25 Players Who Are Changing Guitar - Australian Guitar
'it takes an impossibly
gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies,
and bass lines all at the same time - while maintaining an
impeccable groove. Australia’s Adam Miller is one such rare
- Premier Guitar Magazine
Following a relentless international
touring schedule the past few years which has seen him
perform in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy,
Poland, Japan, & Australia, Adam Miller releases his new
album THE DEFINING OF SUCCESS in March 2018.
Featuring 10 all new tracks, Adam has chosen his regular
trio of Mitch Cairns (Russell Morris, Leo Sayer, Adam
Eckersley & Brooke McClymont) on Bass & Dom Borzestowski
(Gang Of Youths) on Drums to be the focus on this album. The
trio has honed its skills since becoming the regular lineup
following the release of Shifting Units in 2014. Whilst
everyone's other tour schedules are hard to juggle, there
had been just enough time in the past year to get together
to record. Slide guitar melodist & frequent collaborator
Jason Lowe also features on 2 tracks.
which really take the focus on this record, have been in
regular cycle at Miller's shows for the past year. This
means they've had time to grow and be refined into the tight
arrangements presented on the recording.
DEFINING OF SUCCESS is the idea that success is always
changing, and with rapid progression in the current world. I
feel that the definition of success is very personal and one
that needs to be constantly re-evaluated, hence the use of
the word DEFINING - meaning it will always evolve! It's hard
as you get older to see people around you achieving certain
life goals and feeling like you're so far behind. I have to
personally keep my DEFINING in check and this record is
about that. The songs are very specific one word titles
relating to simple ideas that could propel me, hold me back,
or keep me grounded, and the songs stemmed out of these
feelings in the moment. I'm hoping that these titles will
help people to connect with the melodies and grooves and
allow them to explore there own personal adventure in life!'
'LOVE was written for my wife and the simple joy of
spreading love through the world.
HOME is about
Newcastle firstly, but quickly evolved into a more
melancholy reflection of everyone in the world trying to
simply find a safe place. The piece itself is a version of a
24 Bar blues which is very 'Homely' musically.
HABIT is a very repetitive form and drum groove that slowly
evolves. The melodies become more and more developed as the
song goes on and for me evoke the feeling of trying to crawl
out of habitual tendencies.
FIGHT is a rockin'
adventure through the process of booking tours!
is the only co-write on the album and super rare for me! It
was written in Nashville a few years ago with Anthony Snape
and actually had lyrics (which Anthony wrote). For the past
several years I've lived at a place with quite a large Lawn,
and whilst out on tour I'm always thinking about how bad
it's going to be when I get home! I usually dedicate this
song to my Dad, at shows because I usually always find he's
done it for me by the time I get home!
CONQUER is the
story of overcoming diversity through all its twists and
turns. Musically it starts in a minor key and weaves its way
between variations of the melody until the end roars into a
major key shift.'
THE DEFINING OF SUCCESS will be
released independently worldwide on 16 March 2018.
'Perhaps most impressive is his unerring
focus on melody' - Minor7th.com
'a relentless propulsive groove that is downright
danceable' - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
'Not only does he own the groove, he takes polyphonic
playing - with independent bass lines, melody, harmony, and
even improvised solos - to incredible heights'
- Guitar Player Magazine
'players will shake their heads at the precision,
technical facility and sheer verve' - AcousticUK
'you'd swear there are at least two guitarist
playing - this is one acoustic album worth turning up LOUD' -
Top 10 ESSENTIAL Albums of 2012 - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
‘His music is groove oriented, highly melodic and just plain
fun. Coupled with incredible technique and a knack for writing a
catchy tune, Miller has everything it takes to be a world-wide
success' - GUITAR INTERNATIONAL
'Approaching his guitar as if each of its six
strings were a separate instrument, fingerstyle guitarist Adam
Miller is a groove machine, creating a sound that invites
comparisons to Tuck Andress and Charile Hunter' - Acoustic
Guitar Magazine. It’s this talent that has seen
him play with Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Schofield,
Charlie Hunter, Adam Levy, Tony McManus, Jim Black, Ben
Gillies (Silverchair), and the list continues....
With a unique
approach to the guitar, Adam's music is groovy and
approachable, whilst having a melodic sophistication that
only comes from years of cross genre hopping. His tendency to
include complex rhythms, dissonant haunting phrases,
combined with breathtaking riffs and melodies are his
signature. His jazz influenced style with finger-picking
mastery creates a improvisation filled live performance that
is beautifully unpredictable.
Fingerstyle Champion (2002), Miller has played an array of
International & National festivals including the Montreal Jazz
Festival, Australian Blues Festival, A Day On The Green, Jazz In
The Vines, and the Woodstock, Melbourne, and Adelaide
International Guitar Festivals. He is a regular artist at NAMM
(Los Angeles & Nashville) and Musikmesse (Germany) shows where
he plays for some of the world’s most respected guitar companies
and luthiers. He has also done two tours to Afghanistan
performing for the Australian & Allied Forces.
Miller has featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Acoustic
Guitar, Premier Guitar, Acoustic UK, Australian Guitar, and
Australian Musician. In 2013 his album "Delayed" was named in
the top 10 Albums of 2012 by the US Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
also named on of the top 25 Future Legends in Australian Guitar
Magazine. In 2010 Miller was named "Guitarist
Deserving Wider Recognition" by US based magazine, Guitar
Adam juggles his time between
international travels & Australia where he lectures in
Jazz and Contemporary Guitar at the University Of Newcastle.
He is an endorser of
Nik Huber Guitars, Traugott
Guitars, Thorell Guitars, Two-Rock Amplifiers,
Analysis Plus Cables, Seymour Duncan Pickups, and
Magazine December 2014 - Feature Interview
Magazine January 2014 - Feature Interview
Australian Guitar Magazine 2013 - "25
Players Who Are Changing Guitar"
Acoustic Guitar February 2013 - "Best Albums of 2012"
Acoustic Guitar January 2012 - "Private Lesson" Article
Sunday Telegraph (Australia) March 2013 - Afghanistan Tour
Guitar Player October 2012 -
International December 2010 - Interview
Guitar February 2010 - Youtube Feature