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?
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
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…
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… and what do you think can change that?