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New Signings October 4, 2019

Robbie Miller scores double record deals for the world

Robbie Miller scores double record deals for the world
Photo by Justin Ma

First Nation singer-songwriter Robbie Miller has scored single deals with Ferryhouse for Germany, Switzerland and Austria and BBTV for North America and Latin America.

The deals were announced today (Oct 4), just as his new single ‘The Come Down’ with Greta Stanley impacts radio and streaming platforms.

It’s a follow up to ‘Show Your Skin’ which clocked up 1 million streams on Spotify.

The signings took place after Miller’s manager Rick Chazan of Ground Control Music attended NYC Indie Week.

He was there as part of the Association of Artist Managers’ initiative Music Passport, which is funded by Creative Victoria and supported by Sounds Australia.

The program took two emerging Victorian managers (Kate Adams of Fresh Air Music and Damien Platt of Palms Management), and Chazan accompanied them as an experienced manager.

He says, “The Music Passport program exceeded all of our expectations, we made so many connections and there will be many more outcomes down the line.”

BroadbandTV (BBTV) is a digital entertainment company and began distribution and label services in 2018.

Its head of music Shane Gill says, “We’re very excited to work with Ground Control Music on pushing/breaking Robbie Miller in North America and Latin America.

“One listen to Robbie’s ‘The Come Down’ and you’ll understand our excitement.

“He’s an extremely talented artist whose sound feels poised for a big stage.

“We’ll be working on growing his digital presence and discovering untapped audiences.”

Ferryhouse was set up in Hamburg, Germany, by media entrepreneur and artist Frank Otto in 2007 as a label for young artists and support them as they grew.

Its international roster includes Australia’s Nic Cester of Jet and Hein Cooper.

A&R and product manager Tim Waschk explains, “We were blown away by Robbie’s songs and his incredibly unique voice.

“We are super excited to welcome him to the Ferryhouse family and kick things off for him over here in Germany (and Switzerland and Austria) with ‘The Come Down’.”

Miller says about ‘The Come Down’, “It is about the emotions you feel during and after an argument with a lover/partner.“That mixture of anxiety, fear, anticipation, sadness, surprise, anger. The very emotions that make you human.

“And after all is said and done, when the argument is long gone, how your infatuation for that person lingers and the very thought of them excites you.

“When those emotions turn, your head cools and calm returns, that moment. That’s ‘The Come Down'”.

Miller first came to attention named as triple j Unearthed National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) for best new Indigenous talent.

He went on to release the EPs The Faster The Blood Slows (2015) and Closer To Home (2017), had a number of songs on high rotation on triple j and Double J, and won an APRA award for blues and roots work of the year for ‘The Pain’.

His debut album, due in 2020, started amidst NSW rain forests at Matt Corby’s Rainbow Valley’ studio with sessions helmed by Corby and producer Alex Henriksson (Tia Gostelow, Moreton, Corby) and the bulk at Plutonium in hometown Brisbane with Henriksson and the songs mixed by Matt Neighbour.


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