The Pro Letarians
6 Crannell St
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Jake Miller, born November 28, 1992, is an American rapper, singer, musician and songwriter from Weston, Florida. He is currently attending the University of Miami. In high school the multi-talented musician who taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, put out a few homemade music videos on YouTube which immediately created a buzz and attracted the attention of music business insiders who began to guide Jake on his journey.
Jake's very first live performance was in March 2011 when he opened for legendary rapper Snoop Dogg in Pompano Beach, Florida and shortly after he opened for rapper Mac Miller in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In May 2011, Jake won the Samsung & T-Mobile national "Kick it with the Band" competition designed to highlight some of the best music talent on the verge of stardom across the country. As the grand prize winner, Jake was awarded $35,000.00 for use towards his music career and a music video with YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill. In November 2011, Jake performed alongside Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Asher Roth at the "Think Pink Rocks" concert in West Palm Beach, FL which is sponsored by Steve Rifkind and SRC Records. In December 2011, Jake took the stage at the annual Y-100 Jingle Ball concert where Cody Simpson and We the Kings also performed. On December 31, 2011, he rang in the New Year at the Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival in which Jason Derulo, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship also performed. On March 11, 2012 Jake performed on both the Planet Pit Stage and Power 96 Stage at the famed Calle Ocho Festival in Miami, FL in front of an estimated crowd of 200,000+. He also had a show sponsored by Miami's pop radio station Y-100 where he performed with Sammy Adams, Austin Mahone, J Rand and others. A personal highlight for Jake (as he is an avid Miami Heat fan) was when he performed at the AAA arena during the NBA championship finals.
MTV Buzzworthy says "Jake Miller is about to blow up! Jake just released a brand-new video and we're mildly obsessed, to say the least. Jake's rap flow is serious, and we haven't even discussed his vocals yet! Unsurprisingly, Jake's also got a killer set of pipes." The Miami Herald recently featured Jake in a full page article titled Young Rapper in the Fast Lane, and goes on to say "It's Miller time! Get used to hearing the name Jake Miller. The Weston rapper is on his way. At just 19, the singer-songwriter is a Web sensation." J-14 Magazine featured Jake in their weekly Hot Music Alert section while YoungHollywood.com says "South Floridian Teen Jake Miller (is) breaking through to the Music Mainstream." WFOR-TV (CBS Miami) says "Jake Miller is a star on the rise whose catchy rap tunes are exploding all over the internet." On March 6, 2012, MTV.com did the exclusive music video premiere of Jake's single "I'm Alright." Jake went on a Florida radio tour in March, 2012 to promote his single, "What I Wouldn't Give," and at one point, it was the only record near the top 50 on the Top 40 charts by a completely independent artist.
Jake recently released his first EP, "Spotlight" on iTunes. Jake is a social media wiz and stays extremely connected to his growing fan base. He currently has over 100,000 followers on Facebook and over 70,000 Twitter followers.
The Pro Letarians
The saying, "I'd rather be lucky than good," chooses one of two desirable options, but what if you could have both?
The duo known as the Pro Letarians were fortunate enough to be just doors apart at Indiana university, a school of over 40,000 students. That's pretty lucky. With JO on production and Jupiter Jim emceeing, The Pro Letarians have created plenty of well-rounded tracks that often uniquely sample familiar songs such as The Beatles' "Let It Be" and the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". Their tracks possess an infectious enthusiasm that makes it hard not to nod along. That's pretty good.
The Pro Letarians have already come out with three mixtapes despite having met each other just a year ago and being in school for a large portion of that time. Their first tape, The Pregame, may have been a little rough around the edges in some spots, but the sampler showcased the duo's potential and received positive reviews in the blogosphere. They followed this up with the March 2012 release of Hello Forever, which made the duo's sonic evolution apparent. Hello, Forever was a longer, more diverse tape, which, like their debut mixtape, had no features. That fact kept the spotlight, and the pressure, on them throughout. December 2012's follow up, Not All of Me Shall Die, showcased an even more refined sound, proving that The Pro Letarians are here to stay.
It seems like the young duo is heading in the right direction and it will be interesting to see where The Pro Letarians end up. The maturation seen in such a short time is encouraging and further proof that these kids out of Indiana are good enough to make their own luck.
-Excerpt taken from interview with Peter Kole of RubyHornet.com