Jeff Miller

Alumnus, 1995-96

Jeff Miller attended the Workshop in songwriting in 1995 & 1996 and joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 1999-2001.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I’m living in Los Angeles, which is where I grew up – I knew I wanted to be involved in music and for some reason when I graduated college I hated New York, and I thought that those were my only two options. I know now that: a. I don’t hate New York and b. there are tons of options of places to live, but LA is definitely home for me.

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I have 3 concurrent jobs: my day job is that I’m the editor (and basically only editorial staff) of ThrillistLA, which is a cityguide for “dudes”. I freelance write for magazines and newspapers including Relix, Esquire.com, LA Times, etc, and I also play in and run the indie-rock tribute band Black Crystal Wolf Kids. Though my schedule can be insane, I love having my toes dipped into a few different fields that are similar but not the same.

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

I haven’t read a book in years, which is depressing: I am mostly a magazine guy these days and slam through about 6 different subscriptions or more a month. As far as listening, I invested in a Sonos system last year and it’s the greatest thing of all time (want a referral code? just ask!) I’m loving the new Beck album, Morning Phase – I think it’s better than Sea Change.

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

A lot of my focus has been on the band recently. It was always my dream to have fun playing in front of thousands of people and this band’s allowed me to do that, even though I’m playing other people’s songs. Our creativity comes in the presentation, and we knock that part of playing out of the park.

What are your publications, performances, albums, and/or achievements that seem most important to you at this point in time?

I started writing professionally a decade ago, and there are so many milestones: my first article for a publication I grew up reading (Variety), a photo shoot with Samuel L. Jackson for Maxim and subsequently going to Tokyo, a trip to South Africa for LA Times, etc. Thankfully, they’re not done yet :).

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

I can’t quantify how influential YWW was – it was really the first space I felt like I belonged in in my life. When I think about the best advice I’ve ever gotten, the most free I’ve ever felt, and people I felt the most connected to – I always come back in my mind to YWW. It’s my favorite place I’ve ever been.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Write. You’re not a writer if you’re not writing.

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