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Roberto Concina (3 November 1969 – 9 May 2017), better known by his stage name Robert Miles, was a Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ.[1] He is best known for his composition "Children".[2]

Robert Miles
Birth name Roberto Concina
Also known as
  • Robert Miles
  • Roberto Milani
Born (1969-11-03)3 November 1969
Fleurier, Switzerland
Died 9 May 2017(2017-05-09) (aged 47)
Ibiza, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • composer
  • musician
  • Innovator/pioneer in his field
  • DJ
Years active 1984–2012
Labels

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Robert Miles was born in Fleurier, Switzerland.[3]

Miles became proficient at playing the piano during his youth in Friuli, Italy, in the small town of Fagagna, where his family moved when he was still a young boy, and had been in the music scene since 1984. He worked as a DJ in some Italian clubs and private radio networks and in 1990, he used his savings to establish his own recording studio and a pirate radio station.[citation needed]

Music careerEdit

1994–1997: Breakthrough and DreamlandEdit

External video
  Robert Miles - "Children" (Dream Version)

In 1994, Miles wrote a trance/chill-out piece based on acoustic guitar chords and soft synthesizer effects, "Children", which was later developed into a dream house song featuring a piano theme on top. The single picked up sales slowly, but within two weeks of its official release in 1995, it had sold more than 350,000 copies all over Europe and topped the charts in many countries. The single received an unprecedented "Essential Tune of The Week", three weeks in a row on Pete Tong's show causing a furious bidding war. It was then signed to Deconstruction Records in the UK by Giles Goodman of Dynamic Music (who represented Platipus Records the initial licensee). After occupying the Euro Top 100 chart number 1 spot for thirteen consecutive weeks,[4] by 1997, "Children" had sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. It earned Miles platinum records[5][6] in many countries, a Brit Award (Robert Miles is, to date, the only Italian artist who has received the award) as Best International Male Newcomer 1997,[7] a World Music Award as World's Best Selling Male Newcomer and various other awards.

Miles' next single was "Fable". Part of this song was used in the theatrical trailer for the U.S. movie Ever After[8] starring Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott. His debut album Dreamland was released on 7 June 1996 in Europe, and released in the United States about a month later, with covering "One and One" of Polish pop diva Edyta Górniak. This cover became very popular (it reached number 1 in the Euro Top 100 Singles Chart during the Christmas period and remained in the top spot for six consecutive weeks)[9] and was later released as a single in Europe and the U.S.

1997–1998: 23amEdit

In November 1997, Miles released another track, "Freedom", which was one of the key tracks on his second album 23am featuring vocals provided by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge. Containing a different feel from the previously more club-oriented Dreamland, 23am incorporated more lyrics-driven songs than its predecessor while maintaining Miles' trademark piano sound from the first album.[citation needed]

1998–2002: Departure from label and OrganikEdit

After splitting from /deConstruction/BMG and his former management in London, he set up his own independent record label S:alt Records (with S:alt being short for suitably:alternative) in 2001 and released his third album, Organik,[10] featuring the new single "Paths" with vocals provided by Nina Miranda of Smoke City. Guests on the album included Trilok Gurtu, Bill Laswell and Nitin Sawhney. Music from Organik was used on various movie soundtracks such as The Bourne Identity, Derrida, and City of Ghosts. It was licensed to Narada Productions' Shakti Records label in the USA. In 2002, an album containing mainly remixes of songs found on Organik was released. The album, appropriately entitled Organik Remixes,[11] contained remixes by the winners of the remixing contest held on Robert Miles's Web site, as well as remixes from well-known artists such as Future Sound of London, Riton, and Alexkid among others. The album also had one new track, "Bhairav", which featured the vocals of Amelia Cuni.[citation needed]

2004–2005: Miles_GurtuEdit

In 2004, Miles released Miles Gurtu,[12] his fourth album, which was a collaboration with percussionist Trilok Gurtu and included jazz and electronica elements. Also guesting on the album were Nitin Sawhney, Jon Thorne, Mike Patto and Paul Falloon.[citation needed]

2011–2012: Th1rt3enEdit

His fifth album entitled Th1rt3en[13] was released worldwide on Salt Records in February 2011. For this album, Miles produced a blend of alternative and progressive rock with ambient and electronic soundscapes.[citation needed]

In 2012 Miles finished working on the soundtrack for the movie documentary The Turn of THIS Century, directed by Peter Beyak and featuring the photography of Life Magazine. He founded a new FM and online alternative radio station, Open Lab, broadcasting from Ibiza, a project bringing together culture, arts, media, technology and innovation.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

Miles died in Ibiza, Spain, on 9 May 2017 at the age of 47 after a 9-month battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer.[14][15]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWI
[16]
AUS
[17]
FIN
[18]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
ITA
[21]
NED
[22]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[25]
US
[26]
Dreamland 2 12 8 6 2 15 19 3 6 7 54
Dreamland
(Limited Winter Edition)
  • Released: 15 December 1996
  • Label: Deconstruction
29 28 23
23am
  • Released: 1 December 1997
  • Label: Deconstruction
18 69 42
Organik
  • Released: 11 June 2001
  • Label: Salt
Miles_Gurtu
  • Released: 10 February 2004
  • Label: Salt
Th1rt3en
  • Released: 7 February 2011
  • Label: Salt
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Remix albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[34]
DJ Robert Miles – In the Mix
  • Released: 25 March 1997
  • Label: Urban
65
Renaissance Worldwide
(with Dave Seaman)
  • Released: 14 April 1997
  • Label: 404 Music Group
Organik Remixes
  • Released: 18 November 2002
  • Label: Salt
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWI
[35]
AUS
[17]
FIN
[36]
FRA
[37]
GER
[38]
ITA
[39]
NED
[40]
NZ
[41]
SWE
[42]
UK
[43]
US
[44]
1995 "Children" 1 5 1 1 1 1 3 4 1 2 21 Dreamland
1996 "Fable" 3 21 2 10 3 1 16 20 11 7
"One and One" (featuring Maria Nayler) 6 56 8 16 5 1 24 3 3 54
1997 "Freedom" (featuring Kathy Sledge) 41 17 75 3 47 59 15 23am
1998 "Full Moon"
"Everyday Life"
2001 "Paths" (featuring Nina Miranda) 74 Organik
2002 "Improvisations: Part 2"
"Connections"
"Pour te Parler" (remixes)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (10/5/2017). "Robert Miles' 'Children' Was a Time-Blurring, Brain-Sticking Classic". Billboard.com. Retrieved 19/5/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Robert Miles: DJ known for 1990s hit Children dies aged 47". BBC News. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
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  6. ^ "BPI Awards 1997" Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
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  13. ^ "Salt Records Discography"; retrieved 1 November 2011.
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  15. ^ Robert Miles: DJ known for 1990s hit Children dies aged 47 - BBC News
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