Nicole Millar’s Savvy Seven

Sydney-raised pop songstress Nicole Millar burst onto the Australian music scene in 2014 with the killer collaborative (and ARIA-winning) tune “High” and has been busy making a solo name for herself since. Things have been non-stop since she stepped out as a solo artist in 2016 with her EP Tremble, which went Gold in Australia and amassed a cool 8 million spins on Spotify. Earlier this year, Millar’s debut album “Excuse Me” was released to the ears of thousands of adoring fans. The new album shows the world she’s a masterful musician in her own right, with songs like “Gimme a Break” and “Signals” demonstrating the diversity of her creative skill set.

Nicole wrote on every song on the album, working with producers Sable, Dan Farber, Hoodboi, xSDTRK and Kyle Shearer to bring her words to life in studios between Sydney, Stockholm and L.A. Following the success of the album’s latest single ‘All My Issues“, we caught up with Nicole Milllar to share some industry insight for this week’s Savvy Seven.

 

1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?

The Spice Girls. I looked up to so many girl power artists and groups when growing up as I needed a strong female role model in my life.


2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?

To always smile and try to have fun. I know it can be scary getting up on stage in front of lots of new faces, but if you look like you’re having a good time the audience will too.


3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?

Definitely winning an ARIA with Peking Duk for our song High. it was a step up and launched my career as a solo artist.

4) How has your music practice changed over time?

I’ve become more confident over time and have started developing my sound as an artist. I’m finally confident in my songwriting and know what I want to sing about.

5) My top business tip for new artists is…

To really be on top of your accounts and thinking wisely and smart about future opportunities, for me this wasn’t my strong point and I got myself into a little bit of money trouble at points in my career because I was so excited about doing everything and not thinking about if it was the right timing.

6) My biggest career mistake has been…

I think it would have to be hiring too many people at once and trusting everyone to do their job. No one is going to hustle more or care more about your career than you so always be on top of everything and always get everyone excited about what you are doing.


7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… and what do you think can change that?

I think that in Australia the biggest issue musicians are facing, especially if you do pop music like I do, is there isn’t a station for radio pop. For me, I sit in between triple J and commercial pop. Commercial radio is not taking risks and playing enough Australian pop. I’d love to see Australian radio take that leap and play more Australian pop, there is so much great pop music coming out right now and I’d love to see it shine through internationally. 

You can check out the video for All My Issues below!
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