With an upbringing immersed in music and the broad culture that NYC has to offer, singer-songwriter-producer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Miz has spent his life crafting his masterfully unique indie pop crossover. Latest offering Dance With The Wind caught our ear with its smooth summer dance sound and standout songwriting. We caught up with Dan to get an insight into the creative process:-
Hey Dan, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To start with, what song, album or artist inspired you to make music?
I’ve drawn inspiration from multiple different artists. I appreciate all kinds of music and came to find that I enjoy listening to almost everything. But, to name a few - Billy Joel, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Post Malone and The Bee Gees.
In your own words, how would you describe your own sound?
I like to consider my music to be sophisticated pop. I love infusing deep concepts in relatively poppy ways. The core of the song has a deeper side - that comes first.
We're really digging Dance With The Wind, could you give us a unique insight into the motivation behind the song?
Dance With The Wind is an anthem for being stressed or anxious. Sometimes, the addiction of being stressed can take over. This song was built as a reminder that everything will be just fine - the world was constructed that way. Whenever I experience something, I run to put it into song. Music starts off as selfish exploration which then leads to releasing it and having people relate.
How do you feel New York influences you and your creative process?
New York is everything. Majority of the music I make is inspired by long walks on 5th Avenue - the hustle and bustle pushes me to do my best.
Recent hit Pulling Me has caught a lot of ears on Spotify, how do you feel about people all over the world hearing your music?
I love it, but it’s not my music - it’s theirs to keep. I am so humbled by the journey that song took and it inspired me to make music that speaks truth. In today’s digital age, it’s easy to put music out - building a beautiful story is more important than ever.
What's in the pipeline for you, for 2018 and beyond?
I’m currently working on an album that will built out as if it was a movie; every track intertwined within each other. I love albums that follow a theme and building a consistent story is an awesome challenge. I’m excited to get that going!