Millie Turner
Some inspiration points from the much-tipped songwriter...

Millie Turner has nothing to prove and everything to win.

Across a short flurry of vital club tracks this pop riser has sketched out a vivid, completely unique voice, one that could only come from her.

Singles such as 'Night Running' epitomise her twilight stance, nailing that late night feel while retaining that incredible sense of promise.

Set to play The Great Escape's First Fifty this weekend, the crowd at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton are ready to witness something special as part of a night-long Clash takeover.

Ahead of her set, Mille Turner sat down with Clash to reveal a few Influences...

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Benjamin Clementine - 'I Won't Complain'

I started playing piano when I was five, and although I had lessons in classical, I loved composing my own music. Finding artists would who were able to do this as well has always been so inspiring for me.

I got into Benjamin Clementine when I was 13 and I don't remember listening to anything else. He was my first gig, and first vinyl. All his music is intense but so imaginative and creative, based purely on vocals and piano. This song itself is so powerful, the mix of vocals piano and beats is so raw and yet he does it with so much depth and passion.

Willow Smith - 'Wait A Minute!'

I played this song on repeat during exam season last summer. For me one of the most important parts of the song are the lyrics because they are so personal and navigate the narrative of the song. Her lyrics are so transporting and unique which is what I respect so much about her.

Tash Sultana - 'Jungle'

I found out about this song two years ago, when she was less well known. I love how the track slowly builds up, her use of layering adds to the atmosphere of the track. Seeing her perform live was even more incredible. How she became so absorbed by the music was so inspiring for me.

Aretha Franklin - 'Respect'

Being my mum's favourite artist, Aretha Franklin's songs would be played all the time in my childhood. Everything about her music was an inspiration for me, but the soul she is able to carry in her voice is one thing that really stood out to me. Her ability to place so much emotion in her music is so inspiring and should carry on in all genre of music.

Paloma Faith - 'New York'

Paloma Faith's 'Do You Want The Truth Of Something Beautiful' was my first ever album, and I remember listening to it in my bedroom on repeat when I was younger. I found the whole album so inspiring in how empowering her voice is and also so homely in her prominent London accent. Her unique style of singing is one I loved to imitate.

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Catch Millie Turner at the Courtyard Theatre, London on November 27th as part of The Great Escape's First Fifty.

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