MILLíS END - It's Only The
By Sara Lambeth
courtesy of Millís End
The music industry is tough, no matter
what stage of it you are in. We wanted to know more about what it
takes to keep a band making music and performing shows year after
year. To find these answers we turned to Millís End frontman, Jeff
Bump. Millís End is a southern rock ní roll quartet, raised
on old 97ís, Allman Brothers and Neil Young. The band came into
existence 10 years ago with the intention of bringing back good
ol' bar band rock Ďní roll to the Phoenix scene. Currently, they
have two EPs and one full length album under their belt with new
music on the way.
DB: Congratulations on 10 years as a band.
How has your opinion/outlook changed about being in a band over
JB: As the band continues, I really feel
there is just a greater appreciation for being able to write songs
and record and perform them. We just feel incredibly lucky that we
can keep doing this, we just have a great love for the entire
DB: Over the last decade, what single
event has meant the most to you, or stood out more than others as
JB: I think getting one of our songs used
for the Light Rail campaign was quite an honor. We got to record
in an awesome studio, do fun events and had an amazing animated
video created for it. Itís a great feeling when people say, ďI
heard your song when I was at the grocery store todayĒ. I
never imagined that we would have our music playing when people
are shopping for produce lol.
DB: Can you elaborate on "what a long,
strange, trip itís been" quote you have on your bio?
JB: Like any group that has been around
for awhile, we have been through a lot, not only in our music
career, but in our personal lives as well. Lots of stories, lots
of ups and downs and even personnel changes. The music business is
crazy no matter what level you are at.
DB: I see you have released "Sightseeing"
and "Follow The Money" back in 2017 and are currently in the
studio. Can you talk about what is to be expected?
JB: We have two EPs and one full length
album. We are getting ready to release a new single very soon and
then another [single] in the next few months. When we have enough
songs, we will put them all out as a full-length album.
DB: During this recording process, or
anytime in the studio, did any of the songs come out differently
than you had planned?
JB: We generally have a pretty good idea
of what we want when we record. Our producer Bryan Kuban really
pushed us on the last two releases with some innovative ideas and
trying to get the best performance out of us. In doing that, the
songs turned out even better than we expected. We were so excited
to hear the final mix. We felt we had really made some solid
DB: What are your thoughts on the music
industry, social media and YouTube?
JB: In a lot of ways, social media and
YouTube is the music industry. There seems to be a lot more
emphasis on singles rather than albums, and in the past the
industry would "discover" talent that they thought would sell and
put it out to the public. Now, the artists really have to show
they can garner attention on social media and YouTube and then the
industry comes to them. Thanks to social media and YouTube there
are a lot of great resources for do it yourself musicians to
really put out high quality recordings, videos, etc. The challenge
is there is so much out there you really must put the extra effort
in to make what you do stand out instead of being scrolled over on
DB: How would you say the local music
scene has changed over the last 10 years?
JB: One substantial change is just the
number of bands. There is a lot of music out there in pretty much
every genre. Just as with social media, you really must put the
work in musically and then promotion wise to be able to separate
yourself. People are going to give you a small window to win them
over, so you really need to have your act together when you get
DB: What does the future have in store for
Mills End? I see you have some shows coming up, what can we look
JB: The emphasis right now is writing and
recording. We want to keep pushing ourselves musically and
creatively and get it into the studio. We also love to play live
so there will be plenty of opportunities to see us play not only
in the Valley but the Southwest.
DB: Is there anything that you would like
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and a big thank you to all those who have supported us over the
past 10 years.
Millís End style of alt-country is the
perfect playlist to a summertime barbecue or the inspiration to
find your favorite jeans and boots to hit the town. Make sure to
check out Millís End and follow them on Facebook.
Jeff Bump - Lead Vocals, Rhythm
Mike Eckert - Drums
Geoff Butzine - Bass
Clark - Lead Guitar, Vocals