Brooke Miller

When did you put the current band together?
We started playing together officially on June 4th. that was our first gig. the day prior we had a 6 hour rehearsal. I remember cause it was the 2nd wedding anniversary for Don and I. June 4th.

(photo by Amber Rima McLinn) 

How did you meet the band members?
The gene pool of NY musicians presented itself. More or less by word of Mouth. My dear friend and producer Peter Lubin recommended Winston Roye as a bassist and inevitably, he knew a good drummer. So we got a package deal. Kenny and Winston. They are dynamite players, singers and just great guys in general. It’s been a real pleasure to work with them live.

What is the band’s favorite venue/city to play?
Thus far, I’ve had a steady gig at the Living Room in the East Village, so that became a regular thing for us. It was a good run. I think the most recent gig at the Gibson Guitar Showroom was the best venue however. In terms of sound, atmosphere, not to mention the history.

What was the strangest/most interesting thing to happen to you on the road?
It escapes my mind right this second. I’ll have to give it some thought. Dang, I hate when that happens. It makes me sound so boring. I also have a bit of a memory like a goldfish. ‘Oh, look at the pretty castle….oh look at the pretty castle…..oh look at the pretty castle….’ etc.

If you could meet any musical hero living or dead, who would it be and what would you say to this person?
I know this is going to sound a bit typical or cliche, but I would have to say John Lennon. Like so many people, my whole life I have loved the Beatles and Lennon’s solo music. Recently, I played at the the Gibson Guitar Showroom, and stood in the very spot John Lennon did his vocal for ‘Double Fantasy’. It’s pretty much all I could think about while I was playing that night. My husband and I also watched the US Vs. John Lennon the other night. He’s been on my mind lots lately. It’s not that I idolize him, I just think we are blessed to have had a musician like Lennon as part of our history. Even as brilliant as he was, he was a regular guy with a big heart. And people all around the world could see this, and respond in kind. That’s a huge example. I think If I were to say anything to John Lennon, I would ask him if he ever considered visiting Prince Edward Island. He might have really liked it there.

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Is there anything you dislike about being a musician? Like the sound man showing up two hours late for a gig, buying guitar strings from “that guy” at the music store who is more interested in his Chinese food than ringing you up?
I don’t hate anything about being a musician. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and now I’m doing it. I guess the thing that might irk me about the musical lifestyle is being away from home for long spells. I like to be a bit of a home body when I’m not traveling. I do love travel aswell. It’s hard to balance the two at times, It’s all about managing your energy. Something else that I find important to balance is getting enough exercise on the road. When I’m home I can get to the gym down the street everyday and I love that routine. On the road however, It’s not so easy to manage a routine as such. So I look for other ways to get exercise and keep my energy in a good place. Not too many late nights, eating well, walking lots, etc. That’s important to me. Sometimes when I’m traveling in a country where there’s a language barrier, that can be a tough one. It a totally different experience to try and connect the dots with the audience. You rely more on body language and what few phrases you know in that language. You have to overcome some apprehensions too about communications. I think the more I try and reach out the better the reception is. It’s a bit exhausting at times though.

What are you currently working on?
Stamina. Taking time for down time. Also, I’m preparing, more or less, to have another record ready for recording in the winter. I’ve got a few weeks coming up where I have the house to myself entirely and I can get some writing done. If I can stay ahead by a few songs, and keep my work stamina up with writing, I can keep the fires burning. Again, more energy and time management there. I’m also a step-parent, so helping to run a home life is key. My life is essentially family and music oriented. Wouldn’t have it any other way.