Jake Miller x Silver Lining II
Independent artist Jake Miller is bringing you his first album in over three years, and it is not one to miss. With his unique ‘pop-trap’ style, you will want to get to know Jake and the inspiration behind Silver Lining II, which is now available on all major platforms! Be sure to grab your tickets and catch Jake on his hi, i miss you North American tour, starting in September, with special guests Fly By Midnight and Just Seconds Apart.
Share with us how you got your start in music? Has it always come naturally to you? Was there a specific moment when you knew this was going to be your career?
I started making music in high school, mostly as a joke. I would invite my friends over after school and we’d rap on top of the basic beats that we created. I never thought making music would turn into a full-time career at the time. I was just having fun and being creative. Music has definitely always come naturally to me. My whole family has always been extremely musical and creative.
Tell us more about how you found your musical style. What inspired it?
I found my musical style through all the different styles of music that I listen to. I listen to everything from hip-hop to jazz, from pop-punk to pop. I think my style is a mixture of all my favorite artists.
Who are your biggest influences/inspirations in music?
Artists like John Mayer, Jon Bellion, J Cole, The Starting Line, and The Almost come to mind.
What is your creative process when it comes to making an album? Take us step by step.
This album took over a year to create. I wrote and produced this album over the span of the pandemic. Some time taking months off, and sometimes writing 3 songs in a week. I worked with some of my best friends on this album, sometimes even over zoom. I will always look back on this album and think of what a whirlwind 2020 and 2021 were. And as crazy as it was, making this music was an escape for me and my friends.
What can we expect from Silver Lining II, compared to Silver Lining?
This album is definitely more happy/hopeful. I was going through my first heartbreak when I wrote Silver Lining. Fast forward 3 years, I couldn’t be happier. Most of Silver Lining II are songs about how happy and in love I am right now. There are also a few songs talking about how important it is to stay true to yourself and surround yourself with great energy.
What does this project mean to you?
This project is very special to me. When I wrote Silver Lining, I was in an emotional rut that I never thought I’d be able to dig myself out from. So writing Silver Lining II showed me how far I’ve come in the past few years, not only as a musician but more importantly as a human.
Can you explain how being an independent artist is beneficial to you, as well as the difficulties that it can bring?
Being an independent artist is amazing because I have complete and total freedom to create whatever I want to create. That’s everything when you’re an artist.
What do you want to accomplish through music, that goes beyond music?
In the same way that making music was an escape for me during this crazy time, I hope people can listen to my music and find that same escape. Music is all about getting lost in another world for a few minutes. Forgetting your problems and your worries and just being happy. That’s what I hope my music does for people!
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
I love being active. I’m in the gym 7 days a week, I love being outside, going to the beach, and just enjoying California.
Are you excited to return to touring? What can we expect from the hi, i missed you North American tour?
I couldn’t be more excited to get back on tour. It’s been almost 2 years and I’ve never been more ready to get on stage. That’s where I feel like the best version of myself. I can’t wait to play all this new music and give the fans the best show they’ve ever seen from me.
Talent Jake Miller @jakemiller
Photo Zack Caspary @zcaspary
Interview Nathaniel Roberts @nathanieljroberts