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Emily Plazek

about me

I’m the founder of MIC PGH – the IMBM has been my baby since 2009. I’m the entrepreneur behind all of this, because I started as a musician (well, I still am one, hence the passion & real-time relevancy behind the IMBM mission.) Like a ton of musicians, I grew up in a musical household: dad was a radio DJ/drummer, mom was a professional church organist/choir director. Kept little notebook diaries and started writing songs in in 3rd grade; started obsessing over George Winston in 8th grade and wrote hella-depressing piano-solo stuff like Holocaust themes for school projects/plays. I dabbled in trumpet (I sucked), percussion (idk how but I got away with never having to play an actual drum but thank god), jazz piano (hands were too small but I LOVED this one), and opera voice (I still study this one!). Now I'm millaze -- piano-improv alt trap music that bears the first rounds of all the IMBM experiments. Shoutout to On Tap Productions and ders/FM Snö for helping make that music dream come true. What else. I’m also a cycling/kickboxing/mindfulness instructor at the YMCA. I happen to be trained in corporate consulting, market research analysis, steel and industrial manufacturing because I went to business school to begin studying the IMBM solo, and I ended up in many places along the way to build up the fund$ to startup MIC. Also, if I don't mention here that I want a dog so much that my heart aches, then you would walk away not knowing me at all.

my latest posts
It began in 2013: The Legend behind Psyntst

The Legend behind Psyntst, and his Weapons of Mass Discussion

Welcome to Oakland, the world in Millaze's mind.

It's not in Cali, it's not in Pittsburgh, it's the world Millaze created out of desperation to understand. And you're welcomed inside.

Dream Hop - The Official Guide to the Audio-Visual Experience

Before you watch Andrew Chris's long-awaited movie/album experience "Dream Hop", here are all the secrets to hunt down!

Andrei Legend - The Innovative Producer Behind the Millaze Remixes

A producer with some natural remix chops, unsatisfied with just following the sonic trends -- we're watching him set new ones.

The Inventor of Dream Hop - We introduce you to Andrew Chris.

Dream Hop is finally released, and we're finally sharing the behind-the-scenes of this creative audio-visual savant and chill fun peaceful Toaist we're stoked joined MIC as an intern in 2016.

DiGregorio, Heavy Metal Grit Coming Full-Force out of Corporate America

She's an indie with an immigration-inspired origin story, a dream of world domination through heavy metal, and a fancy for fencing

Lucius Soze: The PGH Artist who opened for Logic, G-Eazy, and Hoodie Allen

If you’re watching the hip hop scene in Pittsburgh, get ready to follow Lucius Soze.

BBGuns is Thirsty

Singer/Rapper Lazy JP and wordsmith Barz Blackman mix Hip-Hop and Indie Rock

Adam Meyers: Solo Artist, Jaywalker Front Man, and True Indie Musician

Adam Meyers proves you can go after your love of music and end up a solo artist, in a band, and able to help charities

Buffalo Rose's new single release + Schenley Park release show tonight prove that indies get aesthetic, philosophical, and musical freedom

Listen to Buffalo Rose's new single "The Last One" live tonight at Schenley Park -- and stream their modern folk all day to get pumped for it!

Wale Drummer Eric Curry on how to stay in killer shape while traveling the country on tour for a living

Wale drummer Eric Curry took my cycling class because he doesn't miss a beat staying in shape while touring the country! Here's how he meets his music career and fitness goals with a tour bus life.

Pop Thief on Craiglist, Childish Gambino, and the Community behind indie musicians

We welcome Pop Thief into the MIC MVMT and hear their thoughts on our dope PGH indie music community (it's so much more than just "networking")

Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six and that one time Channing Tatum was at one of their shows (and didn't say hello)

MVMT-Welcoming Dan Getkin and the Twelve Six, who share why it's great to control your own destiny by being indie musicians

The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer is repping PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit

The unapologetic indie band Bad Custer reps PGH’s “rugged, loud, and full of surprises” spirit

How 1 fateful Uber ride manifested the raw collective-inner-self sound of PGH indie band A Little Less Human

Welcoming PGH indie band A Little Less Human into the MIC MVMT, and sharing their story on how 1 fateful Uber ride made it all happen.

Standard Broadcast: Quintessential PGH indie rock band and founders of The Indie-Rockfest

Standard Broadcast is the mastermind-organizer behind the Indie Rock Fest -- see behind-the-scenes of how a rock band incorporates a cello and does everything on their own, indie-style.

TV/Movie Composer Davin Wood on how to stop dithering and get your music out to the world (and onto things like Cartoon Network!)

MIC's client Kellee Maize took us to Hollywood, and Davin Wood's music made her Pop Star character nail the part -- here's how to be a successful indie composer like him.

The Red Western on food, beating Foals at basketball, and the best parts about being indie

The Red Western on food, beating Foals at basketball, and the best parts about being indie

The Mixus Brothers, 2 villainous brothers in a western novel seeking revenge and serenading PGH

The Mixus Brothers, Jebbh and Red Mixus….two brothers out to avenge their slights.

The Hills and the Rivers - Busking DIY Folk Extraordinaires

Welcome The Hills and the Rivers to the MIC PGH Publishing Catalogue! Catch them busking around town this summer!

Punchline Lead Singer Steve Soboslai on how to make your life easier as an indie musician

Punchline Lead Singer Steve Soboslai is back in Pittsburgh, and gives some solid advice for indie musicians with their product development.

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