After four top 20 hits in his native United Kingdom, DJ act Mylo aims to break through across the Atlantic.
Mylo is already a household name in his native United Kingdom. The DJ began burning up dance floors there in 2004, and it has been a whirlwind of success ever since. In the past year, he has scored four consecutive top 20 U.K. hits from his debut album, "Destroy Rock & Roll" (Breastfed/Sony BMG), which has already sold some 300,000 units.
Now Mylo, aka Myles MacInnes, is ready to make a name for himself in the United States, where "Destroy Rock & Roll" will be released Feb. 7 via Breastfed/RCA. In the Jan. 7 issue of Billboard, he was named one of 10 Faces to Watch in 2006, and he's already nabbing a lot of attention.
The album's first single, "Doctor Pressure" -- a mash-up of Mylo's "Drop the Pressure" and Miami Sound Machine's "Doctor Beat" -- entered Billboard's Dance Radio Airplay chart on Dec. 31, where it now stands at No. 14. It also recently debuted at No. 45 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
The song first gained popularity in the United Kingdom as a bootleg created by Phil'N'Dog, but it was such a success that Gloria Estefan and the other former members of Miami Sound Machine officially granted Mylo permission to use their 1980s track.
Aside from making his own beats, Mylo has remixed tracks for the likes of the Killers, Scissor Sisters and Kylie Minogue. Although he names Beyonce as "No. 1 on my list of people to work with," for now the dance sensation will mainly focus on promoting his album in the States while keeping his fans around the rest of the world satiated.
"I'm giving mash-ups and remixes a rest at the moment, as I'm busy starting on [a second] album," he says. "Sadly, time is tight as it's been more than 18 months since the album's original release in the United Kingdom. I'm more than overdue to be getting on with the next one."
Despite Mylo's rabid international following, he'll be facing the same challenges as any other artist trying to break into the U.S. market.
"The U.S. market is a mystery to anyone from Europe, and growing ever more mysterious as the cultural distance across the Atlantic widens," he says, adding, "Self-promotion not being my forte, I would say that there
is nothing whatsoever to set me apart from all the other so-called dance acts from the U.K. who come over [to] the U.S. and fail spectacularly. Having said that, my live show is now kick ass and really live, unlike most!"
Indeed, Mylo tours as a DJ but also has a four-piece band that includes drums, bass and synthesizers. "We also have a fabulous light show and pornographic visuals," he adds. "Normally someone in the crowd gets injured, but it's not too serious."
Unfortunately, Mylo won't be showing off his live skills any time soon. Due to an illness, which includes temporary hearing loss, he's had to cancel appearances on the Big Day Out festival tour and a planned brief U.S. run. There's no word on when he might be able to hit the road again.