Unearthed singer finds doors are opening
THE idea of taking music from a ‘‘bedroom hobby’’ to a full-time gig once seemed like a distant reality to Robbie Miller (pictured). The Brisbanebased acoustic-folk singer was glad the opportunity presented itself when he was crowned the Triple J Unearthed NIMA – National Indigenous Music Awards – winner last month. The award was taken out by fellow Brisbane songstress Themla Plum last year and Miller says it’s already opened ‘‘a whole lot’’ of doors. ‘‘I am slowly getting used to the attention,’’ he says. Miller, a descendant of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people, says his evolving outlook on life is reflected in his songwriting. ‘‘I am not a kid any more. I have experienced life and it’s given me a perspective of the world,’’ he says. ‘‘I am not a story teller per se. I sing about feelings and thoughts and experiences in my life.’’ Honesty and relatability are the foundation of Miller’s lyrics. The singersongwriter says he hopes to release his first EP this year. Miller says he is looking forward to debuting new songs at the Gold Coast this weekend.
Robbie Miller and Bobby Alu play Swell Sounds, as part of the Swell Sculpture Festival, at Alley Marquee, Currumbin Beach on Saturday from noon to 4pm.