Touted as one of the artists to watch for this year, Idris Miles has continual proven stage presence and rapping ability on numerous occasions already this year. Headlining at The Pit LDN’s showcase in East London’s Ace Hotel earlier in January, Idris now moves to a different stage at the 02 Academy Islington this Friday April 5th.
Idris took some time out to answer our short Q&A:
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Idris Miller a.k.a Idris (pronounced Eye-Dris) Miles. I’m an artist and songwriter, based in Essex. I was born around a family of musicians and artists, and I have always had a love for music from a young age, which led me to start writing songs and poetry in school at 12 years old.
Things have been picking up for you recently, you’ve been nominated for an award, you’ve had more shows, how do you stay level headed and focused?
Yeah! To be perfectly honest, I’ve been enjoying the process so much. I’m around an amazing team who have been supporting and helping me make moves and the efforts are really paying off. I’m also hungry for more so that’s helping me keep focused and humble. There’s so much more to achieve and I’m aware of that now more than ever.
Do you produce your own beats, what’s your team like around you?
I produce from time to time but I also have some amazing producers around me too like, Ryan-J who has been my G from day! I also have some new music coming out soon with some amazing producers who I’ve wanted to work with for ages now so I’m excited. But like I said, the team I have right now is dope and we’re all progressing together like a family so it’s only a matter of time till we’re at the point of achieving big things.
Where do you take your inspiration? From you fashion sense, to your music
I think I subconsciously take inspiration from everything around me. It’s been a lifetime since I’ve said “Oh, I wanna do it like that guy” because right now I’m trying to establish myself as a brand and basically just be me… But saying that I also like to support designers and brands that are close to me such as AM By Anna Makri, Sarah Garfield , Josiah Amari.. I’m a fan of them all!
You’ve been working quite closely with The Pit LDN, how did that relationship come about, how have they helped your career so far?
Big up to the Pit every time! I went to one of their Cyphers back in 2016 and they’ve supported ever since, I can’t even express my gratitude as they’ve been responsible for some big milestones in my career including my headline show at Ace Hotel last year and my first ever Rinse FM radio play! Yeah big them up.
Check his performance for SoulMate LDN at London, Brixton’s Ritzy:
Which musicians do you look up to most in the UK or outside of it?
I love a lot of UK music at the moment, which actually makes me happy, it’s nice to see our culture on form and shining. People like Little Simz, Octavian, Kojey, A2, Che Lingo… Those are artists I look up to. Just pure talent and artistry in everything that they do! In terms of outside of UK? There’s so many names… Dreamville, Sevdaliza, Jacin Trill, Mick Jenkins, Goldlink, Tierra Whack… The list can go on!
To try and speak some things into existence, name three artists you love to collaborate with over the next couple years in the UK?
I WILL MAKE A SONG WITH A2 AND KOJEY RADICAL. That is all I will say, let the universe do its thing!
Finally, what can expect from your show at the O2 Academy Islington?
Just my essence, like in every show! Energy, emotion, passion… I love it! And I hope everyone that comes through enjoys it too! I’m just excited to achieve yet another great moment in my life and it will definitely show on stage!
Check out the raw video to his track RUN: