We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success is having something you look forward to each day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am musician – a guitarist and music educator. I started playing guitar in my family band with my four siblings when I was seven (our ages ranged 3-11). The band was the centerpiece of my childhood. I still make tons of music with my brother- Sammy Miller. It’s wild to think we have been playing together for almost 25 years. He’s my best friend and favorite person to make music with. Check out his band that I play in- Sammy Miller and the Congregation.
I worked really hard to get where I am and will continue to do so, but it doesn’t feel like a choice or a challenge exactly – it is what I do. It is what makes me who I am. It is the thing that drives me and brings me the most joy. While it was technically “hard” and took a ton of time, patience, love, tears, sweat, lifting gear, and driving in my car, it has been such a rewarding and exciting process that I don’t think of it as “hard”. It’s a privilege to do what I do – I get to make music and share my passion with others through both performing and educating. Everyday I get to do the things I am obsessed with and share that. My two biggest lessons have been about community and fear. There is a false notion that you need to be around big mockers to get somewhere. You just need a community of people the align with your beliefs and interests. I have lived in LA my whole life, so I have a large community of wonderful musicians and friends that have supported me and inspired me. It goes both ways. I have also learned the hard way -and continue to learn this- to not be afraid. When I lean into who I am and forget about what other people think about me, I am happier, I make better music, educate more clearly, and I connect with more people through my art form.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I LOVE LA! Let’s pretend it’s the before times – Food: Elf (this spot closing hurt), Joy, Homestate, Gjusta, Cosa Bueno, Dune, Sqirl Bars: 1642 Beer & Wine – this is my FAVORITE bar in the whole world and my favorite place to see music. Go and support this establishment. It is a gem and the woman who runs it is the reason why. Nature: The joy of LA is the combination of having everything you want. I’d go to the beach and hike in the mountains – and ideally dive into some jacuzzis. Mmmm. Dance: Go to Dance Church on Sunday morning. It is so much fun. Entertainment: There is a beautiful music scene in LA. I’d take my friend to my favorite spots- 1642 Beer & Wine, ETA, The York, Sam First, Hollywood Bowl (love me those nosebleeds, a baguette, and a bottle of wine), Love Song Bar. Also, Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh man- so many people. Everything I have ever done that I am proud of traces back to the people that I am so fortunate to have in my life. My family (they are a HUGE part of my story), my mentors and bandmates – Jennifer Condos and Jay Bellerose, my old boss and dear friend Adam Levy, my old bandmate and dear friend Aaron Liebowitz, my friend and bandmate Jason Mraz for believing in me and so many more people. I am nothing without my beautiful community.