By Anupa Mistry
Multi-faceted musician Miles Jones — rapper, songwriter, composer and producer — recently re-released his 2010 album, ‘Runaway Jones,’ in the U.S., and the “trickle back” buzz has him hyped for his third year of NXNE. With a new collaborative instrumental project out alongside D-Sisive producer Muneshine, aptly titled Muneshine Jones, the 28-year-old dynamo is spending his days juggling multiple projects. Spinner spoke to Jones about his balancing act, giving straight-up singing a whirl, and what he has in the works for Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
You re-released ‘Runaway Jones’ in the U.S. earlier this year but you’re already working on something new, right?
I have four or five songs written already for it and I’m hoping to release a single this summer, and an EP or LP in the fall. It’s probably going to sound a little different from ‘Runaway Jones,’ because I feel like I’ve matured my sound and I’m experimenting a little more, both lyrically and sonically. I guess there’s some vocal experimenting going on more… something called “singing.”
Did you have to take singing lessons?
No, I know a few singers who advised against that. I mean, it’s great to have a vocal coach and practice makes perfect, but people suggested I just keep singing and practicing, and that will develop my own tone instead of someone coaching it for me.
What musicians were you thinking of as inspiration?
I like the experimenting that Kid Cudi is doing, but then I definitely dug into some classic bands like the Police and Peel. I studied some of my favorite vocalists who probably weren’t technically trained but have really unique voices.
How did you and Muneshine hook up for Muneshine Jones?
I was trying to get beats for RaSoul, a singer I work with, and we started getting beats and compositions from Muneshine … and then I started getting them for myself. He had a ton of beats and so did I — we’re both producers who rap — so I said we should collaborate on an instrumental project. We set-up a DropBox account and sent half-finished beats back and forth, and in the span of two weeks we finished the whole record, mastered it, did the art — it came together like it was meant to be. Six to eight weeks in total is the fastest album I’ve ever made. And the plan is to keep putting them out.
You’ve worked with a ton of people, from Black Milk to Boi-1da to Percee P, so who’s next? Or are you all collabo’d out?
I don’t think I’ll ever be collabo’d out because I like the ideas of other artists who have their own agendas. There’s a song on the new record that I’d love to get Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on — that’s one artist who’s reachable that I’d love to work with. I’d love to work with Kid Cudi because I like his take on things and his vocal arrangements. Those would be the guys that I’d like to work with for this new project.
Who is your favorite Canadian MC of all time?
I probably would go with Saukrates but I don’t know if he’s put out enough music to call him that? I’ve been waiting for his next record [to come] out since high-school! I really respect his body of work and his flavor, though. But the other dude that really inspired me was Mr. Roam who was affiliated with Da Grassroots.