From blues to alternative pop Mills sings through his strings and has decided to develop his path enjoying his life creatively. Having a passion and love for something goes full circle when you commit to it with action, as learning and self-development require dedicated work and an open path, Mitch Mills has found an open road with his love and hard work for music: "I have been working hard to find my own voice as a writer." and he has found it successfully as a guitarist. As learning happens in many forms, Mitch Mills is one who has developed himself through his experiences and influences. "I'm basically self taught. My father and brother were both professional players, and my brother showed me the major and minor chords. My father tried to show me some stuff, but since he played country music, I couldn't relate to it at the time. Hey, when you're young, you just want to play fast and impress your friends, and you think you know everything. I can honestly say I just had to work real hard to develop myself as a player and a musician. I wasn't a natural like my father or brother. When I started out, I always loved all the rock bands! When you want to be a guitar slinger you tend to lean toward them. Some of the guys I liked were Joe Perry, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Thrall, Pat Travers, Robin Trower, and Jimmy Page, etc. I went through my guitar stage and then started to get into writing songs and I found that to be my true passion."
"I honestly can say after I did my blues guitar record [Mitch Mills & LA4773 featuring Bruce Hazel on vocals], I was ready for a change. I started to listen to a lot of different songwriters who mainly wrote on the acoustic guitar, and that was the fresh breath of air I was looking for. Some of my favorite songwriters are Lloyd Cole, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Colin & Peter Devlin, & Paul Buchanan."
As Mills would validate, learning and development is challenging work, and encouragement makes a big difference: "One thing I do remember in the beginning, a lot of other musicians treated me real bad in my hometown when I first started. Most of these guys were just jealous of my father or brother, so they took it out on me. If I tried to go and be just one of the guys and sit in and jam, I was treated so cold it would take all the fun out of it. So, I mostly kept to myself. My brother had a friend named Tony, and he was a good player. He always encouraged me and would let me come and watch his band and even jam a little! I worked hard and it paid off. Maybe the family genes helped, too! After all these years Tony and I are still good friends!"
"This [music career development] is the hardest thing for me in life. I am guilty of not enjoying the little things. I'm so busy it's hard to be normal and find that certain someone to click with. I've learned distance breeds distance, and with this career choice I feel the certain trade off that comes with it. I feel you have to have the mentality of a Kamikaze pilot to make it in the music business today! I'm really going to try to have a more normal life! A wise man once said 'Wherever you go, there you are!' I will enjoy it!"
Sugarwall has released their record "Full Circle" featuring their cover song of The Church's "Under the Milky Way" for which they have also produced a video.
As love and music go FULL CIRCLE and what is done is now released, and no matter of time or distance it is so wonderful to have special friends from the past with us in the present and looking forward Under the Milky Way tonight into the next round for what the future beholds for life and learning.
Find Mitch Mills & LA4773 on YouTube.com, Wikipedia.org, and Amazon.com (Sugarwall-Full Circle).
© 2002-2012 New Moon Publishing/Rock for Learning
Written by Melanie Silos
Rock for Learning Celebrates 15+ Years of Great Music and Good Causes with Mitch Mills!
From the days of Rumble and Mitch Mills & LA4773, HiFi Lover, and Sugarwall, to celebrating 15+ years of Rock for Learning, learning to cultivate a better world with great music and good causes, Rock for Learning celebrates Mitch Mills as the first featured artist of Rock for Learning's first publication sponsored by The House of Blues and promoted in Las Vegas at the opening of Oasis' Heathen Chemistry tour at the Hard Rock Hotel at The Joint in April 2002 and continued through to New York City at The Beacon with Oasis, as well as other events including Radiohead, Francis Dunnery, and more in New York and beyond.
[Pictured Left: Rock for Learning's Melanie Silos with LA4773's Bruce Hazel and Mitch Mills.]
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