With both Robbie Miller and Ayla absolutely slaying right now with new singles ‘Road’ and ‘Like the Other Kids’ blasting out of stereos all over the country we thought it would be great to sit them both down and have a chat about diving into their respective tours. Little did they know, they were actually going to have a chat with each other. They did a great job making the switcheroo from interviewee to interviewer and delved into each others musical minds, discussing their experiences on triple j’s ‘Like A Version’and plenty of other stuff…
A: Do you have a bucket list of musical goals you’d like to achieve? Could you tell us a few? Yes, I do have a fairly large musical bucket list.
R:Play Splendour. 2. Play Bluesfest 3. Play Woodford 4. Have s song in the hottest 100.
A:What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever been messaged on your page/had a fan do?
R: Honestly, Dan (pianist) and I met a really interesting guy in Melbourne who wrote a ridiculous message that is way too bad to share! Although, I’ve learnt that there are a lot of Robbie Miller’s on Faccebook, so I am constantly getting tagged in photo’s that have nothing to do with me.
A:If your music career could follow the lines of another artists career, who would it be and why?
R: Man, what a tough questions… Maybe someone like Ben Howard. I’d love to have a career that’s build on honest and organic music like his. Something slow burning that creates longevity.
A: Have you ever missed/come close to missing a flight/transport to a show? If so, what was the reason? If not, good on you.
R: No, never to a show but in 2013 I was lucky enough to play the NIMA’s. and the situation get the better of a few of us and it turned in to a rather big night. I think we were the last left at the after party! We were a bit slow of the mark and sore headed that morning and we almost missed the last flight back to Brisbane!
A: Your Like a Version of Odeza’s ‘Say my Name’ earlier this year was goosebump worthy beautiful. What was your reasoning behind the choice of song, and how did you find the whole Like a Version experience?
R: To be completely honest I am just a fan of their music. Say My Name always made me feel great every time I played it, so I wanted to share that feeling with everyone. I had no intentions for the song to be so slow hahaha.. I pushed that song so hard in the early stages to make it as fast as possible. I guess it just happened to sound like it did.
Watch Robbie Miller perform ‘The Pain’ for triple j‘s Like A Version:
R: I really dig this song your latest release, ‘Like The Other Kids’. Vocally so strong and the production is beautiful, so a big congrats to you!! But what I want to know is what process do you go through to write your songs?
A: Thank you so much! Sometimes I’ll be going about my day and I’ll think of an interesting concept and maybe a few lines around that, and I’ll jot it down then to later expand on it and turn it into a song. Probably more often though, I’ll just be fiddling around on guitar, start singing along, and something will come out of that.
R: What is your favourite Australian song so far in 2016 and why?
A: I’d have to say the song that has excited me most this year is ‘Drive’ by Gretta Ray who won Unearthed High. I checked her out on triple j unearthed when I saw a Facebook post from them saying she was one of the applicants for unearthed high this year. I was so impressed by the way she strung together her beautiful lyrics in the songs I listened to. ‘Drive’ in particular is a great example of a ‘pop’ song that can be easy and catchy to listen to, as well as having such a depth to it lyrically.
R: I see you have another tour planned for this October but I’d love to know what your plans are going into 2017? Is it EP #2, an album…..?
A: Yeah, we’re touring around the ‘Like the Other Kids’ single, which will be included on EP #2! In between rehearsals, I’ve been doing a fair bit of recording lately, so the second EP is definitely underway and will be released in 2017.
R: As you progress through your musical journey/career you will increasingly become a role model for aspiring young female artists. What is that one message you would share, that one piece of insight?
A: For any young artist, I would advise to write and play as much as you can. Building up a support team around you is also a hugely important thing. Networking with other musicians and people in the industry is important for having connections who can: play in your band, produce your music, maybe manage you etc. and, I find, it’s also really important to know people in the same field just for that support and friendship. I’ve found that a lot of people involved in music are really happy to help out, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Especially for young female artists, I would say to make sure you stay true to what you want to convey artistically. There is still a predominantly male environment, particularly in the production and business side, but there are plenty of amazing women in the industry to surround yourself with!
R: Last year we played a few shows together in support of your first EP. Firstly, thank you for taking on the road with you and secondly, our bands didn’t share a meal together but if they did, what meal would Ayla band provide for us?
A: I would definitely suggest Thai, because Thai food is amazing!
CATCH AYLA AND ROBBIE ON TOUR THIS OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
AYLA | ALL TICKETS HERE
OCT 7 – STUDIO 188, IPSWICH
OCT 8 – THE ZOO, BRISBANE
OCT 21 – BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYDNEY
OCT 22 – THE PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE