If you’re lucky in life, you get the chance to experience a musician in their rawest form. To discover an artist for yourself, without having to be told to check them out by friends or the media. If you are fortunate to have had that experience then you tend to develop a special bond and appreciation for the music. It was that way for me and the music of Misty Miller, a singer-songwriter from South West London, and soulful utiliser of the ukulele. Misty has been writing music since the age of eight with her brother Rufus, and constructed her first album at just 15. Much has been made of her use of the ukulele in her songs, but this is merely a musical vehicle for a mature and evocative talent. After all, the ukulele does not dictate her style in the slightest. She’s not producing ukulele music, rather a brand of music that expertly showcases a talented lyricist and storyteller.
Misty released her first album in February 2011, whilst studying for her GCSEs. The material on the record was written during the transition into her teens, and displays a maturity that betrays her tender years. As she looks forward to recording her next album, it is evident that Misty is open to change and evolution. Her more recent music is remarkably different from the first album, and displays the wealth of creativity she has to draw upon.
Misty defies classification or pigeonholing into the genres of pop, folk, blues etc. She is very much her own artist, and the songs she produces have an identity and soul all of their own. She has the all too rare quality of being fresh dynamic and revolutionary in everything she does. In a world going crazy for manufactured music and quick fix, short lived acts, Misty has the advantage of hard earned respect for her industry. It is important to her that she keeps control of her music and identity, and stay true to what has brought her attention globally. That being her work ethic and desire to achieve based on her musical merits alone.
It was a real treat for me to get to ask Misty some questions about her life in music thus far, and thoughts on where her journey might take her. I hope you enjoy reading what she had to say, and for the uninitiated, welcome to the wonders of Misty Miller…
Q: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Misty: Growing up, I was influenced by a wide variety of musicians. From Nirvana and Jesus and Mary Chain to Billie Holiday and Elvis. I was intrigued and inspired by great performers and song writers. This has carried on to now where at the moment I’m influenced a lot by Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and a few underground rock bands.