Hi Miles, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great, really busy.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t Change”?
I’m really excited nervous and terrified all wrapped in one 😆😬😱
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I’ve been through a tough breakup these last couple years, when this happened to me, my human instinct was to look for positives in my life. I found writing music really helped through that period and these are some songs that have come out of it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have thankfully recorded a couple of live band performances just before lockdown. They’ll be released over coming weeks. Check my YouTube, Facebook Instagram
How was the recording and writing process?
It was tough at the beginning as this it probably the most personal recordings I’ve ever put out, once the melody aligned with what I had to say it made sense to me.
What was it like to work with Paul Herman and how did that relationship develop?
I met Paul some years ago at a music showcase, Paul was doing a talk at. I’m a huge fan of his work with Dido, Corrine Bailey Rae, I never expected us to be recording together 8 years later. It was a pleasure, Paul is a lovely person and very humble. We also have similar influences in music, we are both soul music lovers, so we were instantly on the same page. He really believed in me and gave me great confidence.
How much did he get to influence song?
Paul is a great at thinking outside the box and he knows what he likes. We spent some time rummaging through my demos and decided to work on the songs that excited us most. I think because our influences are aligned we both agreed on all. It was easy in that sense.
What role does Ireland play in your music?
Ireland has played a huge part. My home is in the west of Ireland right now. Its beautiful landscape, Yeats county, gives me space to write but this was not always the case. I was brought up in a council estate in Dublin during hard times so I know what it’s like to live in a city. I have so much life experience behind me and stories to tell but I feel I have so much ahead of me to. I’m only getting started.
Having archived success with other previous collaborations – did you feel any pressure as you were putting this song together or rather the opposite?
I’m very fortunate to have had some amazing collaborations in the dance/house music world these last few years, Don Diablo, L’Tric, Tom Budin. I really enjoyed writing those tunes. But to answer your question no I don’t feel pressure in comparison but it’s always scary putting your work out there, especially in todays society that’s so interactive.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you’re collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I do think of the artist I’m collaborating with and what their messege is. It can effect melody also, it’s really fun writing a melody for a house tune that I probably would never write or get away with in my own music genre. That’s part I really enjoyed. There’s less labels or persona.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The new single is off the forthcoming EP set to release over coming months. I’m really excited about the rest of the material. I’m really proud of what we’ve recorded.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The title of the EP is ‘All the right things’ which is the title track of the EP.
What else is happening next in Miles Graham’s world?
I’ve been doing virtual gig to fans around the globe from my home to theirs over the past few weeks and I’m starting to do some Instagram account take overs for some upcoming performances. They’ve been really fun engaging with people in lockdown.