Feature Friday - Beneil Miller
The wise philosopher Plato once said: "music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." In this feature, we were able to delve into the imagination and art of the man, Beneil Miller, whose notes resonate with us long after hearing them. Beneil is an instructor at Spark! School of Performing Arts and a prolific musician. His beats are distinctly island vibes infused with smooth, mellow tones. Read on as we take you on a musical journey into the back story of Beneil's creativity.
Art Nest: What lead you to the decision to pursue a creative career in the musical arts?
Beneil: When I was about 13 or so I was about to move on to high school. At the time my mother asked me what I wanted to do as a career I told her I wanted to be a musician and I haven’t looked back since.
Art Nest: What are your musical talents? (i.e. what musical instruments do you play, do you also sing, write your own music etc)
Beneil: I would call myself a renaissance man of music. Once it entails music, I’ll be a part of it. I’m a pianist firstly but I play bass, drums, guitar, melodica and few other instruments. I’m also a songwriter, educator, producer, recording engineer, arranger and band leader. I wear quite a few hats but once music is involved I’ll get it done.
Art Nest: Are your creative passions limited to music or are you also talented in the visual arts field?
Beneil: I have not explored my talents with the visual arts before but it’s something I’ve always been fascinated by.
Art Nest: Which is your favorite instrument to play and why?
Beneil: It’s hard to say but my two favorite are the piano and bass guitar. Piano is just my first love and it’s an instrument that can fill a room and has a range of notes that you can make you a one-man band. Bass has always been my favorite instrument to play as well because it sets the foundation for the music and adds subtle elements to songs that people don’t recognize at times. Plus I just love the rumble of the low notes.
Art Nest: Did you have formal tertiary training for all the instruments that you play? If yes, from where and for how long?
Beneil: I only had tertiary training for piano. I studied at Berklee College of Music for four years.
Art Nest: How long have you been working at Spark! School of Performing Arts? And what instruments do you teach there?
Beneil: I’ve been working at Spark! For a little over 2 years. I teach Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums.
Art Nest: What are your top three most rewarding teaching experiences while at Spark?
Beneil: So far it has been watching my students grow to a stage where they are confident and comfortable to play for recitals.
Art Nest: Do you play or perform your music outside of Spark? If yes, where and tell us a bit more on how that came about and if it’s something that still happens.