Introduce us to your music?
We’re Miles and The Chain Gang. We play a mixture of soul, new wave and singer-songwriter material. The band is: Miles Salter (guitar, vocals), Tim Bruce (bass), Billy Hickling (drums) and Alan Dawson (lead guitar).
How did you start out playing?
We got together in 2018. We met by playing open mic nights in York, plus a few strange coincidences. It was odd how it came about – in a good way.
Describe your current sound?
Mixture of stuff – blues meets country meets soul meets new wave. Hard to describe it. Good songs. Good vocals. Good playing. ‘Van Morrison meets The Police’ doesn’t quite catch it, but it’s close.
What influences your craft?
Good songwriting. I like Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan. Good energy. A bit of poetry. A bit of darkness. A bit of humour.
What makes Miles and The Chain Gang different to the rest?
Not sure how different we are. I think the songs are good, and I think we have an engaging sound that might be a little bit original. We’re not extreme. I don’t really like extreme music. It’s pop music – with bite.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I play them first? What is your quintessential track?
We have a song coming out soon called “When It Comes To You.’ That is a good place to start. Bright, good energy, short and sweet. That’s not a bad introduction to what we are about – it should be on the web by the end of February 2020.
What has been the biggest struggle in your musical journey so far?
Keeping going. It’s hard to be consistent and keep the energy there.
What has been the biggest highlight in your music career so far?
I once got listed on a festival website alongside names like U2 and The Alarm. That was nice. I’m not sure how many people noticed but it was nice for me. Playing a session for BBC local radio was good. Playing at The Crescent in York was good. Getting my CD in HMV in 1998. Busking in Hull in the 1990s. All good moments.
How bright is the future of your music – what are the plans?
I think we have potential as we are great musicians with great songs. I’d like to get out there and play in 2020. Lots of gigs. Plus get some videos and things online so people can find out about us. I’d also like to do some radio sessions.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered in years to come?
Me personally? As a nice guy who was also a good artist. Lots of artists can be lousy humans – I’ve thought about this a lot. Artists are terribly imperfect. I’d like to be remembered as a good bloke who was kind, as well as a good artist. But…hey. Who knows what people will say?
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