It's been a while since we had Thomas Miller on the website in some capacity, so it's about time that changed! So, dear readers, without further ado, here is Thomas, speaking with Thomas...
Where are you from?
How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?
I’ve been playing guitar for about 15 years and I also play bass. At the moment I’m trying to learn keyboards but that’s a work in progress.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Mainly pop music but I’m very open to experimenting in other genres. It depends what I feel when writing a song to what road it leads down. For me it’s boring staying in the one genre, I grew up listening to Prince so that taught me to not be afraid, to experiment and be myself.
Who are your influences?
I have a few influences, such as Beck and John Mayer, but I have also been influenced by listening to many different genres like House music and Techno.
Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
Personally I don’t like to play covers, I like to play my own songs but recently I worked on a stripped back acoustic version of ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince which seemed to go down really well.
Do you have a process for writing your songs?
I write songs with my sister, Dee, and together we write on acoustic guitar about personal experiences or different interesting concepts and ideas. We always try to write across all genres which can be fun but challenging.
Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
I used to play in a band and about six years ago we played the Cavern club in Liverpool which was a great experience. There was a great aura about the place with the history of the Beatles. The city has a really cool vibe.
What has been your biggest challenge as a performer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
Like many artists I get nervous before playing a gig but once it starts I start to relax and wonder why I was feeling so nervous to begin with.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Yes, there are a few places you can find my music:
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/thomasmiller319
Bandcamp - https://thomasmiller.bandcamp.com/
Have you released anything yet/if they have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
I’ve just released my debut EP ‘Amour Fou’ which was great to finally get out there. It was originally four acoustic songs but I made a big decision to rework them into electro-pop songs. It just felt right to do and I was hearing different instrumentation ideas. It was fun working with the production guys at Axis Sounds. I’m planning on more releases with acoustic songs I’m currently working on.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve performed at many venues in Glasgow such as Oran Mor and the NHC shop and I plan on doing more shows this year. Live dates will be announced in the coming months so keep checking my Facebook and Twitter pages for updated.
What do you think about downloading music online?
It’s a double edged sword, on one side it can be a great thing having so much music available at any time, but personally it’s not for me. I like to buy music and actually have the product in my hands where I can enjoy the artwork, read who produced the album, where it was recorded and dig around the record, learning something more about the artist as I do so. I feel that downloading devalues all the work that goes into making a record. That’s why I took the decision to make my EP available in physical form as well as available to stream and download. The CD is available to buy in the NHC shop and Love Music in Glasgow (you see what I did there!) I’m also glad that there has been a resurgence in vinyl.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
In my opinion it’s bland. Too many cloned artists and bands all doing the same thing and the record companies, what’s left of them, have got it all wrong, but there are plenty of unsigned and undiscovered artists out there making fresh music. The most important thing is to go to gigs, support your local scene and find the music which is making your home city tick, it’s out there you just have to do a bit of digging.
And let’s end with something a little different...Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
I would have to choose David Bowie. It would be great to talk about the experiences he’s had throughout his career and pick his brains about his songwriting process. He was a true innovator who will continue to inspire for generations.