Each month on the Wordplay Podcast we choose an artist(s) who we feel you should be listening to. We scan the incredible pools of talent around the globe, and with a different focus each month we find 1 artist / group who we love and think you will too! This time round we’re taking it to L.A. and an amazing duo called Wilson Miles:
1) What’s your names, chosen craft and where are you based?
HECTOR:Hector Miles, producer, London
TONY: Tony Wilson, rapper New Orleans, LA
2) How would you describe your sound?
HECTOR: I create music. I am in the front seat of this car. Everyone outside of it is welcome to tell me the colour.
3) Who / what do you consider to be the biggest influence on your music
HECTOR: Being here and trying to translate that experience through sound.
TONY: Black Thought and the Roots. I would not be rapping if it wasn’t for the Game Theory album.
4) What’s the proudest moment to date for you as an artist?
HECTOR: No idea. Tend not to linger on my triumphs, though I do have continuing fond recollections of my time working with young people with learning disabilities in Camden and the fun we’ve had making music, TV, radio shows and generally seeing how creative we can get.
TONY: Performing internationally in Paris, London and Amsterdam
5) Do you have any advice for our readers who maybe trying to play the mad game of music?
HECTOR: The big boys never play fair so avoid playing by their rules. Make your own way, be decent to people and try your best to ignore your own press.
TONY: Patience is key. This game is a process full of ups and downs, but remaining patient and confident will keep you going strong.
6) Name 3 people you would love to work with and why?
HECTOR: We’re talking alive only I presume….No, but go on….
J-Zone – his transformation from rapper/producer into a stone cold beast of a pocket drummer would be an insane addition to two beatmakers cooking it up in studio. Plus he appears to be as much of a curmudgeon as me.
?uestlove – another great drummer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of music who, if I’m honest I’d just love to jam with. Do the hot seat with the instruments and just see what comes out.
Gabe Roth & crew at Daptone – Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Budos Band and the rest are making serious soul records out of a tiny building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I want in on that full stop.
TONY: My list is simple. Black Thought, Big Daddy Kane and J Cole
7) What have you got planned for the not so distant future?
HECTOR: More music & better answers for questions like this.
That you’re full answer Tony?
8) What’s the album you’ve played more than any other?
HECTOR:Either ‘Monk Alone’ by Thelonious Monk or ‘The Parker Tapes’ by Cassette Boy
TONY: The Roots, Game Theory
9) What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? And where?
HECTOR: Field Music last week in Shepard’s Bush was pretty incredible. Spoke to the brother’s who’s band it is and found out after the show that they’d spent lots of additional money on really great stage pickups for their string quartet which, along with the brass section and they’re tightness as both players and arrangers made for a gig that was actually preferable to enjoy with my eyes closed. A rarer pleasure than it should be.
TONY: NAS, MINNEAPOLIS MN
10) Name 3 things you can’t live without?
TONY: Headphones, music, coffee
Any last words/shoutouts?
& all the fine people doing good work for the NHS.
TONY: What Hector said!
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Check Wilson Miles Amplify track on Wordplay Podcast 23: