Miller, 22-year-old hip-hop/pop icon, took the stage this past week at
Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts. Even hours before the show, his
fans, who call themselves “Millertary,” adorned the streets with their
camouflage outfits and signs professing their love for Miller. Good
energy was flowing about and everyone in the crowd was more than ready
for him to take the stage.
Miller began posting his original songs to YouTube a few years ago,
which is where he began his steady rise to fame. Now selling out smaller
venues nationwide and signed with Warner Bros. Records, the Miami-based
rapper is quickly becoming a name everyone has heard of.
independently released two EP’s: 2012’s “Spotlight” and 2013’s “The Road
Less Traveled,” before dropping his first full album Us Against Them
in late 2013. Us Against Them sold over 33,000 copies and secured
his spot as one of the biggest names in hip-hop today. Since then, he’s
released Dazed and Confused, an album that marked his debut with
Warner Bros. Records. And just recently, as a surprise to his fans,
Miller released his EP “Rumors” the same day he announced it. He’s quite
obviously a crowd pleaser.
be the most prominent thing about Miller is his extremely strong and
consistent social media presence. With over 605,000 Twitter followers
alone, he keeps his fans active by tweeting and interacting with them
multiple times a day – and has over 67,000 tweets!
relationship and love for his fans is ever-growing and even boasts about
them being “the best in the world” in our recent interview with him. To
show his appreciation, he is following almost 100,000 of his fans on
Twitter and has favorited nearly 25,000 of their tweets. It’s reassuring
to see an artist who puts copious amounts of effort into his fans,
rather than having a self-entitled attitude about it.
young star is now in the midst of his Dazed and Confused tour and
will be hitting a total of twenty four venues. By the time it ends, it
will have lasted a little over a month. That means that he's performing
nearly every day for over thirty days straight! It takes dedication to
give it your all for such a long period of time. He’ll end the tour
tired, but proud, accomplished and even better than before.
hadn't talked to him since the Jingle Ball holiday music festival back
in December, we sat down with him again during his tour stop to Philly.
We talked about his new EP, what inspires him, his current playlist and
more before the show.
time the interview was over, he was just minutes from going on for his
set. Typically, an interview takes place hours before. Very rarely does
it happen only minutes before! With that said, it was quite simple to
see the sheer excitement radiating off of him. Miller had a certain glow
to him, and I couldn’t help but to smile and get excited for the show.
There was absolutely no stopping him from giving his fans on the best
concerts of their life.
nearly 9 o’clock when Jake Miller sprinted out onto the stage. One thing
that stood out was the fact that he took a moment to sit in awe of what
stood before him: a packed venue full of screaming girls (and a select
few boys.) You could see he was so happy to be there, and in the moment
it was a fantastic sight to see. He played his biggest hits, along with
a cover of Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” and a few Drake songs. He even
busted out a totally impressive drum solo!
Miller never lost a bit of energy, and it almost seemed as if the longer
he was on stage, the more hyped he got. He really took his fan’s energy
and turned it into his own. The night was a success and ended with two
encores and a few teary-eyed girls in the audience.
clear to see that Jake Miller, as an artist, is only getting started.
Look below for our interview and some of the great things he had to say.
are you today?
good, how are you doing?
good, how are you liking Philly so far?
it. I just got back from the game. I threw the first pitch at the
Phillies game. It was a strike, so everybody’s happy.
Awesome. So let's just get right into it. You released
your brand new EP "Rumors" four days ago, talk to us a little about that.
just dropped a new EP. It’s called “Rumors” and it has five songs. It
went straight to number one on iTunes in like, ten minutes because of
how great my fans are. I just wanted to put out new music for the tour
and it’s gotten a great reaction playing the new songs. Everyone is
you had to describe it in one word, what would it be?
It’s like, summer-ish sounding? Beachy maybe?
summer vibes. How do you stay inspired through your hectic life?
get inspired by whatever I experience. Whether it’s something I see with
my friends, or a night out with my friends, or talking to my fans. Just
whatever I live through and go through. That’s what inspires me and what
gets the wheels going in my head.
are you listening to at the moment?
always listening to Drake or John Mayer – and Big Sean, and artists like
Around what time did you know that music was going to be your career?
started making music when I was 18, but I never saw it as a realistic
goal to be where I’m at now. When I really looked at myself in the
mirror and said, “Wow, I’ve really got a shot at this” is probably when
I went on my first tour about two years ago. Kids were coming out from
across the country and packing out rooms. I had never performed outside
of Florida at that point, so going around the country and being able to
bring out that many people was really eye-opening.
What are some of your favorite song lyrics?
much anything by Drake. It depends if I’m feeling swaggy, like in the
gym and I want to tweet a cool Drake lyric, or if I’m on an airplane
listening to John Mayer. A few of his deeper, more poetic lines really
get me. I can’t really think of anything off the top of my head but
“Stop this Train” by John Mayer is one of my favorite songs of all time.
recently, you posted an Instagram picture showcasing a few of your fans'
tattoos of your lyrics in your own handwriting. What was it like the
first time you saw someone with that type of tattoo?
I think it was my first tour and this kid, who was waiting in the snow
at night, lifted up his shirt. Right on his ribcage was a huge design
with my lyrics tattooed on him. I was just so blown away by it. I
actually brought him on stage to show everybody because I was just so
blown away – and now it’s happening all the time. Every night I’m
writing out at least ten tattoos.
That’s great. So, where has been your favorite place to
going anywhere. As long as the fans are having fun and energetic; it
doesn’t really matter the size of the crowd and it doesn’t really matter
the city. As long as they’re having fun, I’m able to reciprocate their
energy. So as long as they’re having fun, I’m having fun.
there a place that you haven't performed yet that you'd eventually like
to go to Europe, or something like that.
lastly, do you have a final message for all of your fans?
Hey guys, it’s Jake. Just wanted to say – what’s up? I also want to say
thank you for downloading “Rumors” and getting it to number one. I want
to say if you haven’t gotten it, go on iTunes and get it. Go watch the
music video. I’ve got a lot of videos coming out soon, just for you
guys. Come see me on tour; get your tickets at
jakemiller.com. Thank you for being the best fans in the world. I’ll
see you soon.
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