“There’s a lot of fakes in this industry who just want a quick buck. Advantage takers who try their hardest to throw a wrench in your tire. It makes it hard for many artists to get heard because of the wrong people. I advise my fellow artists to create your own lane and let them come to you.”
Check out the interview with Roy Miller exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Roy Miller: Music has been in my blood since infancy. I grew up on oldies such as Anita Baker, Lenny Williams, and Sam Cook. My first introduction to the music industry was with my cousin after we both saved up a few bucks for studio time. We got the okay to sign a contract by our parents with a manger we met and started to make moves. We came out with our first duo album titled Trouble Mind Boys and sold a few copies of it to build the hype.
After my cousin’s mother died from cancer we went our separate ways and I went on to pursue my dreams. I also parted ways with my manager and his label for cheating me out of money. Since then I’ve been performing at local shows, shooting music videos, and selling albums out of my car and in stores such as Cats Music under the stage name DaddayE.
Now I’m farther ahead than where I used to be. New name, new music, and new sounds. I met up with Roc Nations’ own Lenny Santiago in Atlanta for a listening session, though things didn’t work out due to bad business behind the scenes. I also flew out to New York to meet up with Success Davis, head A&R at Atlantic Records, to discuss writing for a few of his artists; again due to bad business on their end that deal never went through. Now I’ve started my own label which is Chill Life Ent and it’s slowly, but surely, blowing up.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I feel social media is at its all-time high. It’s all about how you market to a target audience and who can relate to you and your music.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The best to ever do what others said I couldn’t do.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
There’s a lot of fakes in this industry who just want a quick buck. Advantage takers who try their hardest to throw a wrench in your tire. It makes it hard for many artists to get heard because of the wrong people. I advise my fellow artists to create your own lane and let them come to you.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s not that bad like any other cities, states, etc. We all have the good and the bad. The music scene I feel is great. We have so many talented artists who actually put in work. Living in South Carolina is not that bad, but for me I got to stay going back and forth on the road. Working keeps my mind at ease.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Remember that nothing is overnight unless you’ve won the lottery or something. Patience is a virtue, don’t complain about the wait of your success. It’s going to come if you keep going. Have consistency.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Starting my own independent label Chill Life Entertainment.
What is your inspiration?
Folks who have traveled the road that I’m on who never gave up.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, like I mentioned earlier, you got to have consistency.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website www.RoyMillerMusic.com