MILES FOXX HILL

Miles Foxx Hill is a bassist, producer, engineer and composer.  As an electric and acoustic bass player he has recorded and performed live with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians including Van Morrison, Michael Buble, Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and Brazilian pop sensation Ivan Lins.  Hill has become known for his profound sense of time, unique arrangements and his ability to play a diverse spectrum of musical styles.  He has played on over 600 records that include everything from jazz, funk, tango, country and rock and roll.

 

Hill is also known for accomplishing sonic excellence in the studio.  In 2010 he was the mixing engineer for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies that included performances by k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado and Joni Mitchell.  He and his mixing team lead by musical director Dave Pierce won an Emmy Award for their work.  Hill has also been recognized by the Canadian Juno awards for the Paul Janz record “Renegade Romantic” that went gold and in 2004 and received a Juno nomination for the vocal jazz record “The Wall Street Sessions” by Joani Taylor.

 

Hill has been composing music for film, television and advertising jingles for a full two decades.  He has co-composer credits on jingles for large corporate clients McDonalds, Ford, Toyota and the Vancouver Canucks.  He co-composed music for the Dennis Hopper film “LAPD to Protect and to Serve” and the Michael Buble film “Totally Blonde.”

 

Hill’s musical pursuits began in Saskatchewan where he studied Royal Conservatory piano at age six.  He credits the long prairie winters as the perfect environment for his singular focus on mastering his deep understanding of harmony, composition and rhythm.  At twelve he turned to the bass and found his influences in work by Jaco Pastorious, Ray Brown and Paul Chambers.  Later, he studied with bassist Dave Holland who played with the legendary Miles Davis.

 

Rather than pursue an academic musical education after high school, Hill moved to Vancouver, BC to play with great jazz musicians in 1982. Ever seeking to switch things up and find new challenges, Hill joined the Juno Award winning rock band Idle Eyes in 1984 and enjoyed a #1 single in Canada with the song “Tokyo Rose”.  He built his first recording studio in the mid nineties and became known in the last two decades for his ability to master the sonics of great sound recordings.

 

In 2006, Miles Foxx Hill worked with Van Morrison in Europe and worked out of Phil Collins’ studio in Switzerland where he also produced and recorded a CD for Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins.  Hill has recently returned to North America and built Frequency Forward Studio in Vancouver, BC that boasts state-of-the-art inboard and outboard gear, a Yamaha C3 grand piano, and over a dozen high-end microphones.  Hill continues to create great music for the artists he works with, compose for film and television and possesses the engineering know-how to make world-class recordings.