7 March 1996
Kochani, Republic of Macedonia
|🏡 Residence||London, England, UK|
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|📆 Years active||2009–present|
Boban Milenovski (Macedonian: Бобан Миленовски, born 7 March 1996), known mononymously as Bobby Mill, is a Macedonian rapper, singer, songwriter and a record producer.
Mill was born on 7 March 1996, in Kochani, Republic of Macedonia. He is the only child of Katerina Arsov and Jovche Milenovski, who were once married. Arsov was only 21 when she gave birth, and her mother and father helped her raise her son. Arsov worked in politics and the government, raising Mill as a single mother.
Through Jovche, Mill has three other younger half-siblings. Mill has never maintained contact with his father.
Mill attended “St. Cyril and Methodius” (Macedonian: ОУ „Кирил и Методиј“ - Кочани) elementary school in Kochani, Republic of Macedonia. It was there where he began making beats using his hands on the school tables, then started beatboxing, writing poetry and eventually started rapping. Being disappointed that “couldn’t” afford producers, one day, he decided to learn producing himself. He later attended “Ljupcho Santov” (Macedonian: СУ „Љупчо Сантов“ - Кочани]) high school in the same city.
Mill started giving signs about music through unusual things. He started with small plastic instruments which were used as toys, but it was something else, he felt special about it. He had many musical instruments as a child and showed flair and talent from such a young age. In his early years, at his grandfather’s house he found an Eminem cassette and played “A** Like That”. This was his first interaction with hip hop, rapping over the musical outro in Macedonian.
He began sporadically writing about his day to day life, often in rhyming couplets. This was the first indication of an enjoyment of writing. His early music covered a range of juvenile subjects. Although he has written lyrics that expose a dark side to his childhood, he often expresses gratitude for his upbringing.
As a child he took part in kickboxing, karate and basketball. His love for sport was evident and he put his passion into it, just as he does with his music.
It was the death of a friend that led him to shed his teenage behaviour and take himself more seriously, and he began to see music as a career from this point.
Mill was only 11 when he wrote his first song, and 12 when he had his first appearance in the public. For one of his first performances he was invited to perform in different cities, travelling by himself at just 13 years old. Whilst touring he was also recording demos and honing his craft, taking experiences from each city he visited.
Aged 15, he was invited to be involved in UNICEF’s "Together for Schools Without Violence" project. He wrote and produced a song for the project and won an award for the same and subsequently had the opportunity to perform the song at UNICEF’s event for the project.
On June 18, 2011, Mill independently released his single, “Poraka” in Macedonian language, with an official video to YouTube. The song predicts his future, talking about a break up with an ex-girlfriend and fake friendships he had experienced at the time. But in the second verse he becomes hopeful and he says: “If this hate doesn’t stop - I won’t be here anymore”. This is because he exudes positivity but had been exposed to such negativity with those “friends’’. That was the last song he sang in his native tongue of Macedonian.
With a changed music direction from underground hip-hop to mainstream hip-hop artist, Mill moved to London aged 16 in 2012. There he continued to work on his craft and work on a new sound both as an artist and a record producer. Being in London, he began to gain requests from big artists and producers for collaborations.
In 2016, he began a musical undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom.
In addition, in 2016 he won a Principal’s Award for Contribution To The Community. Mill won the Harrow's Heroes Award two years consecutively in 2017 and 2018 - and is also nominated again for 2019.
During 2018 he executively produced an EP for a long-time friend and a collaborator 7RIX. [[“CXMPANY]”]] was one of the songs on the album which Mill is also featured on. This song encompasses his new sound and transition into mainstream hip-hop.
In 2019 Mill was invited on a college tour to talk about his career experiences and encourage younger children. This opportunity doubled as a promotional tour for an upcoming show. To showcase his new sound, he had a headline show entitled "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN A HEARTBREAK & FOREVER". This was a pivotal point in his life and career because the songs he performed all had a special meaning to him and a story behind them.
Currently, Mill is working on his debut album, sighting inspiration from heartbreak he experienced in a recent break up.
In 2017, Mill signs with Models In Management, a top-leading modelling agency based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Mill is best known for his love song stories, distinctive energy and stage presence.
Mill stated in an interview in his earliest youth, the main influence in his life is his grandfather who bought the boombox he used to play his cassettes. Although not a professional singer, his grandfather had an amazing voice and would often entertain family and friends at home and weddings. He is a ‘light in a tunnel’ and continues to encourage him to this day.
Generally, what drives Mill so much is his positivity and love for life, people and music.
Mill cites urban music as his main musical influence, having grown up predominantly with R&B and hip hop. Mill notes his biggest influences as 2Pac, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Nas, KRS-One, ONYX, Wu-Tang and DJ Premier. He listened to a diverse range of genres and artists growing up, which he used to influence his songs. Back then, his dress sense us also largely inspired by American hip hop.
Mill possesses a wide tenor vocal range, spanning from the bass A (A2) to the high tenor F (F5). Mill started to receive vocal coaching in 2015 for 4 months.
Songwriting and Producing
Mill also established himself as a songwriter and a record producer. During 2018 he executively produced an EP for a long-time friend and a collaborator 7RIX. Mill is a producer extraordinaire who effortlessly glides across genres from Pop, R&B, Hip-hop, Afroswing and everything in between. His understating of music as both a science and an art is outstanding and with each release we get to see how far and wide his imagination can take him. With this new executively produced EP ‘X-Files’ we get to witness from the trap heavy dark to the soft side of Bobby sprinkled with lighter melodies making this masterpiece.
Mill has also been involved in executively producing a project that has taken place in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, United Kingdom.
Mill's fandom is known as Bobbynators or MILLIE Gang.
As one of the youngest rapper in Macedonia, starting at the age of 11, he attended many cypher events organised by the OG’s in Macedonia.
He loved posting YouTube videos ever since he was young, no matter how good or bad they were. Creativity was key, wanting to put his hands on everything, to create something out of nothing. He started gaining popularity when he released his first demo songs on YouTube. Even though now he laughs and he wishes he never posted them, truly, they are the reason for this success now.
Some mornings before school, he would sit in-front of a private school just for pianists. Seeing the pupils going inside he only wished he could be them for a day, and felt sorrow for not having that opportunity.
His mother used to be a President of a division in Macedonian Red Cross whilst working in politics. This meant from an early age, he used to attend so many humanitarian events. Seeing what his mother did made him appreciate something more than just music and shaped him into the big humanitarian that he is today. He then had the privilege of being invited personally to perform at many humanitarian events.
In 2016 he completed ’20 Acts of Kindness’ before his 20th birthday in order to encourage and motivate others to also do the same. An article was written about these acts in the Harrow Times newspaper, as well as going viral on social media. Mill said “I was determined to do this so that I could show my appreciation and inspire other people”.
- CXMPANY (2018)
Awards and nominations
- UNICEF 1st Award for "Together for Schools Without Violence" (Written & Produced Song) (2011)
- Principal's Award "For Contribution To Community" (2016)
- Harrow's Heroes Award (2017 & 2018)
- "Mill is a producer extraordinaire". MILLIE de MARCH. October 10, 2018.
- "Bobby Mill does 20 good deeds in run up to 20th birthday". Harrow Times. March 26, 2016.
- "Bobby Mill inspired to take Random Acts of Kindness Day to a new level". Harrow College. March 8, 2016.
- "ВИДЕО: Македонец кој живее во Лондон прави 20 мали добри дела пред својот 20. роденден". Femina. March 17, 2016.
- "20 ДОБРИ ДЕЛА ЗА 20 -ТИОТ РОДЕНДЕН НА БОБИ МИЛЛ". Bla Bla.Mk. March 17, 2016.
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