By Jennifer Lynn
If you think that MILK is nothing more than something you put on your cornflakes, dear readers, then you’ve clearly been hiding under a rock for the past eighteen months. MILK is in fact a club night with a twist, a monthly carton of live music, guest DJs and free cookies, housed in Glasgow’s Flat 0/1. Sounds tasty, right?
Here the brains behind the banter, friends Aileen Lynn and Hannah Currie, give Scotcampus their chat on all things dairy.
Could you introduce yourselves to Scotcampus in the form of an alter ego?
Aileen: My alter ego would be called Grace. She would be way less clumsy than me, and wouldn’t stub her toes on her bed frame every single morning.
Hannah: My name in Hebrew is Grace! I’ve just looked up the meaning of Aileen, which is “from the green meadow”, so I would like my alter ego to be called “G. Meadow”. I do actually have multiple personalities, but I try to keep them apart.
How do you know each other?
A: We used to work in a bar together when we were students, but only got to know each other when Hannah had a spare ticket for Stag and Dagger festival a couple of summers back. We’ve been close friends ever since that sunny, cider-fuelled day.
H: I was meant to be going with my brother, but he vomited on his carpet, then hoovered it up.
Do you have a good cop and a bad cop? Y’know, like a Giuliana Rancic to Joan Rivers?
A: I had to Google Giuliana Rancic there. I hope I’m not the Joan Rivers of the two, her face has melted.
How did you become MILKmaids?
A: We were both doing a lot of music journalism when we were in our final year of uni, but when we graduated we had no plans whatsoever. The fear was beginning to set in until our friend Jamie, who runs Instinctive Racoon Records, asked us to start the club night.
H: We didn’t expect MILK to do so well, and to still be going strong a year and a half later!
Who is the average MILK consumer?
A: Fans of the local music scene looking to drink Frosty Jacks and crowd surf, or throw up, at some point during the night. It’s also suitable for anyone that likes to dance like they’ve lost all sense of space and balance.
H: We have a really loyal crowd who come month after month without fail, and we love ’em to bits, but it’s also amazing to see new faces coming through the door each time.
What’s the best part about your job?
H: Getting to be part of Glasgow’s amazing music scene despite having no musical talent whatsoever. The best feeling is coming home from a MILK night with a huge smile on my face and an instant buzz about the next event- it never stops! We’ve also had some great opportunities through MILK; we went to Wickerman Festival to film with the Glasgow PodcART girls, put on a gig for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival earlier this month, and best of all we started another night, LAID, which is coming up to its first birthday.
How do you pick the bands that play at MILK?
A: It’s a mixture of bands we love and follow, and bands that seem to be gaining a lot of interest at the time. We don’t like to stick to a specific music genre; we’ve had indie, hip hop, electro, crazy heavy metal and more.
H: It sounds really simple, but we try to put together nights that people will want to go to- it’s a whole package. Often we’ll see a band performing live and just know we have to have them!
Have you had any favourite nights, or nights you’ve pulled off that you didn’t think would be possible?
A: Our first birthday show was incredible; we sold 150 tickets in two hours and had so much press attention. We managed to re-form three ultimate “missing” bands, as per our milk carton marketing campaign, and the place was totally mental! It was so great to celebrate the night with folk we’d seen attending our first ever MILK. I nearly had a greet.
H: I was quite overwhelmed when we had some celebrities at MILK, because they could go anywhere fancy, but they chose our night. Miles Kane’s PR team came up to us after his gig at the O2 ABC and asked for forty guest spaces. Miles appeared and stayed all night. We’ve also had that Scottish hottie from Beaver Falls [Sam Robertson]. I want to start a wee wall with signed portraits, like you see in some chip shops. “Thanks to MILK for a great night, love Donny Osmond.”
If you were to take MILK on tour, where would it go and why?
A: I’d love to take it up north and rent a big house for everyone to stay. Maybe we could take it to a farm and folk could just walk up to the nearest cow to top up their White Russians…
H: MILK takes America! I still really want to go to South By Southwest, that’s on my wishlist. Devon’s on there too, so I guess I’d settle for that.
You mentioned your other clubnight, LAID, as in “I LAID an egg.” Are you big dairy fans?
A: I love all dairy, thank God I’m not lactose intolerant.
H: I am lactose intolerant.
What calcium rich goodness can we expect for the rest of the year? Any big Christmas plans?
A: We have a special Christmas show planned which will involve plenty of mince pies, mulled wine and cider, as well as some extra special sets and a couple of secret announcements! Expect
some wholesome fun followed by the usual debauchery. Ho ho ho.
MILK takes place monthly at Flat 0/1, 162 Bath Street, Glasgow. Catch its sister night LAID at Bloc, 117 Bath Street, Glasgow. For more information see www.facebook.com/milkglasgow01 and www.facebook.com/laidglasgow