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Milky Chance Star Talks Stolen Dance, Band Name and Band Geeks (A Top Story)


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On Monday Milky Chance Star Talks Stolen Dance, Band Name and Band Geeks was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Back in 2013, Milky Chance's Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch had no idea the groovy little song they'd written in Rehbein's bedroom would one day become a global hit. But now, with more than sixty million views on YouTube and a place in the Top 10 song charts in over 50 countries, "Stolen Dance" is the little song that could.

Raised on jazz and reggae, the German alt-folk duo met in an advanced music course. Rehbein, the singer-songwriter, and Dausch, the electronic wizard, enjoyed playing together so much that after they graduated and their local band parted ways they continued to play together. Two years later, the two recorded their first and soon-to-be-released U.S. debut, Sadnecessary (out Oct. 14), in Rehbein's home.

From the bedroom to the stage, the pair are now looking at a world tour that will bring them to the United States for the very first time. It's a lot to take in, but when Radio.com caught up with Rehbein over the phone from his home in Germany, he seemed calm, cool and collected about his recent success. Ask him about cutting off his hair though, and you'll get a lukewarm response.

Radio.com: Why do you think "Stolen Dance" has become so popular, not only in the States but around the world? Clemens Rehbein: When I started uploading songs to YouTube, that was two years ago, and I did it just for fun and just to see how people would react. We never had any expectations. A lot of people have tried to explain why that song has had such a huge impact but I don't have any answers for it. Maybe the melody is easy to catch? I just don't think about it too much. It's cool. It's very exciting. It's crazy.

You played jazz in school. Would you say you were a "band geek"? All our friends that we have in our home town are really into music. They all play different instruments. I guess you could say we are like music nerds. But we also did all the other things like partying, hanging out with friends. But, we were really into music. You could say that we had a really good education in music. For example, we were singing in choir in school and some of us played in orchestra. I've been playing in the orchestra since I've been playing instruments. I played the violin, bass and guitar, which weren't too good for playing in an orchestra.

I hear there's no meaning behind the band's name. So I have to ask, were you drunk when you came up with it? Well, I wasn't drunk because I created the name when I was younger, like fourteen years old. The name was around before the project started. Actually, when I started writing I was in my room and I started creating all these names, dreaming of playing on a big stage. I started creating all these names and that was one of them. But I don't think there's any meaning between the two words.

Read the rest of the interview - here.

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Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

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