I first saw remix artist, DJ and Executive Editor of Origin Magazine Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) perform at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2008 where he “live sampled” a string trio, drawing connections between digital culture and the traditions of composers like Bach, Gotan Project, and Radiohead. Paul is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician. His written work has appeared in the Village Voice, Artforum, and Raygun. He’s written books. He’s started a magazine. I’ve followed Paul’s awesome work and have been inspired by his lack of concentration in one artistic arena. Paul does everything and does it well. Whether it’s composing, creating aps, remixing, DJing, writing books, starting magazines or just experimenting as an artist, getting to know Paul has been an eye opening experience where I’ve realize how much we (read: I) limit our creativity by saying ‘no’ to ourselves and to potential opportunities. Paul was just featured in the NY Times and is currently in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an on-going event which will include concerts, talks, a gallery tour and the publication of three books based on his planned multimedia performances. I’ve learned a lot from Paul and now he’s this weeks Virtual Mentor!
PopCulturePirate: What are three things you wish someone would have told you at 25?
Paul Miller: You do not live forever, and the world is a lot more complicated than you can possibly imagine.
PCP: Many millennial creatives have to hold down a full time job to earn enough to live in cities and afford health care. But this leaves little time for making new work or having a life. How do you make it work and juggle it all?
PM: I work all the time, and the basic idea that “time is money, but money is not time” is my credo. You have to always be aware as an independent artist that if you don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. I have assistants, a management team, business manager, accountants etc and I still make sure to go over everything, all the time to make sure whatever the task is, it is being done well, and thoughtfully.