10 Questions: Deer Scout's Dena Miller About upcoming album ‘Woodpecker’, musical inspirations, + what’s on their bucket list


How would you describe your music to someone?

The genre is definitely folk because it’s a lot of verse / verse / verse / songs with no choruses. And “small,” which is a way my friend/collaborator Ko described an approach to playing music live, and I really like thinking about that as a goal. Instead of something that fills up a space, I want it to feel really up close.

What is something that has inspired you recently?

Having band practice last week and just really having such a nice time! I love playing music with Joanna and Zuzia. Also the song “snake” by Sadurn is so good and makes me so excited about music.

What was the last song/album you listened to?

Heather Jones who recorded and mixed our album released her first album ‘Trembling’ recently, her band is called Ther, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat. The song  ‘A Mouse’ has stuck with me since I heard the demo a few years ago.

What is a place you’d love to go?


If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be?

Maybe very ancient history to meet a member of an earlier human species.

What got you into making music?

My parents started a band when I was 10, so music was a big part of my childhood. I started writing songs after I left for college, and then over winter break I came home and recorded demos with my dad.

What are strong themes that you visited while making your album?

Dreams, memory, the subconscious, and faith.

What is something on your bucket list?

Getting fluent in another language.

What’s your proudest moment on your upcoming album?

The way Breaking The Rock came out. I remember recording the drums with Heather and making sounds with a bunch of non-instrument objects, and recording the harmonies. Something felt like it clicked at both of those points.

What do you hope to do with your music in the future?

Keep playing with friends.