Many Splintered Thing
Many Splintered Thing are Rob King and Giles Milner from the New Forest.
Many Splintered Thing
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
Respect the talents and the skills of the people you’re working with. A lot of bands burn out quickly through not respecting each other. We’ve been working together since the early nineties and mutual respect is key to having a good working relationship.
Make the music you want to make, don’t be bound by genres or imitation. Music can help you find more about who you are by expressing your own individuality in the music you make.
Enjoy what you are doing, find what it is you like about making music and how you feel rewarded by the music you make. Whether it’s listening back to a completed track for the first time, playing in front of an audience or writing a new piece of music. Knowing what makes you tick helps you through all the aspects of music that isn’t as much fun.
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
In 2008 I became severely ill with hypothyroidism and ME which left me unable to rehearse, record or even play. We’d had songs used on a DVD, film trailer and performed live over the previous year but the illness bought our progress to an end.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
It took me nearly three years to get to a point where I could play again, Rob continued writing material and we got together in early 2012 after a difficult four years and recorded a new song for the first time. Being severely ill has limited how much I can do and how productive we can be as a band but we’ve adapted to new ways of writing and recording to deal with my illness but weekly rehearsals are a thing of the past. We have a lot of unfinished material, enough for an album, at various stages and have just launched a project called “Many Splintered Friends” for which we are inviting musician friends who we have worked with in the past to complete these tracks. Our aim is to put the final work out as an album to raise money for ME research.
4. What did you learn?
We’ve learnt to adapt to new ways of working and writing, Rob and I communicate a lot online and exchange songs, lyrics and ideas. For a long time it didn’t look like we were going to be able to continue with music and we’ve learnt to appreciate what we are able to achieve and be more economical with our writing. We’ve learnt to keep things simple and not to get too lost in the detail, which is a good rule for ME recovery and life too.
5. What music/entertainment related book, Blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
We were heavily influenced by Guns N Roses when were at school. Last year Rob leant me Slash’s autobiography which reminded me of what I enjoyed about playing guitar and writing songs in the first place. I’d pretty much given up on playing by that point but the book made me pick up my guitar again and find that spark that had been taken away by my illness.