Cue Points: Miley Serious
This is Cue Points, a new series where DJs get granular with current tracks in their sets, giving us the low-down on what makes them work.
With a background in fashion and punk – and driven by a DIY spirit – Miley Serious’ vibes are extremely on point. On the dancefloor, the Paris and NYC-based DJ, who is a Rinse France and Rex Club resident, translates this energy into a high-octane, heady and no-holds-barred approach.
Viewing herself an archivist, this not only applies to the vintage fashion side of her work but also her selections which provide a broad musical offering of heaters taking in bassline, jungle, grime, acid, industrial, dnb and club edits. Her dynamic creative vision is also channelled through 99CTS RCRDS – the tape and zine label Miley Serious runs – which draws together her various creative passions across art, fashion, music and punk culture.
For her Cue Points, Miley Serious gives us some insight into how she creates her sets – from transitions to higher BPMs and tools to pivot into different genres to mainstays on her USB.
Joku – Wheres Your Head At
Let’s start with the opening. I really like when I take time to thank the person playing before me and give the crowd some time to breathe too. So to reset the mood and start my set, my choice lately has been this track, out on Southpoint – a label from Brighton. I absolutely love the build up at the beginning, it comes in like an explosion but the drums and rhythm bring the vibe back down to earth. Then I can roll with some heavy breaks or more 4×4 tracks that introduce hi-hats and get the crowd engaged even more.
Dominus – Ready For War ft. Magugu
One of my favourite producers and artists for some time now. I’ve been playing a lot of his tracks, especially in my radio shows on Rinse FM. But when it comes to the club, Ready For War is always in my set. The drop… you definitely have to be ready for war. Dominus has worked so hard on his sound over the years and it sounds really specific to him. Dubstep has such a broad range of sounds, and this is my favourite. An anthem for me. It helps me to bring back the set to a slower tempo, go deeper in frequencies and wobble. The bass definitely causes damage.
Club Angel – Pop Them Threat!
A key track in my sets, this one marks the moment I speed things up from from 140 bpm to 175 bpm. Starting the journey into some of my favorite drum’n’bass tracks. I always start this track around 145 bpm and bring it to 175 bpm because, when it drops, it’s one of the best feelings ever. I love this moment so much. Club Angel is a producer from Eora/Sydney and this is the first track I heard from him, I enjoy it every time as if it was the first time to be honest. Then I go into some early 2000s anthems precious to my heart, some Roni Size, and others…
Brunoso – Césio
This track comes from an insane various artist compilation on this Brazilian label called ZONAexp. I use it as a tool to transition out of jungle or drum’n’bass in my sets, having the beginning on loop and then, it’s the perfect track to go harder if the time is right or, into more hard drums, textures and sound design. I love to control these moments and this is the ideal tool to do that. This is definitely the one for me. It’s loud and easy to pick, but gives you a large choice of direction.
X CLUB – Habitual Drum Loop no.08
I’m not a producer but I have my own label called 99CTS RCRDS and I put out the music I like, with no genre boundaries. I have been so lucky to have X CLUB on it with a four-track release called 300 Tool for success. There is this track in it, Habitual Drum Loop no.08, which loops with the biggest climax ever written these past years, going back into the hardest groove. It is a proper peak-time record and then allows me to go wherever I want after. I just love the simplicity of this track, it’s straightforward and to the point. Yeah, it’s an awesome tool that will never leave my USB.