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Dave Miller

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Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, the physical seclusion of living in the most isolated city in the world has inspired Dave Miller to create truly modern forms of electronic music. As a representation of his cities multicultural population, Dave’s music incorporates all facets of his favourite styles of music from which he builds something entirely new.

In the mid-late 90’s, before he was legal-age, weekends saw him sneaking into bars that were playing everything from deep Chicago house to Detroit techno, while the weekdays saw him listening to early IDM-influenced electronica.

After working odd-jobs while still he was still in school Dave finally saved up enough money to buy a sampler and this gave him the impetus for his new venture into electronic music production. After a quick tutorial on how to actually use his newly bought gear, demos of his first tracks were handed to local radio stations where they were played for months on end. A handful of live sets followed, but it wasn’t until Dave supported German ~scape artist Jan Jelinek that the move from local upstart to internationally released artist began. Handing demos to Jan, the tracks were eventually passed on to Andy Vaz, Background Records label boss when at age 20 he was instantly signed.

Incorporating elements of his early influences – the warmth and funk of Detroit house combined with the innovation and experimentation of electronica, his first releases on the label were deep, emotive and personal. Aiming to move the mind, body and heart at once, EP’s were suited in equal parts to the club or the lounge.

Reviews of the releases were universally positive. Boomkat said of his first release: “There’s some quite amazing rhythm manipulations, less muted perhaps than .snd, but with some of the same sprinkling of magic when we consider this as a debut release”. The Wire’s Phillip Sherburne explained in one of his needle drops articles that Daves’ first EP’s helped him ‘rediscover techno’ “He reminds me a bit of Dettinger in the way that all his sounds seem run through a sieve, bottled, frozen, and sprayed through an atomizer. His rhythms, too, from the Kompakt triplets to the headstrong, skipping garage touches are as squirrelly and inventive as anything out there, from Soft Pink Truth to Perlon.”

In live performances Dave is adaptable as both a solo artist and in collaboration; Even with the severe lack of international artists travelling to Australia he has shared stages with Prefuse 73, Manitoba, Greg Davis, Funkstorung, Four Tet, Portable, Andrew Pekler, Sutekh, Machine Drum and Farben. Improvised collaborative performances with jazz musicians, pianists and fellow electronic music producers has helped keep his live shows fresh and dynamic. Late 2003 saw him perform his first European shows playing dates in France and Germany in venues such as a moored river boat, a church, a club, a theatre, and an art gallery alongside some of the worlds most cutting edge electronic music artists.

2005 has seen the release of his debut album ‘Mitchells Raccolta’ on Background Records, and a 13-date tour of Europe to support it. Reviews of the album have been universally positive –

Cyclic Defrost : “Miller may hail from the relatively isolated locale of Perth, Australia but thereís nothing myopic about his albumís delectable multi-stylistic fusion.”

The Wire : “Dave Miller puts a new spin on the virtual reality of sample-based composition, fusing snippets of jazz, minimal Techno’s clicks and thumps, and sourceless hum into a quiet din that explodes like a chorus of lock grooves.”

First Past The Post : “Itís a long-playing debut thatís long-awaited and well-and-truly worth the wait.”

‘Modern Romance’, a forthcoming album with Harry Hohnen aka Victor Bermon/Fiam (Traum/Hefty) is to be released later in the year on UK Expanding Records, and the finishing touches are being put on album in collaboration with percussionist Laurence Pike of Triosk (Leaf/~scape) and trumpeter Phil Slater.


Dave Miller homepage
background records
Expanding Records

Dave Miller [live] at runsounds 14.01.2006