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RPM Podcast #011: “Music is the Medicine”

From: Lynn Booth
Series: The RPM Podcast
Length: 21:40

In our 11th episode, we talk with one of the hardest working musicians on Turtle Island – Mohawk blues-rocker Derek Miller. Read the full description.

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On previous episodes of the RPM podcast, we’ve heard from a wide variety of musicians from all kinds of different genres from hip-hop to country, from blues to electronica to new traditional. They’re all proud creators of what we at RPM like to call Indigenous Music Culture.

A huge part of what inspired RPM in the first place was Derek Miller – namely his story as told in the documentary film Music is the MedicineSo it’s about time we get to know him a little better.

Our host Ostwelve talks with Derek about his musical journey, from listening to his mom’s records on Six Nations reserve, to recently winning the APCMAs for Best Male Entertainer and Best Songwriter of the Year, to what Derek calls the metaphysical nature of music.

We’ll also kick back and listen to some of that sweet medicine he makes with his guitar.

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Piece Description

On previous episodes of the RPM podcast, we’ve heard from a wide variety of musicians from all kinds of different genres from hip-hop to country, from blues to electronica to new traditional. They’re all proud creators of what we at RPM like to call Indigenous Music Culture.

A huge part of what inspired RPM in the first place was Derek Miller – namely his story as told in the documentary film Music is the MedicineSo it’s about time we get to know him a little better.

Our host Ostwelve talks with Derek about his musical journey, from listening to his mom’s records on Six Nations reserve, to recently winning the APCMAs for Best Male Entertainer and Best Songwriter of the Year, to what Derek calls the metaphysical nature of music.

We’ll also kick back and listen to some of that sweet medicine he makes with his guitar.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
RPM Theme Music Paolo Pietropaolo n/a. n/a 2011 :24
Longhouse Young Jibwe n/a. n/a 2011 01:07
Music is the Medicine Derek Miller Music is the Medicine. Arbor Records 2002 01:24
Here We Come No-1 Kreuzberg EP. we make with 2007 :14
10000 RPM Derek Miller The Dirty Looks. Fallen Sparrow 2006 03:29
Trouble Derek Miller Derek Miller with Double Trouble. Derek Miller 2010 02:07
Music is the Medicine Derek Miller Music is the Medicine. SOAR / Warrior 2002 04:25
Water Down the River Derek Miller Derek Miller with Double Trouble. Derek Miller 2010 03:44
Wheels on Fire Derek Miller Music is the Medicine. SOAR / Warrior 2002 04:43

Additional Credits

Ostwelve - Host
Jarrett Martineau - Creative Producer
Christa Couture - Production Manager

Related Website

http://rpm.fm/