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Artist Q&A

Question & Answer 
Meet Ted and Alice Miller

 

1.    Describe your normal studio or workplace. What’s normal?

Our studio space is anywhere we feel inspired. We DO have our recording equipment set up in our spare bedroom which is also our living room. We love using whatever space feels right, and often times you’ll find condenser mics running into the kitchen/dining room or other areas of the house so we can capture the “perfect” sound. 

2.    Describe your makeshift studio or workplace in a time of social distancing or isolation.

Makeshift is a pretty common word on the Miller “Funny Farm”! In our time of social distancing not a whole lot has changed.

3.    How has sharing your work with co-creatives or others shifted?

These days we find ourselves being a bit more open to collaborating. Our single “Ohio” for instance, features a fellow artist and friend (James Dean Acoustic). James laid down some pretty fantastic guitar work, and we are really happy with it! 
We’ve even been kicking around some ideas for other musical projects in the future that would be collaborations with other artists. Time will tell.

4.    What is your favorite non-art oriented activity that inspires you?

Both of us enjoy being in the great outdoors! We love hooking our team of horses up and going for a drive down to the river to enjoy a picnic lunch. Passing the time in the winter pulling tasty fish through the ice. We find so much inspiration from just being outside in nature.

5.    How has working in a socially distant environment affected your work?

Most of our audience connection and building comes from our live performances and during this time that’s come to a grinding halt. We know we’re not alone in this and have tried to stay as engaged as we can. We heard a lot of talk about how much new music would come out of this time of social distancing…honestly for us this doesn’t feel very conducive to creativity at all! We do however, feel like the trees, garden, and acreage as a whole have appreciated the extra TLC they’ve seen this summer. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to find inspiration and connection again. 


6.    What is your favorite go-to snack after long hours working on your artistic practice?

Hands down potato chips and sour cream and onion chip dip!!

7.    What are one/two of your favorite books that resonate with you and/or your practice?

Ted typically loves to read books on other artists/musicians. Two of his most recent reads are “I Am Ozzy” by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres, and “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like, Mostly True Tall Tales” by Todd Snider.
Alice’s most recent reads are “Neither Wolf nor Dog” by Kent Nerburn and She’s currently reading “Meeting the Shadow, The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature”. 

8.    Who are one/two of your favorite artists that inspire you?

This is a really hard question to answer, there are just so many influential and inspiring artists. For Ted, on the singer/songwriter front it would totally be John Prine, and as an amazing guitar player/songwriter it’s Bob Mould hands down! Johnny Thunders takes the cake on the punk rock roots of his youth. For Alice it would have to be Patty Griffin and Guster.