George Mills – Longer Now

George Mills – Longer Now

 George Mills – Longer Now

George Mills – Longer Now

ARTIST NAME: George Mills
 
SONG TITLE: Longer Now
 
ALBUM TITLE: Moments in Present Hindsight
 
RELEASE DATE: 25/06/21
 
GENRE: Pop/Singer-Songwriter
 
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With an instinct for emotional storytelling and a bluesy, rock-influenced grit formed from his background as a lead guitarist in various bands, Manchester-based singer/songwriter George Mills brings an assured and heartfelt relatability to contemporary pop.
Extensive radio play and press reviews early on in his short solo career demonstrate a connection with his fans that can be compared to that of long-term established artists in the genre. His debut EP ‘Moments in Present Hindsight’ is in the works, and currently releasing as singles.

 

 

LYRICS:
 
Choosing some words to say
Just don’t hesitate
It’s obvious that he won’t
Take it anymore
 
Losing your urgency
Always disagree
But who knows if I say the
Only way is up

 

Maybe you don’t care but
Justify it
Never gonna know until you fight
But it’s up to you ’cause
 
How much longer now?
It pays to plan ahead
Stop slowing down
Things could come around
How much longer now?
It’s better to be said
You can’t allow any longer now
 
I know you’ve actually
Started to finally
Take control, ’cause I know
When you don’t
Like it anymore
Some things can still fall through
But they were overdue
It’s on you, first move
I’ll wait until you do

 

Maybe you don’t care but
Justify it
Never ‘gonna know until you fight
But it’s up to you ’cause

 

How much longer now?
It pays to plan ahead
Stop slowing down
Things could come around
How much longer now?
It’s better to be said
You can’t allow any longer now
 
Never gonna know until you fight this

 

How much longer now?
It pays to plan ahead
Stop slowing down
Things could come around
How much longer now
It’s better to be said
You can’t allow any longer now
 
Projects: The final track (4/4) of my debut EP is currently in the works! I can’t say the name yet – as I’m not entirely sure what it should be right now. But I’m thinking maybe a live video solo performance of this one will work great when it comes to releasing.
 
Music style: To be honest, it would always feel weird for me to tear myself away from my guitar. I started out as a guitarist and played in loads of bands, so I view myself as an instrumentalist first and foremost. If people ask, I’ll usually just tell them I play guitar and forget about the singing. The singing came much later on. It would take some getting used to if I ever performed music where the instrument didn’t hold a prominent part in the songs. But, if the music felt right then I would be open to trying new things.

 

Song: The main guitar riff from “Longer Now” was something I had in mind for a jingle or something similar. I had it recorded in case I was ever asked to work on something where a catchy, quick hook was needed. I was playing it one day and the first line of “Longer Now” just came out… the words and melody simultaneously. I knew what I meant by it straight away, and I just kept going. The track and overall idea really came alive in the production process.
 
Music Production: I definitely always look for a certain level of quality in the production process. This of course starts and ends by working with the right people! I do record myself but will use my versions as references or ‘demos’ to work on with more experienced producers. I always listen to unsigned artists and if the quality of production grabs my attention I’ll find out who produced the track and gain contact!
 
Performance: I have more experience playing guitar live than I do singing. Because of that, I’ll usually obsess over the vocal beforehand… lots of water, vocal exercises, not too much spice, or eating too much beforehand.
 
Music Career: That’s the goal! I currently work two positions around my music. Luckily these jobs allow me enough flexibility to concentrate on myself as an artist. If an opportunity arises from my music at any point, I wouldn’t hesitate!
 
Feedback: It’s usually the out-of-the-blue messages on social media… when someone from halfway across the world has been listening to your music and connected with it. I remember someone once saying a track had inspired them to pick up a guitar for the first time. They’re still playing now by the looks of it so that was really cool.

 

Interest: I’m really into fitness and exercise! Fairly soon I’ll be a qualified personal trainer, but it’s not really my priority compared to the music.

 

Influence: It would be impossible to say just one. I feel like through the years playing in rock bands to where I am now, my entire music taste has changed. My earliest inspiration for playing the guitar was Carlos Santana – that was through my dad. I listen to a lot of solo artists right now, mainly in pop and soul genres. Well-known pop artists like Shawn Mendez, Lauv, and the more soulful style of Allen Stone. I’ve always loved John Mayer too and the guitar-focused/rock style of his pop music.

 

Collaboration: I think right now I’m enjoying concentrating on my own material, although I will sometimes help others with vocal or guitar parts in their tracks and send it online. I’m always open to collaborations but I would be pretty selective right now while I’m developing an overall sound.

 

Song Detail: Without being too specific, the song is about someone close to me who was going through a really difficult period. The language used does have an undertone of frustration to it, but it does have an element of motivation too. The choice of chords, melody, and rhythm in the track give it an upbeat feel, but it doesn’t go too far. I like that about it. You can still feel the emotion of the topic without it being a slow ballad-style track.

 

Mood: I still get nervous beforehand. After the first song though it feels like I’m practicing on my own, which helps me get over it and enjoy the performance. I just try and concentrate on doing a great job of the music, so the audience feel invisible when I’m in that mindset.

 

Mistakes: I’d probably say getting into any written commitments too early would be something to avoid. It’s tempting to jump into something when you are independent, as it feels so official to say you have management or a label. I think you have to be very sure that they care and will genuinely benefit you as an artist. If it’s something you honestly feel you can manage to do on your own, keep it up and you never know what other opportunities might appear.

 

Artist’s Name: George Mills. Not much to say really – this is my real name so it does feel weird seeing it used online!
 
Song Meaning: “Longer Now” – was plucked from the chorus hook. It’s very open to interpretation but once you listen, the context is established and you should hopefully hear it like a message or conversation with another person.
 
Album’s Title: This is the third track of my debut EP ‘Moments in Present Hindsight.’ The tracks are all associated with this concept. It’s essentially overthinking situations in the past where I felt that the right decisions weren’t made, or my viewpoint should perhaps have been different.

 

 

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