It could be said that Mike Diaz, a/k/a MillionYoung, is living through the adolescence of his musical career — although that analogy only really holds if we all, in infancy, became blogged-about indie sensations due to our bedroom-created electro-pop. One of the shining stars of the, ahem, "chillwave" Class of 2010, Diaz first made his mark with his Be So True EP, a strange and shimmering bauble off Arcade Sound Ltd. — the kind of music that you want to bliss out to while you're lying on the floor. "I used to be a drummer," explains Diaz, at home in Florida, "so everything starts from a rhythmic place. And I don't sample other things, but I sample things that I write and play, and manipulate it; record guitars and play them backwards so they don't sound like guitars."
The evolution that takes place in Diaz's music has slowly-but-surely been happening to MillionYoung as well, as its metamorphosis continues from solo studio project to real band that tours and puts out a full-length album every year (forthcoming sophomore outing follows this summer's Amanecer, an Old Flame Records compilation of older work). "At the time of the first few EPs, I didn't think that I'd even ever play live. The whole thing kind of happened on accident, definitely, the evolution of this thing."
MILLIONYOUNG + THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR |Royale, 279 Tremont St, Boston | November 8 @ 7 pm :: $17
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