The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Miles High

By: Alexis V.

October 23, 2016

With a moniker born from an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and a Disco Biscuits show being a pivotal point in the discovery of electronic music for him, producer Miles High has certainly found plenty of inspiration from the City of Brotherly Love. Blending hip-hop beats, influenced by its “golden age,” with modern-day electronica, the emerging local artist assists in demonstrating just how deep and diverse the pool of talent goes in the Philly music community. “Looking to just continue paving a positive path” - Miles High prolifically creates beats, building on his mind-altering catalogue, while working to create a proper showcase for his material in a live setting. Having recently won a heated race in our monthly Featured Artist Poll, we are happy to have a chance to share more info about the up-and-coming producer’s life and work below.  


The Deli: How did you start making music?

Miles High: Well, back around 2003-2004... I was reading through posts on a message board when I came across a download link for one of the old demo versions of Fruity Loops. So I downloaded the software, in an attempt to try making these “beats” I loved so much. That led to several years of fooling around with that program, learning just about everything I could about it. A few years back, I sprung for the full version, and the rest is history. The music got better and better, so I started releasing it on Soundcloud in December of 2015.


TD: Where did the name Miles High come from?

MH: Ironically enough, it came to me while watching an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - the one where they set out to beat Wade Boggs drinking record. There's a scene about the “mile high club,” and it just clicked.


TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

MH: 90’s hip hop and today's electronic music.


TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

MH: Flume, Kano, Skepta, Clockwork, In Digital Form, Rinse, Repeat - off the top of my head.


TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

MH: Family Values Tour 1998 - Korn, Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube,  Orgy, and a couple of others from what I remember. The first album I remember purchasing with my own money was The Score by The Fugees. White Zombie’s Astro-Creep 2000 comes to mind, as well.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

MH: Music, food, history, (most of) the people.


TD: What do you hate about Philly?

MH: The gentrification taking place. The roads suck, too.


TD: What are your plans for 2016?

MH: Looking to just continue paving a positive path. Hoping to keep moving forward with my music. Also, I'll be continuing to work on a live act, and figuring out ways to incorporate the things I love. Hopefully some collaborations, too.


TD: What was your most memorable live show?

MH: The Disco Biscuits 8/23/03 - it was a pivotal moment in my discovering of electronic music. Also, I was lucky enough to attend Snoop Dogg's show when he performed at The TLA... It was epic.


TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

MH: Corned beef special.