Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Dan Miz, from Brooklyn New York. July 31, 1995.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My passion for music started at the age of 3. I recall my mother hounding down different drum teachers to help harness my hyper active tendencies. No one wanted to teach a 3 year old until one amazing person named Normie Wayne said he’d take me in if I can copy his every move from the first initial lesson. So there I was a three year old kid with drum sticks the size of my whole body – Normie played a rhythm and I followed; from there it was history. This experience was a spring board that allowed me to teach myself how to play the piano and guitar. Once I turned 11, I branched out into music production/ writing. I never had any formal training but I was committed to being the best. Everyday after school, I would put my homework aside and just write. Years later, at the age of 22, I ended up releasing my single “Circles” that I am so excited about. It took me some time to put this one out simply because I have the tendency to be extremely hands on, critical and patient.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I was brought up on Billy Joel, Elton John, Elvis Presley and more legends driving along Brooklyn with my father. I have always been fascinated with the ballads/concepts that these guys were pushing; each track is timeless. Since then, I have been obsessed with emotional melodies, lyrics and production. I decided to put my own spin on the classics by making music that resonates with me the way those tracks did. I would consider my music to be sophisticated pop simply because the lyrics and production is upped a notch from the typical radio song.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

The business is most definitely tough, but with toughness comes amazing learning curves. I love falling just to get back up! I remember being around 15 and dropping a song on SoundCloud, a week later I hit something like 12 plays; I was devastated. Being that young, I was a strong believer in instant gratification. I then trained myself to love the process, trust the process and be patient with the process.

Years later, I put some songs out and I hit 30K+ on SoundCloud on each one. I then pulled the tracks off Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud because it didn’t feel right. The music wasn’t there yet! I needed everything to be perfect. So, I took some time to pivot and understand that I am a student of my own craft.

All in all, in the music industry you need to roll with the punches. But, you have to love it at the same time; which I do.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

For “Circles”, I collaborated with a friend Ryan Stockbridge. I had a concept in my mind of a character who had an extreme case of ups and downs. I sent the idea over to Ryan and we both put our heads together to come up with this track.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been in and out of the industry for a while, but every time I come, I leave with a new experience and more information. I am a strong advocated in believing that to be a musician you must be an entrepreneur. People who are in businesses whether that is real estate, fashion, eCommerce, PR and art you must be able to pivot and learn.

It is tough to pinpoint how long I have been involved simply because I am the industry. I live and breathe it everyday – it is embedded into my core.

My goal is to simply make music that resonated with people; easy as that. I want someone who is happy to be like “I need some Dan Miz right now”. I want someone who is sad to say “I need some Dan Miz right now – He gets it”.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Love is definitely one of the most inspiring things. Love is beautiful, love is innocent and love is naive.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

My secret is following your gut. Your gut is everything! If your gut is flowing with the song you know you have something special. There is no formula, if it feels right, then it is right.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I appreciate every single person that I can help, share ideas with and smile with. They say that musicians are the best therapists because a song can speak to a feeling/emotion. But, to me Fans are the best therapists. It’s sort out calming to know that people are rocking with me and the message I am trying to spread. I am truly humbled.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

First off, you have to establish your goals. Where do you want to be? What do you want to sound like? What do you want to feel like? You then have to email, email and email every person under the sun just to spread your message. Spreading music has never been easier. Back in the day, artists had to wait weeks for a response and/or gratification. These days, everything is fast paced.

If they were able to do it, so can you. Just keep a positive and healthy mind at all times. When it gets dark, that means that you are just about to embark on something new.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have released some music in the past that got some exciting placements. I am so thankful for every single person that loved that! But, I later told myself that I need to do what is right and stay true to who I am. I took some time to dive into a new mindset just to come out stronger. SoundCloud has always been a huge platform for me. I released a track “Clouds” that got about 30K and another one titled “Let It Go” that got around 20K.

These numbers are nothing crazy, they are just figures. The best feeling I’ve had this far was playing Deal Stock in 2017.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

We got some exciting placements on some Spotify Playlists and Blogs for “Circles”.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

My mind moves faster than my hands, so it has always been tough for me to write things on paper. When I write a song, I just stand by a microphone with a concept in mind and I just sing what is on my chest. It is a super raw experience for me.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Frank Ocean

Bon Iver

Billy Joel

Childish Gambino

Kanye West

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Frank Ocean is my dream collaboration. I can get lost in his music for days and days. I can confidently say that he is all I listen to at this point.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.Instagram.com/DanMizMusic

www.Facebook.com/DanMizMusic

www.DanMizMusic.com

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/circles-single/1313159853

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day: Releasing “Circles” has been so far the best day for me.

Saddest Day: It may sound silly, but the saddest thing I can recall is having my guitar broken. I was once in the studio with a new Martin guitar. I had been praising the idea of getting this guitar for months! I walked into the studio, handed it to the engineer. He then dropped it! I picked up the guitar and found that the whole back side was cracked open. I was like 14 and so hurt by it.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d honestly reinvest that capital into my career. I know that is not the typical “musician” answer. But, I have a certain level of quality that I look for and piecing together the resources to get there is a challenge in itself.


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