Un­earthed singer finds doors are open­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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