An accomplished performer with more than two decades of professional experience as a singer, songwriter, producer and voice actor, Jason Charles Miller has quietly established himself as a veteran presence in Americana, country and Southern rock. Originally from Clifton, VA, Miller now lives in Los Angeles, CA where he owns and runs the successful recording complex Central Command Studios.
How’s Iggy doing since he ate tin cans (my beagle Ben ate through a metal crate — maybe it’s a SoCal thing)?
My dog Iggy is literally a canine trash compactor. Besides eating a tin can, he recently ate an entire bag of Halloween chocolate (wrappers included) and suffered no side effects.
Have you had a chance to explore any new places around town with Iggy and Luna these past few months in California (like the cool pattern you found on a hike)?
Tolkien Reading Day. Have you found any new authors or series during the quarantine?
I’ve been reading a lot about Charlemagne, doing a deep dive into the history of his court and the overall history of the Franks. Specifically, “Charlemagne” by Johannes Fried, “King and Emperor” by Janet L. Nelson and “A History of the Franks” by Gregory of Tours…hey, you asked!
Epic battles like the one for Dungeons and Dragons. What game would you recommend new players start with?
The D&D Starter Set, The Lost Mines of Phandelver, is great for beginning players!
Voice over the Junk Dealer for Final Fantasy VII. What is the most challenging part of bringing a video game character to life through a voice over?
Well, I’d say the biggest challenge to voice acting is portraying every emotion the audience needs to experience with your voice alone. That’s really the key. Luckily the Junk Dealer in Final Fantasy VII is a pretty straight forward, no-nonsense guy!
Taking a pile of guitar parts with the explanation “You figure it out” and ending up with a National guitar from 1954. You said that guitar is now one of your favorites. Which other guitar(s) are your ‘go-to’s?
Well for sure my custom ESP Eclipse, which I had built to the exact specs I love in an electric guitar, and my ESP Truckster is my workhorse on the road. Also, I have 3 Takamine EF340S-TTs, so I guess you could say that’s my favorite model of acoustic guitar.
Miller’s Music Mondays. What’s involved in putting on shows on the Twitch platform?
Well since I always like to have a guest, we both call into the same zoom call, and then my producer Sean Becker will broadcast the zoom call to my twitch channel through Streamlabs OBS. Simple, right?
When you were part of Godhead you remarked that “… we had elements of so many different sounds in our early days that it actually worked to our advantage. We could open for almost anyone and find a way to fit in.” Do you think the trend in music of blurring genre lines will continue?
Oh absolutely! Genres are more fluid than ever, and I don’t think they’ll ever stop. Besides, there are only two types of music: good or bad, right?
Voice for Ra’s Al Ghul’s singing voice in DC Super Hero Girls. Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is an obscure member of the X-Men named Longshot. He’s an alien from another dimension with only four fingers, although he looks like an 80’s rocker in a leather jacket. He doesn’t appear to have any incredible superpowers, he’s just EXTREMELY lucky.
You said that “no matter what I do, every full moon, I turn METAL for at least 24 hours.” Which metal artists have most influenced your musical style?
“Better Late Than Never,” co-written with Jonathan Tyler. Single artwork by Mister Sam Shearon. How does the artwork represent the song?
I love Sam’s work. I often just let him “go for it” when I give him the title of a song or an album. He came up with the cover for “From The Wreckage — Part One” first, and the cover for “Better Late Than Never” is a continuation of that theme, tied in with the time motif.
The new single is from your forthcoming album, From The Wreckage — Part One. What can fans expect in the February 2021 release from your own Haunted Mill Music record label?
The beginning of the first part of a new journey into my mind, to be concluded later in the year by part two!