And suddenly, you feel at home….
Miles Winter Roberts is renowned for his uplifting, summer–laced acoustic island sound, no doubt inspired by his early years living on Ibiza.
Introducing… Beach Funk!
August 2011 saw the birth of a whole new genre: Beach Funk. Coined one afternoon post-soundcheck in Las Dalias, Ibiza, Beach Funk sums up exactly what noise Miles has been making for the last ten years. Just hours earlier, the brand new band had been christened ‘Miles Island’ as they ran through the night’s set on stage at the hippy market. Miles had been given the musicians at 6pm that day, for a show at 9. The show was great, the band and the name stuck. As more shows came up, so did radio interviews and recognition. It was to be a very head-spinning summer… 2012? Bring on the Beach, Bring on the Funk… 😉
Snatched off the Island in 1985, Miles released singles in Germany with his twin brother Guy, reaching the Top 30 in Portugal. They won the esteemed Sopot Festival in Poland in ’87 with “Rockola” under the name Double take after winning The Cesme Song Festival that same year.
Miles formed the band Miles from Nowhere in 1990, and rocked Hamburg, recording the album “Going Somewhere” with Dirk Steffens (Helloween, Pink Cream 69).
Going to London in ’94, Miles was welcomed into the Notting Hill music crowd and played with the likes of Kevin Armstrong (Bowie/Iggy Pop), JC 001 (Peuple de L’Herb ), Blair McKeachan and Howard Marks in a sweaty basement club called Pinky Poos on All Saints Road over seven years (THAT was fun!). Support slots included Dr Feelgood, Ruby Turner and Chris Smithers.
The very last week of 1999, Miles released “Shoo-lallelujah”, a live CD with Steven Dunphy on Spanish guitar, which lead to performing in Knebworth House and a Hollywood spectacle for Ocean’s Eleven on a yacht in Entibes for the Film Festival.
An EP “Escapado” and an Album “Daymaker” followed under the name Winter Roberts, recorded and produced by the late great Steve Brown (Wham!/The Cult/Elton John/Manic Street Preachers).
Jose Feliciano, JJ Cale, Carole King, Stevie Wonder – all in there somewhere! And then the influence of a very funky Notting Hill crew added to the Romantica.
How Do You Do It?
Learning guitar as a child, performing has always been a major part of life since 15, and the experience shows.