Anti-Holiday Anthem Earns National Exposure for Songwriter

Crescendo issue: March 2014
February is often referred to as the “month of love," whether you like it or not.

Many folks choose to see a bit of humor in the “Hallmark Holiday” that Valentine’s Day has become. One of those is Camp alumna Olivia Millerschin.

Thanks to Olivia, you may have heard a lighthearted take on the Valentine bit if you happened to be wandering through a Kohl’s store. Her song, “Screw Valentine’s Day,” was featured on the Kohl’s playlist in locations nationwide throughout the month of February.

“About two years ago I started to notice a growing hatred for Valentine’s Day coming from mostly single people,” recalls Olivia. “I’ve always liked this holiday, but I thought it’d be funny to write the song from a bitter and sassy perspective.”

And that’s exactly what she did. Through her contract with BMG Fieldhouse Music in New York, her song was pitched to Kohl’s as a potential for their February playlist and, obviously, it was chosen.

For Olivia, this journey into songwriting that has her on this current path began at Interlochen.

“Interlochen is actually the place where I discovered songwriting was what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life,” says Olivia. “I learned a ton from both my outstanding teachers and the huge amount of young, talented musicians that were also attending.”

“I actually love performing live more than anything so I’ve been touring nationally for the past year with artists such as Teddy Geiger, Howie Day, Ryan Cabrera, and Tyler Hilton,” Olivia continued. “When I’m not on the road, I’m working on writing and producing new music. I actually just launched a Pledge Music campaign raising funds for my next EP ‘Over The Weather.’ Also, I just found out that ‘Screw Valentine’s Day’ won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.”

Olivia’s quickly expanding success is another grand example of the potential within every student here at Interlochen.

“Interlochen is scary at first,” Olivia says. “You’re on your own in this new place with hundreds of driven, talented people. My advice to anyone considering going is: do not compare your art to anyone else’s, whether it be your voice, your writing, or your playing. Focus on improving your own skills and learn from as many people as possible. If you do this, there is no doubt that you’ll come out of camp better as an artist and stronger as a person.”