Jake Miller






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the proof that we are not just alive, we are LIVING. When the human race first stepped out of the cave we began striving for comfort and happiness. One of the first and most powerful products of that struggle was music. It is more than sounds. It evolves. It can move through you. It can stir you. It can break and rebuild your heart. It can almost be considered magical.

What is your music dream?

I just want to support my family comfortably by making music. I don't care about fame or fortune. I just want us all to be happy.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would stop all of the senseless violence but not by using violence. I would show violent people that the victims of their rage are PEOPLE with souls, dreams, fears, families and friends. They're not just a thing that exists. I think if people really understood the impact of that reality they would be less inclined to hurt anyone.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

There's a TON. But probably "Blue Powder" by Steve Vai.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse and plenty of other amazing shredders. Outside of that genre wheel, I am a big fan of John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Joe Bonamassa, and several more awesome musicians.

What inspires you to make music?

My friends and family. The situations we go through together stir up melodies in my head.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

JUST BE YOU. The rest will figure itself out. Enjoy your time here on the mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam called Earth. It is fleeting, but it is a joy without comparison.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Like I'm right where I'm meant to be. It is a wonderful thrill.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Musicians a generically labled as lazy, dirty, broke bums for the most part. But we are so much more than that. The problem compounds when musicians bash each other instead of supporting the collective family. I would change that if I could. Just be kind to one another. It really is not that difficult.

What do you think of Drooble?

So far I love it! Easy to use, easy to interact on, and an all around brilliant idea for a platform.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Hitting "the wall" in my playing. Gah it's infuriating.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I've lived in Austin, TX for a year. There may have been 3-4 weeks total where I didnt play or go to a show for a local band.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Dedication, persistence and the ability to HONESTLY self evaluate. Improve upon everything you can. Ignore the rest.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

The Reed Brothers, The New Offenders, Haley Cole, Chubby Knuckle Choir, James Pardo, Steve Judice... There are so many awesome artists in Texas.