorite rock’n’roll bands in history?

Well for me seeing the Beatles when I was a kid changed everything. So them, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the New York Dolls I would say had the most effect on me. And Marc Bolan.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?

It\’s pretty crazy because literally any sound can generate a full song in my head…like I can hear a printer shooting out some shit that someone is printing and it\’ll start a whole melody in my head and then if I keep imagining shit I can literally make a whole song in my head from that one random sound…everything seems to have a \”pitch\” to me and I don\’t know, the almighty creator just blessed me with the ability to build melodies and songs out of anything – pretty sick shit eh?

What is the Milk N Cooks sound, and how would you describe it to noobs?

Dope ass music, do not care about style or tempo. If it's awesome, it's awesome, and anyone will believe it. If it's good.

So what would be your ideal festival?

Ideally we would fly to a little beach and live in a little hut for 5 days. On some remote beach where Oh No is cooking up shrimp and there Claude Von Stroke and us playing the festival, deep house. Smoke weed in your hut all day and bang Hawaiian chicks. Your drinking your glasses while all the dudes are playing. 200 people are traveling there, Rhiannas chillin’. Gotta be a beach setting. A luxury beach is ideal, lemurs not allowed.

If you could collaborate with anyone, time not being a factor, who would it be?

I don’t think we’re sick enough yet to make a super banger with someone like Michael Jackson, but it would get us famous as fuck to make a hit with Justin Bieber! But people that would be fun as hell to work with would be Dada Life, Diplo, and Dillon Francis because people say we have similar personalities. And Riff Raff! Fucken Riff Raff is number one.

You have a different life now that’s not a hundred percent Milk ’n’ Cookies—it must be a little odd for you, to be going back.

The whole pain of the end of Milk ’n’ Cookies was something I didn’t want to think about cuz I always thought it was such a great band and could have been so huge. It was painful that it never seemed to reach its potential. Years later some Japanese label re-released the CD without anyone’s knowledge and I was at a record store one day and saw it. ‘Whoa! What is this?’ All of a sudden all these weird things started happening. I’d see people online talking about Milk ’n’ Cookies and trying to get in touch with me about it. We got asked to do this power pop festival in Brooklyn and so we did that.
Milk'N'Cookies was part of the power pop movement. I would like to know, did you ever played this kind of music or did you choose to do so because it was popular?

When Milk'N'Cookies formed there was no Power Pop Movement. We all grew up on British and American Pop and later David Bowie, T-Rex, Roxy Music and UK glam/glitter scene was a huge influence, as well as Sparks and the New York Dolls. But Milk'N'Cookies didn't quite sound like any of them. Ian North's songs and guitar playing, mixed with my vocals made it pretty original sounding. Sal Maida on bass and Mike Ruiz's drumming made for an amazing rhythm section which contributed to the band's uniqueness.

What was your best musical experience?

Definitely the recognition we got, and the popularity we gained, and the financial security we gained just simply from making one free bootleg remix that blew up internationally last summer and took us to the next level in every way. We made more money, we got more respect, people wouldn’t fuck with us, big DJs played our stuff. That was a huge moment that people wait for.



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