with: Miles Beard // Video
For our latest episode of our A&R Talk series, we got the opportunity to sit down with the Senior Director of A&R for Warner Music Group, Miles Beard. Miles has an impressive resume and catalog of credits with some of your favorite artists including Jason Derulo, Thomas Rhett, Chris Brown, industry newcomer Charlie Puth, and more. Miles got his start in the industry as a DJ and was introduced to the world of A&R through industry heavy hitters Ben Maddahi and Mike Caren. Get to know a little bit about the A&R that is responsible for some of your favorite songs that are on the radio as of current.
- Who have been some of your biggest musical influences to date?
As a kid it was DJ AM, I saw Youtube videos of him and said to myself I have to do that. I have to buy turntables and do this right. That was huge for me. DJ Spyder really helped me as well and put me on to the club scene.
- What qualities are you looking for when signing new talent?
I feel that new artists just need to be interesting. People should want to be like you, and want to know about who you are. The people who are really selling out arenas are the ones that have fans that care about who they are as people, as well as the music.