DAVID MICHAEL MILLER INTERVIEW

 

What's the first song you ever remember hearing?


Tough question since I was raised in church and heard music all around me from day one.  I don’t know for sure, but one song that goes WAY back in my memory is “I Come To The Garden”, an old church hymn.


What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?


If we’re talking when I was growing up, then probably when I was in highschool, jamming with some of the college guys and those first few starter band projects.  Of course there was highschool band itself and getting passes to go down to the band room to get out of study halls and try to spend time with Laura Hotchkiss, who would later become my wife.  Probably my highlight shows in my career however are 1.) opening for Tedeschi Trucks with my former Dive House Union band and 2.) the residency series I did in Buffalo and Rochester with members of The Campbell Brothers that led to the forming of Miller and The Other Sinners and 3.) Opening for the Steve Miller Band for a crowd of 10k plus June 30th of 2015.  The more I think about this question, the more awesome moments pop in.  Too many to count.




 

If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?


Recklessly Honest Soul


How did you become involved in the type of music you play?


Its been a progression from the influences of gospel music and growing up in the church, to listening to r&b, pop and rock on radio throughout my early/late teens, being moved by grunge in my 20’s which helped lead me to a deep dive into the blues in my later 20’s early 30’s.  I love blurring the lines on genres to show how related they are.  That kind of defines my approach to writing in general.  Serve the song.  There’s times in my writing when a rock song needs a blues riff or a blues song needs an r&b twist.  A few local players in Buffalo really encouraged me by example, namely, Tommy Z.  Watching Tommy is really what helped me launch out from just performing in church, writing blues tunes on the side and playing open mics.  


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


You will always get my passion for music and the song whether I’m going a solo acoustic show or all the way up the full Miller and The Other Sinners band.  I love the band though and we bring an incredible energy as a group, throwing solos around with spontaneous jam moments that pull the crowd into our fun.  I am surrounded by a crew of top notch players, including Carlton Campbell of The Campbell Brothers on drums (we’re actually co-producing the first Miller and The Other Sinners EP right now), Jay Moynihan on sax (Buddy Guy’s sax player for 10 years), Jim Ehinger on keys (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal), Zuri Appleby on bass (a rising young start on a bass and vocals) as well as other amazing musicians that fill it out depending on the show.  Its always a mix of high level talent and passion on stage.


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?


I get feedback all the time and it is so moving.  People tell me repeatedly in various ways that my music speaks to their hearts, which is so humbling.  I’ve had people I didn’t know swear I wrote their life story.  My youngest son just brought his highschool english teacher my CD Release party for my new album, Same Soil.  It was the his and his finance’s first night out since being engaged and he wrote, “we couldn’t have picked a better event.”  He went on to say, “your dad’s music ….WOW!!! The word transcendent comes to mind. It’s been decades since a guitar lick gave me chills.”  Blesses me to know people are blessed with what I do.


If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?


I used to know the answer to that but I’m not as sure anymore.  I certainly would love to sit in on even a song with Derek Trucks, major man crush there, but I’m content having opened for them.  I simply want to be on the world road bringing music to people with whatever merry band of crazy musicians will join me in that adventure.  That would be cool.


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


So far, probably southern California was the farthest, but I’m dying to tour Europe, so somebody over there, hook a brother up!


Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,


Without music i would be … long gone


I write the songs because .. they need to be written


Music is .. life.

David Michael Miller - Same Soil


David Michael Miller laat met Same Soil zien van vele markten thuis te zijn. Op zijn vorige album werd zijn talent al duidelijk.

Maar op het op 1 juli te verschijnen nieuwe album wordt deze belofte volledig ingelost. 

De singer songwriter heeft een zeer uiteenlopende stijl.

Van blues en R & B tot folk . Dit zorgt ervoor dat het album tijdloos klinkt. Het prijsnummer van het album is naar mijn mening Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong. Het gitaarspel is virtuoos  en de opbouw van de spanning voelbaar.

Al met al is dit een meer dan waardige opvolger van Poisons Sipped.