Originally from the Isle of Skye, Mylo’s 2004 debut album ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’ remains a bookmark in the story of dance music crossovers. His new album is expected in September and Mylo will be playing the Mission Dance Weekend in Romania next week. Listen to a full live set and get ticket info below.

More live dates are expected from Mylo later this year. If you can’t make it to Romania you can listen to a recent live recording of Mylo at Wax:on in Leeds below.

Growing up on the somewhat isolated Isle of Skye in Scotland, Mylo’s musical upbringing was interesting to say the least, weaned on a healthy diet of pirate radio and traditional Scottish folk music, “Skye is an island off the west coast of Scotland. It’s quite close to the mainland, you can drive to it over a bridge, and is about 4 or 5 hours from Glasgow. Growing up I used to listen to quite a lot of folk music, I played the accordion and the bag pipes. I don’t think you can hear those influences too literally in my music now though.”

Having lived in London and Paris and studied in Oxford and Los Angeles, Myles’s return to Skye in 2001 was the start of his dedication to producing music. Restricted by a lack of funds, Myles’ earliest material to be picked up on was made simply on a humble home studio set-up consisting of a second hand iMac, a free downloadable version of Protools, and various other bits of music software, “I still use Protools, the one I used when I started out was a free version that only had 8 tracks on it. I still use a Mac, but it’s a good powerful G4 now. As soon as I got some money back from the label I used it to buy equipment. I didn’t want to make lo-fi music with crap equipment, it was just that I didn’t have any money! But it is incredible though, you can do a lot on not much equipment, after all ‘Sgt. Pepper’ was only made on a 4 track!”

Already seeing himself compared to dance/mainstream crossovers like Air, Daft Punk and Royksopp, ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’ has an astoundingly diverse sound to it. Crossing many genres of dance music, Myles reveals that the album’s contrasting sounds came from a blissful lack of knowledge about dance’s specific styles and sub-genres, “It’s mainly through ignorance really! I DJ a bit now and I know what’s going on, but at the time I started making these tracks for the album I was just totally in the dark with dance music. Specific sub-genres in house and all that didn’t really mean a lot to me.” Going on to detail, “I just don’t really understand the different genres. I mean I know that house is supposed to have four beats to the floor, and breaks doesn’t, but I just don’t see the point in classifying it into styles.”

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