Milo Flint is an accomplished lead guitarist currently playing with the country-rock band, The Guadalupe Pirates. Texas Local Scene caught up with Milo during his time as a spokesperson for Big Dick’s Guitar Pedals during the grand opening of Texas Tour Gear in Belton recently:
TLS: Where are you from?
Milo: Born in Austin. Raised in Kempner. Went to high school in Lampassas.
Milo: Full Sail, in Winter Park, Florida, for recording arts. I got an associates degree out there. It’s probably the number one recording arts school. It’s a digital media school. Anything from film to game to design to recording arts….
TLS: Were you looking to be a musician or sound engineer?
Milo: I origianally started out to be an engineer. I started playing guitar since the age of thirteen. I never really took it professionally. I went more for the recording side so I went out there and got my degree.
TLS: Did it help to know how to play in studying sound egnineering?
Milo: Oh yeah. They taught us music theory and all that so I was already a step ahead of everyone. I knew what a verse was and a chorus was for song structure. I think the guitar helped in that.
TLS: Why did you pick up the guitar?
Milo: My dad. I grew up around music my whole life because of him. I grew up in bars. He played all the time. I know he took Eric Johnson’s place in one band out in Austin at one time.
TLS: What got you back to music from engineering?
Milo: I started at a studio in Dallas called Palmyra Studios. I interned for two weeks and then they hired me full time. A month later I was studio manager. I became head engineer after that. The owner was Bonnie Raitt’s sound engineer and he was gone all the time and I was running the studio and running sessions while he was out.
TLS: Were there any big names that came through your studio?
Milo: Tons of them. My client list is pretty think just from that place. Stuart Copeland, Bernard Pearty, did some work with Bonnie Rait, Jackson Brown, the late, great Roger Nichols who was a great engineer and producer at the time who recently past. Delbert McClinton. I was working out of there and I figured it was time for me to go out to LA and persue that dream. I had a few contacts that I hit up. I was doing a lot of work-for-hire type stuff in studios. I got approached by a producer who I had worked with previously named I-Roc, who works for Happy Madison Productions. He was hitting me up needing music for films. I started producing music out of my bedroom at my place and that got me back into playing guitar and selling my own music. I have three songs with Happy Madison Productions out now. One is with Mall Cop, one is in House Bunny, and one is in Bedtime Stories. After that, I was approached by one of I-Roc’s artist who said he was producing a record and wanted me to come in and do some session work for me. I said, “I don’t know if I’m the right guy.” He said, “Do you play rock? Bluesy rock type stuff?” I figured, let’s go for it. I go in and they are trying to incorporate rock with a hip-hop beat. I showed them on drums on an electric kit of what a rock drummer would primarily do with this hip-hop beat. They asked if I wanted to go for royalties or work-for-hire. I asked who the arist was and they said Willow Smith. Royalties all the way! I worked with them for about three months and unfortunately she never finished the record which, honestly, caused me to run out of money. That caused me to run out of money and I moved back home to Texas. When I got back, I immediately started playing and the engineer thing kind of subsided. I’ve been playing here for about three years.
TLS: What bands have you played with?
Milo: The main bands I’ve played with have been The Red Dirt Ramblers, The Rust Buckets, the Josh Merrell Experience, Guadalupe Pirates. I’ve done fill in work for many others.
TLS: How’s everything with the Guadalupe Pirates?
Milo: Great! New management which is pretty good. Just released a new line of merch. A new EP is out as well as a new single called “Talkin’ About My Girl.” It’s going really well.
TLS: Who influenced your style as a guitar player?
Milo: For me, it was the classic rock and the early blues. Led Zepplin was a big influence on me, especially Jimmy Paige. Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn are the top three that I looked up to and tried to emulate and pushed me where I am now.
TLS: Do you have a moment or a show that you can point to as a career highlight?
Milo: It’s hard because all shows have their own highlight. One week I worked up for Aaron Watson and Kevin Fowler. I did call out Kevin Fowler. I told him after he asked me what I think, “I said it was wonderful music, the band is really wonderful. Great show. But, I think your lyrics are elementary.” He just looked me in the eyes and I got the hell out of there.