Miles Graham, singer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

That’s not something I think about too often. Music has just been a part of my life for as long as I know. I have my older siblings to thank for having so many records around the place when I was a toddler. I’ve always been creative in my mindset. Melody would embrace me at random moments in my life and give me hope. The idea of a career in music didn’t really enter my head till later in life, actually much later. When I moved to the west of Ireland during the recession. I had a bit of an epiphany. I was then lucky to meet my manager and friend Shane who steered me in the right direction.

This was the first video when I set out on my musical journey

What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?

It’s a known fact that every artist struggles financially to promote their art. I’m no different. I’ve been blessed to work with great musicians over the years that have the same challenges, I couldn’t do it without their help. I’ve been lucky to have a wonderful family to give me moral support through it all.

Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?

I’m pretty proud of my vocal performance on ‘Save it for the one’ a track from my last studio EP. I’ve been toying with doing an acoustic version as that song has gained great strides on its own back. I still get compliments from fans on it.

Which particular music/genres do you think you perform best?

I think the soul classic blues melodies come natural to me so any songs with those ingredients I find really easy to get into. Songs like ‘Sunbeam’ from the New EP and the title track ‘All the Right Things’ have hints of these genres. We did a live performance video for the first single from the EP ‘Don’t Change’. You can check that out here

What do you do off stage that provides inspiration on stage?

Write music, I love performing my own compositions. I feel it’s my way of really expressing how I feel and the best way I can communicate.

How do you make your music choices from season to season?

Whatever works best dynamically for me and fits the mood or sentiment. I’m really proud of these recordings on the EP and I’m looking forward to playing them to audiences as soon as we can. You can Pre-Save it here: EP ‘All The right things’

Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?

The Barbican Theatre London just blew me away. The sound was just amazing, like every single person (2000+) could hear the very same thing to the exact decibel.

What do you feel needs to be done to grow classical music audiences/listeners?

I’d like to hear shows on radio and TV or brought into the mobile App industry. I’ve heard of apps that are alarm clocks that wake you up to breakfast shows. Could work well to wake up to some inspiring classical music to set you up for the day.

What is your most memorable concert experience?

Again reverting back to the Barbican, London 2015. I was supporting American blues singer, Beth Hart. I’d look forward to playing there again someday.

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

I try not to get caught up in this. I suppose when you’re an independent artist, you have the luxury of defining your own success but with a label it’s more about numbers, radio plays etc. For me personally it’s about leaving great quality music that you’re proud of as your legacy.

What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?

Storytelling and melody; if you hear a great story with a strong melody that you can’t deny. It’s inspirational.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My Family all together. Sounds like lockdown all over again doesn’t it?! I kinda mean all my family.

What is your most treasured possession?

My voice I think.. I would say family but I suppose I don’t own them 😉

What is your present state of mind?

Missing my Mam and Dad and hoping they’re all safe.

For Irish singer/songwriter Miles Graham, music has always offered tremendous solace in moments of struggle. As a child raised in hard times on the outskirts of Dublin, he immersed himself in American soul records as an escape from his troubled surroundings, eventually creating his own songs and earning major buzz with his BBC Radio 2-playlisted track “I Can’t Love You Again.”

Over the years, he’s also enraptured audiences with his unforgettable voice, a velvet-smooth and soulful instrument that’s made him an in-demand artist in the dance world, as evidenced by his cutting-edge collaborations with leading artists like L’Tric and Don Diablo.

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