Q&A with Miles and the Chain Gang

Miles Salter of Miles and the Chain Gang, an up-and-coming York, England based band, did a quick Q&A!

What was your first impression of your bandmates when you met?

I’d seen Billy play with a band called King Courgette, and was really impressed. He has great energy and loves to get involved in stuff. We met at Ruby Tuesday (an open mic night in York) in August 2018, or thereabouts, and played together. He’s very passionate – like me in the respect. Tim is calm, and softly spoken. I like that about him. It’s often the way with bass players – they tend to be very balanced, they anchor the band in a way. Alan is brilliant at what he does – a terrific guitar player and performer. They’re all brilliant, I am lucky to play with them. 

What is your favorite memory playing shows? 

We did some small gigs in 2019 – just pub gigs, mostly, and it was great to get a response from the audience. When you know they are enjoying what you are doing, that’s a lovely thing. The nodding heads, the laughs, the drunken requests. Gigs are great like that. We have really missed playing live. 

What artist would be your dream collaboration?

Taylor Swift, please. She knows how to write a hook. 

What song are you most proud of and why?

My friend Syd wrote this great song called “All Of Our Lives” – it’s our next release and I am really proud of it, I think we have done a great job with it considering we have recorded it during very difficult circumstances. I’m proud of all our songs, though. There’s not really one winner.There are a few that are special.What are some of your non-musical influences? 
Origami. And I have a greyhound called Alma. She’s a big influence. She likes it when I shut up! 

What is your go-to gas station order?

Petrol, potato chips, coffee. I try not to eat all of them at once. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Relax. Stop worrying. And meet more girls! 

What are your goals for the year? 

I’d be happy if the band develops. That would be great. We are working hard at our recordings and videos, etc. It’s building slowly. I want things to move faster. Rome wasn’t built in a day. There were too many health and safety regulations. 

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