Our Stories: Miles Wimbleton

Aisling Kiely

After recently completing the BSc (Hons) Sound & Engineering degree, Miles Wimbleton has landed himself a job at Flix Facilities in Media City.

With a busy summer ahead of him, Miles has recently played Block9 stage at Glastonbury and is set to play Kendal Calling later this month.

Eager to hear about his new ventures, we caught up with Miles for a quick chat.

Miles, before we get started, when did you first discover you wanted to tap into the music industry?

Honestly, I’ve never really seen myself doing anything else. I mainly used to do music performance; playing in bands and playing on different sessions. But, it came to a point where I kind of took a back seat from playing and got more involved in the recording side of things.

And so, what encouraged you to go down the engineering route as opposed to music productions?

Personally, music production has always been more a hobby. I’ve always thought the fundamentals of sound engineering would come in useful when producing music as it covers post-production, studio production and live sound.

In 2016, you set up your own collective, Ordinary Friends. Tell us, how did it all come about?

Yeah, that’s right. My friends and I decided to set up our own collective after throwing some free parties which were always packed out. We started by putting on our own nights at The White Hotel in Salford, and it has since become our home. Things just snowballed from there, and we’ve had 9 sell-out parties on the trot now.

Although we’re the resident DJs, we invite other DJs and performers from all over. For us, there’s a saturation of nights booking the same names over and over again. We’re all about bringing a new vibe and creating a sort of community.

Since running the collective, you’ve dipped into the production, engineering and the music business side. 

For sure, it’s been a massive learning curve and I’ve developed a lot of skills since studying at Spirit Studios. I’ve learnt how to communicate with agents, promote events and the fundamentals of live sound which all work hand-in-hand.

Definitely. Miles, one of your nights has been likened to the Hacienda – the heart of the Madchester scene – do you think that’s a fair description?

Absolutely. Manchester has some great nights now, especially at The White Hotel as it has a very relaxed atmosphere where you can be whoever you want to be. It isn’t a commercial machine.

And so, do you think the Madchester scene has been somewhat revived?

Absolutely, the past couple of years especially with places such as Eastern Bloc. And, I feel as though there are pockets of people coming together to do things which is really cool.

The Manchester music scene is really diverse, as you have Drum & Bass, Jungle, House and Techno. But, there’s also places such as Band on the Wall and Matt & Phreds putting on Jazz gigs. Manchester is thriving at the moment; we have so many bars and venues opening up all the time.

So, it looks like you have a pretty stacked calendar this summer, Parklife, Glastonbury, and Kendal Calling.

It definitely is. I booked one of the founders of the Block9 areas for one of our events a while back and sent over a couple of my tracks. And so, this year I’ve managed to land myself a spot on the Block9 stage. I think it’s just about being persistent and passionate about what you do. And, it’s definitely a case of not what you know but who you know.

Before you go, there’s one last question. What would you say have been your biggest challenges?

I’d have to say the academic side of it all; it’s never been a strong point of mine. But, studying the Sound Engineering & Design degree has allowed me to overcome it, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Persistence has also been a massive challenge for me. There have been plenty of times when I have done things and they haven’t worked out. It’s so easy to throw your hands up and give up, but you just have to learn to get over these obstacles.