Music is universal, that it can bring people all together from different parts of the world. Jake already knew from the start that music is his life. He wrote songs from his experiences, stories from his fans, and other relevant problems present in today’s generation.

The man behind the popular song Dazed and Confused, singer-songwriter Jake Miller has made another comeback with his newly released EP entitled Based On A True Story. Jake also started his concert tour in America with his newly released songs.

Every song speaks for thousands and millions of people who had the same life experiences.

Spotted is excited to introduce to you the man who has an undying love for music that put life experiences into words and combined with beats to make new hope and inspirations to people across the world.

Jacket and Pants- A. Tiziano


A man who has been in the music industry for years and continuously producing good music, but what got you into music?

I’ve always been into music. My family always loved music, and I always made music. When I was in senior high school that was when I made my first song – I actually turned my English poem I had made in class into songs. It took off through my high school when I was turning my poems in a song.

What do you enjoy the most being a singer-songwriter?

My favorite thing of being a singer-songwriter is that I do what I love to do in every single day, and make a positive difference in people’s lives through my music.

When I first started making music it was just completely a hobby for me – I didn’t really realize the impact of what music can have on people, and then I started making songs about Anti Bullying, Suicidal Awareness, and I just saw so many people who would come up to me and tell me their stories about how my music helped them conquer their problems – the fan mail and the people coming up to me, crying and tell me how my music changed their life.

Jacket and Pants- A. Tiziano;  Shirt and Pants- Oren Kash; Sneakers- ON


What keeps you motivated to produce good music?

I listen to different artists across the world, from Frank Sinatra, Drake, to John Meyer. I listen to pretty much everything, in terms of my music inspiration – I’m really inspired by John Meyer – when I think of real lyricism and emotions in songs, I think of him and his music.

In terms of who motivates me outside of music, I would say my fans. Being able to make a song and put it out and then see the reaction on social media or to see these people in the crowd, screaming all the words, crying – that’s what motivates me to keep writing music. It’s amazing to see so many people in one room who don’t know each other, but they are all feeling emotional, and they are all connecting to these lyrics.

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Shirt and Pants- Oren Kash; Sneakers- ON


What is the most memorable performance you had?

It was in Arena in Madrid – a massive arena, sold out, more people that you can see and they were all singing along to the songs, and it was something that I’ve never seen before. Touring internationally is not something that I do so much, so playing in the arena across the world and have these people who don’t necessarily even speak the same language as me, singing my songs – that was a surreal moment.

Shirt- Raga Man; Blazer – William Lei; Pants- Asos; Sneakers- PF flyers
Shirt- Cadogan; Pants- Oren Kash; Blazer- William Lei; Shoes- Guess


What would you consider as the biggest challenge of being in the music industry?

The biggest challenge is the fact that your life is not steady at all, really high-highs, low-lows, you never know what’s going to happen in 24 hours from now, but it’s also the most fun part [honestly] because it always keeps you guessing, and you never really know what’s coming next.

I’ve been through ups and downs. I’ve been dropped by record labels, my managers leave me, I’ve been through the rain, and it’s definitely not in the industry to get in to if you don’t have tough skin, but thankfully I do, and I try to lay all the positives and away negatives in everything I do.

Jacket and Pants- A. Tiziano; Shirt- Cadogan; Pants- Oren Kash; Blazer- William Lei; Shoes- Guess


If there is one song you hope people would listen from your work, which one would it be and why?

I made a song when I was 19 yrs. old called A Million Lives it was really a kind of song that took from a hobby to a career, and it was the start of my fan base. The tagline is I had made a million, but I’ve touched a million lives, telling that the song is much more important, to touch people in a positive way through music rather than doing it for the wrong reasons, like for a million of dollars, chasing fame, and every verse in the song was dedicated to different fans.

Jacket and Pants- A. Tiziano; Shirt- Cadogan; Pants- mister triple x

The first verse was a girl who was going through cancer and chemotherapy.The second verse was a kid who used to get bullied, and the third verse was a girl who lost her brother in a car accident, and everytime she listens to my music it felt like she’s still with her brother. These are all real stories that I was told. It’s a powerful song. I want to make songs for the fans, and for the people telling me their stories.

 How would you define yourself as an artist?

I’m a pop artist, but I always do different things. I started as a rapper, [now] I don’t rap at all, now I sing, as of two years ago I never touched piano – now I can play really well. It’s all just about pushing boundaries and learning new things.

Shirt- Cadogan; Pants- mister triple x

I produced all my music. I make all the beats. I write all the lyrics. I mixed it. I mastered it, and upload it to iTunes all by myself straight from my bedroom, and these are all things that I learned had to do within the past two years, and it’s hard to categorize on what genre I am in, but I’m always learning, I’m always trying to get better, always trying to beat out the last that I did, and I’m just continuing to grow as an artist.

What do you think makes music universal?

Music is definitely universal, because being in the crowd and at the concert is one of the most powerful feelings, just because you don’t know anybody around you, but you’re all singing the same words, all have different connections to the lyrics, but you are all tied together through one song and [I think] it’s the most powerful thing, to stand on stage and look at those people who don’t know each other, all singing words, all at the same time. It was just a proof that we all have in common, and we can get along with each other a lot more easily than they think we can and music is very powerful that’s why I’m here in the industry.

Shirt- raga man; Jeans- Levi’s; Blazer- William Lei; Shoes- Cole Haan

Photographer: Lester Villarama (@shotbylester)
Styling: Sky JT Naval of STL Artists (@sky_is_dlimit @stl_rtists)
Grooming: Erik Torppe (@eriktorppe)
BTS Videographer: Erika De Leon (@xdvdl)
BTS Video Editor: Lester Villarama (@shotbylester)
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Location: Le Parc Suite Hotel (West Hollywood, CA) (@leparcsuites)