Dan Miller (guitarist)

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Dan Miller
Dan Miller, TMBG live in Brooklyn 2013.jpg
Miller performing in 2013
Background information
Birth name Daniel Miller
Born (1967-10-03) October 3, 1967 (age 46)
Origin Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Disney Sound, Idlewild Recordings, Rounder Records
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson ES-335
Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Gibson SG Zoot Suit
Roland Fantom-X
microKORG

Dan Miller (born October 3, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter. He has toured and recorded with the alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants since late 1998.[1] Generally, Miller plays guitars for the band. Prior to joining TMBG, he performed with the groups Edith O and Lincoln. Having left Lincoln for personal reasons in 1998, he was contacted by John Flansburgh, who offered him a spot as lead guitarist for They Might Be Giants' Fall 1998 tour.[2] He has also toured with John Flansburgh as Mono Puff's guitarist in the late 1990s, and played on bandmate John Linnell's State Songs tour.

Miller is known to sing backup and some lead during live performances of songs. He also occasionally plays keyboards when Linnell is playing accordion or woodwinds.[3][4] Miller co-wrote the song "Infinity" with Robert Sharenow on They Might Be Giants' second children's album, Here Come The 123s.[5]

In addition to playing with TMBG, Miller and drummer Marty Beller had their own musical production firm called MartyDan Industries. Working together, the duo had created music for film, TV, and commercials. Dan is also credited on Jonathan Coulton's album Artificial Heart.[6]

Style[edit]

Miller states that he commonly "used a lot of crummy guitars...such as old Harmonys and Valpros," because he "enjoys the challenge of making something bad sound good." He describes himself as a "schooled" guitarist, compared to bandmate John Flansburgh, who was self-taught.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Miller is originally from Rochester, New York. On June 21, 2008, Miller married Annette Berry, a graphic artist and art director based in Manhattan. Berry is credited with designing They Might Be Giants' 1999 studio album, Long Tall Weekend.[1][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sipher, Devan (2008-07-13). "Vows: Annette Berry and Dan Miller". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  2. ^ Miller, Dan (2011-06-18). The Gibson Classic Interview: They Might Be Giants' Dan Miller. Interview with Courtney Grimes. Gibson. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  3. ^ Kocen, Mitch (2013-07-13). "Show Review: They Might Be Giants with Moon Hooch at the Warfield, 6/14/2013". Spinningplatters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Joe (2013-03-18). "Concert review: They Might Be Giants playfully rock the Pageant, Friday, March 16". KDHX. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  5. ^ Here Come The 123s (Album notes). They Might Be Giants Disney Sound. 2008.
  6. ^ Artificial Heart (Album notes). Jonathan Coulton. JoCoserious Records. 2011.
  7. ^ Fox, Darrin. Guitar Player. December 2013.
  8. ^ Long Tall Weekend (Album notes). They Might Be Giants. GoodNoise. 1999.

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