Robert Flynn - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started playing guitar at nine years old. I immediately began attempting to put ideas together for little tunes and had an immediate desire to create something original. The most important catalyst for me was the fact that my best friend, Brian "Red" Moore was getting into music at the exact same time I was and we both shared the desire to create our own music. Brian “Red” Moore played bass on the track as well. Brian is the lead recording engineer at Q Productions in Corpus Christi, Texas. Q Productions is owned by the famous music artist, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s father.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Probably the craziest thing that ever happened to me in my music career was moving to Austin, Texas. It was a great time in the seventies and eighties to live there and the music scene was pretty amazing, however the living was so easy that it became an addiction to be there and I will tell you, every night usually turned into the craziest thing for me! "Lost In Austin" may have been a saying but it was also very true!
What has been the high point of your music path?
For me, I think the high point of my music path has been the growth and evolution of my musical ear. As any musician will tell you, the ear is an evolving situation because the more music you immerse yourself in, the more educated your ears become. Over the years my ears have grown increasingly alive and able to hear things polyphonically, meaning the ability to hear multiple parts and voices within a song structure working together in harmony. The music I hear in my head is now more symphonic than I ever would have thought possible.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My creative process is unique to me as it is to all musicians. I have found that starting with lyrics is always a good idea because I have so many different musical ideas floating around and if I have lyrics it helps me distill some of those musical snippets down into a useable group of chords and melodies that fit the lyrics. I love instrumentals as well and for me, writing an instrumental song is best managed by taking small musical pieces and fitting them all together for a complete composition. Capturing inspiration is the most elusive and most rewarding aspect of the work of crafting songs.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Indie Artists face rather overwhelming odds against their success, however, there are now many avenues that Artists can utilize to build their work and their marketing from the ground up. I would like to see the music industry embrace the Independent Artists with more support than is currently available. Soundcloud is one of my favorite platforms for Indie Artists and the music industry should place as much focus on these types of platforms as possible. The amount of talent on these platforms is amazing and the quality of the music is impressive.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
My answer to this would have to be Jimi Hendrix. I have had so many influences and all of them have been important to me. Hendrix opened up my mind to sound and new ways to use the guitar. He was a direct channel from the divine in my opinion, just like someone of great classical status, Johann Sebastian Bach. I would have loved to share a stage with Hendrix and maybe one day in another world, I will!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals for me have always been about two things: Practice and Improvisation! You need a little of both to make rehearsals productive and also fun! Improvisation around themes within your songs can open up new ideas for solos and more extended versions of songs. Then practicing every song until you can play them with your eyes closed is the best way to be able to add little new additions on top of the core song.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
My newest song, "Night Of The Living Dead", was my greatest challenge in songwriting because I was struggling to find the music to match the intent of the lyric. This song is about the riots during the summer of 2020, which affected me deeply and the lyrics for the song came to me with ease and emotion. The music to match the lyrics was difficult because I wanted the listener to feel uneasy in some respects while listening to it. Once I crafted the basic chordal movement, I still had the challenge of finding ways to add more elements of sound that would accentuate the feelings that these riots evoked in my mind.
What's coming up in the future?
I plan on releasing an album by the beginning of 2021, which will include both new and older compositions. I plan on continuing to market my musical product and to strive to gain the attention of people that can help me achieve my dream of getting my songs out to be listened to by the greatest number of people possible! For me, having people listen to my music is the only real reward I am seeking!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Robert Flynn
Robert E Flynn III is a software-developer, author and musician from San Antonio, TX. He has spent his entire life pursuing creative endeavors. Music was his first love and still is, and writing was always part of his life. Robert lived in Austin, Texas for many years and was part of the music scene. He was a member of several bands during those days and tremendously enjoyed playing live in many venues in the music rich area. Currently, Robert lives with his beautiful fiancé, Claudia, whose delightful, positive outlook on life has given him the motivation to finish this work. He has two wonderful children, Caitlin and Zachary, who are grown and exploring their own fantastic lives.
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