BIMM Manchester vocals student Miranda Myles is now approaching the final term of her BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship. Aside from performing under her own name, she’s also the lead vocalist in Rap/Pop/R’n’B trio Rime Suspex, who have been gaining traction on the local live scene of late, supporting the likes of Karen Harding, Kid Ink and Tinchy Stryder. The band previously made our Track Of The Week, so we thought it was time for an overdue catch up with Miranda and the band.
For those who’ve yet to hear Rime Suspex, how would you describe your sound?
Unique. Think Pop/R&B with an acoustic edge.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Fugees, TLC, City High and early N Dubz, although we draw influence from a range of different artists and genres, ranging from Beyonce to the Beatles.
Growing up listening to 90’s R&B, I gained a lot of inspiration from the likes of Ashanti, JoJo, Rihanna and Ciara. I also loved listening to the Diva’s – Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce, although I am open to all genres and I just love music that makes me feel a certain way.
Our rapper Bobby Dukz is into a bit of everything! Ranging from Eminem and Nas to Phil Collins! Whereas my brother and guitarist Rory’s influences are The Beatles, Oasis and even N Dubz. He likes a wide range of genres too. If it’s a good tune, it’s a good tune.
How did the band first meet?
As brother and sister, Rory and I met Bobby Dukz at a Hip-hop night in Blackburn. This led to an all-night guitar jam at an after party which resulted in them writing our first song and forming a group.
What do you feel sets you guys apart from what’s happening in the Manchester scene right now?
We feel our songs are real. We aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives. We believe that this sets us apart in the Manchester scene right now, as there aren’t many urban bands doing this. Many of our songs convey relatable and straight to the point social messages as well as being catchy and current!
What’s your songwriting process usually like?
Most of our songs have started from a jam!
Rory will play a chord progression, which leads to us humming melody ideas and our rapper Bobby Dukz will lay down some rap verses. Before we know it, we have a song. Honestly, I feel like most of the songs have written themselves. We write very regularly and all take a different role in the songwriting process, which is a bonus.
What’s been the most valuable thing you’ve taken from your degree course so far?
I’ve really enjoyed the industry Masterclasses and Tutorials. At Bimm we are lucky to be given these opportunities and also to be taught by knowledgeable and talented tutors who know a lot about the music industry. I feel like I’ve learnt so much from the masterclasses and from various tutors that I will be sure to take away with me in the future.