The Connoisseurs
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The Connoisseurs

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The Connoisseurs @ Market City Tavern

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

The Connoisseurs @ Hyde Park Hotel

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

The Connoisseurs @ Market City Tavern

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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About to release first single "Look Behind You Now" and have completed first album "Face for All Occasions".
A previous single "Nitty Gritty" has been playlisted on several commercial and college stations in the US, Canada and NZ and included on a global compilation for Matchbox Records.



Genre: Theatrical pop/rock
Origin: Perth
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The evolution of the Connoisseurs spans two hemispheres, 3 countries and three incarnations. Sean Miller and Danny Mclachlan first met in Auckland in early 2006. Sean at that stage was looking for a lead vocalist for his current band State of the Art, and Danny, recently back from a stint in the Uk, was tentatively exploring his options in the Auckland music scene. They hit it off immediately….their shared musical taste of all things Brit pop proving a creative common ground and focal point for their musical direction.
Both had been involved in music for many years, albeit with fundamentally different agendas. Sean, choosing other directions in life, had, at a younger age, resigned himself to the fact that music would be a hobby, rather then a vocation. Despite associating with other musicians and a continuously evolving talent as a song writer, Sean’s music played second fiddle to a successful professional career and a love for travel and education. His guitar was a permanent fixture by his side, but it wasn’t until his time in London in the late 90’s that he began seriously honing his songwriting skills and showcasing his music to a wider audience.
On returning to New Zealand in late 2000, Miller set himself the task of completing a new batch of songs and creating the right combination to perform them. Initially this was acoustically, in collaboration with his brother –in-law Marty Barlow and the duo were regular performers at Auckland’s legendary but unfortunately now defunct Temple Bar, under the moniker “Ravi”, one of Miller’s several nicknames.
The duo played many gigs around Auckland over a two year period, with Miller continuing to pen ever more sophisticated pop songs, infused with the trademark melodic sense and lyrical depth that beautifully expressed the innate melancholy of his material.
In late 2003, Miller, feeling a need to create full arrangements for his songs, began a search for other musicians to create a band. He joined with drummer River Tucker for a period of time, but the pair could not find the correct mix of other muso’s to form an ensemble. Tucker moved back to the Waikato and Miller decided to put his music on hiatus for a year and a half, as he completed a Post graduate diploma in Business at Auckland University.
He did over that time, however, record a series of demo’s including the original version of the Stranger, Perfect Moment and Stuck on a Train
In late 2005, revitalized and with even more material, Miller began to search again for other musicians. An ad in a local website, bought him into contact with guitarist D (aka To My Red). D, an exceptionally gifted musician, had loved the Stranger demo and despite the fact, he was from a more rock background, was keen on collaborating with Miller. The two began jamming and after a period of time, hooked up with drummer Jon Snowden. The trio became the nucleus of the band State of the Art.
In early 2006, Miller, searching for a lead vocalist for the new band, answered an ad posted by vocalist Danny Mclachlan.
Having come from a very musical family and infused with a love of British Rock/Pop from his mother, music was always a major love in Mclachlan’s life. He had taken up singing at an early age with numerous school choirs, and began gaining parts in a number of musical productions. He played the role of lead Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and also Mike TV in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both performed at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre. However, in his teenage years. Mclachlan took a break from his musical endeavours, to follow what was becoming a highly promising career in cricket. After a period of service in the Army, the sport eventually took him to the distant shores of the UK to take up a professional role at a county side in Scotland.
After 4 years of playing cricket full time, Mclachlan was struck with a career ending shoulder injury, and his life took a new twist. Totally bored with the simple life of a 9-5 job and without the love of sport in his life Mclachlan searched for something to fill this void and he turned to music once again. He had a chance meeting with the English alternative pop band Killers on Camera, who were then playing the London scene.
The quartet hit it off from the start and they asked Mclachlan to step into the role of Lead vocalist. They then started to gain a dedicated following, playing such venues as The London Barfly as well as stepping into the studio environment to record their own demo’s.
Mclachlan was involved in this venture for a 12 month period but after a 12 years of much travelling, working and far too much partying , was starting to yearn for the greener pastures of his homeland Accordingly, he and his partner Emma made the decision to return to NZ and start a new life together and his association with Killers on Camera came to an end.
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