Miles Bonny könnte die Platte des Sommers geliefert haben. Wenn der gute Mann mal endlich mehr Aufmerksamkeit bekommen würde. Mehrere Tracks kursierten bereits über andere Veröffentlichungen, die er nun mit unveröffentlichtem Material zu seinem diese Woche erscheinenden Debüt „Lumberjack Soul“ gekittet hat. Dabei rausgekommen ist ein unglaublich dopes Ding mit Bläsern und Beats. Bonny steurte nicht nur den Gesang zu all seinen Songs dazu, sondern spielte auch den Schallbecher selbst ein. Und schon hockt er am nächsten Projekt S3 mit dem Producer Brenk. Per Mail haben wir Miles ein paar Fragen zukommen lassen.
First of all, who is Miles Bonny?
An inspired individual who cares about people.
What does „Lumberjack Soul“ mean to you? What’s the difference between Lumberjack Soul and classical soul music?
I enjoy the term Lumberjack Soul because it is classic soul, but suggests that there are many kinds of soul music and anyone who can express their soul, can make soul music.
It is music that comes from someone’s soul, their truth. Part of why I tend to avoid the term soul is because it has been used in so many ways that it begins to lose its meaning.
What does your label Melting Pot Music mean to you?
Melting provides me with a wonderful opportunity to share my music with the world. They are a talented group of individuals, artists and thinkers who do a lot with a little. It’s a great group of forward thinking artists to be a part of. Plus, I’m exposed to many great producers who i may not have heard of otherwise. Olski has a great ear and is very supportive of whatever music i make. I thank him for that.
Why did you choose to cover two tracks from Raphael Saadiq?
I dont remember exactly how it started, but I worked with DJ Day on „Still Miles (Still Ray)“ and then I recorded „What’s Life Like“ as an a capella-song, and then Day added the drums and additional instrumentation. He was completely responsible for the instrumentals and did an amazing job. I love his sound. I simply recognize the wonderful song writer that Raphael Saadiq is. I more recently saw him perform in Kansas City and was amazed at the glow in his eye. He is doing it.
Is there a song by an artist you were influenced by that you wouldn’t cover, because you wouldn’t be satisfied with your version?
Not necessarily, because I’m never attempting to do a better version of a song than the original artist, only my version of it at that moment. I record my voice at random times during my life, and as a result, whatever is recorded is more a reflection of me at that time than an attempt to make the ultimate statement. I believe all moments and people have value. And THAT is what I seek to document.
Why should people listen to your music?
Because it is more honest than most of what the masses hear on the radio and other corporate media that simply want to make money. They should listen and decide for themselves, They should determine if they like the way it makes them feel. That is the test and I’m happy either way.
Who is your favorite producer you worked with?
I don’t have one. I simply like to explore.
How do you write your songs?
I did write lyrics to a few songs, but most of the time i don’t write them at all. I often freestyle upon the 1st listen to a song. I’m much more concerned with the way a song feels than what the words are. Music is more powerful than words.
Why do you think that music is more powerful than words?
Music and the energy and residual effect of hearing tones transcend the words that may be spoken in the process. Without tones there are no spoken words. Without spoken words there is no human voice attached to the meaning behind the words.
I feel that we as living beings need to communicate with others and the feeling we get from communicating with others is far more influential than what is said. After all, the resulting influence of a conversation is how the other person felt, moreso than what was factually discussed.
In retrospect, is there a sound or a rhyme that you would record or write in a diffrent way now?
No. Sometimes there are notes that I wish were different, more in tune, but overall i really like the raw nature of my music. It is timeless in that way.
How is the progress of the album with S3 going? What can listeners expect from it?
It’s a beautiful blend of soulful gritty hip hop sounds. I can’t wait until it is complete. Brenk is a dope producer.