Myles Parrish lives, breathes, sleeps the Bay Area, which is why fans can’t help but gravitate toward his warm personality and music. Coming up as one half of Kalin & Myles, the 26-year-old is ready to take over the pop, R&B, and rap game, bringing in elements from the Hyphy movement and mixing it with his faith and personal life experiences. Read more…
Fresh off tour, the “Go” recording artist arrives at The Basement in Los Angeles, a showcase highlighting aspiring musicians and putting them in a room full of music industry shakers, without the industry bullshit. Performing cuts off his new album Family Over Everything, Myles had the room lit with his infectious energy and ‘good vibes only’ mentality.
For those who don’t know, who is Myles Parrish?
I am from Dublin, California, born and raised in the Bay area. I produce and write, and I like going dumb.
Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
Somewhere more on the pop side of it. I didn’t listen to a lot of hip-hop and R&B growing up, it’s more the Hyphy movement that I was really inspired by. I’m somewhere more on the pop side, a little bit on the outside of it.
You’re from Bay Area, how does that play into your life and career?
It’s the attitude of making it happen. Just being from the ground up and going and getting it, it’s an energy. Going dumb at the shows and everything, I’m trying to bring that energy that we know in the Bay across the world, honestly.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
That’s a good question because I’m not really sure. I’ve lived in LA for the past 2 years and maybe it’s because I don’t get out that much, but I’ve really just been in my house. Just kind of working with people I know from the Bay honestly. It’s good to be able to cross paths with people at different events like this (The Basement). Maybe someone will come up and be a cool play, but you can make it anywhere. Just for me personally, I think you can make it happen wherever.
I feel like there’s a huge Bay Area community out here. Can you talk about that?
Well it’s funny ‘cause Cal-A, P-Lo, and everybody just moved right down the street from me. “bblu” is right down the street from my house, so it’s just cool to see them. My first time coming out here was linking up with Starting Six, they were the first people I knew that moved out here. Nic Nac, Colin Tilley, David Cam, and everybody, just seeing them do their thing. It makes me feel like home away from home. It’s good to see everybody working and making things happen. It’s inspiring.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
It’s every time when we’re playing a show, and I hear the lyrics being screamed. Just really yelling, like it’s connecting with somebody. Whether it’s on some hyphy stuff or some more meaningful stuff. When you hear the lyrics yelled back at you, that’s when I feel like “okay, people understand what I have going on too.” We’re just able to connect, and that’s all I wanna do.
You released your Family Over Everything album this year. Talk about the creative process and how long it took you.
Some of those songs I was working on at the end of 2016, some of them I worked on more recently. I think I produced 4 songs on there, and my other friend Dillon (Lost Boy) who used to be a part of Foolish Ways. He’s a great producer. We were pretty much working on everything and taking our time with it. For this one, I wanted to have more energy than the last project. That was really fun for me to get comfortable with Dillon, just getting in there and getting it.
You say “never underestimate the power of a pencil, because your words can bring life or they can be detrimental.” Talk about putting on for real hip-hop and substance in your lyrics.
Thank you, I really appreciate that. It’s so important for me through all of this, I want to bring people together and let them know that they are okay. Just from myself personally as a music fan, hearing different songs and being able to relate to other people through music, it’s helped me through some stuff. Whether it’s a breakup or a rough season. I want to be able to help with my music in that way as well, whether that’s providing something deeper or just a good night. I want to bring that energy.
I love the visual for “Go.” Talk about bringing back the hyphy movement.
Man, it’s always gonna be in me. I’m never gonna get away from it. I’m from Dublin. We are way on the outside of the East Bay, but close enough to just feel that movement. Those were my most fun days, going dumb to “Tell Me When To Go” at the middle school dance and having a mosh pit. I want to do that for as long as I can.
I love that part with the Snapchat of someone saying you have soul.
Man, that was Seanny Seann. He’s from the Bay Area too, he’s the turn up master. He pulled up on us over there. I gotta shout out to him in the “Go” song. That’s where I’m talking about starting a mosh pit with Seanny Seann. I don’t know, I’m just having fun.
Talk about being a white kid in an urban-dominated industry.
I see everybody and where they’re coming from. I got a lot of respect just for the Bay Area culture. First and foremost ‘cause I’m from there, but that’s just a part of us growing up in the Bay. We get everybody there. As far as showing respect, that’s all I wanna do is show respect to everybody. I’m just thankful that everybody has been able to rock with me, no matter what it is.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Just to be positive and be patient. I think that a lot of times, we get wrapped up in our heads about stuff. The older that I get, I just realize how powerful your mind can be, in a negative way and in a positive way. I just try to push people more to the positive side, and let them know they are okay.
I love that you shout out YBN Nahmir on “Don’t Look Back.” How important are co-signs in the game?
They do have their role for sure. For myself, I just be inspired by everybody. I’m seeing him do his thing as well, and it’s just exciting to watch. Co-signs definitely play a part, for sure.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
Just keep expanding and keep trying to draw more people in. Try to get it out to more people and to keep pushing myself. I think I have boundaries as an artist, and I want to keep pushing them.
How important is social media for your career?
It’s everything for me. When you talk about staying connected, I want to be closer to everybody that’s following than just “aye, appreciate the love.” [claps] And that’s it. I want to know what’s going on. I wanna get more involved. Having something like Twitter, Instagram, anything that I can communicate with them, it’s important. With Family Over Everything, that’s real. I want it to be a family thing.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up. Majority of the time, it’s at like 11am or 12pm, somewhere in there. I get something to eat and I’m playing Fortnite. I’m making beats, tinkering away at website stuff, and just trying to figure out how to keep pushing forward. Me and my friend Adrian have been mobbing and brainstorming on ideas for videos, so just anything in there. At the end of night, I love getting tacos from down the street. Los Angeles got tacos, that’s what’s important out here. [laughs]
3 things you need in the studio?
Slap. The number one most important is slap. I need to feel it. That’s important to me when I’m making beats, I want to be able to feel the bass hit me. Just a vibe, a good energy. It’s hard to be in there when somebody is on some other stuff. And my phone. I just be writing on my phone.
Do you freestyle or write your lyrics?
I wish I could, but I gotta write everything. Sometimes, it takes me a minute to get something down, but I write lyrics in my Notes.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I would be somewhere in film, like behind the camera or editing. That’s kind of what I was doing in high school, until I found this.
Best memory on the Family Over Everything Tour?
Man, the Santa Ana show. We had just come from Sacramento and that show was insane. I wasn’t expecting Santa Ana to be able to compete. It was nothing crazy, Sacramento was just on some other shit, but Santa Ana came through with it. I did my first stage dive, without telling them I was gonna jump in. Most of the time, I give them a head up. This was the first time I just jumped in there, and they caught me. It was really fun.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
I got a song on the first album, it’s called “Cut A Rug.” It’s more of a 50’s inspired, more uptempo record. I have so much fun performing that one. It just feels good and gets people dancing.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
There have been a couple of times where we can share stories about our faith in Christ. Just getting to talk about that with them is a huge thing for me. That’s one of the most powerful things because as much as I don’t want to get into anyone’s face about Jesus, I want people to know that’s where I’m coming from and what I do. Being able to connect with people about that feels really good.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
It’s somewhere between P-Lo and The Story So Far. I listen to them all the time. They’re a band from Walnut Creek in the Bay. Amazing. They just dropped a new album, Proper Dose. I had it on repeat.
Jermaine Dupri and Chris Brown.
What advice do you have for an aspiring Myles Parrish?
Keep going and be yourself. There is definitely going to be seasons where you feel like this isn’t working and it’s not for you, but if you got love for it deep down, just keep pushing it. Have fun with it. Don’t worry about “I gotta be on right now” or “we need to be poppin’ instantly.” Just have fun with everything going on.
Is there anything else you want to let us know?
I love Young California.