Nias

 

Discuss your personality.

I consider myself a creative person. I’m not a person that likes a lot of undue attention but I love to write and create. Making something where there was previously nothing and causing it to posses beauty brings our divinity to the fore.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

I’m a singer, vocal arranger, and lyricist that works with other various musicians to flesh out the concepts and ideas in my head.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

I’ve always been interested in music and involved to some extent. But when I saw the switch from a physical product to a digital one in the industry and how the Internet was becoming a great facilitator for Independent Musicians I started down the path of creating works that I was going to place under my brand for releasing or licensing.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

You are fundamentally going into business for yourself. Any business must know and focus on its target market and develop awareness of and respect for the brand. And there’s a lot of investment in yourself. You cannot expect people to believe and invest in you if you do not do so first in yourself. But if you put in the work and establish yourself it’s way more rewarding than working for someone else.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

My first manager told me: “if you believe your own hype, and you fall, it’s a long way down”, I’ve always had people around me that kept me grounded. And I’ve not experienced a quick overwhelming commercial success which has made it easier also.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

Relationship songs do well because people can relate to them. All of us have experienced relationships on some level and can identity to some extent. This song is strictly about encountering that person that you realize that you need, you can’t live without them in your life. It’s about giving into your vulnerability and admitting that to yourself and them before you lose them.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

This particular song is on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, etc, on Goa Chillout Zone, Volume 7 as Nias “Without You” (Acoustic).

 

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But my new stuff is branded under Nias Miller or “Nias Intellectual Properties” as this video is on YouTube. I have to add my family name because I’ve realized there is another band with the exact spelling of Nias and we are getting confused on some platforms. I also have a Facebook profile under my name Nias Miller.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

I see this road I’m traveling on as a “journey more so than a destination”. So I see things as a continuum which makes it difficult to identify my “greatest moment”. As an example, I never wanted to produce my own video for “Without You”. But when I saw that it seemed necessary … I did it. The experience of coming up with an acceptable concept, funding the project, and promoting it has led me here. It wasn’t a straight line. I learned so much though about owning and controlling, not only the audio master but the visual one. An invaluable education!

Additionally I released this song through an Indie Label believing that they would do a better job than me. And that it would lessen the amount of work that I would have to do. Actual experience has taught me … that isn’t true. So the continuum has even shaped my perspective and the way I approach things. And it’s already proving to be far more beneficial for me. Don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s the truth.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

I love artists that have their own sonic brand. Marvin Gaye is an artist that was popular before my time. But I love his work because he had his own signature particularly when he wrote and produced his own stuff. He changed the conversation, the topics people wrote about in American music. I love Sade because of how African rhythms, Jazz, Soul, and Pop intersected in her work. She was a woman and a person of color that changed the scene of music at that time. You hear other names being celebrated, but Sade is a woman that changed music. And she doesn’t receive the acknowledgment that she deserves. Of the more recent artists I like Miguel because he has his own unique signature and various genres intersect in his work like the aforementioned artists.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.

Artists often times open themselves up to criticism from people that cannot even begin to do what they do. You need to be humble and understand that art is a subjective experience. That being said, I have trained myself to learn from criticism. If twenty different people all say the same thing … it probably should be evaluated seriously. I’ve listened more so recently and let it “fuel me” in a positive push to new and different expressions … even if I didn’t agree at first. And in the last year and a half , I feel I’ve seen the greatest improvement. The equation changed … so the outcome had to; because totally different variables were involved. That journey taught me, it wasn’t just one move but a number of moves that brought me to this place.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

“Without You” wasn’t meant to be a radio hit but a performance piece that celebrated ballads of the past. Its arrangement doesn’t conform to traditional structures heard on the radio. In many ways I ignored commercialism and just did what felt good to me. It reflects Jazz, Classical, and Soul influences and that’s why it stands out as different. I have found that people either love and get where I was coming from. Or, they feel that it is a mistake because it doesn’t sound like everything else on the radio. I call it my “catalogue piece”. As other songs within the catalogue receive attention, eventually this piece might be licensed as a larger number of people “come to understand its distinctiveness”.

 

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