A breathtaking vocalist infused with an undeniable charm are two descriptions that characterize B.Miles. Her eloquent songs quickly envelop a listener into a soothing ease, satisfying our auditory senses. B.Miles’s self-titled EP wields musical power through dynamic production and vocal dexterity, especially with tracks like “Tell Me I’m Wrong” and “Running.” B.Miles chats with Local Wolves about her favorite coffee spot in NY, incorporating her song “Salt” into a Kill Bill scene, and warm and cool aspects hidden within music.
When you’re composing music, do you consider yourself a visual creator? Do you foresee certain images or color schemes in your head that go along with the music?
BM — I wouldn’t say I’m a visual creator per say, but I do feel that some songs are warmer or cooler than others. I do associate feelings with color, but those colors don’t usually come to mind until after I’ve finished a song.
How has New York become an integral part of your music? Also, what’s the best place in NY to get a cup of coffee?
BM — I’d say the pace of New York fundamentally changed me as musician. Being able to embrace impatience makes me feel powerful and productive. It might sound weird, but it’s brought a newfound confidence to all aspects of my life, especially as a singer. What I disliked the most about L.A. was the pace. Everything was so slow, it truly drove me insane [laughs]. The best place in NY to get a cup of coffee is in my kitchen, there is nothing better than my morning convos with my boyfriend over a cup of joe.
Regarding your writing process, do you share your lyrics straight away with someone else after you’re done writing them or do you like to keep them to yourself for a while before displaying the final product?
BM — I’ve written every B.Miles song with Eric Nizgretsky, who’s the lead singer of the band Loose Buttons. I’ll always send my lyric ideas to him; he has an amazing way of bringing out the best in them.
What producers and artists have influenced you to get involved in the realm of music?
BM — I vividly remember hearing Christina Aguilera for the first time, and a little bit later when I discovered Amy Winehouse. They were two game changers for me. I was raised on a lot of British Invasion, like The Stones and Beatles, so I was totally blown away by what these goddesses brought to the table. The control they had vocally blew my mind. It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized how interested I was in the production skills of Jai Paul and Jamie xx. Eric helped turn me on to that.
Was there a certain song that made you realize the power behind music?
BM — The first time my dad showed me “Sticky Fingers,” I immediately took to the track “Wild Horses.” I shut my bedroom door and listened to it on repeat for hours. There’s something so honest and inviting about the way Mick sings those lyrics, I don’t know it just really made me very emotional.
Your performance of “Running,” at Sofar was incredibly stunning, your voice has a whimsical sound to it, are you going to center your project around a similar sound or incorporating a variety of instrumentation?
BM — Thank you! For the B.Miles EP, Eric and I wanted to make sure we weren’t tied down to any one sound. I felt significantly more comfortable with myself during the writing process this time around, and wanted to experiment with different instrumental options while I was exploring those feelings.
For our readers who have not gotten the chance to listen to you yet, what song do recommend they listen to first?
BM — My favorite song on the EP is “Tell Me I’m Wrong.” It has the most honest lyrics I’ve ever written. But I do think that “Typical Words” is the most “B.Miles” song of the bunch.
Your track, “Rude” recently appeared on Interview Magazine’s #TrackOftheWeek, how does it feel have sparked a connection between the music you craft and those who find themselves listening to one of your songs?
BM — It’s almost an out-of-body experience to know that someone enjoys something you poured your heart into. You spend months and months going over melody lines, production, lyrics and you’re putting your heart on the line when you put it out there for the world to see. With that said, I couldn’t be happier with the reaction we’ve received for this EP. It’s been exciting and humbling all at the same time.
Do you feel that music is an outlet that offers optimism in a time of despair? What particular song has helped you when life goes on a full exhaust-mode?
BM — I think that music can 100% affect your mood. As cliché as this is, people use music as their medicine all of the time and it’s not hard to see why. If I’m having a down day, I immediately blast “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones. My dad used to sing that song with me so it makes me think of him… and how could you not dance to that song?
Lastly, if you were to put one of your songs in a specific scene of a movie, which song and scene would you feel go together perfectly?
BM — I’d put “Salt” in Kill Bill: Vol 1 during the scene that Uma Thurman’s character is attacked by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and she tells Bill that she’s carrying his baby. I think the lyrics fit perfectly with loving someone and watching them go that extra mile to really hurt you and “pour salt in the wound” just out of their own pride.