Being successful in the industry doesn’t always mean you have to be in the limelight. Singer and songwriter Myles Brown works behind the scenes on a lot of today’s hits. You would be amazed to see a list of the major artists whose songs and production have been boosted by his input. If he prefers not to namecheck them in interview it’s because he’s a refreshingly humble man content to stay in the small print of credits! However, Myles is also an artist in his own right. He does not stick just to one style or one trade. He is very much a creative soul and has some truly inspirational words for those who are looking to break into his line of business. I caught up with him to get to know a little more.
Sazrah: What is your style?
Myles: The best thing to say is once people get to know who I am they will understand my style because I am my style.
I can relate. It’s like when people tell me to describe my music, it is just me and all my influences…
…Yes, your history, your lifestyle, who you listen to, who your parents are, who your friends are. Everything has an influence on what you create.
What inspires you?
Life! Life inspires me because it’s what I had from the beginning and what I will have until the end.
So what has been the highlight of your career so far?
Wow! There have been so many. I’ve been behind the scenes working with rap stars, composers, I’ve done an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet on an occasion given by Her Majesty performed in Buckingham Palace. So there have been so many different fields that I have been blessed to be able to work in. I am just happy that I get to be creative.
A lot of singers tell me that they struggle with songwriting. What advice would you give to the budding songwriters out there?
I would say if you’re in school pay attention in English lessons, because they teach you the basics of how to structure your words and make sentences. And from that point your personality can then help you develop the way you start communicating things. It’s just having a certain ear for words, putting words together differently. In Hip Hop they have found a way to create a different language that never existed. You know when they say “what’s up, what’s good” or in London or Jamaica “waa gwarn”. All these terminologies have been put together by someone. Who created it? I don’t know. But I know it’s being used so much as it’s found its way into a world which is universal. So when you take your different influences, it’s about developing that and pushing forward.
What would you say to anyone who wants to be in the music industry?
Never give up and follow your heart. Follow your dream. Also you hear a lot of artists saying, “I want to do this. I want to do that.” Do it! In my opinion well done is better than well said.
Some people say they have too many ideas and don’t know which one to focus on! I know I have been guilty of this in the past. How do you combat that?
But you know it’s all good – because sometimes when you have so many ideas it shows your creativity. You shouldn’t limit your creativity. Get a dictaphone or your mobile device and record down your ideas. So when you are in a creative space, if you ever get a blank mind you can just refer back to it!
Where can we find you?
Thanks for your time.
No problem. Thank you for your time.
Words by @sazrahproducer