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Meet the XLR Collective: Milo

Name: Milo Clack

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist (rap and metal), lyricist/activist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I want to push myself to develop in every way that I can and would’ve regretted missing the opportunity to do something extra with my life. I’m also incredibly passionate about music and issues/injustices that people face on a daily basis – I’d love to be able to make a positive change around some of them.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I go to Access to Music college three days a week, where I study Music Performance. Through this I formed a band and therefore spend a fair amount of my time writing new material and refining our repertoire in order to be ready for eventually getting out there and performing. I also work at the Bristol O2 Academy and I’m pretty much always listening to music! Apart from that I love to be around other people and chat about almost everything. I love the outdoors, so as soon as there’s some sun I have no doubt I’ll be out playing football whenever I get the chance.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to seeing how all our creativity is going to eventually merge together and watching us grow as a collective. I’m also excited to see what kind of impact we’re going to have on other people.

Favourite song? As an ever-changing being who needs different music at different times, this comes as a difficult question as my favourite song is always dependent on my headspace. Having said that, if I had to just pick one out for now I suppose it’d be Gojira – The Axe, because it’s a song that just gives me something that I don’t think any other song is capable of, and fills me with such willpower and determination. Whenever I’m not so confident, I can usually depend on this song to give me a well needed lift as well as the belief of self-worth, and that my actions can have an incredible impact on others.

Favourite Music Genre? Metal.

An artist which inspires me is Gojira. They’re without a doubt my all time favourite band for so many reasons – I could go on forever! To summarise, they’ve made me who I am today. I try to be compassionate and open minded in every situation because of what they’ve taught me, and they have made me feel more than I thought ever possible through the power of music. The music alone is so powerful and incredibly innovative, but the ethos and meaning behind it has given me such passion to want to do something with my life and not waste a single moment. I aspire to be the best I can because of these guys, and although an outsider may just see them as another “angry” metal band they can’t understand, they’ve given me such determination to spread love and understanding in times of such disparity and despair. They’ve taught me life is not as it always seems and that “all illness can be healed”. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) Gojira, Gojira and Gojira. I first saw them in 2012, and that was my first ever “proper” gig. When they played L’Enfant Sauvage it’s like it awoke something in me that I had no idea was there, and it was an incredibly profound experience. This is what made them my favourite band. Now almost five years later I’ve finally seen them again – twice within a week! Both venues were sold out which was amazing to see, as they’ve finally gained the exposure they’ve always deserved. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd so vivid and enthused – the guitarist even said at the Bristol gig he felt it was one of the best in his so far 21 year career.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? Personally, I try to live in the moment as much as I can. It’s good to have goals and aspirations, but ultimately I know that nothing will ever turn out quite as expected. All I can say is that, by the end of this, I will have learnt a lot and will be wiser and very proud of what I’ve achieved. I hope to have met many inspiring people along the way and make some lifelong friends as well. I truly believe this programme will give me a different perspective on life.

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