‘Seizing the opportunity’ has always been the motto for Brett Miller. In 2014, after completing his undergrad in vocal performance at Rollins College, Miller went on to pursue a Masters in Songwriting at NYU, under scholarship. At a young age, he experienced an overload of big artists growing up that would ultimately shape his musical perception, thanks to the support of his parents. During his collegiate years, Brett would be out playing shows both as a solo artist and as a member of several bands, finding his comfort on the stage. Having now played over 1000 shows since the age of 16, Miller is set to release his debut EP in May 2017, leading off with his first single “Something Beautiful”.
Tell us about your most recent single, “Something Beautiful”! What went into the making of this work? It’s been a long time coming for releasing this tune! My co-writer/producer of the track, Austin Zudeck, and I wanted to capture that good feeling and essence of the title. We had just met and shook hands for the first time before proceeding to sit down, talk it out, and write the first draft of the song in full, with nothing but an idea for the title that I jotted down the night before. From that point, we made a good quality demo, and started showing some people, getting their feedback and feeling delighted with the responses. Months later, I decided that I wanted to release SB. I reached out to Austin and his partner, Justin Thunstrom, to produce this track and to help emulate that sound for the rest of the songs on the EP. From then till now, we’ve done some amazing work! I’m so stoked to begin this releasing season with the EP title track, “Something Beautiful!”
What is your main goal for this upcoming debut EP release? To formally introduce myself. I’ve been holding on to this music and a lot of my artistry until the moment that seems appropriate. This EP represents all my time writing, rehearsing, and preparing myself for the road ahead. All I want is to have this music hit you in a place you didn’t expect. Empower you as human being to handle anything in this world. And of course, to unite us all under the same idea that collaboration is the key to accomplishing anything.
What is your favorite part about this work? Do you have any favorite songs (if you had to choose)? The variety. Yes, there are feel-good, uplifiting and empowering songs, but then there are songs that contain real life scenarios that bring a sense of real darkness that we all face, in songs like “Eye to Eye” and “Second Nature”. This EP spreads out far and wide, but it all comes back to a sense of empowerment, to see the way out of darkness, and create the ideal picture for yourself and the ones you love. It’s an amazing feeling when you just get that.
What would you say was the most challenging part of putting together this EP? Finding the balance in the writing. I do my best to represent superior musicianship in singing, playing, and writing. Particularly with writing for a specific project like an EP, there has to be a balance in the songs as whole, which can get rather complicated. I wanted to find cohesiveness with these songs, and that would reflect in the lyrics, and sometimes in whether or not the song itself was a fit. It was tough, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Besides the release, what is next for you in 2017? Just more music and shows. Staying local in NYC, and solidifying myself as a member of the original music community. Hitting all the popular venues, and meeting all the local talents. Very excited! Thanks for joining in.