Joshua Alexander Milan, born June 9, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, is a Grammy Award nominated multi-instrumentalist, producer and CEO of Honeycomb Music, LLC. With a career spanning over 30 years as both a founding member of the iconic house music group Blaze, and now Honeycomb Music label owner and solo artist, Joshua, affectionately known as Josh, has positioned himself as one of the most influential virtuosos in the contemporary dance music industry.
Cutting his teeth on the church organ at the tender age of 12, Josh’s journey into the world of music was innately divine. He approaches each project from this spiritual base, displaying authenticity and originality rarely found in contemporary music. His 25-year friendship with Grammy Award winning, DJ and super-producer Louie Vega culminated into a collaboration on Louie’s latest album Starring… XXVIII. Josh is also a member of Louie’s boundary-breaking ensemble Elements of Life serving as both songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist with its most recent offering released on the famed Fania Record label.
Josh Milan’s repertoire spans musical genres. Performing most recently in Ibiza, Cuba, South Africa, Croatia and Brussels, his international travels and experiences are infused in his music. These influences have brought him into the studio with such artists as Grammy nominated South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Grammy Award winning R&B, Pop and Jazz vocalist Patti Austin, Andy Narell, and Lisa Fischer to name a few. Josh has also provided remixes on multiple chart-topping dance classics for such artists as Diana Ross, Lisa Stansfield, Babyface, El DeBarge and Jody Watley. His discography boasts of songwriting, vocal and production on such labels as Motown, BBE, King Street, Vega Records, Defected and MAW.
In 2010 Josh Milan established Honeycomb Music, LLC, and since its inception it has consistently pumped out hits. Josh has pulled together a roster of powerhouse vocalists and spoken word artists with singles and EPs from artists such as Dawn Tallman, Tracy Brathwaite, Sheree Hicks, Sandra St. Victor, ChinahBlac, Diviniti, Lamone, Kia Stewart, Temika Moore, Janine Lyons and collaborative works with Grammy Award winning producer DJ Kemit. Honeycomb Music downloads from its official webstore number just over 37,000 since 2012.
The 2017 release of Josh’s first full-length album, 6.9.69, marked a pivotal point in Josh’s career. A solid collection of self-penned originals and covers of such classics as Blackbird (Beatles), I Wish You Well (Bill Withers), The Bottle (Gil Scott Heron) and Sweet Little Girl (Stevie Wonder), this two disc project still only scratches the surface of Josh’s creative prowess. His indelible mark on contemporary dance music has sealed his name in the annals of house music and dance culture. His latest solo offering was accompanied by his debut as a published author with his first book entitled In My Own Words: A collection of song lyrics, poems, photos and musings.
2017 also marked the 8th anniversary of the annual Josh Milan Birthday Boat Ride. This 4-hour excursion into sound on the iconic Circle Line sightseeing cruiser sets sail from Pier 83 on New York Harbor. Sold out each year, the fabulous New York skyline, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty provide the perfect visual backdrop for this event. Attendees include fans from around the world who have followed Josh’s career. Past DJ for the event include DJ Spinna, Joe Clausell, Mike Dunn, and Jihad Muhammad.
The growth of this event and the demand for an expanded experience with the music served as the catalyst for the 1st annual Honeycomb Music Three-Day Cruise bound for the Bahamas. This exclusive and intimate event featured private parties where fans could get up close and personal with Josh and the Honeycomb Music artists. The Honeycomb Music empire partnered with Carnival Cruise Line for three days of parties and showcases. The entertainment roster featured Grammy award winning DJ, super-producer Louie Vega, Jihad Muhammad and some of Honeycomb Music’s most noted artists.
Understanding the importance of harnessing the power of new media, Josh has ventured into the world of internet radio. Utilizing the MixLR radio streaming platform, Josh launched his Honeycomb Music Non Radio Lunch Break show. Each Monday from noon to 2pm (EST) Josh provides music connoisseurs from around the world a live playlist of music from multiple genres including jazz, afrobeat, reggae, deep house and pop. This interactive experience allows fans from around the globe to connect with Josh in real-time via the chatroom during the show’s airing. Launched in January 2017, the Non Radio Lunch Break has garnered 35,000 consistent listeners with expectations of continued growth in the coming months.
It is safe to say that the best is yet to come as Josh Milan is committed to reinventing himself and endeavoring to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry.