Interview: Jake Miller
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:33:21
Get ready to take to the skies with Jake Miller. His new single “First Flight Home” is going to further fuel his rise to superstardom. Merging propulsive intricately woven verses and one of the coolest and catchiest pop hooks all year, it’s an undeniable anthem that not only speaks to his fervent fan base, but opens the doorway for newcomers alike. Jake Miller’s soaring on this one. It’s his time to take over...
In this exclusive with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jake Miller talks “First Flight Home”, artists that shaped him, what’s next, and more.
What's the story behind "First Flight Home"?
I wrote it in Los Angeles at the beginning of January. At that point, I had been away from home for a long time. It's basically a song about me wanting to hop on a red eye, come home, and surprise my family because I hadn't really seen them in months. There were great vibes in the studio. I put all of my emotions out there. I travel, and I'm always on the road. It's nice to come home sometimes. "First Flight Home" came out perfectly. I actually wrote the song with the music video in mind. When we shot the video, I knew exactly how I wanted it. That made it easier to write. When you get into that mindset, the lyrics write themselves. Watching all of the actors do what I thought they would was incredible. I'm really proud of the music video as well as the song.
Does this lead into more music for you?
Oh yeah! We've been in the studio every night pretty much. I've made over fifty songs. We'll see what the next step is, but I have a lot of great music I'm super proud of. It's more mature-sounding than my old music, but it's still the same Jake Miller. It's the same style. I can't wait for everyone to hear it. I've got a lot of good music in the vault ready to go.
How has the music evolved? Are you trying anything you haven't in the past?
I've been in the studio with so many different producers and writers. They all have different styles, and they've taught me a lot of things. I've learned different tricks. We've been experimenting with sounds and instruments I haven't used before. I've done ukuleles and horns recently. I've been utilizing things I normally wouldn't because I'm in the studio with so many different people. Every song I've made recently is different from what I've made before. It's a variety of music.
What artists shaped you?
I listen to a lot of Drake and Big Sean. I grew up listening to Eminem and John Mayer. The reason my music is so hard to categorize or put into a genre is I grew up listening to so many different kinds of music. They all molded the sound I have today.
What inspires you outside of music?
My fans really inspire. When they tell me how the music has helped them, it makes me want to write more. That's the most important thing. I want to make a positive difference. If I can do that, I'm definitely doing my job!
Do you interact with them online a lot?
I'm always on social media. I'll tweet them back. It's important these days. We have something very unique that people didn't have back in the day. It's cool to be able to talk to the artists you listen to. If I could've done that as a little kid, it would've been super cool. To make the fans feel more like your friends than fans is a really cool thing. I'm less of an abstract object or thing. It's more relatable, and they can connect with me.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I put whatever I'm feeling or experiencing into the songs. I was a little homesick during "First Flight Home". It's super important for me to make music with a meaning whether it's a story of how I'm feeling or I'm telling someone else's story so the world can hear it. I hear crazy stories from fans being bullied or about fans who have had cancer and they say my music helps me. It's incredible to tell other people's stories and my own. That's why everyone can relate to it. I tell so many different stories.
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