M.U.S.E. had the opportunity to talk with Warner Bros Records artist Jake Miller on Wednesday prior to his performance at the Music Spotlight Series at 5 Towers inside Universal Studios CityWalk. Miller opened the show for label mate Jason Derulo who’s song, “Talk Dirty” hit number four on the Billboard Top 100.
Leeane Melendez and Jake Miller talk about his album and who was his M.U.S.E. when starting out in the music industry. Miller just released in November his album, “Us Against Them” in November and is currently in the studio working on a brand new album.
He is currently attending the University of Miami. In high school the multi-talented musician who taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, put out a few homemade music videos on YouTube which immediately created a buzz and attracted the attention of music business insiders who began to guide Jake on his journey.
Jakeâ€™s very first live performance was in March 2011 when he opened for legendary rapper Snoop Dogg in Pompano Beach, Florida and shortly after he opened for rapper Mac Miller in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In May 2011, Jake won the Samsung & T-Mobile national “Kick it with the Band” competition designed to highlight some of the best music talent on the verge of stardom across the country. As the grand prize winner, Jake was awarded $35,000.00 for use towards his music career and a music video with YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill. In November 2011, Jake performed alongside Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Asher Roth at the “Think Pink Rocks” concert in West Palm Beach, FL which is sponsored by Steve Rifkind and SRC Records. In December 2011, Jake took the stage at the annual Y-100 Jingle Ball concert where Cody Simpson and We the Kings also performed. On December 31, 2011, he rang in the New Year at the Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival in which Jason Derulo, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship also performed. On March 11, 2012 Jake performed on both the Planet Pit Stage and Power 96 Stage at the famed Calle Ocho Festival in Miami, FL in front of an estimated crowd of 200,000+. He also had a show sponsored by Miamiâ€™s pop radio station Y-100 where he performed with Sammy Adams, Austin Mahone, J Rand and others.
Jake recently released his first EP, â€œSpotlightâ€ on iTunes.
Photo Gallery – Jake Miller and Jason Derulo at the Music Spotlight Series at 5 Points: