The colour orange can cause one to experience a heightened sense of optimism, a boost in aspiration, and a stimulation of warmth and happiness. Mild Orange is an eclectic of 'melting melodies' – an energy and vibrancy derived from a lust for smooth sounds.
The soundbaby, Mild Orange, was born in 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand, by early childhood friends Josh Mehrtens (vocals/guitar/production) and Josh Reid (lead guitar), and soon joined by good pals and experienced musicians, Tom Kelk (bass) and Jack Ferguson (drums).
Josh & Josh first became friends at age two, but were separated due to their families relocating. 19 years later, the pair oddly and unknowingly found themselves living together in a strange flat housing ten men, two lizards, two rabbits and one chicken all under one roof in their third year at university. Josh & Josh had not realised that they knew each other well as children until soon after they had bonded over their passion for music and began writing the bones of their debut album Foreplay. The full project came into fruition once Tom and Jack were on board, and the signature sound was created.
Foreplay was released independently April 18, 2018, receiving worldwide attention, with tracks quickly reaching millions of views on YouTube. The Mild Orange boys recorded Foreplay themselves in their practice room and in their flat in Dunedin. Front man Josh Mehrtens, then spent six months producing and mixing the project in his bedroom and at the library.
Mild Orange asks: “melt with us” – an expression to spark the enjoyment, creation, and participation in lovely experiences. The powerful, and at times pensive live show of the Mild Orange experience, seeks to do so.