Robin Gabrielle - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
Robin Gabrielle is a singer-songwriter who knew she had an interest in music from a very young age. Her inspiration came from artists such as Aaliyah, Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Miller. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music with a focus in Vocal Performance. While she was attending Berklee, Robin began working on her first project entitled “Something Different” which is set to release in 2020. It is truly a project that is as different as every new day due to it’s unique musical makeup consisting of 1940’s vocal harmonies, combined with slick, futuristic hip hop beats set underneath velvety vocals.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Okay, so let me start off by saying learning about the performing arts in school is very important... even though I never paid attention in music class as a kid. But one day, when I was eleven years old, I was sitting in music class, day-dreaming, and we had to learn how to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder. My teacher directed one half of the class to sing the lyrics and the other to accompany. I looked at the lyrics and thought to myself that I could write something more appealing - to which I did. My first song was a gospel song entitled "No One Like You" which was only 2 lines! Haha
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I can't say I've had a SUPER crazy moment yet. But I know that as my career progresses, I'll have more than I could ever write down.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Right now the highest point of my career has been releasing my first single "Providence Serenade" and seeing all of the positive feedback, finishing up my EP, Something Different, as well as starting to get my music played on all platforms.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
First off, I'll start with a simple melody and a solid one to two liner. As I begin writing my lyrics, I always try to write them like I'm telling a story. After my lyrics are written, I work on the big band harmonies. I listen to a lot of 1930's/40's style music so I get a lot of my inspiration from there. - Like in "Providence Serenade". Lastly, the production side is where I always strive to make the music match the given lyrical story-line. However, I make it a point to push boundaries in order to be as different as possible. Overall, I want the listener to have the experience of going to the movies but in song form.
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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?
The biggest challenge that's facing Indie Artists, would be the fact that while the internet is extremely helpful, it's also harmful as well because it makes it harder for artists to shine amongst the clutter. Although having internet and social media, etc. makes makes music access so much easier, everything has become a numbers game instead of a focus on talent. So I find now that mainstream music has become a product of imitation rather than innovation.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Oh man, I have two, but only because one of the artists are no longer around. If I could share the stage with anyone it would be Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, because I simply adore his arrangements, stylistic choices, and his focus on melody across all instruments. But from today's era, definitely Chris Brown, I love how he lets us peak into his mind not only with his music concepts, but with his other business ventures as well. His ability to captivate an audience on all levels is a goal I plan to achieve myself one day.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I'm very list and plan oriented. If I don't have some type of schedule planned out then the rehearsal would be a bit of a wash for me. I love to keep the atmosphere light and fun because then it will allow all of the creative juices to flow 100 times better. But I always prepare for a live show by completing vocal warm ups at least 2 hours before, so that I can have 1 hour of relaxation. Last but not least, I pray before any performance.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
One song that has been the hardest to write was "Moonlight Cocktails," which is a song off of my upcoming EP Something Different. It took me forever to get the main melody to interlock correctly with the harmonies, and both of those elements to interlock with the music.
What's coming up in the future?
I will be releasing my second single entitled "Hey Sugar! (Are You Rationed?)" sometime in February. My EP will be dropping very soon, and I am in the process of booking some shows for the summertime.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Right now my first single "Providence Serenade" is available on all platforms.
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