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Jen Miller


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hi there! I'm an artist, producer, and activist from Columbus, Ohio, but I'm now based in Nashville, TN. I've been writing music and touring on & off since 2012, but in 2016, I started producing and writing with other artists, which led me to mix organic and electronic sounds to create genre-bending indie pop records (which I've been releasing one-by-one in 2017). We were blessed to be featured in Modern Luxury & Washington Post, and Spotify lists, including Hiptronix, Global Viral 50, and Discover Weekly. I've shared many stages — most notably with Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Young the Giant, Shovels & Rope, and more.

I'm also a staunch feminist and political activist. That's what led me to found and edit a blog called Girl Gang Music — an online community and network of women + GNC folk within the music industry.

All the singles I released in 2017 were in collaboration with Jake Vicious. The first collaboration between us was the single “Bullshit” – a grunge-pop feminist mantra about losing your shit over a cup of coffee mid-meeting – off of House Studio's collab album #5149. After racking up over 150,000 plays on Soundcloud, “Bullshit” was chosen as the theme song for “Uninterrupted”, a new podcast from Women’s Health that hosts experts, activists, celebrities, doctors, and more to talk about the political and social issues that matter most to women. So exciting! I GOT TO HEAR GLORIA STEINEM TALK OVER MY SONG WHAT EVEN!!!!!


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


As a kid, I was really influenced by the music my family (parents and sister) were listening to. Nobody in my family is very musical, and my sister is five years older than me. My dad brought me to the protest records… Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, CCR, Supertramp, and 90s bands like Counting Crows, Snow Patrol, Dave Matthews. But my mom loved what she called "oldies but goodies", which I'd define as MoTown… which was really how I figured out I love music. We're talking Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Etta James, Stevie Wonder. Last but not least, my sister was (oddly hahhaha) a hip hop head back in the day. She'd be making CD mixes with Dashboard Confessional next to Colt 45 and Gangsta's Paradise. That's why I'm 90s baby genre confused. hahaha.


What´s new right now?


So, I just finished a year of consistent single releases and my latest one came out a week ago. It's called "No Good" and you can check it out here:

https://soundcloud.com/jenerallyspeaks/no-good

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


Stevie Nicks! Would do anything to meet her!


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


I cared too much about what other people would think about what I was doing. You can be the best kind of tea, but somebody still won't like tea. That's okay. You can only do so much.


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


I think my biggest challenge right now is growing through some curveballs my personal life is throwing at me without letting it negatively affect my career! We all have our demons.


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How do you personally discover new music?


I love to find new music by going to shows here in Nashville or DC. But I also will admit I find a lot of new artists via spotify's curated playlists and Soundcloud!


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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?


“Of course! I write a lot of articles for my blog Girl Gang Music!

www.girlgangmusic.com


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


Just keep trying something new! If you think you've hit a wall or have "writers block", play a new instrument, pick up a new software, or something. Just try SOMETHING NEW. It will inspire you in some way — even if it's something small like actually stopping writing, going outside, and doing something new alone. Shake it up. Writer's block isn't real!


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.jenmillermusic.com

https://soundcloud.com/jenerallyspeaks

http://www.facebook.com/jenerallyspeaks

http://www.twitter.com/jenerallyspeaks

http://www.girlgangmusic.com

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