Dublin singer-songwriter Miles Graham is releasing his new EP, All The Right Things. We asked him the BIG questions...

Tell us three things about yourself?

I'm a Dublin-born singer/songwriter from a family of nine siblings that grew up in Clondalkin. I have a passion for music, creative freedom, innovative projects and collaborations. I coach the U16 soccer team in Strandhill here and I am a volunteer for local community projects. 

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How would you describe your music?

I'd like to think it's honest. I just try to create music that I wanna listen to and focus on trying to create unique melodies and lyrics. For me, music is my form of expression, as simple as your question seems, I don’t like to label it as I've found people can hear many influences that I couldn’t hear myself. I hear people describing it as soulful pop. I work really hard at my songwriting craft and getting the narrative right. It needs to make sense, at least to me I suppose, and hope that it makes sense to other people. Sometimes I see artists get slated for being too commercial, I disagree with that whole institute, I’m not discriminative towards genres, I think if music reaches you emotionally or connects with people, that is what you seek as a songwriter.

The new single Give it up Now is about embracing the freedom from antagonism, being bigger than the problem at hand and letting go. I think it's an honest reflection of how I felt at the time. The EP is a dynamic expression of my journey through a tough period. It helped me be inspired, I hope listeners can get similar inspiration from it.

Who are your musical inspirations?

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I’ve always had a passion for classic soul artists like Otis Redding, BIll Withers, Smokie Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, mainly because of their vocal passion. You could tell they were singing from their heart and soul. That’s the music that spoke to me from a young age. My influences have evolved in recent years, perhaps from my collaborations with dance DJ producers Don Diablo, L’Tric and others in the House Music genre. That has maybe brought my music into more mainstream melody and concepts. It’s been an inspiring journey working with these producers and I've been able to expand my songwriting scope. 

How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I’ve been very busy recording from home and doing gigs to fans on lockdown with the first single from the EP, Don’t Change, touched base with fans in the UK, Germany, Netherlands to see how they were coping and I ended up playing some private gigs to them. There are lots of lonely people struggling throughout this pandemic. I’ve even had some hairy moments myself, I’m really missing my family in Dublin. It really hit me in recent weeks. I noticed I’m starting to talk to myself more than usual.

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Thankfully I've had some great opportunities on BBC Radio in the UK and Irish stations too, and had a lot of love for the single. It’s been a great launching pad for the EP. I sang a cover of Dido’s song Thank You on BBC Radio 5 Laura Whitmore Show, dedicated to the frontline workers. I’m really excited about the rest of the music and the current single, Give it Up Now. I was lucky to work with some incredible people on this record. Produced by Paul Herman and strings by Sally Herbert, who worked strings for some incredible albums by Plan B, Duffy, Florence & The Machine, Pharrell Williams, Cee Lo, and Usher. 

What’s your favourite song right now?

It’s hard fought finding something that really sticks out right now but I’m stickler for a bit of soul/Jazz breakthrough songs from Mark Ronson and Pharrell Williams. They always hit you with something fresh. Mark Ronson worked with an American Artist, Yebba recently and I’ve really been enjoying her work. Check out a song called Evergreen.

Favourite lyric of all time?

That’s a tough one. I have many lyrics that I admire. Lots of classics I could quote. I’ll be honest I just googled the 'best song lyrics’ and I didn’t really connect with most of them. I’m a sucker for really clever taglines and one that springs to mind is Gotya’s ‘Now you’re just somebody that I used to know’, it’s so relatable to most peoples journey in life. I’m also a fan of Coldplay’s lyrics and how they give hope in their music and lyrics ‘Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you’ . . . Sorry! I can't choose just one! 

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If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

This sounds like a nightmare regardless of the song, I may have repetitive listening disorder but I'm grateful even more for being a songwriter to be able to create your own soundtrack to life. 

Not to totally cop out on the question altogether, I’ll have to say something from the late great Bill Withers. James Gadson beats and Booker T production and Bill melody Use Me would be a safe bet to sync to any mood. 

Where can people find your music/more information? 

They can follow on Spotify and socials Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or visit the website www.milesgraham.com. My EP All The Right Things is out Friday the 10th July, alongside my brand new single Give It Up Now.