After releasing a series of EPs and mixtapes and amassing multiple millions of views for his videos on YouTube and Vevo, it's no surprise that Miami rapper/songwriter Jake Miller's debut album, "Us Against Them," had a Top 10 debut earlier this month.
"I think the EPs and the mixtapes were kind of my experimental process," says Miller, 20, whose hit singles so far include "A Million Lives" and "Collide." "I didn't know what my style was. I was still trying to find it. I think with the last EP ('The Road Less Traveled') is really where I found my niche and I found what I want my sound to be like."
Miller's approach is certainly broad. Though hip-hop at its core he also blends in plenty of pop and, on "Collide," elements of EDM. Miller, who started making music "as a hobby," says it's the result of growing up in a musical household -- his father was in a band and his mother sings -- and being taught to appreciate different styles.
"I think it's nothing more than just I've always love every kind of music," explains Miller, who's currently an inactive student at the University of Miami. "Whether it was the Beatles or Eminem or John Mayer, I'm just a music lover in general, so I can appreciate any kind of good music and kind of incorporate every type of music into mine, whether it's acoustic or guitars or EDM or whatever.
"I don't want to just stick to one line. I want to have something for everybody, and I just think it's important to have variety."
Jake Miller, Action Item and Air Dubal perform Saturday, Nov. 23, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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