After gaining his law degree, Millar moved into the music industry initially as a guitar player and artist, putting out records with Atlantic and WEA records and working with ex-~Velvet Underground singer Nico. He found his niche as a producer in the early 1980s when he started Power Plant Studios. Power Plant became the most fashionable haunt of the London 80s music scene. . After working with post punk band Weekend in 1982, his breakthrough came in 1984 with seven consecutive Top 10 albums; including Eden by Everything but the Girl, Working Nights by Working Week, and especially the multi-platinum selling Diamond Life by Sade.
… Millar has worked as producer, arranger, musician, songwriter and mixer, with Sting, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Chrissie Hynde, Alison Moyet, Brand New Heavies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Willard White, Mick Hucknell, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Françoise Hardy, Catherine Deneuve and Malcolm McLaren. His productions have sold over 55 million copies worldwide and have been awarded 150 platinum, gold and silver awards.
Unlike Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Wham! and other British chart toppers, Sade shuns excesses as synthesizers, glittery clothes and lavish videos. Instead, she represents cool understatement, an elegance based on absolute simplicity. Sade’s smooth, husky voice and her penchant for backless black cocktail dresses recall nothing so much as the great New York jazz clubs of the Thirties and Forties, while her band’s stripped-down arrangements have more to do with jazz than with rock & roll.