How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is Mileage. I was born and raised in Savannah, GA then moved up to Atlanta in July of 2019 to pursue my music career full time as a producer and engineer. I graduated from SCAD after studying sound design for film and video games. I started messing around with making music in 2015 and gradually progressed throughout my college years. Music was the one thing that I would always go back to, despite my early years of bad grades in concert band for not memorizing my trumpet scales. It's my favorite thing to do by far and awesome to know you can make a living off of your passion if you want it bad enough. I have been taking everything seriously the past two years but have been working on music full time now for almost a year since moving up to Atlanta. I have been around a couple of studios the past year and work out of my own as well.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I'm still working my way up in the music industry. I've been producing and recording for upcoming artists my entire career but recently have been able to record artists like Coca Vango, Doe Boy, YFN Kay, Seddy Hendrinx, Lil Mexico & more. I have a bachelor's degree in sound design but honestly, formal training does not matter. I feel like most people understand that but it's nice to admit too. If it's something you love and put the time in to learn, anyone can do it. I know my school training helped me build a solid foundation of knowledge and to grasp the technicalities of Pro Tools and other DAWs. My professors have industry experience which really helped me out too. Along with college, I owe a lot to YouTube and all my producer and artist friends that help me learn more all the time.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Everyone I named above.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences spread from producers like Metro Boomin' & Murda Beatz to Diplo & Pharrell. I am all over the place with my production and like to be inspired by all sorts of sounds and cultures. I listen to mainly modern day rap music but enjoy listening to EDM, Retro Pop, and Classic Rock. I listen to music on shuffle too that way things don't get predictable for me. Right now, I've been listening to Future, Lil Baby, Octavian, The Weeknd, & Lil Uzi Vert.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
To me, getting your feet off the ground seems to be a big challenge because of all the competition there is in the industry with producers. Everyone is doing the same thing and I have relied on my relationships with people because that is just as important as your talent.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I can't describe my sound! It changes with every song I work on or every beat I make. I like to always be changing things up or trying something different.
What are some of your goals this year?
Hit the Billboard charts A #1 album (either production or engineering)
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I'd love to collab with DayTrip for a week straight. I love their diverse production style! A day to make a song with Travis Scott producing and recording him. A month with The Chainsmokers to produce and tour with.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process is really fast when I am getting my ideas out. I work on a beat for 5 minutes then start another one and keep it moving like that. Later on, days or weeks later I come back to it and adjust sounds then arrange it out!
What’s your favorite go-to order?
I'd have to go with a #2 meal. The real ones know. There's something about Chick-Fil-A that never disappoints. I'm trying to be like them!