Milocraft is an American electronica musician, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and a visual artist. Miles Germer adopted the stage name of Milocraft in 2003 as a moniker of his artistic pursuits.
Milocraft gained popularity with the independent release of his debut album called Epic Carols in November 2012. Milocraft funded this first commercial album with a fundraising campaign on kickstarter.com.
Early years (1989–2012)
Growing up in a family with professional musicians as parents, music was the way of life. With six kids who also played music there was always a violin, trumpet, or piano blaring away from somewhere in the home. They even had a family singing group complete with programs and dance steps.
When Miles was about 14 years old his father, a professional musician, bought a new synthesizer keyboard (Ensonique ASR 10) to help his father compose symphonic music. Luckily for Miles, it also doubled as a virtual multi-track recording machine. Miles learned the basics of recording and songwriting on that machine, spending countless summer nights laying down tracks and beats, sampling old records, and writing his own songs.
Miles pursued music throughout his formal schooling, participating in the Madrigals in high school as well as various musicals, and the Concert Choral at the University of Utah. He also sang in multiple barbershop quartets.
In 1990 he formed a band called “Ditto” with Brian Peterson. Recording on a borrowed 4 -track recorder, they released an album called “Red Rock Shock” in 1991.
Serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Brazil, Miles wrote the mission hymn and conducted his fellow missionaries in Christmas concerts across the state of Fortaleza.
In 1993 Miles returned home and started his career in computer graphics while attending the University of Utah, studying Fine Arts. Miles continued to work on solo and collaborative musical projects, releasing singles like “Ponymeat” and “Did You Ever Know Him?”.
In 1998 Miles married and started a family. He put off musical interests in favor of pursuing his career in motion graphics. Miles moved to Seattle in 2001 as a founding partner of a tech start-up and began to make video games in 2003.
Miles resumed his musical pursuits in 2003 with Reason from Propellerhead. He began to accrue gear and software to ramp up his musical aspirations. He eventually started using Cubase and adopted it as his main DAW.
In 2010 miles collected his various songs into the “Anthology – The Early Years”, which contains 10 albums of music and entertainment.
Epic Carols, an electronic rendition of traditional Christmas carols, was released in 2012. It is distributed through CDBaby.com, and is available in every major music outlet including iTunes, Amazon.com, and Google Play. Stephanie Mason, an accomplished vocalist, is featured on four tracks.
When asked about his passion for creating music, Miles says “I love to lose myself in the rhythmic melodies and hypnotizing beats, especially when I am virtually falling asleep at the keyboard.”
Miles currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area with his wife and three children where he makes video games as an artist.
Milocraft’s music is described as trance and synthpop and is often described as belonging under the “electronic music” label. Miles has stated that he is inspired by European electronic music, as well as instrumental genres such as new wave, trance, and post-rock. He cites his biggest influences as U2, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Sting, Yes, Vast, BT, Seven Lions, and Infected Mushroom. Miles also incorporates a large amount of his Christian faith into his music, since he is a vocal Christian. Explaining why Epic Carols focuses on the religious aspect of Christmas he said, “I feel like God gave me the ability to create music and promoting His values and truth is an essential part of my dedication to Christ.”
Miles Germer – lead vocals, synthesizers, drums.
Featured artist – Stephanie Mason
Miles Germer writes, composes, records, and produces all of Milocraft’s music.
Epic Carols (2012)
Miles, the Early Years – Anthology (2010)