Josh Milan's music career started with a single moment.
Milan was a mere twelve years old when he saw an opportunity to show off his skill on the organ and, without a second's hesitation, he took it.
The Brooklyn native made a habit of sitting near his cousin, the church organist, each and every Sunday. "Instead of sitting down where normal people sit in the church, I sat next to him and watched his every move," Milan recalls. One Sunday, his cousin was so moved by the energy in the church that he jumped up from his perch and began dancing, leaving the organ completely unmanned. Like a passenger jumping behind the wheel of a runaway car, Milan took his place at the organ and played like he'd never played before. "I'll never forget that feeling," says Milan who today serves as minister of music for his church. "It was spiritual for me because you're taught to give what you have back unto God. I jumped on that organ and my heart was racing. Not only was I trying to keep the music playing for the moment, but I also knew God was watching. I was trying to give Him my absolute best. That was the beginning for me."
Milan would go on to team up with deejay Kevin Hedge and singer Chris Herbert to form the group Blaze, a band that became known for its unique brand of house music laced with heavy gospel, soul and afrobeat rhythms.
Blaze released three albums on Motown Records and drew the attention of the industry with their remix of Lisa Stansfield's "People Hold On." They also worked with such notables as Diana Ross, Babyface, El DeBarge and Jody Watley.
Having long since parted ways with both members, Milan is now making the transition from artist to label executive with the launch of Honey Comb Music, a record label specializing in house music. Milan said his goal with the label is to preserve the genre and heighten its awareness amongst the masses.
Milan said his aim through Honey Comb is to restore the integrity and quality of house music.
Milan said the music released by Honey Comb will hearken to the days of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Kendrick and he stressed that the label will focus less on physical appearances and gimmicks and more on lyrical content, musicianship and banging vocals.
Milan, who is also working on a new CD of his own, says making the transition from artist to executive is a bit "frightening" but he's looking forward to it, nonetheless.