12 Jan Urbyn Loft Exclusive: Spotlight on Reece, The ‘Ghost’ Whisperer
Remember when it was the music or nothing?
Remember when it was art before commerce?
Remember when it was vocals first, visuals later?
If you are of a certain age, you may not, but fret not because it’s never too late to shake up the status quo. The next artist on the scene that is set to put his own stamp on the current sonic landscape is none other than Reece Miller, known simply as Reece. Since making his presence known with the internet sensation ‘Ghost’, the artist has kept with that theme in more ways than one. Ghosts are meant to be heard, not seen, after all.
His is an otherworldly vibrato that resonates through every note, evoking feelings that many twice his age could never execute.
Reece may be the best thing to hit the music scene in a hot minute. The production on his music is decidedly futuristic, but the approach harkens back to an era decades before he was even born, when melodies, lyrics, and artistry were everything.
You are a teenager, yet these lyrics are light years ahead of adolescence. Where do they come from?
I’m always observing. I take my own personal life experiences and experiences I’ve seen others close to me go through, and write it in a way that makes it not only open for interpretation but also relateable to anybody, regardless of age or gender.
Your music sounds like it was snatched from an old Motown record, thrown into a blender, and then tweaked with the latest production tools available. If you could go back to any era and hone your craft, which would it be and why?
I think the 70s was an era of exploration ,not only sonicall,y but socially. However, I think that every era has made giant contributions to where we’re at now with music, so I think I’m happiest in this current era because we have the music from all the past eras right at our fingertips with the internet.
Many artists, especially when they strike a chord with fans, prefer to offer more of the same material as a follow-up. ‘Don’t Go’ veers in another direction musically. What made you decide to go against offering up more of the same sound?
When it comes to my music, I really enjoy exploring various genres and getting out of my comfort zone. With this in mind, I make sure that each song I create has a common element to it that signifies that it’s my song.
Opening for Angel Haze was seen by many as the perfect complement to your sound. What do you look for in a producer when it comes to collaboration?
The biggest thing I look for in a producer is someone who can inspire me! I’m really open to listening to other people’s ideas, I just want people to have that same openness when it comes to my ideas!
Your lyrics come off as gritty and real, a departure from the typical mainstream sound heard these days. Was this a conscious effort or did it evolve in response to the music?
Growing up, I’ve always been intrigued by the all the differing facets of humanity. I make a conscious effort to write honestly about how I feel and how I interpret those feelings. The world isn’t perfect, so I write about imperfections.
Is there a way for independent artists to retain their integrity and still make a career from music?
The most important thing is to know yourself, and to follow your instincts, intuition, and heart. Surround yourself with people who are going to uplift you and have your best interest in mind. There will be moments that will test you, so try not to get discouraged and even though it’s cliché, try to stay humble.
You now have live performances under your belt. Are you fine with being known as a studio singer or is the stage your eventual destination after a song is complete?
The stage is definitely my eventual destination! For me to get to where I want to be in my career, I think live performance is definitely a necessary component. In my opinion, live performance not only adds a different element to the music, but is also a great way to connect with the listener.
Are there are other genres of music you would like to pursue?
I do really want to make a more upbeat pop song eventually.
Choosing music over a formal education is a choice many artists must make. What advice do you have for others that are at the same crossroads?
My advice to somebody who is at that crossroads in their life, is that if you’re thinking about choosing music, really examine why. If you have a real passion for music, then definitely take time to pursue it! But also give yourself a realistic time frame and have a back up plan!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In five years, I see myself continuing to make music! I also have an immense love for fashion so I hope to see myself venturing into that industry as well.
It has been said that some of the best singers are able to channel the human experience through their voices and Reece is a singer capable of such feats, already evident in his still burgeoning career. As his profile continues to rise, the ghost whisperer is destined to bring his earnestness to the masses.
To keep up to date on the latest from Reece, follow him via these social media links:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | SOUND CLOUD
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