An Interview With Jeremy Miller (DJFWB)
This week I got to chat with music producer Jeremy Miller, AKA DJFWB. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did!
Aaron Iara: Thank You for taking the time to speak with me this week! Please tell the readers a bit about yourself and the work you do.
DJFWB: My name is Jeremy Miller, otherwise knows as DJFWB. I am a full-time DJ & Producer. I have DJ’ed in clubs all over the united states, played gigs on Cruise Ships and out of the country, I’ve performed at events for some major brands like Nike, Vans, RedBull, Rockstar, Kate Spade, Sony, and more. I currently produce original music and edits for my club sets and a couple of side projects as well.
Aaron Iara: How long have you been producing music? How did you get your start?
DJFWB: I’ve been producing for around 7 years now but within the last 3, it has become more than just a hobby. I started producing by making beats to scratch over and practice turntablism with, from there it evolved into making edits for my sets and from there into full-on original productions.
Aaron Iara: How would you describe your creative process?
DJFWB: Honestly, it’s all over the map. I am constantly inspired by so many things that day to day I never know what will create the spark and get the creative juices flowing. I always try to have a way to jot down my ideas when they come.
Aaron Iara: Making music takes a lot of time and energy. What do you do to stay productive?
DJFWB: Along with being a producer I am first and foremost a Dad, a DJ, and a graphic artist. Usually when I am producing it feels like a breeze in comparison to the others. I always have ideas on the back burner waiting to be cooked up, so when I have some time to myself to work on music there is never a lack of work to be done.
Aaron Iara: What are your biggest obstacles when it comes to making music? How do you overcome them?
DJFWB: For me, it usually ends up being time management. Because the time I have to solely work on music comes in short spells throughout the week, it usually ends up leading to a lot of started projects that can’t be finished until later. My biggest obstacle has been disciplining myself to actually finish those projects before I start new ones.
Aaron Iara: How do you foster your creativity? Do you work at it or wait for inspiration?
DJFWB: Creativity and Inspiration is such a delicate balance of back and forth energy. There are times when I’ve felt one but not the other. Obviously, the goal is to feel both creative and inspired at the same time. Usually, when I’m lacking either part of that, I step back, try to observe, or be part of something that’s bigger than myself. Nature has a great way of making you feel small and inspiring you to focus on more than yourself.
I also like to just go be out in the community or city visiting other DJ’s events (pre-quarantine) or just hanging with people I enjoy being around. Usually that fog, that creative block is lifted and we are back on track again. I think it’s important not to force it unless you absolutely have to because of a deadline or something. Your music (and art) will shine when it comes from a genuine place.
Aaron Iara: Do you ever have any performance/release anxiety when it comes to showing your work to others? If so, what do you do about it?
DJFWB: I have anxiety in a different way than many people I know. I could be in the DJ booth with a room of 1000+ people and feel perfectly comfortable. The second I have to step down and be in the middle of the crowd, I’m a wreck. It’s weird I know, but I guess we all have those zones that feel like home.
With sharing my work, I used to REALLY stress about it. I’ve had to teach myself that I’m making music because I love it and I can’t blame others if they don’t directly identify with it. Luckily I’ve had a ton of support on pretty much all of my creative projects so it makes it a lot easier knowing there are people out there who can relate and enjoy it!
Aaron Iara: What advice can you give to people who want to start making their own music?
DJFWB: In my Shia LeBoeuf (sp?) voice….. DOOOO ITTTTT! Stop stressing about whether it’s perfect or not, whether you have the right gear or not, just start creating. Even if you are a beginner, the only way to get better, to grow, and to reach others is to just keep doing it.
Make 100 songs, then go make 100 more. Put in 10,000 hours, then go put in 10,000 more. If you love it then the time and process will be fulfilling.
Aaron Iara: Do you have any upcoming events/projects/releases you would like to discuss?
DJFWB: I am starting to roll out this year’s releases from my side project Alt. Vers.
Alt. Vers., is short for Alternate Version and it is exactly that. It’s music that I make that isn’t necessarily geared for the club. It’s golden era, crate-digging, made from record sampling kind of music!
Much of this has been inspired by places I’ve traveled to and most of the sounds I use have been recorded there or were sampled from records I bought while on these travels. I wanted to make music you could listen to after the club and for me this is it!
My next single is named “Skateboard” and you can save/stream it here – Alt. Vers. – Skateboard
Aaron Iara: Thank you for taking the time to do this! Where can readers find you and your work?
DJFWB: Thanks for having me!
My socials are:
My booking email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I always welcome anyone to reach out and connect with me!