Mielo: The Chicago DJ and Musician Will Make Carbondale Vibe!
Everything about Mielo, the Chicago-based DJ, musician, and producer who will play Saturday, February 18 at the Hangar 9, is fresh and energetic. “Indie electronic” is what he calls his music, a beautiful mix of headnodic bass, treble, pop, rhythm and blues, and a hint of dubstep that resembles music by Zayn Malik and Zara Larsson. And it’s great for getting a party started, or just chilling and vibing.
Originally a classically trained musician named Brett Stogsdill, Mielo told Nightlife how he chose his stage name: “Mielo is the person I’ve always wanted to be. Growing up, I always wanted to be in a successful band, but never learned instrumentation that is related to rock— I played piano and trumpet. So Mielo is very much myself reborn into who I’ve always wanted to be, and hopefully it will allow myself to be able to touch a lot of people with my music.”
Mielo started to DJ at Chicago-area bars and clubs, and after a few months he realized he wanted to make music. Taking a break from DJing, he took up music production.
“After doing that for about a year,” Mielo explained, “I came up with the idea for Mielo. [I] worked on my sound for almost eight months then released my first song, ‘Surreal.’”
If evolution were a song, it would be “Surreal,” a great example of how music is ever-changing and growing. “Surreal” is new, fresh, and keeps getting better. It’s like an ongoing experiment— trying new things, sampling old songs and making them new, chopping up vocals and using them to create tracks, taking the best parts and stitching them together to make a masterpiece. All of Mielo’s music is like that.
“Surreal” kickstarted Mielo’s music career, but his newer song, “Pretty When U Cry,” follows close behind as the new fan favorite.
In finding himself, Mielo’s made great music and gotten the chance to work with several other talented and like-minded artists along the way. “My personal favorites have been playing Summer Set Music Festival with Porter Robinson and Madeon.... If I had the opportunity to make music with Porter or Madeon, I would, one-hundred percent, no question.”
Mielo has many musical ambitions.
“My main goal is to be able to wake up everyday and write music,” Mielo said. “I would like to be doing headline tours and no djing, but do a live set.... I’m not trying to make club hits— I’m just trying to make beautiful, touching music. With my forthcoming original music, I think this statement will be able to be seen more, as well.”
Find out more at <http://www.MieloMusic.com>.
what: live DJ
where: Hangar 9
when: Saturday, February 18