The Chocolate Factory Studios
added: 25 Aug 2013
interviewed by: Emilie Devillet
Miles Graham took a break from milk bottles and nappies (heís the father of twins) to talk to us about his first single ďAll So InnocentĒ, his upcoming album and his wish of eating steaks with Michael Jackson and Bill Withers.
Youíre releasing your debut album early 2014, how would you like to introduce yourself to the audience, as this is their first contact with you?
MG: Well, the first single from the album is ďAll So InnocentĒ and that was out the 24th of June. I suppose itís a grower of a track. Itís just a lovely kind of soft song; there is so much punchy songs made to fit radiosí expectations. So it was nice for me to start with just a nice, simple song. Iím very serious about my song writing; I put a lot into it, you know. ďAll So InnocentĒ was a nice start. That doesnít answer your question at all! (laughs)
Itís fine; I actually wanted to ask you more about your first single! Like, would you say it defines you and your style?
MG: I donít know if that defines me. I think probably, if you listen to the whole album, you might not even get me! Because Iím quite diverse, in my writing, and none of the songs do really sound the same. I like to think that each song has its entity. A song rules. It rules over me, as an artist, over everything. I look at songs as concepts, stories. You really have to listen to the whole album and then, you might get to know me, but that would probably take a couple of albums.
So, youíre Irish but, listening to your songs, I thought you sounded a bit American. It made me want to go on a road trip on route 66. Is that the kind of feeling you wanted to give?
MG: You can write that I have a pint of Guinness in front of me, while itís just an apple juice (laughs). Like everything, though, it all comes down to influence. I was heavily influenced by American music and songs. Ever since I was a kid, I listened to a lot of soul, jazz and blues. Those songs really caught me, you know. It doesnít matter: if someone is living in a place for so long, theyíre gonna take on the environment and music is part of that. But you still try to remain true to yourself, to your roots. So, yeah, soul music is a big influence.
Youíve been called a ďyounger Van MorrisonĒ; Tell me how different from him you are.
MG: Iím taller (laughs)! Van Morrison is a brilliant songwriter and singer and heís written some great songs. Itís an honour to be compared to someone like that. You always get compared to other artists. I donít know what happens in peopleís brains: ďOh, heís like Paolo Nutini or James Morrison.Ē I like to think there is something unique there. I kinda worked on these sounds. I had to learn the cords as well, like anybody. I like to think that in the past 4-5 years, - it sounds a bit corny but -I found myself. I love these stuffs Iím doing: passion, music, emotion, everything like that!
Do you have a twitter?
MG: Yeah, I only just started one so itís pretty new to me. Itís a good way to build up followers and expose my music. Ė Asks his PR: ďWhatís it called again?Ē- Miles Graham fans. Iím thinking about changing the name so itís not confusing for people and they know it is me running it. Weíre going to have a meeting about that (laughs)!
So you do realize that social media are a big part of the game, now?
MG: Yeah, it is important. I have to admit that Iím not great at it.
How different is the process of writing lyrics to the process of writing music? And which one do you enjoy the most?
MG: The lyrics can be the hard part sometimes. If you havenít got a conceptÖWhen you write a melody, you get an inspiration and youíll write something, or youíll sing something. If you sing a melody or play a couple cords and thatís the inspiration. I was in the studio yesterday with my producer Richard Causon, we were done with rehearsing and we just started playing a couple cords and Richard was buzzing. As a musician, as a songwriter, as a creative person, thatís the exciting part. When youíve kind of have found something fresh, something new. And once you get to that stage, then you have to do that inspiration justice. It then comes down to the lyrics and you have to have a good story, a good concept. Co-writing is different; itís a different environment.
If the world was perfect and you could be anything anywhere, what and where would you like to be?
MG: If the world was perfect? Like I could be a superhero or something? (laughs) Where are we going with this? If the world was perfect, yeah, Iíd be sitting here with Bill Withers and Michael Jackson. Iíve seen a documentary and the guys were just sitting there: there was Muhammad Ali, James Brown and Bill Withers and there were all sitting there and having steaks. Iíd like a steak withÖyeah I donít know where weíre going with this (laughs)! Itíd be great to play with those artists. Bill Withers in particularly. They were serious funk, soul performers. And to sing and to perform with them would be amazing. Musically, thatís what Iíd love to be able to do.
What about the superhero wish?
MG: Yeah, I do wish I could be a superhero. I like Superman. Heís the best superhero!
Miles Grahamís next single ďIíll never let you downĒ will be released later this year. In the meantime, you can visit his official website milesgraham.com
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