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Promise Miami


Read the Promise Miami Interview below and share it on social media.


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Hey guys! My name’s Rory Mckellar and I produce electronic dance music and DJ under the alias ‘Promise Miami’. I’m from Leeds in the UK and I’ve been producing music electronically now for about 5 years.

I spent a lot of that time trying to perfect and learn as many things about the craft as I possibly could, which led to me spending many long hours and late nights sat in front of my laptop on Ableton creating all kinds of sounds. That’s pretty much still the process today.

2017 was a great year for me as an artist, it was the first time releasing any music into the world and it was all met with overwhelming positivity. My track ‘NEON’ was featured in EDM Sauce’s ‘Rising Talent – VOL 21 playlist’. I was also featured in 2 popular EDM blogs, EDM Lead and That DROP, being named ‘one to watch’. I left 2017 with a total of 9 tracks which includes 2 EP’s, 2 singles and a remix of REZZ’s ‘Diluted brains’. I’m feeling really good about the future and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


As with many artists, music has been in my life since I was a child. I have been heavily influenced by the music my dad listened to. He had no shame in blasting out the likes of Jimmy Hendrix. I remember the neighbours complaining a few times, this obviously led me to beg for my for my first guitar and I began to teach myself how to play, then ended up in a few bands and heavy metal became the genre of my teen years.

EDM started to make its appearance in my life quite early on, but it wasn’t until 2013 at Leeds Festival where it really began shaping my future. I saw Knife Party and Skrillex live and they both blew me away! So much so, that for the rest of the festival, even as I watched Eminem live, I just couldn’t stop thinking about those shows. I was completely hooked on the music, it became all I thought about. All I wanted to do was make music that made people dance, scream and shout to, the way me and my friends were doing.
As I left the festival I 100% knew what I wanted to do with my life… So I saved up, bought my first laptop, an Intro version of Ableton and began teaching myself the art of music production. After many late hours, watching YouTube videos, reading several books and studying through online course’s and years sat in front of the screen I finally felt confident enough in my production to release my first 3 track EP (8Bit SMILE) in May 2017.

 

As I began diving into the EDM World a little more, I started to draw influence from other artists such as JAUZ, She, Deadmau5, REZZ and many more.

I try to keep challenging myself and pushing boundaries in terms of genre and sound but I have found myself producing a lot more towards the Electro House sub-genre. However with such a rapidly growing and ever changing industry, I find that my influences and inspirations are always changing and always pushing me to try new things.


What´s new right now?


I’ve recently just released my 2nd EP titled: ‘WARNING! Not Politically Correct Audio.’ It’s a collaboration EP that very much became about trying out different things and new techniques while maintaining a raw house vibe.
If you like the bass heavy, high energy, electro house beats then this is the EP for you!
You can download it free, as well as all my other tracks over on my Soundcloud.

I’m currently working on a new track, it’s something a little different and more upbeat than the heavy electro house that I’m used to producing. I’m really excited about it and it’s not far off from being finished, so it’s certainly a near future release. I’m not going to say too much on it right now, but you can follow me on any of my social media sites so you stayed connected for more updates coming soon.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?


Perseverance, dedication and YouTube. The first two are obviously a little cliche, however as someone who never had a teacher as such, I found that YouTube (whether it was finding a technique that didn’t work or did work) was an amazing place to start. From compression to song structure, there are so many videos posted from amazingly talent musicians, producers and mixing and mastering engineers who understand how difficult it is to find a place to start. So I feel that Youtube is definitely worth a visit for aspiring producers without contacts or who are having difficulty networking.


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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?


Unfortunately, I can imagine this is something that plagues most producers and musicians at every level of the industry. However for me, I found that too many long hours or forcing myself to try and finish something would leave me feeling uninspired or tired minded. This can sometimes lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed when trying to finish a track.
Take a break, relax and find some new inspiration. Do something that isn’t music related that you enjoy and come back to it, if it’s no better; try again, theres no harm in allowing yourself time to reconfigure your mind. Something I’ve certainly been guilty of is applying too much pressure on myself to finish a track… This leads to me having no fun with it and the ideas dry up.
It’s all bout having fun and enjoying what your doing. I find these are the best mindsets for being creative and sometimes that means taking a break and not allowing the music to become too daunting. Remember why it is you started making music in the first place!


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/promisemiami

https://www.facebook.com/Promisemiamimusic/

https://twitter.com/promisemiami

https://www.instagram.com/promisemiami/

 

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