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Matt Miller – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

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Music Video – Acheron – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKkMTLG2dPo
Guitar Playthrough – Coral Sword – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ18boWD4G0
Music Video – The Obscurantist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PJQpqLZSz4

 

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

MM: I consider myself to be a mediocre composer that happens to use the guitar as my medium.  I am a guitar noodler and wheedly wheedly guy with the best of them and although I take music seriously. I try not to take myself so seriously. I try to write music that creates an emotive response. Like that of a movie score or soundtrack.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MM: I am from the Oregon Coast. I grew up in a small fishing town that you could smell before you hit the city limits. There wasn’t a lot to do in that town except for getting into trouble and playing guitar kept me on the straight and narrow. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a musical family. My father and grandfather were touring musicians. I started out playing bluegrass but quickly changed to playing metal as it seemed to upset people and I really liked the way the music sounded.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

MM: I am inspired to write music because I enjoy the challenge of trying to get better as a musician, but I also like the idea of writing memorable songs. I have been influenced by countless bands and musicians. We are lucky to live in a world where information and art are readily accessible. I listen to a lot of different music, but I am a fan of the classics like Death, Atheist, Necrophagist, Obscura, Megadeth, Dying Fetus, Symphony X, and Slayer. I could write an endless list of the bands that have influenced me. Some bands I listen to for the over-the-top guitar playing and some bands I listen to because they write great songs, and it doesn’t have to be metal. I am a sucker for a great chorus. When I’m having a good time, I want to listen to music I can sing along with. Not feel like I need a calculator and cross my arms to enjoy while I pretend, I don’t like it. That’s why I am a huge Iron Maiden fan. Great songs but you also get your money’s worth at the jukebox. I encourage everyone to play Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner at least once on every internet jukebox.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MM: Touring is fun and I would like to keep recording albums. I want to be the first person to play on the moon and all 7 continents in one day. I would love to play in Japan and Europe. Hopefully, that will happen soon.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MM: My proudest moments are when I get to hear a song that I wrote in its completed form for the first time.  Also, the last tour I did I was lucky enough to play in New York City in Manhattan. That whole tour was awesome. I got to play in so many different places around the US and had a great time with all the bands on that tour. The fans and crowds were amazing.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

MM: It’s a lot to try and separate yourself from the herd. There are so many awesome and talented bands out there that it makes it difficult to get anyone’s attention and keep it. I am fortunate enough to be working with a great management company and PR firm. My advice to anyone is to invest in yourself and get the help you need to get your music out there.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MM: I am represented by Extreme Management Group, and they handle all my bookings. While Asher Media does my promotion. I just completed a 29-day US tour in July. I hope to be back on the road soon. I have a lot of new content that was just released as well as some upcoming releases from a couple of different projects. Keep your eyes peeled.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MM: I think the idea of being able to download music is awesome. I just hope that the artists get paid for it. Usually, this question circles back to the Napster thing, and in my opinion, artists should be paid for their work. Should CD’s have been $20?  Absolutely not. I think the cost of physical copies of music is what caused online streaming and downloading to become more prevalent. Hand in hand with technology. I think streaming services get music out in the world and potentially are a good thing. Are artists getting their fair share? I don’t know but I hope so. I do notice though people still buy physical copies. Whether it’s CDs, cassettes, and vinyl.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MM: There are so many awesome songs that I can’t decide. Part of me says something prolific like Mozart and another says something like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or any of the modern equivalents. Take your pick of any song that came from an album that sold a million copies.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MM: If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be that substance sells. No more manufactured bands or artists. Even if I personally don’t like an artist’s music but they do their thing well they should have a chance to be successful. Case in point the AI rapper that Capitol Records signed. That was terrible in my opinion and there are a few things to be learned in that scenario. Not just about business but also about music.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MM: I am currently working on a new power metal project. Waiting to track vocals and the album will be finished. Hopefully, that will release spring of next year. I also have another technical death metal project called Chasm of Discord featuring myself, Lord Marco, and Tony Reviere. Our first single Deny the Light is out, and the album Admonishing the Dawn of Reverence drops November 2nd on Blood Blast powered by Nuclear Blast. I also have another solo release that is coming out on October 28th. It is a re-recording of my first EP MMXVII

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

MM: You can find me on most social media outlets and find my music on these online stores
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnGXcnsjb1sjo_3NV_0O6EQ
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100052177364686
https://www.instagram.com/mattmiller630/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2qSeQk0zEeNrFFSeg96M7e
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/matt-miller/1540144276
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUPi0TbG2B6SjmiTUo06m-Q
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/310507287
https://bfan.link/deny-the-light

Matt Miller links:
Band/Artist location – Salem, Oregon
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