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With Walter Miller
Exposed Vocals just caught an exclusive with Walter Miller
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
So I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been listening to music. It’s always been there for me. I fell in love with performing at a very early age, was very involved with musical theatre, but always had a desire to be able to sing a song and call it my own. Somewhere along the way, I also decided that I wanted the words to be my own, and fell in love with songwriting. By the time I was starting high school, I made the decision that I wanted to be on the radio and was gonna work to get there.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
It’s kind of difficult to get gigs because you have to be somewhat aggressive. I wasn’t prepared for that. Obviously be polite and kind, but you also have to be very determined and ready to face some rejection. Also, I make sure that I’m constantly practicing so that once I do get a gig, I’m well-rehearsed and ready to put on a really good show.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Oh my gosh, yes! Everyone does, it’s just a matter of who covers it up the best and keeps the show moving along. That’s one of the many things that makes up an amazing performer! However, one of my biggest fears is messing up, so I’m always rehearsing and practicing when I’m getting ready for a show. When I do mess up though, whether that’s screwing up a lyric or not hitting a note how I wanted to, the best thing to do is to just keep going. I tend to be my own worst critic, so what seems like a disaster of a mistake in my mind, most audience members don’t even notice!
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I’m actually really excited because now that my debut album is finally coming out, my management has brought up the possibility of a tour. I’ve done so many gigs at different restaurants and music festivals, and those have always been really fun, so I’m super pumped about the possibility of being able to take the many different concepts that my album explores and bringing them to life!
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Well I actually used two different studios in making the album. At one I would create all of the music, and at the other, I’d record my vocals. I’ve been recording for a while now though, and over the course of this time, there were many upgrades to the programs we were using. I’m really happy that it’s given such a fresh sound to my music, but right now I’m having to go back on some of the earlier tracks and update them so that they meet the bar set by some of the later recordings. I’m having so much fun though, so it’s not really work to me!
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
My management and I both do our own part in promoting my music. They use ads and contact various PR representatives to promote it by pushing it on different websites. I promote myself through social media and with live performances. I love live performances because it helps me so much in gaining followers and fans, but also it’s such an awesome way for me to get to share my music and really get to connect with people face to face. I really don’t think there’s a better way to showcase who you are as an artist.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
My answer is and always will be Freddie Mercury. He just set the bar for what it not only means to be a singer and songwriter, but also an entertainer. The guy knew how to put on a show! He was so innovative and ever since I was little, I’ve thought he was the greatest! Even if we couldn’t perform together, I’d just love to be able to hang out with him! In terms of people who are alive though, my answer always flip-flops between artists like Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Mariah Carey, and Carole King, just because the songs that they have written all have resonated with me so much, and I just have the upmost respect for every single one of them.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Nothing is really set in stone right now, but I do have some pretty definite concepts and ideas of what I want my next album to be about, and I’m super excited to start writing again! I’ve already been coming up with melody ideas and am sort of creating a basis for the direction that I want it to go in. I also want to become more involved with film, and have even started writing two different screenplays. I’m kind of just having fun with it right now though!
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Honestly, I’d probably be trying to break into the film or television industry. Even if I wasn’t in front of the camera, I still it’d be cool to have a job like being an executive at NBC or something.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Fans can look forward to my album finally coming out, music videos being released, and many different shows all over!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Okay, so I have to give a shout-out to my family (obviously) for not hearing hardly any of this album and still having faith that it’s going to be amazing. My entire team deserves a huge thanks for helping me create the music, record the vocals, and helping me in promotion. I have the best friends in the world, and they always manage to show me such an unwavering sense of support! I have to give a shout-out to the fans for being so patient in waiting for music to come out. I really appreciate it and the wait is almost over! And I guess I have to thank the different people that inspired all of the songs that I wrote over the past few years, because I would not have this album without any of you!