Need an infectious hook or even entire song? My melodies have garnered millions of streams, so look no further I guess :)
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- Topline songwriter and vocalist for Pop, RnB, Hip-Hop, EDM
- Vocal/Production Mixing Engineer
- Multi-Instrumentalist Producer (guitar, keys, drum programming, etc.)
Christopher C. Miller's melodies have garnered millions of streams across all platforms.
Born and raised in Danville, Kentucky. I've been musical my whole life, writing songs to pass the time as a child. I started writing songs frequently, nearly every day, when I was 12-13 and started messing around with GarageBand a year or so after that. Once I finished high-school in 2015, I moved to Nashville for three years as a student at Belmont University for Music Business; moved to Los Angeles for a year in 2018-2019. During those years I spent most of my free time in writing sessions, planning my own artist projects, and recording/producing/mixing mine and other people's music. From 2019 to 2020, I spent my time making my debut album doing all the writing, the majority of the production, and mixing myself.
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Interview with Christopher C. Miller
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud of the first EP I ever released in 2018. Me and a couple producer buddies and cinematographer friend got an AirBnB at Joshua Tree in California for 5 days and we made the entire album there, music video and all. I was the singer/writer for the project. I did some vocal mixing as well and also produced one of the songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: As long as there aren't any surprises, my debut album is being released mid 2021
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Gato. He is a hip-hop/RnB producer who is one of the most creative and easy to work with people i've ever come by. His workflow is lighting fast, I've personally seen him make 5 beats in 20 minutes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ouch this is a hard question. I'll take a DAW over tape forever, but analog instruments just sound way better than emulators. I'll say digital because it's only getting better with time.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am one of the best topliners here. I'll give you my best! When it comes to mixing: I'll be honest with you. If you send me something and it's just impossible to mix because your audio files are bricks or they're just non existent, I'll tell you I can't work with that and give you some quick tips on how to properly gain stage before you record.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music has been my passion for my whole life and i'm beyond blessed to live in an age where so many careers in music are available.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Client: "When can you get this to me?" Me: "When do you need it?"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's unorganized, sporadic, or non-formulaic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Topline/Singing: Do you have any opinions on what you want this song to be about? If so tell me all. Do you need me to write the whole song or just a hook/verse? When do you want the first draft? When do you want this completely finished? What is the BPM? What is the key? Reference tracks? Mixing: Have you consolidated your tracks and labeled them? When do you need this finished? BPM? Key? Reference track that has similar mix?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get the best bang for your buck. I'm industry standard at what I do and I'm pretty new to SoundBetter so my prices are low :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Wow, I actually just talked about this yesterday with a couple buddies. My focus would be on intelligence and sustainability - assuming my goal is just to survive on this island and not escape, I would bring an exhaustive book on primitive survival techniques, a very durable knife, as much fishing line as i'm allowed, a large metal cauldron (for cooking), and high quality boots.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a music business major at Belmont University in 2015 so I could learn the industry. I've self taught myself vocal mixing since 2014 and started producing and mixing production together since 2015. A lot of my friends majored in production and engineering so I learned from them as well. As far as songwriting goes, I've been writing lyrics and playing guitar pretty much daily since around 12-13
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I do my best incorporate classically beautiful things into everything I work on so it has replay-ability.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Frank Ocean because his engineer(s) use more creative/experimental vocal chains and mixing techniques. He's also a fantastic writer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Utilizing serial compression on vocals is often overlooked by amateur engineers and is very useful for getting the cleanest sound even the initial audio waveform is too small.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: -Pop (Topline, Produce, Mix, Master) -RnB (Topline, Produce, Mix, Master) -Hip-hop (Topline, Produce, Mix, Master) -lofi hip hop beats (Produce, Mix, Master) -EDM (Toplines only) -Country (Writing only)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill, which used to be a weakness, is my perfectionism. I used to obsess over a mix or a verse or hook for days at a time, but i've noticed that often times my initial efforts tend to be my strongest, most raw, most precise.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Not only do I bring a fresh set of trained ears to a song, I also only allow my creativity get involved if it's called for: If a song needs mixed, i'm going to mix that song the most textbook way possible unless there is a glaring issue that needs to be addressed creatively and a note would be made of any such instance. My mastery of my DAW also allows for a smoother and quicker workflow.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a topline: I just put the song on and record probably 10-50 different melodies until i find one that feels right for the song; then I write the lyrics and re-record the vocals while slightly mixing them at the same time. Then I add necessary doubled takes, background vocals, and then mix the vocals until they're presentable (assuming the client has their own mixing engineer) For mixing: This is a complex process that starts with the client properly organizing/labeling each and every one of their tracks. Once the stems are received, I adjust each instrument/vocal to it's proper level, and then i focus on getting the cleanest possible mix in preparation for mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a pair of Yamaha HS5 studio speakers, apollo quad audio interface, various dynamic mics, an Ibanez acoustic/electric, cruddy old yamaha acoustic for character, a custom made strat, an M-Audio code49 Midi keyboard which has a pretty nice drum-pad on it too. 2017 3.1 GHz dual core i5 MacBook Pro that I run the most updated version of Logic Pro X on, all located in a nice small carpet room. (basically a bedroom pop setup) :)))
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm deeply inspired by musicians who excel in something i've yet to master. For example: the use of beatboxing in much of Justin Timberlakes/Timbalands earlier discography. Very tasteful, yet it also feels somewhat experimental for it's time.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time producers reach out to me to do a top line for them, whether that be a hook, verse, or entire song. I also do production/mixing for numerous artists/groups in Nashville.