ABOUT NICOLA MILAN
Nicola is a musician and illustrator who shares her creative process by teaching singing and drawing courses online as well as distributing her own work online, through interactive art exhibitions and performing jazz shows.
… TRIPHOP INFUSED JAZZ-POP DRAPED WITH SILKY VOCALS, WRAPPED IN SECRETS.
Jazz-pop artist Nicola Milan and her band ‘The Stray Cat Club’ perform a riotous blend of jazz, blues, soul and swing mixed with modern grooves and electronic elements, wrapped in silky vocals.
Sounding like Caro Emerald meets The Cat Empire, Miss Milan transports you back to a dark and salacious time when cabarets were smoky, dangerous and filled with underworld mobsters, dirty martinis, and deadly women.
With songs about lust, love and temptation, Milan’s music takes influence from notorious characters throughout history, movies from the Golden Era and parties straight from the Roaring Twenties.
Milan returned to the sunny shores of Perth, Australia after a year performing abroad in London and has released her new single ‘Big House’ in 2018 and is recording a full length album in 2020.
Signed to ORiGiN Music Publishing Australia, Nicola also illustrates aristocratic Gothic/Steampunk characters , is an award winning cartoonist, co-wrote and illustrated her hillarious book ‘Monster-in-Law: A Survival Guide’ , blogs about things that go bump in the night, and shares cover music videos and vlogs on her YouTube Channel.
… Quirky Gothic/ Steampunk characters inspired by history, mythology, witchcraft and vaudeville.
Illustrator of quirky Gothic/ Steampunk characters Nicola Milan’s art is inspired by history, mythology, witchcraft and vaudeville.
From the Vampire coffin-loving Madam Marielle to the uber snobbish aristocrats The Von Furstenbergs, Nicola creates uniquely long-necked uber freaks with high end manners and costumes to match, all with colourful backstories.
She brings these characters to life in the detailed ‘making of’ blogs posted on this website, in her original prints and merchandise and freaky art exhibitions.
“Witty, sophisticated and original, it is exciting to see such an intelligent and honest artist and songwriter surface in Australia.”
QUIRKY FACTS ABOUT NICOLA
JUST FOR FUN
FAVOURITE ARTISTS & MUSICIANS
- Nicola was chased down by a giant turkey while on holiday with her family at Cornwall in the UK, when she was four. Her family like to tease her about it whenever possible.
- She sleep talks and you can make her say funny things when she is sleeping, making her a less-than-ideal candidate for the Secret Services.
- She loves to dance; in particular salsa and swing dancing… even though people say she looks like a baby horse learning to walk when she dances.
- Nicola lives in Perth, Western Australia and makes regular trips to London, UK.
Favourite artists include (but not limited to): Tim Burton, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Anarkitty, Fabio Napoleoni
Favourite musicians include (but not limited to): Bitter:Sweet, Portishead, Melody Gardot, The Cat Empire, Norah Jones, many of the jazz greats ie Ella Fitzgerald.