INTERVIEW – Tor Miller Talks About New Music and Dream Collabs!

Independent singer-songwriter, Tor Miller, is ready to take the world by storm with his new music!

Tor Miller is a pop artist from New York who has very recently released the second single “All Time Low” off his third studio album “Generation of Me” – which is due to be released some time next year. The leading single under the same name was the first to be dropped, and the two singles create a fantastic picture what is to follow in the new year. Both are quite the contrast to each other. Whilst “Generation of Me” is an upbeat track that is fun to sing along to, “All Time Low” is more of a ballad that you just want to see back and listen to the Tor’s wonderful vocals and lyricism.

See below what Tor Miller had to say about his new music, future plans, and dream collaborations!

Hey Tor! Thank you for having a chat with us. We trust that you’re well?

I’m doing well! Surviving really haha. 

Let’s start by talking about your most recent single “Generation of Me” – which was released at the beginning of October. What can you tell us about it? What is the meaning behind the song?

“Generation of Me” was inspired by different interactions I had with people over the course of several years. When I first got into the music scene, I was a young kid surrounded by songwriters and producers who were all older. As I traveled around, I found that everyone had something to say about my generation: how we were selfish, privileged, soft etc. I was getting tired of the constant condescension, so I decided to write an anthem so to speak. Pretty much if you think we are all these things, then I am gonna own that and lean into all those descriptors. 

It’s the leading single from your third album which is hopefully coming out soon. What can we expect from the album? How would you describe the general sound?

“Eclectic” would be the first word that comes to mind. I am a fan of so many different genres of music and so it would be a shame to put myself in a sonic box, so to speak. It differs from my previous work in the sense that it is more ambitious in its sonic textures and it blends many different types of music into one. 

It’s your first release as an independent artist. How have you found the process now that you are fully in control? How has that process differed compared to your previous albums?

It is liberating in many ways. With this record, I felt like I never had anyone looking over my shoulder, I was free to create and experiment. In the past, there were too many cooks in the kitchen and my mind was cluttered with everyone’s opinions, so much so that I found it hard to concentrate. There were no rules or guidelines set out for how the record should sound. 

You’ve performed on many stages over the years. Tell us, what has been your favourite show you’ve ever performed? Why did this particular performance stand out to you?

There are so many to choose from really! It’s hard to say if there’s a definitive number 1 show experience. However, I played in Montreal for the “American English” tour and there was this beautiful, spontaneous moment where the entire crowd started singing the chorus to “Baby Blue.” The crowd was so thunderous that I stopped singing and the crowd sang the entirety of the chorus back to me. Hearing a packed room singing all of your lyrics was really a dream come true.

You’ve also appeared on multiple festival line-ups. If you could put together your own festival, who would you like to share the stage with? Who would be your dream line up?

hh here we go haha… I’d say my ideal lineup would consist of a lot of local NYC acts I love. So i’d throw Ade, Dora Jar, Mel 4Ever, Show Me the Body. Then for more established acts I’d throw Bon Iver on there, 1975, and Phoebe Bridgers.

What artist would you like to collaborate with the most?

I’m a big Bon Iver guy. I’d just love to be a fly on the wall and watch him create.

Okay, so you’ve chosen your dream collaboration. What if I told you that the two of you have to write a song based on what you are feeling right now. What would it be about, and what would it be called?

“Unsure” for a multitude of reasons. The older I have gotten the more unsure I am of anything really. As a teenager I was resolute in my beliefs, maybe to a point of hubris. They say “with age comes wisdom” but it feels more like “with age comes uncertainty” ? haha I don’t know.

What is the one question you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does? Please do answer the question you come up with!

Who are your vocal inspirations? To which I would respond: I learned to sing and honed my craft by singing along to Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra records. I would learn the nuisances of their performances and try to match every inflection and phrase as closely as I  possibly could. I’d also say Donny Hathaway had one of the greatest voices to ever grace a microphone.

Finally, what’s the future looking like for you? Can you tell us of any future plans?

I have another single coming out called “All Time Low” on oct 29. I will be hitting the road and playing a show at Hotel Cafe in LA on Nov 13, as well as the Swan Dive in Austin on December 2. All the while I will keep releasing singles leading up to the album drop in February! 

“All Time Low” is available to stream via all major streaming platforms now! Tickets for the Hotel Cafe show are still available to purchase here, be sure to snap them up whilst you can!

The album is going to be one that you are going to keep your eye on, so to ensure that you don’t miss out on any future news, you can follow Tor Miller on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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