EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Myles Parrish

Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Myles Parish is a young musician who started making music while he was only in High School after being inspired by one of his classmates. Parrish is inspired by artist such as The Pack and The Story So Far as well as Hillsong United. His music is a mix of pop/hyphy. Parrish produces, writes and records all his music from his home studio in Los Angeles. Currently Parrish is on his Family Over Everything Tour and CelebMix had the chance to sit down and chat with Parrish before his show in Boston.

You just released Family Over Everything, what is the overall message behind that album?

I think for me, this project was about having fun. I wanted to have something on there that would move people physically. A lot of the stuff I was trying to do was picking from a different production and then having a little bit more energy.

Do you have a favorite song off of it?

My favorite song off of Family Over Everything is “Tell Me It’ll Be Alright.” That song is a little different for me and I wanted to see if I could make it work under what I have going on too. Also getting to collaborate with my friend Dylan on that was really fun.

How has tour been so far?

It’s been really good, the California shows were so much fun. Getting to see everybody, because we haven’t been out this whole year, things kind of get in the way and get pushed back so getting to see everybody again and hang out has been really fun. Especially coming out here too, we’re playing Boston on a Monday so we’re just thankful that people are coming to rock with us. These shows out here always surprise us, we’re all pleasantly surprised, just the energy that the crowd brings.

Do you have a favorite moment from the tour?

There’s been some good ones, in Santa Ana, that was my first time doing a stage dive without telling them I’m going to do a stage dive. Usually, I will get everybody close together and have them put their hands up so they can catch me for sure. This time I was so into it and just jumped in, thankfully everybody was ok.

You recently stopped working with Kalin, do you hope to make some music with him again in the future?

What I’m hoping with Kalin is that we can just be friends again. We’re in a weird spot right now and I hope there comes a day that we can catch up and be friends. He was such a good part of my life for so long. It’s an awkward thing spending that much time with somebody that closely to completely nothing. I got a lot of love for him and I think I always will.

The Holiday seasons are upon us and your album is named Family Over Everything, what’s your favorite part of this time of year where family is everything?

I think getting to be around love, getting to check in with my mom and dad up in the Bay Area, even trying to get out to Texas too, where the majority of my family is. I think it’s about spending time together and being present with each other, that’s definitely my favorite thing.

Do you have any traditions with your family for Thanksgiving?

Nothing out of the ordinary, we always have dinner, get the Turkey going but nothing different.

What’s your favorite dish?

My mom makes the craziest stuffing, I’m looking forward to that.

What’s one thing you want to achieve before 2019?

I want to finish up the loose ends on songs I have, there’s a handful of songs that I really like a lot and I’ve kind of just been listening to my scratch versions. I want to just tie those up before the year is over and just finish these shows out strong, we got the rest of this tour and the Happy Holidays show coming up in the Bay.

What made you think to start the Happy Holidays Show?

We started one last year and we had so much fun with it. Kalin and I use to do a Christmas show as well and I wanted to keep something like that going and kind of do my own take on it. We felt that Happy Holidays would be a good name for it. Last year we did the first one in San Francisco and it ended up going really well and it was probably one of my most fun shows that we’ve played and we wanted to continue it again this year.

Take a listen to Family Over Everything below!

Catch Myles on his Family Over Everything tour by purchasing tickets here. If you’re going to be in the Bay Area in California in December make sure to catch Myles perform at his Happy Holidays Show by purchasing tickets to the show here!

Written by Will Heffernan