Mike Millar

Mike Millar

Mike Millar

Vox Somnia
Vox Somnia are an ethereal, art rock band from Toronto, made up of boy/girl duo Anna Navrota (vocals) and Mike Millar (music). With songs inspired by the dark pop noise of The Cure, Navrota channels her inner Kate Bush with sapphire laden vocals through a flourished din of yearning melodies. The band issued their first single 'Shadowpasser' on January 12th from their much anticipated debut "The Broken Light EP" which goes on full release in June

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indie, music, art, post punk
Toronto, Ontario

Recent Submissions

Mike Millar submitted media.

Prom Song by Vox Somnia

Alan Cross

Very pretty and well done. I have nothing to offer when it comes to songwriting, production or performance. Good work. I do have some questions, though.

1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and synchs? Income from a publishing deal? All these paths need to be investigated.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word. 

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations, public radio and commercial alternative/AAA radio.

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Play live as much as possible. Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. But I have a feeling you knew that, right? 

7. If budget allows it, see if you can get something up on YouTube. That's still a major source of music discovery for many people.

I'll post this on my social networks. That's good for at least 100,000 people.

Mike Millar submitted media.

ShadowPasser by Voxsomnia

Liane Chan

I like the dark and dreamy sounding melody, it creeps along quietly. The backing piano is nicely understated and blends well with the other instruments. The backing vocals are also a nice subtle way to add to the track when the main verses of the lyrics end. Well done overall, the lyrics have some great imagery which could be turned into a video or even accompany a scene in a film.

Leks Maltby

On "Shadowpasser" by Voxsomnia, fans are treated to a slow, brooding track that at times sounds like a reprise of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters." A beautiful, delicate melody threads its way through the song, while a sparse instrumental arrangement holds everything musically together by a thread. One gets the feeling that a great amount of restraint is being exercised by all musicians involved here to create a very specific sombre atmosphere. Hauntingly beautiful, they are indeed successful in this venture, striking a perfect balance between vocals and instrumentals.

Bob Lugowe

To start, I love the photo used for this track, definitely complements the music perfectly. A dark and beautiful song for sure. I would suggest including links to hear more of your music, your socials and a short bio along with the Fluence description. I couldn't find any more of your music but this is a great start. You should definitely make sure to put your music on Bandcamp and other streaming services. If you're looking to get more attention, you should consider hiring a publicist to promote an upcoming album or tour and also consider making a music video for this track or an upcoming single. Best of luck!

Alan Cross

This is pretty cool. I'm a sucker for moody sort of stuff like this. (I was a big fan of The Cranes back in the day, although they were much weirder than this.)  I don't have much to say about the songwriting, production, performance or arrangement other than I found the song to be too short! I was hoping that the atmosphere of the last 60 seconds would continue and maybe soar into some new directions. I wonder what another producer might think of that...

If it's in the budget, you should do your best to get something up on YouTube, even if it's just a lyric video. YouTube is still the biggest source of music discovery for new artists.

Social media: You need a strategy. This is probably the best thing you can do yourself to promote your work (outside of what the publicist does). Answer every comment. Give your early fans as much attention as you can. Turn them into evangelists for the cause.

If you don't already have a publicist, get one. You need to focus on the music, not the tiresome promo racket. A good publicist will have connections with blogs, streaming companies (you need to get your stuff on new release playlists in places like Spotify!), print and radio.

Nice work. I'll make sure to share this with my social media networks. That's good for about 100,000 people.