Slide on over, Justin Bieber. It’s Jake Miller’s time! The 20-year-old Collide rapper from Weston is kicking off his a 43-city tour at the Fillmore Friday night and is releasing his debut album Nov. 5, Us Against Them. Mission: Accomplished. Dream: Realized. Could the YouTube prince be more psyched? Probably not.
We chatted with Jake, an inactive student at the University of Miami who calls Miami Beach home these days.
What made you first want to go into the singing/songwriting industry?
I’ve always had a deep love for music, whether it was Eminem or John Mayer, Macklemore or Justin Timberlake. Music has been in my blood since I can remember. It doesn’t matter what genre. But [Pittsburgh’s] Mac Miller was the reason I decided to take music from a hobby to a career. I was so inspired by him and how he was blowing up despite how young he was. He was one of my favorite rappers before anyone even knew his name, so I saw his whole progression. He made me realize that any normal kid could make it if they dream big and stay focused
What else inspires you?
My fans. They’re the reason I wrote A Million Lives. I constantly get mail saying how my music has changed or even saved their lives. I feel so grateful that I can do what I love while also positively helping others. They inspire me just as much as I inspire them.
How would you describe your sound?
I wouldn’t really say I’m ‘in the hip hop scene.’ I’m trying to create a new lane of music — a fusion between rap and pop. That said, I think the hip-hop scene is in great hands with all the amazing performers out there from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Jay Z, Drake to Big Sean. In my opinion, they are some of the best.
What can the audience expect from your Fillmore show?
My shows are always parties, but it will be extra special because it’s my hometown show. I made it a point to make the opening show of the tour be in South Florida.
How fun is it up on stage?
I never get nervous before shows anymore. When I’m on stage, I’m in my element. I’m in my zone. I’m more comfortable when I’m up there than I am anywhere else.
Talk about making “Us Against Them.”
This 12-song album is my proudest project to date. Sonically, it covers every end of the spectrum. We have house/EDM songs on it as well as songs that are completely acoustic, with just my voice and a guitar. Topic-wise, there are both very happy as well as some sad songs. Overall, the vibe is ‘windows down-music loud!’
Some fans will want to know if you’re attached. If not, who is your ideal lady?
I do have a girlfriend, but my celebrity crush is Blake Lively.
General admission tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $25 at Livenation.com or 800-745-3000; Fillmoremb.com