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Welcome to Oakland, the world in Millaze's mind.
Written by:
Emily Plazek
Map of Oakland, Millaze's world

Millaze is the head experimenter for The Mountain, our guinea pig. If you're new to her world Oakland, the "Something Great" music video (above) gives you the casual tour while you learn all about her here:

Revering the songwriting process as a means for survival from dissociation, Millaze uses her dreamhop piano to balance grey area. Combining pure piano craftsmanship in the singer/songwriting tradition, with diverse orchestrations of eclectic pop with a modern hip-hop instrument palette, Millaze’s multi-album “books” follow a Little Girl on a lost adventure in a dream world, Oakland. Autobiography mixes with illusion as Millaze spreads herself across the world, questioning the dialectic nature of opposing forces. It is this gravity of purpose that defines Millaze’s musical catalogue, and creates a musical world in which to both lose and find self. 

Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised by a radio DJ/drummer and a church organist, Millaze taught herself piano when she was five by dissecting the theory in a children’s movie song book. She quickly began turning her journal entries into songwriting, creating lost love pop ballads, George Winston-inspired piano solo suites, and sketch parodies; in school she studied jazz piano, trumpet, mallet percussion, and music technology. 

Understanding the difference of goals within music disciplines, she decided to study business instead of music at the University of Pittsburgh with the goal of crafting a methodology to build music careers - this was realized in the founding of her company, MIC: Music Industry Connected, in 2013. Millaze spent the years of 2013-2020 conducting MIC research experiments with other independent musicians to craft The Mountain: an approach to visualizing and pursuing a music career by “balancing the art, the business, and the personal.” The Mountain was officially completed and published to the MIC website in early 2020. 

Using a morning writing ritual to work with her dissociation, Millaze laid out the story of Oakland in her sketched map drawings, while keeping that decade of songwriting to herself. In 2017, she finalized the dreamhop sound with former MIC-intern, On Tap TV collective leader, and rapper Andrew Chris, releasing her first single, “Rabbit Hole”. Later that year she moved to Bloomington, IN and became a part of its liberal college town music scene. 

Collaborating more with Andrew Chris, Millaze released a handful of singles and EPs across 2017-2019 for MIC’s independent publishing experiments. In 2020, she released her first book, “The Malaise”, with its three chapter albums: “TvW” (Teaser vs. Warning), “FvR” (Falling vs. Rising), and “LvF” (Love vs. Fear). The Malaise book introduces main character Little Girl and her individual dissociative battles, ranging from the instrumental trance single “Who Killed Little Girl?” to “LvF: The Cinematic-Album Experience”, a feature-length music video film created between 2017-2019 with NYC/Pittsburgh director/producer Tyler AM. 

Millaze’s second book, “The Dialectic” delivers six chapter albums telling the chronological story of Little Girl’s adventure into Oakland intending to find someone she loves, but instead losing herself inside her own mind. The Dialectic begins in 2021. 


Step into the story here at Millaze.com, and listen to the beginning of the musical version of the story wherever you listen to music (Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, etc).

The second book, The Dialectic, begins in 2021.

Welcome to Oakland.

Welcome to Oakland, the world in Millaze's mind.
Welcome to Oakland, the world in Millaze's mind.
MIC is my baby.
Map of Oakland, Millaze's world

Millaze is the head experimenter for The Mountain, our guinea pig. If you're new to her world Oakland, the "Something Great" music video (above) gives you the casual tour while you learn all about her here:

Revering the songwriting process as a means for survival from dissociation, Millaze uses her dreamhop piano to balance grey area. Combining pure piano craftsmanship in the singer/songwriting tradition, with diverse orchestrations of eclectic pop with a modern hip-hop instrument palette, Millaze’s multi-album “books” follow a Little Girl on a lost adventure in a dream world, Oakland. Autobiography mixes with illusion as Millaze spreads herself across the world, questioning the dialectic nature of opposing forces. It is this gravity of purpose that defines Millaze’s musical catalogue, and creates a musical world in which to both lose and find self. 

Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised by a radio DJ/drummer and a church organist, Millaze taught herself piano when she was five by dissecting the theory in a children’s movie song book. She quickly began turning her journal entries into songwriting, creating lost love pop ballads, George Winston-inspired piano solo suites, and sketch parodies; in school she studied jazz piano, trumpet, mallet percussion, and music technology. 

Understanding the difference of goals within music disciplines, she decided to study business instead of music at the University of Pittsburgh with the goal of crafting a methodology to build music careers - this was realized in the founding of her company, MIC: Music Industry Connected, in 2013. Millaze spent the years of 2013-2020 conducting MIC research experiments with other independent musicians to craft The Mountain: an approach to visualizing and pursuing a music career by “balancing the art, the business, and the personal.” The Mountain was officially completed and published to the MIC website in early 2020. 

Using a morning writing ritual to work with her dissociation, Millaze laid out the story of Oakland in her sketched map drawings, while keeping that decade of songwriting to herself. In 2017, she finalized the dreamhop sound with former MIC-intern, On Tap TV collective leader, and rapper Andrew Chris, releasing her first single, “Rabbit Hole”. Later that year she moved to Bloomington, IN and became a part of its liberal college town music scene. 

Collaborating more with Andrew Chris, Millaze released a handful of singles and EPs across 2017-2019 for MIC’s independent publishing experiments. In 2020, she released her first book, “The Malaise”, with its three chapter albums: “TvW” (Teaser vs. Warning), “FvR” (Falling vs. Rising), and “LvF” (Love vs. Fear). The Malaise book introduces main character Little Girl and her individual dissociative battles, ranging from the instrumental trance single “Who Killed Little Girl?” to “LvF: The Cinematic-Album Experience”, a feature-length music video film created between 2017-2019 with NYC/Pittsburgh director/producer Tyler AM. 

Millaze’s second book, “The Dialectic” delivers six chapter albums telling the chronological story of Little Girl’s adventure into Oakland intending to find someone she loves, but instead losing herself inside her own mind. The Dialectic begins in 2021. 


Step into the story here at Millaze.com, and listen to the beginning of the musical version of the story wherever you listen to music (Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, etc).

The second book, The Dialectic, begins in 2021.

Welcome to Oakland.

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