Friesen Photography

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Diane Miller / Friesen Photography   

Diane Miller / Friesen Photography


D Mills and The Thrills are a hip-hop band from Fargo, ND. With six members in the band, The Thrills have a big presence and an even bigger sound. Jazzy, bold and rocking, The Thrills create powerful grooves and pleasant melodies to complement D Mills' percussive lyrical delivery and energetic stage presence. Their original songs are written collaboratively and include elements of modern jazz, alternative rock, Americana, psychedelic rock and neo-soul. Perhaps the band's most coherent element is their tightly wound rhythmic grooves -- the hip-hop.

D Mills & The Thrills are the only established hip-hop band in the entire state of North Dakota, and D Mills is the only established female rapper in the state. Career highlights include being featured on MPR's Morning Edition, NPR Music Blog and Prairie Public's "Prairie Musicians." The band has opened for artists like Dessa, Caroline Smith and Mayday. D Mills, as a solo artist, has opened for platinum recording artists Nelly and Sir Mix-A-Lot. In their hometown of Fargo, The Thrills have hosted numerous sell-out performances at venues such as Fargo Brewing Company and The Aquarium. Celebrated Minnesota musicians like Carnage The Executioner, Kanser, Ryan Young and Chastity Brown have performed with the band.

Honors and Highlights

-Sold-out Beastie Boys tribute for Fargo Brewing Company's 1.2 Giga Hops (double IPA) release in April 2016

-Sold-out 5th anniversary celebration at Sidestreet in March 2016

-2015 NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry, "Make It Flow," featured on NPR Music blog and Tiny Desk Contest homepage

-2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry, "Soft Spot," featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition.

-Performed at a sold-out Bob Dylan tribute show at The Fargo Theatre

-Made television debut in 2016 on Prairie Public's "Prairie Musicians" 

-"Best Original Band" winner for HPR's 2014 Best of the Best contest

-"Best Local Live Act" nominee by the Forum's Best Of 2014

-"Best Hip-Hop/R&B" artist nominee by the North Dakota Music Awards, 2015 & 2017

-Performances with Caroline Smith, Ryan Young (Trampled By Turtles), Dessa, Sean McPherson (Heiruspecs and 89.3 The Current), Todd Clouser, More Than Lights, and Carnage the Executioner. 

The Thrills are currently working on their first full-length record.

Andi Thoreson / Friesen Photography

Andi Thoreson / Friesen Photography

Other Projects:

Diane Miller - Heavy is the Head, Calm Like A Bomb (RATM tribute), Diane Miller (solo)
Andi Thoreson - Heavy is the Head, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Max Johnk Septet
Seth Holden - Sovereign Sect, Human Element, 8-Bit Perception
Josh Reinhardt - Heavy is the Head, The Quarterly, The Legionnaires
Tom Johnson - Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra, Johnson Family Band, Haley E & The Rydells
Jason Boynton - Heavy is the Head