“MILES ABOVE YOU” took me longer to produce than any other song, about two years. I tried so many versions before it finally clicked. It was by far the most intensive production I ever did. It felt like it would never end. 

Spending two years on a song is exactly the kind of thing everyone around me wanted me NOT to do. But looking back, I’ve never regretted a project that I spent extra time on getting right. I still listen to the details in that song and feel a sense of pride. To me, that’s the best thing you can hope for: to look back years later and be able to say “I did good work.” Everything beyond that isn’t really up to you.

AN EARLY VERSION OF THE SONG had a much different kind of drop. Here’s my friend Mike goofily dancing to it during a studio drop-in, along with two other short clips I found from the time I was working on it.

WHEN I WAS WRITING MUSIC, the primary audience I was thinking about was not a big crowd of people, but the younger version of myself, listening to music on their headphones, feeling left out, like they don’t belong. I hoped my songs might give them a  boost to get through those times, like others’ music did for me.

So the most rewarding thing is stuff like this: a boy performing “Miles Above You” at a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. I don’t know anything about him, I just found the video online: 

WE RELEASED MILES ABOVE YOU through a label I was starting with a few friends called Skyris. The album art you see above is actually a representation of a physical art piece we sold. It was a black sleeve that held the actual album artwork, which was designed by LA-based designer Rosco Flevo. If you click the art above, it will reveal the actual artwork.

Here’s a video unboxing the actual art piece:

MILES ABOVE YOU WAS ALSO SHARED by Argofox, another Copyright-free music channel. It remains one of the most popular songs on their channel.