Milky Chance is a German folk group originating from Kassel. It consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Clemens Rehbein, producer and percussionist Philipp Dausch, guitarist Antonio Greger and drummer Sebastian Schmidt.
Their first single "Stolen Dance" was released in April 2013, peaking at No. 1 on charts in multiple countries including Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, and Switzerland. It also won the 1Live Krone radio awards for Best Single.
Their debut album Sadnecessary was released in October 2013, with singles such as "Down by the River". The album peaked at number 14 in Germany, and in 2014 SPIN named Sadnecessary their Album of the Week. SPIN further described the leading single "Stolen Dance" as a "serenely rollicking crossover jam," clarifying that "the great majority of Sadnecessary follows [the song's] pattern of low-octane beats and gently lapping guitar strumming." The band made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October 2014, and also won the European Border Breakers Award that month. They started a tour of North America in late 2014, performing at venues such as the House of Blues and festivals such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
After meeting in school, Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch finished their secondary education at Jacob-Grimm-Schule in Kassel, Germany in 2012. Both were in a jazz quintet known as Flown Tones where Rehbein played bass guitar and Dausch was a guitarist. The group disbanded after the drummer left, though Dausch and Rehbein continued to collaborate feeling they had a good connection. They combined electronic production with acoustic guitar and their own vocals and lyrics. Rehbein wrote most of the songs at home, then uploaded the songs to YouTube, where they gradually gained a following..
2013: "Stolen Dance"
|"Stolen Dance" Music Video (Apr 4, 2013)|
|"Flashed Junk Mind" Music Video (Sep 19, 2014)|
|"Milky Chance - Firebird" Music Video (Feb 02, 2018)|
After only playing two live shows over two weeks in 2013, the band recorded their debut album in a simple home-made studio in Rehbein's childhood home. Before finishing and releasing the record, the group released several singles on SoundCloud and on YouTube. In an interview with Edmonton's Sonic 102.9, the band said that it took them three years to write the song "Stolen Dance". It was first uploaded to YouTube 4 April 2013 and they had low expectations for the track. However, it quickly became a viral hit, racking up millions of views. Wrote SPIN about the video, "the clip for 'Stolen Dance' nails the visual for its artist in a way that feels definitive and not overly self-conscious. It's still without being static, evocative while not provocative, silly but never stupid." The video made the band the "most blogged about act" for that month on HypeM, and as of October 2018, the video holds over 450 million views on YouTube. The day after the video was released, the song "Stolen Dance" was first released (on their own label Lichtdicht Records) on 5 April 2013 as a single and reached number one in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and France. It also topped the charts in Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary. It reached number one on the Billboard Alternative chart. Their first big show was at a big festival called Dockville in Hamburg, with about 5,000 in attendance.
The band desired to "make it a little bit bigger" and reach international audiences. They performed at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and a representative from Ignition liked what he saw. Their manager set up a meeting and they reached a distribution deal.
The band began a 100+ show tour, driving across Europe with allegedly simply "a guitar and a set of decks and some mpc."
Sadnecessary is the debut studio album by the group, released in Germany on 1 October 2013. The album includes the singles "Stolen Dance" and "Down by the River". The album has peaked to number 14 in Germany, and it charted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart. They toured in support of the album, and on 5 December 2013, they won the 1Live Krone radio awards for the Best Single with "Stolen Dance."
"Down by the River", a song from Sadnecessary, was re-released as a single on 28 March 2014 in Germany through Lichtdicht Records. The song has charted in France, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom, and also appears in EA Sports game, FIFA 15. After a successful tour, "Stolen Dance" was made available in a radio edit version and on two different versions of Stolen Dance EP under various labels in 2014, in regions such as in Luxembourg (where it also went to number one), Australia, US, Canada, New Zealand.
Sadnecessary was nominated for IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year.
2014–2016: Sadnecessary Tour
Their first show in the United States was in October 2014, in a sold-out performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Sadnecessary was released in the United States a year after its release in Germany, coming out on October 14, 2014. It received largely positive press from North American critics, and within a day of its release SPIN named Sadnecessary their Album of the Week. SPIN further described the leading single "Stolen Dance" as a "serenely rollicking crossover jam," clarifying that the song "is no red herring — the great majority of Sadnecessary follows in its pattern of low-octane beats and gently lapping guitar strumming, making for a lovely and understated album."
The band made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 22 October 2014, and that day they were nominated for Best Band at the German radio award 1Live Krone. They also won the European Border Breakers Award that month, and on 16 September 2014, they were nominated as Best German Act at the MTV European Music Awards. They toured the United States and Canada in late 2014. They were also guest artists on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and they played the House of Blues in April 2015, with plans to return to Boston as part of their upcoming North American Summer Tour. Also in April they played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, with their album Sadnecessary at that point having been on the Billboard 200 for 23 weeks. "Stolen Dance" entered the Shazam Hall Of Fame at No. 15, as one of the most "shazamed" songs of all time.
2017-Present: Blossom album and world tour
The band released their second album Blossom on 17 March 2017. Blossom was inspired by the experience Clemens and Philipp had in the last two years and the two different worlds they've jumped into: touring and being home in their private life with family and friends.
The band embarked on another worldwide tour that continues throughout 2018. They visited more than 26 countries and performed more than 161 shows by February 2018 .
During their Blossom headline tour they also played at the Osheaga Festival (2017), Lollapalooza Chicago & Paris (2017), Austin City Limits Music Festival (2017) and Groovin' The Moo Festival in Australia (2017) and performed at the Conan O’Briens late night show .
Style and equipment
|"[We both] hear things very much the same, it's like having the same ears. We totally understand the way we're sounding from each other and have the same vision for our music."|
|— Philipp Dausch in 2014|
Incorporating elements of folk, reggae, and jazz. USA Today describes the band as "singer-songwriter with electronic beats." The music publication Noisey wrote, "The pair masterfully combines house and electronic beats with reggae and R&B influences; the lyrics, though, could have been written by a folk singer." The band has cited diverse artists as influences, including reggae and rock artists such as Bob Marley, Ray Charles, and John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band used a relatively simple equipment setup in the studio, and their debut releases were recorded in 2013 with only a MacBook Pro, a guitar, a microphone, and Logic Pro. Some of the guitars such as Framus Mayfield Custom Electric Guitar are used by Clemens Rehbein. 
During the following years Milky Chance incorporated Antonio Greger (since 2013) and Sebastian Schmidt (since 2016) as new touring member on stage.
Their second album Blossom was recorded 2016 close to their hometown in Rothenburg an der Fulda. This time the duo relied on real instruments instead of digital  and produced it together with Tobias Kuhn .
- Current members
- Clemens Rehbein – lead vocals, guitar, bass (2012–present)
- Philipp Dausch (2012–present) – drums, percussion, production backing vocals, guitar, bass
- Antonio Greger (2015–present) – guitar, harmonica, bass
- Touring members
- Sebastian Schmidt (2016-present) – drums, percussion
Awards and nominations
|2013||1Live Krone||"Stolen Dance"||Best Single||Won|
|2014||Milky Chance||Best Band||Nominated|
|MTV European Music Awards||Best German Act||Nominated|
|Los Premios 40 Principales||Best International New Act||Nominated|
|2015||European Border Breakers Awards||Sadnecessary||Best Album||Won|
|Milky Chance||Public Choice Award||Nominated|
|2018||1Live Krone||Milky Chance||Best Band||Nominated|
|Echo||Milky Chance||Best National Pop Group||Won|
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
- Stolen Dance EP (2013)
- Interviews and articles
- "SPIN Album of the Week: Milky Chance's Autumnal Sadnecessary". SPIN. October 14, 2014.
- "On the Verge: Milky Chance does electro-folk 'Dance'". USA Today. October 5, 2014.
- "Milky Chance Knows Their Band Name Is Dumb, but Their Music Is Too Good to Care". Noisey. October 27, 2014.
- "About". Milky Chance. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
- "SPIN Album of the Week: Milky Chance's Autumnal Sadnecessary". SPIN. Spin.com. October 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
- "Milky Chance". nbc.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
- "Der Aufstieg von Milky Chance: Hits aus dem Kinderzimmer | Kultur". Hna.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- Music Week staff (March 21, 2014), "ON THE RADAR MILKY CHANCE". Music Week. 61:9
- DS (June 20, 2014), "Virtually Famous Milky Chance". Evening Standard :43
- "Milky Chance - Stolen Dance (Album Version)". YouTube. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- Mendizabal, Amaya; Trust, Gary; White, Emily (June 21, 2014), "Tomorrow's Hits". Billboard. 126 (20):57
- (November 8, 2014), "ALTERNATIVE". Billboard. 126 (22):75
- "Stolen Dance - Milky Chance — Listen and discover music at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- Ryan, Patrick (October 5, 2014). "On the Verge: Milky Chance does electro-folk 'Dance'". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
- Lewis, Casey (October 27, 2014). "Milky Chance Knows Their Band Name Is Dumb, but Their Music Is Too Good to Care". Noisey. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
- "Opening Your Musical Mind: An Interview With Milky Chance | RVA Magazine | Richmond, VA". Rvamag.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- "Milky Chance official website - Past dates".
- "Milky Chance plays New Haven's College Street Music Hall". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
- Zachary Levi/John Lydon/Milky Chance, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Zachary Levi, 2017-03-09, retrieved 2018-02-23
- "Review: Milky Chance plays House of Blues". huntnewsnu.com. April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
- "Milky Chance - Blossom". Discogs (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-23.
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