Alt-Pop Rapper MILES Plays Game Of NEVER HAVE I EVER in New EP & Brings You Behind The Scenes on Debut Project.
Today, Los Angeles based artist MILES drops his debut EP, NEVER HAVE I EVER via Elektra Records.
Originally from St. Louis the alt-pop rapper always had dreams of making it to the “city of Angels” to “make music.” The work and dedication is clear in NEVER HAVE I EVER as it offers a clear representation of the “trials, tribulations and heartbreak” that the up-and-coming artist went through when making the move to the West Coast to live out his dream.
The 5-song project finds relatability as its throughline providing MILES‘ take on life, social media and “dating in the modern era.” With a signing to Elektra, an opening slot on Peach Tree Rascal‘s upcoming tour, and now his first EP under his belt that included LØLØ and Travis Barker – the latter of which who served as the primary producer – it’s crazy to think that MILES is just getting started.
All Access was fortunate enough to hang with MILES and get the behind the scenes look at the debut project. Check out the full EP and get the track-by-track insight to each song below:
On “MISS INDEPENDENT,” I wanted to make a song that was empowering but still had the energy of those pop / hip-hop songs that I love making so much, with a vibe that you just can’t help but groove to. Something fun, and something that you could sing along to. It’s a song about those independent women out there who you see doin’ their damn thing and you can’t help but want to lift them up.
“THE INTERNET (f. LØLØ)“
“THE INTERNET” just so happened to be the only song I ever made over Zoom and really got me over my disdain for Zoom sessions. The collaboration with LØLØ was really cool how it came together. With TikTok, people who maybe you never thought would be on your song, end up on your song. I did an open verse contest on TikTok, LØLØ responded to it and did her verse. The song was missing something, and she really gave it what it needed. I heard that duet and got in touch with her. I think we were in the studio a week later. We laid down the verse. She’s a great writer, and really brought her own thing to the song. It’s about social media culture right now. It’s how my generation meets people. It’s how you first get introduced. A lot of people my age do, of course, meet one another online, so we spend a lot of time on there, and I tried to capture that feeling in this song.
“WHEN YOU’RE SOBER”
“WHEN YOU’RE SOBER” was one of those songs that came together so effortlessly and every puzzle piece just fit together every step of the way. I was in the studio with my good friends, and we started on this chuggy guitar loop that just felt big. I wanted to put my own spin on the rock feel of the guitar, so we brought in some of those synth elements that I love so much and really just went in with the melodies. I wanted to make it an anthem, while at the same time, talking about some of the insecurities that can surface on a night out. You’re at the bar, you’re drinking, you’re hitting it off with this girl, you get her number, and the next day you’re hoping that everything she said still holds true.
This one was a lot of fun. I worked with a super dope producer Omega. When I wrote “HOLLYWOOD,” I really wanted to get a bit grittier. To accomplish that, we kind of took a little bit more synth-y, a little bit more vibey, and a night-driving approach while expressing some of that ebb and flow from coming out here to LA from my little city in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s also about what comes with that and the pressures of navigating this new life that I’ve created for myself out here.
“NEVER HAVE I EVER (f. Travis Barker)”
“NEVER HAVE I EVER” was always a special song to me, but when we got Travis Barker on it, it turned the song into what I really wanted it to be in the first place. The fact that I’m working with somebody who is as accomplished as he is in his field, and who can do what only Travis Barker can do on a song, is incredible and an honor. It’s a song about no matter how many times you may make mistakes in the process, you’re never missing that opportunity when the time comes. It’s the chaos. I moved out here when I was 20-years-old. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew in my heart I was going to take that shot. I was going to make it. I was going to figure it out. It’s really just about that faith that you got to have in yourself, however blind it may be, that no matter what’s going to happen, at the end of the day, you’re still going to do what you said you would.
A huge congrats to MILES on an incredible debut EP and a shout-out to him for sharing all the behind the scenes stories that went into the EP’s creation. Keep updated with the Los Angeles alt-pop rapper by following along with the links below:
Ready to experience the debut project live? See MILES on tour with Peach Tree Rascals this fall. For information on tickets click HERE.