rBeatz Exclusive Interview with Jef Miles
Jef Miles will soon have their segment, Polar Radio, on rBeatzRadio. Listen to rBeatzRadio on Saturdays and Sundays for their energizing and uplifting mixes of new music approved by the talented production duo from Vancouver, Jef Miles.
A couple of weeks ago, rBeatz premiered their new single, Sun Also Rises. Their uplifting melodies and high energy productions have taken Jef Miles to new heights, reaching top charts on Spotify and gaining close to 3 million listens on the industries leading streaming platform.
The production tandem and DJ team from Vancouver stoped by for an interview below. You know the drill! Press play on the Soundcloud embed and read the interview below for the FULL Jef Miles experience.
Where does the name Jef Miles come from?
It’s a combination of our respective first names… prioritized alphabetically of course 🙂
Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?
We reside in Vancouver, on the West Coast of Canada…just a “ways” up from California. A lot of music trends start in the West and over the years we’ve had exposure to many different genres from hip hop to rock to alternative and even Latin music, and we love to incorporate these influences into our dance tracks. Vancouver is also an extremely diverse city with various cultures and ethnicities, so we try to draw influence from such a variety and we bring that into our music.
What instruments did you play when you were younger?
We both played some piano and Miles played just a touch of ukulele.
Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?
Drums for Miles and Jef for guitar…if we could, we could almost form a band J
Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?
Miles: Got into DJing and the recording interface used to record our DJ sets came with a demo of Ableton. Started dabbling with loops and eventually convinced my parents to get me a mac pro with logic “for school”.
Jef: LOL I bought DJ software from Miles when he was slanging at the local music store. He was offering lessons in production so I took them…then I was like – collab bro?
What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest single, Up Down Center Inside?
Definitely recording our vocalist Valentina; she’s a total boss.
Who would be your favorite artist to collab with and why?
Calvin Harris. Not because he stole Jef’s real last name but he’s one of the most multi-talented producers out there. Maybe the theft of Jef’s last name was his indirect invitation to collab…
You’re a duo, do each of you have strengths and weaknesses that make you a great fit for each other?
Miles: Jef is not only a great writer, but an incredible motivator with laser sharp, unwavering focus on the plan.
Jef: Miles is able to move a song from creative concept to a working, living beautiful thing so fast. He can paint any picture you can imagine with sound. It’s pretty insane.
What festival are you looking forward to the most this year?
Tomorrowland obvi… 😉
What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
Miles: I am one of the founders of 789ten.com, a website where some of the top guys in EDM teach tutorials on production (Jay Hardway, Frontliner, Orjan Nilsen, tyDi and so on). I also do photography and shoot video. Cooking is another biggie!
Jef: I’m big into the outdoors and all kinds of sports, like skiing and snowmobiling, wake-surfing, and whatever sport…I’m game for all! I also love business, total business nerd. It’s like a big chess game. I wish I had more time to golf…
Who are your musical influences?
Miles: Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, Andrea Bocelli, Fatboy Slim, The Verve, Post Malone, Drake.
Jef: Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Skrillex, all those old rock bands, all those old grunge bands, all those old hip hop artists…too many more to name. I smash it at music trivia.
What DAW do you use and why?
Ableton. We’ve used them all and find that there is literally nothing that can facilitate creativity and random experimentation with the least amount of obstruction to flow.
Do you have a favorite or go-to sample pack?
Currently the KSHMR V2 pack is great!
What is your favorite MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?
Ableton Push 2… it’s just phenomenal. The auto mapping of the knobs to most parameters including plug ins is seamless and really lets you “touch the sound.”
What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?
The Waves C1-SC is great for controlling specific frequency bands.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Having our song “Lights” surpass 1 million plays on Spotify was a big milestone for us. Our first release Don’t Stop also landed on a Beatport compilation album…but we didn’t know that for over a year, LOL. Music is a funny business.
Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?
Miles: Be random. Try to continuously do things that you did not do on your last track. This is how you arrive at the happy mistakes.
Jef: Make sure your song has a theme, something deeper that you’re going for rather than just a song. It will help you ensure your sound selection is on point and it makes writing way easier, plus it gives the listener something they can connect with…like a feeling they can come back to again and again.
What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?
Harbour Event Centre here in Vancouver. It’s a great room and the crowd is live!
What is your favorite color?
Miles: Black.. does that count? If not, gold is where it’s at.
Jef: Green, but everything I own is black LOL
What food do you eat the most?
Jef: Limes. If you could have only one citrus, it would have to be a lime right? So delicious.
Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?
Miles: Redbull goose 😉
Jef: Is beer a snack?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Facebook because we’re pretty busy and if we get crazy with twitter or snapchat, we’re likely to rant like idiots haha.
What is next for Jef Miles?
Ahh the golden question, glad you asked. We’ve got some very interesting music coming up, with an 80’s themed track featuring heavy acid bass dropping in mid-August, a few quality remixes, and a trio of off-the-wall dance tracks for which no genre can be named. Unless “cray-cray-dance-fun-ness” is a new genre.
FOLLOW THEM ON SPOTIFY:
- NEO NOIR – Violet (feat. Brooke Williams)
- Jax Jones – Instruction (feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don)