“Never stop grinding” – sure! If you say so, JAKE MILLER. As a kid, growing up in Florida, he wanted to become a MLB player then music swept him off his feet and he dropped the bat instantly. Nowadays, he’s incredibly successful as a songwriter, rapper and singer – living his dream in L.A. Jake recently wrapped up his “Hit & Run” tour where he spent two months on the road and now he’s back in L.A. – working on future projects. With Jute Magazine he talked about how to stay on the ground, his charity work and so much more:

Hi Jake! First of all, I would like to know what you are like when all the cameras are turned off? What do you do in your free time and who do you spend it with?

I spend my free time either with my best friends who are my roommates when I’m in LA, or with my family when I’m back in Florida. When I’m not in the studio, I’m usually at the gym, outside playing basketball, or at the mall.

You recently wrapped up your tour “Hit & Run”; how was the tour? And what comes now?

The tour was amazing. 33 cities, 2 months on the road with 10 of my best friends. I love seeing the fans and playing new music every night. Now that tour is over, I have a few exciting things up my sleeve and a whole lot of new music to make.

I can imagine working on new songs in the studio is something completely different from touring. What do you prefer?

My favorite thing in the world is being on stage and performing. When I’m writing and recording, I’m always thinking about what will sound best or be the most fun to perform.

How would you describe your latest album “Silver Lining”? What’s the style and what are you trying to communicate?

Silver Lining was written and produced entirely by me and some of my friends in my bedroom. It’s all about letting go of the past and focusing on the future. It’s about realizing that every bad situation comes with a positive outcome and a silver lining.

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How do you get started with a new album? 

I listen to a LOT of music and take inspiration from everything I see, hear, and experience. Finding the perfect vibe for an entire album is very hard and specific so it’s important to take your time.

Where do you get your inspiration from and what’s important to you?

I get a lot of my inspiration from John Mayer. I have always looked up to him for his lyricism and guitar playing.

What did you want to do when you were a kid? Have you always been into music?

I never found passion in anything the way I do with music. I played baseball growing up and thought I would be in the MLB one day, but I found music and instantly ditched baseball.

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You’ve already made a big name for yourself, but when you meet other celebrities; do you still get starstruck?

It depends who it is. I always try to play it cool, but there are a lot of people I meet that I used to have their posters hanging in my room as a kid. It’s pretty full circle when that kind of stuff happens.

What’s an artist, band, etc. that you look up to?

John Mayer, Drake, Jon Bellion, Charlie Puth

Would you say fame changes people? And how do you manage to stay on the ground?

It depends who you are. If you have the right people around you, then no. I have an amazing team around me that always remind me what’s truly important. And that’s not money or fame, its friends and family.

Apart from your music career, you are also busy doing charity work. Would you like to tell us something about that? 

It’s important to give back as much as possible, especially when you have a platform to do so. When you have a million people watching your every move on social media, you better use your voice for the right reasons.

I guess social media changed the game if it comes to spreading a message. How do you feel about social media? Is it a gift or torture? 

It’s definitely both. I’m a bit addicted to my phone these days and I think it’s low key messed up my vision in my left eye. But it’s obviously a much bigger gift because it allows me to do what I love and interact with my fans.

From your music videos and social media posts I always have the impression that you are a super open and outgoing person: is this true or is it only your public persona?

I am definitely outgoing. What you see is what you get with me.

How difficult is it for you to keep personal things private?

It’s not hard. The things I don’t think are appropriate for the public, I keep to myself. Other than that, I’m an open book and I think that’s important when it comes to letting the fans really know who you are.

Last question: What’s a piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Don’t rely on anyone to make your dreams come true. ALWAYS steer the ship and never give up control. Learn how to do everything and never stop grinding!

 

photographer: Lynzi Judish

stylist: Sydnee Paige

grooming: Sofiia Strykova

story: Marie-Christin Tripolt

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