It’s Monday, and we only have 3 more Track of the Weeks in 2018! Where did this year go? This week we’re featuring BIMM Manchester’s DJ and Music Producer Nicky Miles…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
I always wanted to dedicate a track to my home country Latvia. This year Latvia celebrates its 100th year of independence and I wanted to release my song ‘Our Story’ for this big date! I started this record in 2015, but something was not quite there. So, I’d been developing my sound for almost 3 years, before this track finally came out!
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
I have used orchestral instrumentation for the breakdown section, which is not so commonly used in electronic dance music. And I have also used my signature sounds from my previous Groove House productions in this progressive house track.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Goosebumps; melodic; emotional.
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
One of the references for this song was a record called ‘Empire’ by Tom Staar, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. Luckily enough I have supported Tom Staar in Manchester and played ‘Our Story’ for the first time in front of him and his audience. Tom is one of my favourite producers at the moment. Even though his current Big Room Rave sound is not really applicable to my song ‘Our Story’, he has been a massive inspiration for this song.
Another reference I would like to mention is the first remix I made under the alias of Nicky Miles for a competition back in 2014. It was groove house rework for Pierce Fulton’s ‘Kuaga’. I had developed my signature bassline then, but whilst developing my productions, I had moved away from that classic bassline that many fans and listeners associate with me as a producer. The first drop of ‘Our Story’ includes this Nicky Miles sound, making a melodic progressive house song sound like a massive club track.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The opportunities you get. Having masterclasses, panels and talks is something that every artist needs besides the hard work. Networking with new people and listening to their stories and experience can help artists to develop themselves.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
In understanding how the market works and learning what do all the “big guys” from big labels want from me :)
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Do not try to fit the label. Create your own sound, spread your own vision. If you are trying to fit the label, you are never going to get signed, as the music you are making is already there.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
My latest release ‘Bom Bom’ was just released on TurnItUp Muzik. This is my return to the label after a successful remix for Stadiumx’ ‘Mombasa’, which was released back in 2016. Go and check it out. This is probably my last release this year. Everything else is top-secret for now :)