MILLI opened up about the personal meaning of her Coachella song “Mango Sticky Rice,” which turned her into a viral sensation when she ended the performance by eating from a bowl of Thai dessert on stage.
The Thai rapper delivered the now-iconic performance as part of 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Forever at Coachella, inspiring skyrocketing sales of mango sticky rice in Thailand as well as a movement for the dessert to be recognized as cultural heritage by UNESCO.
In an interview with NME, MILLI said the creation of the song was prompted by 88rising. She explained, “The idea for the song came during one of our online meetings with 88rising. They wanted us to do a piece that represents Thailand, so we settled on mango sticky rice, which is my favorite dessert.
“The sticky rice also symbolizes the bond between me and my family because we always stick together.”
MILLI also revealed that 88rising first thought she was “joking” when she told them she was planning on eating mango sticky rice on stage at Coachella. “When I floated the idea of eating it during my performance, they first thought I was joking. Then they said, ‘It’s your own show, you do it.’ “
MILLI also shared her thoughts on being thrust into the role of de facto cultural ambassador, explaining that the term “soft power”, which Thai politicians had used when discussing her performance at Coachella, did not affect her. had never crossed my mind.
She said NME, “When you look at Thailand travel brochures, it’s always either giant statues, temples or floating markets. I’m not here to represent conventional ‘Thainess’; I am here to represent who I am as a Thai.
“There are other aspects of Thai culture that are often overlooked and I want to make sure my music reflects the essence of that.”
MILLI is gearing up to release new music soon in the form of a single she released on the second weekend of Coachella. The song is “based on those community aerobics dance sessions you see all over Thailand,” she said, and has a “message of self-love behind it.”
The single will follow his latest solo single, “17 mins” from February, featuring indie pop duet mints, and will also feature on his upcoming debut album.
Read it NME interview with MILLI here.