Interview: Angie Miller
Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:51:39
“I'm excited to be finally putting out new music,” exclaims Angie Miller. “It feels good!”
It sounds just as good. The American Idol finalist’s new Christmas single, “This Christmas Song” [iTunes link], stands out as a new holiday classic in its own right. It’s not only extremely festive, but it’s as warm as a Christmas Eve night by the fire.
Just in time for the holidays, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Angie Miller about the story behind “This Christmas Song”, her favorite Christmas jams, what’s next for her, and so much more in this exclusive interview.
What's the story behind "This Christmas Song"?
Whenever I'm writing music for myself, it's always something I'm going through, have gone through, or something I witnessed someone else go through. If you listen to this song, you can sort of tell what's going on [Laughs]. There's a special somebody. It's hard to write a Christmas song because normally my lyrics are very passionate and deep. I just couldn't go that route for a Christmas song. I wanted it to be happy and cheerful. I thought of one of the most happy and cheerful things and wrote about it.
In general, is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
Sometimes, I like for a song to be very clear. You know what it is. It says it, and it's right in front of your face. You can totally tell what I'm singing about. I have other songs that are more metaphorical, and you totally have to pick apart the lyrics to see what they're all about. I like both. We felt like this was right to paint the picture and get it out there.
Does this pave way for your upcoming album?
Not really, this is a Christmas song. It has to be happy and cheerful with sleigh bells. It was a lot of fun doing that. Usually, I'm piano-based. For this song, I was like, "It's too deep and dramatic if I add the piano". I wanted to add light guitar. I loved it. It was a good change, but my music is usually really passionate with a big, epic sound. It's piano-based. Of course, "This Christmas Song" is still very much my style, but when I release music, it'll definitely be a lot darker in a way. There will be a lot more depth to it.
Is that what feels more natural when you're composing or creating?
Yeah, it really is. I don't know why. I don't live a dark, haunting life. For some reason, with my music, I love that sound. I've always tended to look up to artists who you can feel every bit of emotion that they're singing. You watch them sing it live, but you can feel it with them. I like those kinds of songs that have so much depth to them and emotion. That's just what comes naturally to write. For most of my songs, it's like that.
How far along are you?
I'm just writing a whole lot of music now. I feel like the more and more I write, the clearer I am as to what my sound and style are. From the time I was on American Idol until now, it has changed a lot for the better. I get it more. I know what I want to sound like even more. I'm developing my sound right now and writing a lot of music. It's being shopped to be labels. I figure it'll be a lot easier in January when labels are starting fresh and looking at artists. Hopefully, I'll get signed them.
What artists shaped you?
Growing up, all I listened to was Paramore. That doesn't leave. I can tell how that's influenced me. Hayley Williams goes nuts on stage. She just went for it, did it all, and owned the stage. In her music videos, she's the same way. That was the first person I really looked up to and thought, "Wow, I really want to be like that". She had a lot of passion and emotion in her songs.
What else inspires you outside of music?
Photography is something I love so much. I love taking pictures and being in them. Both are things I've always loved.
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
That's a good question. I like the classics. You can't go wrong with a classic Christmas song. I love Michael Bublé and how he remade the classics. I love that! Around my house during Christmas time, we'll put on his Christmas Pandora station and we'll play it forever [Laughs].
What’s your favorite Christmas song?