Brisbane-based singer and songwriter Robbie Miller has landed label deals on both sides of the Atlantic for his new recording ‘The Come Down,’ a collaboration with rising indie-folk artist Greta Stanley.
Ahead of its release, Miller’s team secured single deals with Ferryhouse for the German-speaking territories (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) and BBTV for North America and Latin America.
Behind the scenes, it’s another win for the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) Music Passport grant.
The signings happened after the award-winning artist’s manager Rick Chazan, head of Ground Control Music (Emma Louise, Kardjala Kirridarra, Alex Henriksson) visited NYC Indie Week as part of the AAM’s “Music Passport” programme.
Funded by Creative Victoria and supported by Sounds Australia, the initiative sends two emerging Victorian managers away with an experienced Victorian manager on a reconnaissance trip for an overseas market.
Chazan teamed up with Kate Adams of Fresh Air Artists (Gena Rose Bruce, Ryan Downey) and Damien Platt of Palms Management (Approachable Members Of Your Local Community (AMOYLC and Tulliah) on a three-week trip Stateside.
It proved a particularly bountiful trip with Platt’s AMOYLC separately signing an international record deal with AntiFragile, the NYC-based indie label.
“The Music Passport program exceeded all of our expectations. We made so many connections and there will be many more outcomes down the line,” Chazan says of the experience.
“I was able to introduce Kate and Damien to my contacts, and Kate and Damien introduced me to their contacts. Emma Louise had shows and has a new album coming out in 2020 so there was a lot of activity around that which was great in creating focus points. Working as a team we collectively did much more business than if we were there as individuals. It is really a brilliant program and hats off to the AAM, Creative Victoria and Sounds Australia for their vision and support.”
An artist with a leaning to the old-school balladeers Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Neil Young, Miller’s first brush with fame came when in 2013 he was named as Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) for best new Indigenous talent.
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A pair of well-received EPs followed, The Faster The Blood Slows (2015) and Closer To Home (2017), and his song ‘The Pain’ snagged an APRA Music Award for Blues and Roots Work of The Year, in 2017.
Hewn with smokey textures, ‘The Come Down’ explores “that mixture of anxiety, fear, anticipation, sadness, surprise, anger. The very emotions that make you human,” explains Miller.
It’s the follow up to ‘Show Your Skin,’ which has notched-up more than one million streams on Spotify.
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A debut album is taking shape for release in 2020. The seeds of the LP were planted in the rainforests of Northern NSW at Matt Corby’s ‘Rainbow Valley’ studio and, more recently, Alex Henrikkson worked the desk on the album at Plutonium in hometown the Queensland capital.
The as-yet-untitled longplay has been mixed by Matt Neighbour (Matt Corby, Fractures, Stonefield, Temper Trap) and Henriksson.
Townsville-born Greta Stanley is managed by Tim and Edward Prescott and the team at Double Drummer.