I got the opportunity to correspond with a tremendous talent yesterday, someone who deserves to be the next big “voice” in music. The folky individuality that Ohio-born up-and-comer Jen Miller brings to songs by relevant artists like Outkast, Foster The People and Adele is unrivaled.
Miller’s YouTube channel is an easter egg hunt of music, you just won’t find any bland boiled eggs or black licorice. Though I did learn that apples would also apply (explained later).
Here’s what she had to say about her career, favorite music and aspirations…
Which song(s) from the past ten years do you most wish you had written?
Chasing Pavements – Adele
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye & Kimbra
Do you ever have a hard time with the writing process? If so, did you ever discard a song midway or finish one and then not release it to the public?
Oh my gosh, Of course! I’d say I’ve written about 25 songs that have never been heard by any one, or never even got finished. I hit writer’s block when I don’t have someone or something bringing beauty and passion into my life–either through love, or new views or experiences. If I don’t have those things–I can’t write for SHIT.
What is your biggest non-music related fear?
Apples. I know you’re laughing….but I HATE the texture of apples. The sound literally makes me cringe and I can’t stand being around someone eating one.
You’re working on an album, correct? What surprises you most about that process as opposed to what you’ve done in the past on YouTube?
I’m actually working on a 4-song EP, but what I’ve learned from it most is that it likes to keep you on your toes. You never know what could happen. I’ve had some stuff pushed back a few weeks because of record-label funded projects, but that’s just how it goes. I’ve also learned not to expect too much or too little from people. People will screw you over for themselves, but there’s a lot more that will go way out of their way to help you.
Where did you learn to play the piano/ukelele/guitar, and, If you had to give up music and be in another profession what do you think it would be?
I actually taught myself after I blew out my knee twice my senior year of high school. I had never played music or sang or anything up til that point, so it was pretty damn frustrating. If I have to pursue a normal person job… I’d work with autistic kids. I’m studying psychology at my university to pursue Occupational Therapy if music doesn’t work out.
Last concert you saw?
Oh, COME ON!!! You can’t ask me this. Hahaha. Let’s do this… Favorite singer is Regina Spektor. She is by far the reason I started playing music and my biggest inspiration. Favorite band is Dave Matthews Band. Those guys hold a super special place in my heart because I listen to them on my family vacations and drives.
Where do you see yourself in a couple of years? Touring all over…playing local shows, still making people fall in love with songs they thought they were sick of?
Who knows! I’d love to be touring and playing music for people who have made me be able to do so. I love nothing more than
traveling, making music and meeting new people. There’s no better combo and it’s my absolute dream to be able to do so. I guess we’ll see.
You are very involved with your fans. Anything you’d like to say to them?
I think I say it a lot, but just a simple thanks for being awesome. You could also tell them that they are the bomb.com and if they were dinosaurs, they’d be t-rexes, which are the awesomest of all.
[Jen’s Forget the Dirty Hearts EP out Spring, 2012]follow her on Facebook , ReverbNation, Myspace, YouTube and Twitter. Also, visit her website at JenMillerMusic.com