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Every since he has been young, music has been in Robbieís blood. It first began when he purchased his first drum kit at the age of 5. Around the time he was 12, Robbie was playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And he is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Juniorís Cave recently had a chance to catch up with the super hot entertainer as he was kind enough to answer some questions for the magazine.
Isaac-Joseph: Robbie, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with the magazine. I wanted to ask you first of all how you are doing.
Robbie: Thanks Isaac. Youíre very welcome and I'd just like to say first off; thank you kindly for giving me the kind words and support. It means a great deal, and I am truly thankful for this!
Isaac-Joseph: I really enjoy your music. Letís talk about your early beginnings. I read in your bio that you were with a band at one time. Could you elaborate on your time with this band and why did you guys eventually part ways?
Robbie: Yeah, I started off in a band. Well before the band-- it was actually drums. But, I did get involved in a band. We had a great time with that band and we achieved some great things. We did a lot of Christmas lights switch on tours across the UK. We even got to play in some prestige places too with some fantastic acts. We were signed to the same management as Cheryl Tweedy (Of Girls Aloud) before she was involved in the band of course.
I think with the band we'd just got to the end of what we could do. One of the members decided to change ways; which at the time was a real gutter because we gave up so much for him only to be shitted on in the end. However, they say everything happens for a reason and I'm glad they did because I'm amazingly proud of the career I've built for myself too truly so it's all good.
Isaac-Joseph: You have had some success with working among some top producers. What do you feel you have gained as an artist from working with some of these producers that you bring to your music?
Robbie: Well, I guess the biggest producer I got to work with would be Eliot Kennedy. He gave me the chance to record a track that was originally intended for 5ive. Eliot had previously done a few 5iveís tracks including "When The Lights Go Out". He had a string of fantastic success though due to red tape around the record I waited so long for the mix an American artist recorded the same track and had the license granted on the record; so I lost the track. However, it was a very humble time being in that studio because at the time all the big hits had more or less come from there or gone through that studio at some point. However, I've worked with many producers, most recently a very talented and fantastic guy, Oscar Lo Brutto, who we did "Nasty Funk" with. There should be more to come with Oscar, and he truly is a fantastic talented guy. He's got a great ear for music, being in the studio, you learn a lot about tracks being put together. I usually keep my place as the Singer/Songwriter as thatís what I do. I do work with the producers too to create a vibe that I can really naturally flow and fire from which "Nasty Funk" was just spot on. But yeah, in regards to putting harmonies in the right place, over dubs, BV's etc.-- it's all a good learning experience. I love the studio as it's where you can become really creative as well as you can have a fantastic time in the studio also.
Isaac-Joseph: "Got That Somethin" has been one of your biggest hits. How have fans responded to this track? Did you expect to get this type of feedback from it?
Robbie: Not at all, in fact when "Got That Somethin'" had done well, it was a time when I was finding my feet again after the band had finished. This was after the Eliot recording where I lost the track. However, I worked with a guy called Matt Burrows (who also wrote this particular song) which was basically in a back bedroom. It was picked up by one radio station abroad and then it just spread across the radios of Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Algeria & Yugoslavia. People are just really loving this record and wondering who the singer was. I then had an article in a national UK newspaper called "The Sun" which was featured on their Page 3; it was good because that paper also went across to places such as Greece (where many people from the UK and all over holiday). I was hearing from people who had been over their in Greece and read the article; it was crazy.
Isaac-Joseph: Expound a little on your background and where you are from:
Robbie: Well, I'm a Leeds lad, in the north of England. I've grown up with a single mum so in regards to the whole family thing thatís how it's been though I've never needed or wanted anything more. My dad had actually left when I was 6 months old, and I've never seen him though before my nan passed he had heard about me. He bumped into my nan in a bar somewhere asking me to get in touch with him if I would; I chose not to on my own account because at the end of the day, it's been my mum thatís brought and raised me. I've never needed anyone else though I do have a sister also called Clair and a younger brother called Sean who is a diamond though a bit of a terror kid. Ha Ha
Isaac-Joseph: Do you feel that were you live had a direct impact on the music you make?
Robbie: Not really. I suppose there are UK influences here from UK music but as a town and area I wouldn't say so. I find influence from various places even in the weirdest places there can be something that I see. For example, a situation that can give me a vibe or an idea to work from; I get a lot of influence from artists and musicians too as any artist does really. It's inevitable though I think just being you is the best influence as what comes from you create originality I think.
Isaac-Joseph: What aspect of making music for you professionally excites you the most?
Robbie: Well, I love the whole studio process from putting a track together, hearing the track comes together, and so on. Writing the track when you got so many good vibes flowing you can't put pen to paper quick enough is also rather cool. I also love working with other people too, such as Dee Tails for example because he's a very creative guy with lots of ideas and crazy things. He's really one of a kind, and I'm extremely blessed to have worked with him.
Isaac-Joseph: What aspect of making music gets you the most discourage?
Robbie: Ya know, once something feels or becomes discouraging then it's not right. So, I go with what feels right and us my gut instinct. You know when a track is or isn't working, the best tracks come naturally, which again, is totally what happened with all the records you hear of mine really. I know straight away from hearing something if it's gonna flood me with vibes and ideas; so I tend to work with the positive and disregard anything negative--you have to.
Isaac-Joseph: How do you feel that the music scene in the states is different than where you are originally from? How is it the same?
Robbie: Thereís a lot of great talent in the US. In fact, most of the best and major acts we get are American artists. Take people such as Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Black Eye'd Pea's etc. even the living legends such as Madonna & Michael Jackson are all very talented American artists then you got your run of R&B artists like Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo etc legends such as Stevie Wonder, and then all the Hip Hop crossovers such as 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Dre, Eminem, Chamillionaire etc. pop acts like Christina & Britney, as well as even the rock scene over there too, it's so varied, plus producers, say Timbaland who is really at his peak at the moment, there are some definite great talent from the US that does influence a lot of British artists because we get so much of it over here. However, there are a lot of fantastic British artists too that the British music scene has. I'm very proud of, some real great talents in both countries. I mean to be fair, when you think about it, it's British & American music that stretch over into all the European markets as well as places such as Australia & Japan, so we're in a very good place.
Isaac-Joseph: Has there been a time where you wanted to give up making music and do something else? If so, explain?
Robbie: Lots of times, when things go quiet, when certain hardships are against you (and trust me thereís a lot), knock backs, losing certain things due to no fault of your own, when you get a good set of people around you and a good vibe around you-- you really have to cherish it which I genuinely naturally do now. I realized that thereís many people that would love to have had some of the fantastic experiences & opportunities I've done, so that always keeps me going, plus the music is in my heart, there is no way in the world that you could do this without the music being genuinely in your heart; the industry would crush you. But, on the plus side, music is very rewarding to me personally. When I've done a track I'm real proud of, or when people are telling me they have heard the record in this place or that place and that they love the record, that the record is a memory in their life or whatever, all those rewarding things and experiences for me make everything a million times worthwhile over anything negative. If something negative comes across, keep the steam rolling and keep going forward. Plus, think about the positive and the rest you ignore. When your heartís in it as long as you are continuing to make good music, then something of some stage is going to come round for you and thatís when you cherish it. It is genuinely all about being proud of the hard work you put in and whatever happens after is anyone's guess. But, I've got tracks that I'm very proud of and a vinyl on my wall too, which shows me that I can do these things and it gives inspiration through any down times. So many people want to put a stop on what your are doing however as I mentioned previously, as long as the music is in your heart, nobody can crush a genuine love no matter how hard they try; just cherish the good things you have cause it ain't around forever.
Isaac-Joseph: If you had an opportunity to collaborate with one artist in the music business, who would it be and why?
Robbie: Well I've already been lucky enough to do this already with Dee Tails. However, I would love to work with Matt Goss, anyone who knows me knows just how much of an influence and inspiration to me (musically & personally) that Matt has been. He's a real true talent and can write some real great music too, so yeah, Matt Goss for me would be a very proud achievement, both musically & personally.
Isaac-Joseph: When you are performing in front of an audience, describe your feelings about being on stage performing live:
Robbie: A mixture--you get the usual butterflies, the nervousness, etc. but you use that and turn it into fuel to your performance and give it 110%. I love the bigger crowds the most as intimate crowds can be scarier. With big crowds, it's just faces and they go mental; I love it.
Isaac-Joseph: Who have been some of your biggest influences and what have you learned from them that you have added to your own performance?
Robbie: Again, Matt Goss, I always try to be as original as possible anyway and to bring out myself in the music; not anyone else. But, obviously everyone has an influence and it's inevitable that in some way it comes out; be it with the way you write, the way you sing, or the way you perform. There will be some element of some kind of that coming out, simply because you have been influenced and watched by these people for so long; it's kinda like how you pick up things from your parents.
Isaac-Joseph: What do you considered to be your biggest moment for 2007? And what are you hoping to do for 2008 that you could not complete in 2007?
Robbie: Nasty Funk without a single hesitation of a doubt as well as getting the vinyl release in the stores for the "Hot Girls" remix; getting some great airplay on BBC Radio One's 1Xtra (which is the daddy of radio stations in the UK). Nasty Funk is getting the fantastic reaction it's currently got, and we've barely touched the surface with that record yet. Thereís so much to come where Nasty Funk is concerned; it's now on nearly all the UK digital jukeboxes in clubs and bars too. Everyone has been giving some amazing responses to the track where DJ's & people in general are just loving the record and wanting to know more about it and its release.
Isaac-Joseph: How do you handle haters and those around you who try and bring you down?
Robbie: At one point, it used to bother me. I'll be honest, but I've learnt now that out of one message of hatred I get-- I get a thousand positive nice messages. I think it seems to be a human thing how we let the negative things effect us more but the way I see it now; it's just about that positive circle around you and anyone who wants to come into that are more than welcome. I've had messages from people around where I live that I don't even know that have given me threats, tried to pull me down, and so forth through MySpace or whatever. But I just ignore it, the delete button is handy for that, then I've forgotten about it after. Clearly these people either hear about something or they come onto the site. They don't know me or anything and just create and generate hatred to the point where they have to tell you, but I know for a fact that I cherish the good things. I don't know what else will happen, so if it is all I get then you know what I've done something and I'm very proud. Thatís how I see things--though thereís a lot more in regards to this ride. We've only just got through the first part. It's good, but I do just think about the positive and the rest I ignore. You have to really; it comes with the package where there is love, there is hate.
Isaac-Joseph: What role has your friends and family play in supporting you in your musical endeavors?
Robbie: A lot, my mate Damo has always supported me and been a fantastic mate. He's helped me out at times when I would say I've needed to get somewhere and not been able to for whatever reason. The same with my mum too; she's also encouraged me and helped me out. I really appreciate that guy so much. Same with another friend, Al, he's always very proud and supportive of what I do. Thatís a real nice feeling, for them to say "Thatís my mate" too. It's good, thatís another nice rewarding thing for me. I think my mum gets disheartened at times though because she knows how hard I've worked and the struggles that I've been through to get these things, but I think all that makes you more proud and the work worthwhile. I wouldn't want it any different, they all support me & all want the best for me.
Isaac-Joseph: Elaborate on what you are currently working in the studio at the moment.
Robbie: Well, at the moment, we are concentrating on getting things together for the Nasty Funk track, if you've listened to Dee Tailís radio interview on my YouTube page, thereís some really good things in that about what we have ahead, plus he talks all about the music industry and things he went through as part of MN8. You have to remember he sold records all over the world, toured with Janet Jackson and has his track "I've Got A Little Something For You" on the Bad Boys film and soundtrack, so he's gone through so many things and knows the industry in & out. I'm really pleased to have Dee not only on the track, but as a friend & mentor I guess too in regards to the whole music industry. But yeah, the whole Nasty Funk is what we are currently working on. There will be more tracks too to come soon; thatís all in the pipeline too. Thereís actually quite a lot ahead, but as I say, in regards to Nasty Funk, it's good to have a listen to Dee's radio features that are on the YouTube profile because they are very insightful & interesting in general. I'm really proud of them.
Isaac-Joseph: This is our Shout Out time. Please give props to anyone and everyone that matters:
Robbie: `Well of course anyone & everyone thatís supported me, friends, family, the people in general that support me through the websites, the public that have supported me, the DJ's that have played the record, every single person thatís gone to a DJ to request our track or play us on the jukebox machines, Dee Tails for just being a legend all over, Oscar for the exact same things and for me to be blessed with working with him and his awesome talent that he has; the list truly is endless. However, I have a thank you page on www.robbieglover.com which is there for the simple reason to show my love and appreciation to all who have been there for me and supported me, and of course Isaac too for giving me a fantastic feature, really appreciate that as I realize people donít have to give that support so much love goes out there; it's very much appreciated !!!!
Isaac-Joseph: Final Thoughts from Robbie Glover and Shameless Plugs:
Well... if you haven't done so yet, then get onto the websites, www.myspace.com/robbieglover (add yourself as a friend), www.youtube.com/robbiegloverofficial, www.robbieglover.com & check out the music, including the latest track Nasty Funk, and make sure that all the DJ's are aware of this record too as we have so many different vibes in the clubs now currently playing (various mixes etc.. that are exclusive to club DJ's). So make sure you request the track from those DJ's as it is one of those records that just make you want to dance. Also, if you are in the UK, the digital jukebox's, look out for us on there, and yeah just basically keep up that support. We got so much ahead in regards to this record that you truly don't want to miss what we got, so it's all good and there should be plenty more releases to come too. So yeah, if you haven't yet done so, then check out the sites and I do want to say thanks to all who do kindly give kind words and support as it is very much appreciated!!!!
Robbie Glover's Links
www.myspace.com/robbieglover (add yourself as a friend),