Rainy Miller, support from Kute

Rainy Miller (known to his mother as Jack Bowes) was born and bred in Longridge, Preston; a typically unremarkable northern market town.

Things began getting remarkable once the nascent Grime scene began spilling over from its London birthplace and began taking root in disparate other places, as it did in Preston around 2006. Grime was an explosion of youthful expression that provided a template and a voice to young people in towns such as Preston and it blossomed into an energetic city-wide scene that Miller was a part of; he quickly began playing and experimenting with rapping and making beats and the Rainy Miller pseudonym, a familial reference, was soon to be borne.

Miller moved to Manchester in 2015 and soon recorded and released his debut project, Limbs (2019) a work of northern neo-R&B that was put out on his newly minted own label Fixed Abode and which he toured across the UK in support of US artist Gus Dapperton.

The project saw Miller beginning to develop what would become his signature approach, turning in on himself musically for both inspiration and liberation and this introspective, felt, personal style has become central to his output (“it’s cathartic, it’s therapy”).

Momentum grew from there swiftly and with the 2020 Covid year hitting he set to work in the studio on new projects both solo but also alongside the then unknown artist Blackhaine. The fruits of this labour blossomed into the breakout debut Blackhaine EP Armour that was produced by Miller and released via his Fixed Abode label.

Miller followed this up with his second solo project A Choreographed Interruption (2021 via Fixed Abode), a poetic and emotionally penetrating audio-visual study of loss and longing that presented a more idiosyncratic and sonically developed sound.

Along with the success of other Manchester based electronic artists such as Blackhaine, Space Afrika and Iceboy Violet all working at the forefront of UK electronic music and loosely spinning around the axis of storied Salford club The White Hotel, suddenly a lot of attention was on Rainy Miller and the wider scene in 2021; Rainy Miller had features, reviews and guest mixes for The Face, NTS, Fact, Salt and Crack Magazines as well as plays on BBC 6 Music, Worldwide FM and BBC Radio 3.

He has co-produced Blackhaine And Salford Falls Apart (2021 via HEAD II) and Armour II (2022 via Fixed Abode) to critical acclaim and tours as part of the Blackhaine live band.

This year sees Rainy Miller take a holiday from his Fixed Abode home to team up with The White Hotel’s off-shoot label HEAD II with his most ambitious project to date DESQUAMATION (Fire, Burn. Nobody). The project came at a difficult time for Miller who was both struggling to find much inspiration and interest in music along with working through complex emotional pain from his upbringing (“I felt entirely lost and uncertain with the position I’d found myself in, as a creative, in competition with myself…”)

Miller utilises these struggles and worries and turns them on themselves as a medium for a deeper connection with his process and ultimately with the music (“…Desquamation came in a way in which I think I will always find necessary. The shedding of a skin that will continue to grow back. The symbiosis within me of creativity, amassed with struggle or pain. Music and art to me are a means to expel inner trauma and issue”)

The end result is a full bloodied, emotionally visceral piece of work segueing and stretching across a sound world of contorted pop and laconic drill that will cement Miller’s position at the cutting edge of contemporary electronic music; pushing the culture to always move forwards. The first single Misery is as Misery Does will be released 3rd August and followed by second single Way Out (ft Blackhaine) on 21st September. The full project release will drop digitally and on vinyl on 2nd November via HEAD II.