Joey tells it like it is
HE IS a fan of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, enjoys Pete Murray, and would love to play at Woodford Folk Festival.
Joey Miller sat down with Calen Le Couteur in the Phoenix studio as part of the EMERGE series, talking about his influences, how he got started in music, and using Youtube as a music teacher.
Calen: Joining me today is Joey Miller...so, when did you first start playing music?
J: I first started in grade nine, I think it was. After seeing my music teacher play guitar I thought I wanted to do it too so it started from there.
C: Oh okay, and were you self-taught?
J: Yeah I just used a lot of YouTube
C: How many instruments can you play?
J: I can play guitar, guitar is my main instrument... Voice, a bit of piano and I could hit the drums, yeah that's about it.
C: Do you have any influences?
J: Biggest would probably be, guitarwise Stevie Raybourne, John Mayer and Jimi Hendrix, those kinda guys. And song writing wise would be Paul Simon's Tallest Man on Earth, Bob Dylan, those kinda guys.
C: Do you have any release plans?
J: I'm planning to release an EP this semester as part of my last semester project, it should be done October sometime.
C: Have you written many tracks for it?
J: I've got four tracks on that, I just chose four of my best songs.
C: Do you have a specific writing process?
J: I just kind of play and hum, play some chords and hum over it, just mumble some words and then it sort of forms something.
C: Do you have a dream venue to perform at?
J: Woodford folk festival or something like that would be cool
C: Who is your favorite Queensland musician?
J: Pete Murray, probably. Yeah that's pretty much the only Queensland mucisian I know. But yeah I like Pete Murray.
C: What is your favorite song to cover?
J: Any Bob Dylan song, or Paul Simon.
C: How many Bob Dylan songs can you play?
J: I don't know, around five or six... I know a lot more.
C: How long did it take you to learn 'Don't Think Twice'?
J: Not too long, cause there's a certain sort of picking pattern called Travis Picking, and I'd already known that so it was kind of just putting the chords to the Travis Picking pattern and then yeah, it didn't take too long... Maybe a few days.
C: What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
J: I haven't been to too many gigs, Ironically but probably Passenger. I liked Passenger, he was pretty cool.
C: If you had three words to describe your music, which three words would you
J: Umm, that's a good question... I don't know, quiet, calming I guess. That's only two, two out of three.