Milky Chance is ready to rock. The duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch recently embarked on a new world tour and the German-based band is set to continue bringing the freshness with a new album Living in a Haze, dropping everywhere June 9th. “There’s lots of enjoyment in there,” said Dausch of the upcoming record. “We’re super happy and stoked to release it and share it, because it feels like a new chapter.”
After years of touring and releasing albums, the band encountered a period of stillness during the pandemic and used the time to cultivate new material without the stresses of being on the road. It’s somewhat fitting then that as their current tour progresses, new singles will drop—such as “Golden,” the latest off the upcoming record—allowing the band to simultaneously share new music live and digitally without the pressure to do both.
When we connect over Google Meet, Rehbein and Dausch are in a calm, thoughtful place, and over the course of our conversation we explore Milky Chance’s origins, the group’s creative process, and the art of being intentional with one’s cannabis consumption.
High Times: Growing up in Germany, when did you discover music was the path for you?
Clemens Rehbein: I started playing guitar at the age of twelve and began taking guitar lessons by accident. A friend of mine back then asked me if I wanted to join him [in the lessons] because he didn’t want to go alone, and from the first day onward, I was totally into it, and I didn’t want to do anything else.
I don’t know if you could say we knew music was going to be the “thing” for us—as in “professional” or a profession—but from …
Author: Stephen Laddin / High Times