Two Musicians Accuse Ezra Miller of Stealing Their Songs

When Ezra Miller strike up music producer Oliver Ignatius to enable him do the job on a new musical undertaking in February, Ignatius was not right away enticed. Just after all, he experienced a bunch of classes booked for the subsequent several months at his Holy Fang Studios in New York. But he understood Miller since they were being teens and resolved to make an exception.

He never ever imagined that Miller, according to him, would steal the tunes they labored on and publish it to his social media without the need of credit months later.

Anything was off from the commencing, Ignatius suggests. Ignatius recognized Miller going via a dark second and agreed to sign up for the challenge as a major producer, but also as a “musical and spiritual daily life raft” for a good friend. “They appeared to be heading out into deep waters,” he tells Rolling Stone. “They have been heading by a scorched earth-variety fallout with their Hollywood career. They ended up severing many of the relationships in their life and seemed to be on a incredibly dangerous spiral.”

With that in thoughts, Ignatius says he and Miller satisfied up intermittently in both equally the Northeast and Hawaii to get the job done on the challenge, weeks just before Miller’s initially arrest following erratic actions at an island bar.  “It was like pulling enamel,” Ignatius claims of the course of action. But they continued working considering that Ignatius considered that the finish final result would be really worth it. “We all experienced high hopes that it was likely to be a undertaking that was attractive, that was heading to be meaningful for us,” Ignatius says. “But it did not genuinely pan out that way.”

Ignatius suggests he took the undertaking house and ongoing functioning on the handful of tunes they had composed and created alongside one another. Along with earning production tweaks, he extra a verse from Philadelphia-primarily based rapper Ghais Guevara, whose tunes Ignatius experienced performed for Miller. “They despatched me a groovy instrumental that experienced Ezra’s vocal samples,” Guevara tells Rolling Stone. Miller’s reaction matched in exhilaration. “They have been like ‘Fuck, this is insane. This is seriously great.’ That form of shit,” Guevara explains.

With Guevara’s rap now featured on a track and some tunes almost carried out, Ignatius suggests he regrouped with Miller for some finishing touches. “I went in with some trepidation,” Ignatius states, referring to Miller’s a number of arrests owing to alleged violent, erratic behavior on the island.

At that meetup, Ignatius claims items took a dim change after he launched a track he wrote about a woman good friend who was murdered by her spouse. The keep track of, he suggests, was an “attempt to take a look at patriarchal violence with grace” but upon listening to it, Miller reacted with an “aggressive temper tantrum.”

“They were being totally activated by the song which entirely freaked me out due to the fact simple feminism is a really tricky line. If we really do not agree that violence by a gentleman against a girl isn’t some thing worthy of talking on, then we never agree on considerably,” Ignatius suggests. “Ezra’s behavior through this trade was atrocious, belligerent, threatening, and very aggressive.”

That evening, Ignatius claims he “politely quit” the challenge on moral grounds. And overnight, Miller leaked the unfinished raw songs in its entirety, which include tunes the actor was not even a component of. Miller posted a url to a SoundCloud playlist with the tracks in their Instagram bio less than the pseudonym, “Negative Ghost Rider.”

“What Ezra did was dedicate an … incredibly unethical and hurtful act,” he states. “They stole from artists that have fewer sources than them but perhaps have artwork that Ezra wants… The individual I imagined I realized was a significantly gentler soul than the particular person that we’re looking at proper now. It is been a really concerning journey.” (A attorney for Miller did not reply to a request for comment.)

Guevara and Ignatius are speaking up now since they want to obtain credit history for their function — and want to protect against Miller from undertaking anything at all like this once again. Before this week, Guevara — who was highlighted on “Thinkin’ Bout a Story” — tweeted a thread sharing his expertise with Miller. “I’m putting up this just to say if you are an Ezra stan, just know that the music they’re involved in isn’t a end result of their possess function,” he wrote. “Especially the track that has MY verse in it.”

While Guevara was paid for his attribute on the do the job, Ignatius states he now designs to get Miller to court docket in get to have them acquire the unfinished tunes down — together with perhaps further damages — considering the fact that as a producer, he says he owns the song’s masters. Ignatius says he’s listened to from Miller due to the fact the incident, but declined to share much more about the interaction, “because it is particular and nothing excellent nor conciliatory.”

No matter, the two musicians say they wish Miller the finest. And Ignatius hopes that Miller gets the “mental wellness they plainly need” but claimed he doesn’t condone the theft of his or anybody else’s audio.

“I’ve observed sections of their persona that I can’t unsee now. I can’t go again to believing that they are not this individual that I now know them to be,” he states. “I really don’t want anything from them other than to be remaining on your own and cease thieving my art and my intellectual home.”

“Not to be remarkable, but to be dramatic, I experience artistically and spiritually raped by what just took place,” he states. “It just can in no way take place again.”