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Get to know Charlotte based music producer Edrick Miles

By Amanda Cosenza

December 8, 2016

Edrick Miles, a singer/songwriter and producer from Pleasant Grove, NC cultivated a love for music from a young age. From the moment he got his first keyboard he was creating his own sound. Drawing from the inspirations of Prince, Marvin Gaye, R Kelly, and even Elton John and John Mayer, Miles has grown an appreciation for a diverse range of music.

Miles’ first major breakthrough was with the song “Love Safari” with Trey Songz. From that point, Miles launched his career as a songwriter and producer. His body of work includes producing and writing songs with Trey Songz like “Bottoms Up” and “Love Faces,” as well as writing “Just Ride” with Kevin Gates and Curren$y. He’s even worked as a composer for Jaime Foxx’s reality show G’s to Gents on MTV.

Now, as a solo artist, he’s creating his own music with a beautiful sound and a powerful message. His new song “Bad Dream” is a thought-provoking song inspired by recent events and protests in Charlotte. In the wake of controversial events, Miles presents listeners with an optimistic view reminding us that we are “from the same team.” He creates a stripped down personal feel by delivering strong vocals and a simple yet powerful melody.

Listen to “Bad Dreams” by Edrick Miles

Miles took a break from his busy schedule in the studio, where he is currently working on a project expected to roll out sometime in January, to answer a few questions for us.

CLTure: Having a passion for creating music at such a young age, did you find that growing up in North Carolina, and not in a major music hub, created any obstacles to pursuing your dreams?

Edrick Miles: The networking barrier was the most difficult thing to break through. I found it pretty difficult to get my music played for music executives. As far as the dream goes, it didn’t detour the passion and overall drive I have for music. It actually motivated me more because I was able to create freely.

CLTure: How did being exposed to music at an early age inspire you as an artist? Do you still draw from those early influences? What have been your sources of inspiration lately?

Edrick Miles: It inspired me a lot. My father was a DJ and all of my grandparents were singers in church. Being around them made an impression. I still remember my childhood and these early stages of learning. I remember my first cassette player and my LL Cool J cassette tape.

CLTure: What was the songwriting process like for “Bad Dream”? Was this something that has been on your mind for a while? How did recent events in Charlotte and the rest of the country affect you when writing this song?

Edrick Miles: “Bad Dream” was a portrait of my awareness to the current acts of violence that are occurring around the world. Charlotte, for one, hit close to home. One thought keeps crossing my mind lately – MLK would not be happy with the way this country acts towards each other.

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Photo by Alex Cason

More specifically, we should be treating each other with love, that love being equally fair. To love each other no matter what comes.

CLTure: This song is a big first step in your personal career as an artist. Can we expect more songs like this from you in the future?

Edrick Miles: If it’s personal and it’s real, you’re going to hear it from me. I will always speak my truth through music. If I’m seeing or going through something, it’s revealed in song.

CLTure: What’s next for your career as a producer? You’ve already had success with a variety of genres, will you continue to work in the areas you have already thrived in or expand to other categories of music?

I’d like to expand my catalogue and work in new genres. I’m a fan of great music, and I listen to every genre for this reason.

Make no mistake, when he says every genre he means every genre. Specifically noting that he even had an appreciation for country music, because great music is universal. Miles also went on to emphasize that great music is genreless which, in today’s world where artists like Beyoncé are getting Grammy nominations in categories ranging from Best Urban Contemporary Album to Best Rock Performance, may ring true more than ever.

For more on Edrick Miles, follow him on twitter, instagram and facebook.

Listen to “Bad Dreams” by Edrick Miles

baddream_07Lyrics:

Bad Dream
By Edrick Miles

1st verse:
I had a bad dream that we were at war
It was decided by the rich and poor
if I’m not mistaken I thought we were from the same place
If I’m not mistaken I thought we were from the same team
red white and blue red white and blue
thats all you all can see burning in my city streets but their

Pre chorus:
Rounding up the troops tonight
we’re gonna lose a innocent brother
their rounding up the troops tonight
nobody’s gonna win
everyone’s gonna lose

Chorus:
I had a bad dream
martin had a good one
this is a bad dream
martin had a good one
I had a bad dream
but king had a good one
why do this bad dream
feel so familiar

2nd verse
I had a bad dream that we were back at war
It was decided by the color of your skin
But If i’m not mistaken I thought we were from the same place
If I’m not mistaken I thought we were from the same race
hooray for the human hooray for the human
when you remove the skin
we’re all the same but their

Pre chorus:
Rounding up the troops tonight
we’re gonna lose a innocent brother
their rounding up the troops tonight
nobody’s gonna win
everyone’s gonna lose

Chorus:
I had a bad dream
martin had a good one
this is a bad dream
martin had a good one
I had a bad dream
but king had a good one
why do this bad dream
feel so familiar

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