Click to http://oliviamillerschin.com and sample a few tunes from Detroit, Michigan native Olivia Millerschin, and I guarantee you’ll be blown away by the fact that Olivia was born in 1995. This singer/songwriter is crafting a brand of music that’s typically created by established artists with twice the experience, and she’s receiving her just recognition. Already nominated for three Detroit Music Awards, Millerschin is supporting her latest release (a follow-up to 2012’s EP Planted), a full-length collection titled Yes. No. Maybe So.
Olivia told us more about the album, stating that “Fans can expect half love songs and half not-so love songs hence the title, Yes. No. Maybe So. It’s a collection of songs for any mood…I like a broad range of genres and my music reflects that! I enjoy experimenting with a combination of pop, jazz, soul, and folk, but I guess what really sets me apart from other artists is my usage of witty lyrics and playful harmonies.” Olivia is wrapping up her 10-city cross country tour with Teddy Geiger today and tomorrow, so catch a show if you’re nearby. There’s still much more to get into; keep reading for all the answers to the XXQs below.
XXQs: Olivia Millerschin
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Olivia Millerschin (OM): I like a broad range of genres and my music reflects that! I enjoy experimenting with a combination of pop, jazz, soul, and folk, but I guess what really sets me apart from other artists is my usage of witty lyrics and playful harmonies.
PEV: Calling Detroit, Michigan home (and nominated for three Detroit Music Awards), what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
OM: I’m very lucky to have been heavily influenced by The Beatles, Carole King, and James Taylor. My parents have fantastic taste in music. However, my first concert was Aaron Carter. I was convinced he was going to marry me and make me famous.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?
OM: Breaking into the music scene is definitely not simple and can be approached in many ways. I started off singing in coffee houses, weddings, and restaurants for about 20 hours a week. My first official show was opening for Mandy Lane and The Lost Highway at Toby Keith’s: I Love This Bar and it was unreal. I remember freaking out because the lights were so bright that I couldn’t see the crowd!
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Olivia Millerschin show?
OM: They can expect happy ears and a list of new pick-up lines!
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
OM: The reactions. My job is to entertain people, so when I see positive reactions, it reaffirms the fact that I can do what I love successfully.
PEV: What is the underlining inspiration for your music?
OM: Inspiration for my music comes from all my crazy life experiences (breakup, makeup, breakup again) and emotions. I try to keep my music positive.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
OM: I listen to the music I recorded in eighth grade and I just want to curl up in a fetal position in a corner. My voice and my writing have come SO far since then and hopefully, it keeps improving with my experiences and maturity.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
OM: I can eat more than a teenage boy. I love food, especially peanut butter. And ice cream.
PEV: What do you do when you hit a brick wall in your writing? What are some methods to get over that?
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed over the years, since you started out or just started enjoying music?
OM: The industry is very broad and I haven’t had a lot of experience with it but I do know it goes in trends. One day you’re in, the next day you’re out. My goal is to create music that withstands the test of time.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, Yes. No. Maybe So.? What was the writing process like for this album?
OM: Fans can expect half love songs and half not-so love songs, hence the title, Yes. No. Maybe So. It’s a collection of songs for any mood.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
OM: I really want to play in the New York Area. I’ve heard it is one of the most challenging to captivate and I would love to try.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
OM: You get the occasional people who think that I think I’m “all that.” To that I respond, “yes, yes I am.” Just kidding! Luckily, that’s not the case most of the time. My friends all love what I do and I could not have asked for a better family. They are the reason I am here.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
OM: I love photography, traveling, and anything to do with food.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
OM: My dream collaboration would be John Mayer or Jack Johnson. Both guys have crazy amounts of talent and are so easy to listen to.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
OM: Last year, I started listening to The Staves. They are three women who write and sing beautifully. Also, they’re outstanding live!
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
OM: I don’t really think of alternatives but I think if I wasn’t pursuing music, I would probably want to work for UNICEF or something involving the Peace Corps. I hope to incorporate these into my music career.
PEV: So, what is next for Olivia Millerschin?
OM: Next is a tour! I’m going on a ten-city, cross-country tour with Teddy Geiger from March 30th to April 10th! I’m so excited to be on the road with such a successful musician.