Maggie Miles has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. Like a wave building momentum as it approaches the shore, Maggie Miles’ voice hits you with a cool exhilarating rush and a powerful undercurrent that will knock you off your feet.
Her latest single “Swim” lures you in with her smooth soulful style before hooking you with an anthemic chorus. “Swim” showcases her versatility and dynamics as a young artist capable of big things.
After recently moving to Nashville from her home state of Virginia, Maggie Miles has hit the ground running. Her bold and fearless style adds a new dimension to the Nashville music scene and infuses music city with a refreshing and captivating sound. As she begins her ascension into the spotlight we knew we had to catch up with her to find out more. Here’s what she had to say:
Your brand new single, “Swim”, is such a powerful and explosive song. Can you tell us the inspiration behind this track?
Aw thank you! It’s interesting, I always pull from my personal experiences or thoughts when composing. I tend to process things a lot slower than id like to, and around this time last year, I was in a drastically different place. I think back in October (when I wrote this) it all sort of gushed out? It had been months since I had felt thing words I was singing but it felt right in front of my face at that moment. It was cathartic.
What does your creative process typically look like from concept to completion?
That’s a difficult question to answer. It’s different every time for sure! Sometimes it’s the melody that spurs the emotion, sometimes it’s the emotion that spurs the lyrics, then the melody has to follow. It depends.
Can you tell us about your decision to move from Virginia to Nashville and what your experience has been like so far here in music city?
Nashville is great. The people here are warm, talented, and push you indirectly to be excellent in your craft. I’ve noticed it’s a lot more forgiving than other creative towns in the US. I’ve enjoyed my first 6 months here greatly, and I thank my incredible management team at Warehouse for that. They’ve been able to fit me with some incredible people here as well as essentially make my dreams come true by helping get my music out into the world, and I feel so so thankful.
Throughout all the recent chaotic current events (Nashville Tornado, Coronavirus, etc..) how have you kept yourself grounded and in a headspace where you can continue to create?
I hit a dry spell last week. I’m trying to not let it keep me down, I think just like a lot of artists during this worldwide “halt” I’ve been sitting in front of my keyboard and an empty Logic session and thinking “I have to make something spectacular, or else I’ve wasted my time” and that brings about a lot of hurdles in your creative space. Of course, everything we make should be done with absolute excellence, BUT, don’t be too harsh on yourself. The juices will come, don’t force it.
Who are some other artists that influence and inspire you?
It changes every so often, but a few have remained intact for that position. The 1975 are consistently pushing the envelope and challenging creators. Half-Alive’s lyrics encourage me to open up a little more every time I write, and to do so in a way that’s comforting for a listener to connect with. And lastly, Twenty One Pilots have always been a major one for me. Their production on their latest record was gorgeous. It sounds so expensive and everything is extremely intentional. Just good music.
Are you planning on releasing more music this year, or maybe even an EP or Album in the future?
Yes! I will be releasing another single in April that I’m very VERY excited about! As far as a bigger project, I’m not supposed to say too much but…definitely expect more music. 😉
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