If you first discovered singer Jeffrey Miller on Vine, you know he has an incredible voice. After all, his following on the app reached over 3 million dedicated fans – and he transitioned his success into his first professionally recorded tracks! Since he recently released his debut EP Rise and his "Live For The Night" music video, TWIST caught up with him to ask him all about the musical journey that has brought him to this point. Check out our exclusive Q & A below.
TWIST: How did you first get started creating music?
Jeffrey Miller: It all started back when my grandpa got me a guitar at around the age of 6. I initially fell in love with discovering new melodies and putting my lyric ideas to them, writing little jingles and songs up in my room all the time. My love for music grew from there and I began to explore more and more about singing and eventually performing in front of others. Music quickly became an outlet for me and I had finally found the perfect way to truly express myself.
TWIST: What's your earliest childhood memory relating to your love for music?
JM: My earliest childhood memory relating to music would probably be my first guitar recital. I was 8 years old and so excited to show off the song I learned on guitar. This was my first time being on a stage in front of a crowd so I was very nervous but as soon as I got on the stage and began playing, all the nerves left me. It felt so right being up there and I knew it was something I wanted to continue to do.
TWIST: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
JM: Ever since I was little I dreamed of being a rockstar. I was always performing around the house and since the beginning had a love for music. Growing up though I struggled with finding the confidence to pursue this kind of career. For a couple years I actually stopped singing because I thought I wasn't good enough. It wasn't until age 12 that I got a phone and began to see people on the internet sharing their talent. I became really inspired and motivated by all the vocalists on social media and wanted to do it myself. I finally was ready to put myself out there and share my passion.
TWIST: What inspired you to start a Vine account?
JM: The older I got, the more I wanted to share my music. Once my friends told me about the app and how fun it was, I thought it would be such a convenient and cool way to put my music out there. I had to beg my parents to let me get the app but once they gave in I began posting new covers daily.
TWIST: How do you feel about Vine shutting down?
JM: It's extremely sad to see it go because the app has totally launched my career. Without Vine, I don't know if I would've been able to reach 3 million people viewing my content. One of the biggest things I'm gonna miss is the community. The friendships I have made from the app are ones that will last a lifetime and I'm so grateful for it all. I hope all the supportive people viewing my vines will continue to follow this journey past the app.
TWIST: How would you say your musical style and goals have changed since you first started out?
JM: My music style is constantly evolving more and more each day. I've discovered so much about myself this past year working on my EP Rise and I'm really proud of the result. My main goal is longevity. I want this music career to last, so therefore I am going to continue to work to the best of my ability to achieve this dream of mine. I know that as long as I give all that I've got and really put my heart and soul into this music, I will be happy and content with myself no matter what happens.
TWIST: What is the message you hope fans will take away from your music?
JM: The project I just dropped is all about believing in yourself so you can rise above the ups and downs of life to achieve greatness. I think that's the number one message I want the fans to take from it. It's cliché but it's true. You will not get anywhere without confidence and trust in yourself.
Over the course of this year I have made great strides in establishing the right mentality for a career like this. I've already dealt without so much doubt but I'm growing stronger and stronger each day and I want the fans to grow with me too.
TWIST: What has the reaction to your debut EP been like?
JM: The reaction to my EP has been surreal. I can't thank the fans enough for riding with me and believing in this project as much as I do. When you put so much work into something and ultimately become very proud of it, it's so nerve racking to finally hear what others think and I am so thankful for the sheer amount of support and positivity.
TWIST: You co-wrote most of of the EP, where did the inspiration come from?
JM: It has been such an enlightening experience to get in the studio and come together with so many talented songwriters/artists to form these records. The inspiration derived from many different aspects of my life. I pulled from all the things I was going through at the time. The EP is a piece of me.
TWIST: If you could leave a note for your future self, what would you tell him about this particular moment in your life?
JM: I would express to my future self how much I hope that I am looking back and truly having no regrets. I wish to be in a good place where all makes sense and in the end, the positive outweighs the negative. I would tell him that I am working hard to pursue my career in music and will not let him down.