Meet Model-Turned-Musician Miles Garber

Meet Model-Turned-Musician Miles Garber

The Swimsuit Issue frontman talks his touring, the band's sound, and more.

The Swimsuit Issue frontman talks his touring, the band's sound, and more.

Photography: Guy Lowndes

Styling: Rima Vaidila

Text: Adair Smith

Tell me about your projects as a model and musician?

I was a model for 10 years, and now I'm in a band.

And what's the band called?

Swimsuit Issue.

You're in the band with your friend?

Yeah, David Gagliardi.

And you're releasing new music soon?

Yeah, we just released our first single. It's exciting, but it's stressful at the same time.

Are you planning on going on tour?

Yes, we are hoping to go on a tour starting in the fall.

Where do you want to go?

Probably just the main cities: San Francisco. L.A., Portland, New York. Seattle. I guess. just like a coastal touring at first, because playing in Idaho when you're a brand new band seems kind of pointless.

If you could tour with any band, who would you tour with?

Like alive or dead? Just alive?

Alive or dead.

Led Zeppelin.

What are you listening to right now? What are your top 5 songs?

I've been listening to a lot to this compilation called Éthiopiques. You can't even pronounce most of the names because they're Ethiopian, but it's really good. There's like a few different compilations, I've been listening to the first one which is called "The Golden Era." I've also been listening to a lot of Schoolboy Q, I don't know it's kind of nice to walk around to. The new Ryan Adams album. I kind of listen to albums; I don't really listen to songs.

Describe your sound in three words.

Like rock n' roll with big choruses? Sing along verses. I don't know, big. We kind of just play loud rock n' roll music.

Do you play any other instruments?

Yeah, I play rhythm guitar.

And what does David play?

He plays lead guitar and music directs for the live-band and in-studio. He also produces, he produced our record.

So, do you have any hidden talents?

I was a competitive swimmer for a long time.

Why did you decide to stop swimming?

I stopped because I dislocated my shoulder and then--during high school, I found punk rock and I started a new venture was done.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with it?

If I won the lottery? I would pay my taxes off first. I've watched the show about "The Lotto Ruined My Life" or whatever, so I'd pay my taxes, and hopefully I'd have enough left over, because they totally destroy you in taxes.

They take half!

I guess half of $80 Million is still a lot, so I'd buy my own house. Probably a few old cars.

Are you into collecting cars? 

I'm becoming one, weirdly. I'd buy a 2002 BMW, and then I'd probably buy a low rider, an Impala or something. What else would I buy—I'd buy a Tesla.

Teslas are nice. The SUV or the small one?

I'd probably buy a small one. Then I'd buy like a really silly SUV. Something totally gross.

An Escalade? Black tinted windows.

Just something really gaudy, because it'd just be funny.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

To fly. I think flying would be the best superpower. You could get out of any situation. I would hope that you wouldn't have to pay for airlines.

Which ones are your favorites?

I watch a lot of music documentaries because as a musician, it's good to kind of see who came before you so you don't rip it off. I watch a lot of animal documentaries.

Would you describe yourself as an animal since you resonate with them? 

I'm really into whales. I kind of fancy myself an amateur marine biologist.

What is one thing that you need to get rid of but you can't?

Smoking.

That's a good one. What is one thing you always have with you?

Cigarettes.

And what is the first thing you do in the morning?

Jesus Christ, smoke.

Describe yourself in three words.

Holy fucking shit.

If you could have dinner with any five people dead or alive who would they be?

Albert Einstein, Jeff Buckley. I really like Björk. My grandfather. D Boone from the Minutemen. Let me go for an alive one—Oprah.

That's a contrast.

That'd be a good dinner.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

In music or both? The highlight of my career in modeling, I don't know. I was never that kind of model, but I always showed up on time and tried to work hard. I think the highlight of that would probably just be like making money and getting to travel because where I come from people don't really leave or make money or do much of anything, so it's kind of nice to see Italy when you're 19 and all your friends are at home being losers. The highlight of music so far—it's all kind of been a highlight, it's been a career in the making but it's all happening super quick. Signing our deal was super awesome, and now releasing new music and getting to shoot our own video. All that stuff is a highlight.

Where's your favorite place you've ever been?

Iceland. I went there for a shoot, and it was one of those shoots where they let us do what we want for like 5 days, so you get to actually see it. A lot of times you just see the hotel, and it was one of the weirdest, coolest places you've ever seen in your life.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?

Maybe Batman?

Old Batman or Christian Bale Batman?

Honestly, Christian Bale Batman. I know people are going to hate on that, but those movies are amazing and it's 2017.

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi for sure. I eat sushi so much, I love sushi.

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