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Fast Five: Miles Graham



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I began creating melodies from a young age, maybe seven or eight but the lyrics only came later when the interest in girls came into play. I started putting pen to paper at twelve or thirteen. By the time I was seventeen, my room was full of scribbled lyrics on everything from beer mats to leaving certificate copy books. Yes, beer mats. I’m Irish, remember ;-P

How would you describe your music?

It’s me, it’s what I know and what I like. It has a tone that I’ve been told is unique and I’d like to think it has soul and honesty. I like creating songs that have something new and different, whether it’s the concept, melody or sound; something that when you listen to it for the first time on the radio, you say, “hey who is that!” My influences have always been American Soul music ever since it was introduced to me by my older brothers; I played those records from Motown, Atlantic all day long.. I felt the passion, they spoke to me.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve recorded a lot of great tunes with producer Richard Causon (Tom Jones, Kings of Lion, Ryan Adams). All So Innocent is the first of our releases; it’s had an amazing response from fans and the media, and the great thing is there is plenty more where that came from! Another release is already planned for August, I’ll Never Let You Down, with the music video already in production. Check www.milesgraham.com for updates.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Amy if she were still here today, but she’s sadly passed on now – such a tragedy. There’s plenty of artists I’d love to collaborate with on writing a song or two. I’m really big into my songwriting and creating; I get a real buzz!! Paul Weller, Bill Withers, James Morrison, Cee Lo Green, Mark Ronson, Ray Lamontagne, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison. How much time have we got? Oh yea, ‘fast five’. Duet with? Someone like Aretha, India Arie, Mary J, Adele or Emile are great. I know, I’m aiming really high here. Sure why not? I’ve written one that is screaming out for some Hip hop… I like Lilly Allen’s style and Labyrinth also.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

A guitar to play whatever I want would be nice, but if I had a record it would be Plan B’s ‘Defamation of Strickland Banks’ album at the moment. Why? I’m big into my retro but when someone produces a fresh sounding creation full of soul and clever concepts like Plan B did, it captures me. Amy’s ‘Back to Black’, Weller’s ‘Stanley Road’ or anything from Bill Withers or Otis Reading. Sorry, so much good music so little time!