From a remote mountain in Ventura County, songwriter and music producer Gary Miller makes music that is heard around the world.
Miller is one of the most sought-after producers in the music world – working with David Bowie, Simply Red, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and many more of the biggest names in music.
He first moved from England to the United States, after getting tired of traveling back and forth to record artists and fell in love with the Californian climate.
In his studio he may seem like he’s surrounded by musicians, but in fact he’s basically a one man band – because he works with technology which means the multi-instrumentalist can do it all. himself.
Miller almost lost his music studio three years ago in the Woolsey Wildfire.
“There were two buildings on the property. The main house is gone, but the studio has survived,” he told KCLU.
“The trees were on fire, about two feet from the building, so it’s a miracle he didn’t just rise. The studio was maybe 10 feet from the main house, and the main house looked like a bomb had hit him when I returned, ”Miller said.
Before the pandemic, Miller began working to produce an album of Police and Sting covers to raise money for victims of sex trafficking – and hired famous friends like Slash from Guns N Roses.
The album became known as Rock Against Trafficking.
“Someone brought me a leaflet showing me that 27 million children were abused and raped. At first I didn’t believe it, but I looked deeper … and then I really did wanted to give something back, ”he said.
“I decided to make an album, I chose all the songs from Sting and The Police and once I got the idea, Slash was the first one on board and it snowballed. from there. Then we had Julian Lennon on, Heart, Journey – all these people.
“The album is finished now. Obviously the pandemic has slowed things down. But the idea is to release the album and all the profits go to saving children from human trafficking.”
The album has already spawned a rock top 7 hit for Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes version of Roxanne – but Miller says he hopes that once it gets easier to put on gigs, a show live rock music will also be in the works.