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March 2018 ‘The Robin Millar Story’- Interview by Iain McNay

Thought for June 2020


An old friend sent me a link to a video today. my friend runs a great company and BAME people have been prominent there for many years. The video is an animation for a song a senior black colleague )how often do you hear that phrase, even in 2020?) has produced, which encapsulates the day to day problems experienced by black people the world over...

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New Poem (No title)

He feels what I feel
Wind chills but the heart is warm
We cannot go there

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New Audio Poem 'He Does Not Travel On His Own'

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Recent Broadcasts

Robin on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Disks - the unedited full length show - Click to listen here

Robin on BBC Radio 4 Midweek show June 6 2012 talking about his life, career and the bionic implant - © BBC 2012 Click to listen here

About Robin Millar

The original 'Smooth Operator' Robin Millar is one of Britain's most successful ever record producers with over 150 gold, silver and platinum discs and 44 No1's to his credit, including Sade's iconic 'Diamond Life' album.

His productions have earned the UK over £400 million in foreign income and have won almost every major global music award including Brit and Grammy Awards.

To date, Robin has sold more records than R.E.M. , The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Jay-Z or Black Sabbath.

Robin Millar

Robin is Executive Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group, which owns Chrysalis Records Ltd, record publishing and artist management businesses Blue raincoat represents the works and careers of over 200 artists and writers and controls thousands of classic recordings from the last 50 years, including Tina Turner ‘Simply The Best’ and Ultravox ’Vienna’ .

Starting as an apprentice in 1975, Robin has trained hundreds of young people in work based learning and served as a trustee of Creative & Cultural Skills UK for 8 years. He sits on the shadow board of the new National College for Creative & Cultural Skills  and the board of The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, a £15m state of the art training facility in performing arts offstage crafts which he helped to found. He is now a director of The Institute for Apprenticeships, which runs the national apprenticeship programme, aiming to create 3 million new skilled people from the most diverse backgrounds by 2020.

To reflect his musical, business and campaigning career Robin was awarded a CBE in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours. In the same year he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Professional Recording Services with Peter Gabriel.

Dubbed 'Golden ears' by Boy George, Robin is the man behind the Sade hits, the producer of the first acid jazz record and of the biggest selling French album of all time. Robin and Danny Boyle are the only Brits ever to produce an Olympic Games opening ceremony. In 2010 The Brit Awards Voting Academy nominated 'Diamond Life' as 'one of the best 10 British albums of the last 30 years'.

Robin has worked with legendary artists including Randy Crawford, Everything But The Girl, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Country, Eric Clapton, Sting and many, many others. He is also an artist and guitarist in his own right and recently returned to contemporary dance music with his own brand of jazz-dance. He produced and mixed the summer's official Ibiza dance anthem with U.S. legend Arthur Baker. Robin also goes out as a DJ / guitarist under the name TOSO playing classic cool grooves from the last 40 years.

Robin has become equally recognised as an academic, a coach and mentor to FTSE business leaders, a charismatic and in-demand keynote speaker and a major fundraiser and champion for vulnerable people.

In November 2007 he was awarded Honorary Professor status at The University of West London. He is Hon. Patron of the Music Producers Guild, a member of the Human Genetics Commission Consultative Panel, Patron of Calm UK, Patron of Finding Rhythms and Global Ambassador for LCD Young Voices, a former trustee of the National Skills Academy and a former director of APRS.

Robin has owned and run businesses in and out of the music industry for 25 years, including Power Plant, Maison Rouge and Whitfield Street Studios, Rent-A-Ferrari, and Scarlett Group PLC.

He has been a visiting professor and lecturer in commercial music for 15 years at The Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, Surrey University and The University of Modena in Italy.

His efforts for the world's most oppressed people have included work as patron of UNHCR Geneva, trustee of The Playing Alive Foundation and a long-time trustee of the Vietnamese Boat Peoples' Appeal and his campaigning concerts and recordings for Oxfam, UNICEF, British Lung Foundation, Namibian Freedom Fighters, Artists Against Apartheid and others have raised millions of pounds. Robin was awarded the 2002 Windrush Award for his work with minorities.

In December 2011 Robin began a mission for Young Voices to the 22 poorest regions in the world to teach young disabled people to use professional recording equipment.

Robin has been registered blind since the age of 16 and has had no sight since 1985. His amazing life as a punk guitarist, Ferrari renter, nude model, academic and producer of 'Smooth Operator' and 'The Sweetest Taboo' is still full of adventure, fun and a source of inspiration to others. He says "Suffering is normal: it's how you deal with it that gives your life meaning."

On 29 March 2012 Robin went through a 12 hour operation to insert a bionic retina into his eye trialling a pioneering new idea for future generations.

Although the implant had to be removed after rejection in autumn 2013, the research has made giant steps in the understanding of possible ways to restore sight in the future. For more details go to the Bionic Retina page on this website.

"I've made and lost many millions, broken all the rules and I've developed a strong and deep understanding of how lucky some of us are. I'm more of a rough diamond than a smooth operator... adventure should be real and not imagined."

Robin Millar CBE FAPRS MA
The details above are taken from the Berklee College Of Music Celebrity Scholarship Patrons Information Archive.

Further Information on Robin's Credits

For a detailed list of Robin's production, musician and engineering credits go to allmusic.com/artist/robin-millar-mn0000289707/credits (external website).

A Hundred Thousand Tears

This was co-written by the wonderful Eran James and me. Eran singing, yours truly piano and synth plus backup vocals. All recorded and mixed by me at my place.

It concerns the dispossessed in refugee camps and is directed at those who either overtly or obliquely caused the situation to arise but appear not to take responsibility. Click here to listen.

Robin’s 1975 album "Cat’s Eyes"

To listen to Robin’s 1975 album "Cat’s Eyes" recorded at The Beatles Apple Studios with Rolling Stones Mick Taylor and Nicky Hopkins Click here to listen

Interview with Robin on Soho Radio

Long in-depth interview with Robin by legendary club owner and impresario Tony Moore on Soho Radio London August 2014. Listen here

Bionic Retina Blog Update - November 2013

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You know when you live in another country for a while you do become a slightly different variant of your domestic self. Diferent parts of your makeup take centre stage. In Paris I feel entirely creative and cool. I have no business hat to wear. Read more ...

Snap Dragon Guitar

Gerry Dale and Robin Millar’s extraordinary brilliant Snap Dragon Tripper Professional folding self-tuning electric guitar! For more details click here.
Watch the 'Introduction to the Snap Dragon Professional Tripper' video below.

DJ work

To hear a sample of TOSO's unique classic cool DJ set and Robin's live guitar visit http://snd.sc/oEW65a

Latest Videos

Robin giving an LCM Masterclass. View the video here.

Disablity Now April 2015

Listen to the Podcast 'Head to Head' with Robin on Disability Now's website.

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Disability Now

Public Speaking

To book Robin for motivational speaking, high level mentoring or just for fun, adventure and anecdotes of his life with the rich, famous and bizarre, contact Tracie Evans - Click here for more info and to see testimonials.