Graeme Smillie’s musical career has involved extensive worldwide touring and recording, playing bass guitar and keyboards. He has played for Emma Pollock (4AD/Chemikal Underground), The Unwinding Hours (Chemikal Underground), The Vaselines (Sub Pop), A Mote of Dust (Babi Yaga), Karine Polwart (Proper Music), Sons & Daughters (Domino), Idlewild (Cooking Vinyl/Parlophone), Da Fishing Hands (FIMETI), The Fruit Tree Foundation (SMHAFF) and many others, incorporating many broadcast performances on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Alba, WDR Fernsehen, Rockpalast, Baeblemusic, Pitchfork, KEXP, Spin, Sky Arts and Channel 4.
He has played for a number of projects in the worlds of theatre, film and dance with Sigma Films, National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, The Marc Brew Company and Random Accomplice. He is also an instrumental tutor, a co-author and tutor for the Get Started in Music programme for the Princes Trust in partnership with Beatroute Arts, and has worked with Chem 19’s YMI funded SoundLab and Demo Fund initiatives for a number of years. He also worked with live music promoter DF Concerts in a production and artist liaison capacity, which involved technical advancing and operational management at T in The Park, Connect Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.
Graeme is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde’s BA Applied Music and has an MLitt in Popular Music Studies from the University of Glasgow. He is currently working towards a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews.