We’ve been busy working out the maths and interrogating new artists to bring you the formulas over here on New Music Blag to help you keep up with who is new on the scene.
The Maths: Robyn + Florence & The Machine
How old were you when you realised you wanted to create your own music?
I was around 4-years-old when I first fell in love with playing instruments, but I was more focused on classical music and started with the Violin. I loved writing poetry as a young kid and had my first poem published in a local schools anthology when I was nine. When I was about sixteen, I briefly got into mixing Drum ’n’ Bass songs on vinyl and singing random hooks over the top. At that point I think I started to wonder if I could actually make songs myself. It was in my early 20s when I finally got myself a cheap guitar and a keyboard and combined everything into writing a full song. That was a magic moment I will never forget.
How would you describe your sound?
Emotional/emotive, deep, cinematic, dark and brooding at times, layered, reflective, spiritual, euphoric (I hope), alternative but still a strand of pop.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Such an eclectic mix from classical orchestras to old school RnB artists and the Blues. Stadium Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock (Both UK and US). Growing up in London, I was exposed to some amazing underground club music in the 90s, 90s house and UK Soul. So my main influences I would say are Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Florence & The Machine, Candi Staton, early No Doubt, Classical Opera and The Blues.
What’s been the defining moment of your career so far?
The most amazing part of all of this, has been the fan response. Honestly I would not be where I am, putting out a full length album if real people out there in the world had not taken this music to heart and made a shout about it – That keeps me motivated over all else. But my high career points have been getting the call that Bob Dylan had listened to and approved of my version of Knocking On Heaven’s Door, and hearing Annie Mac spin my vocals on the BBC radio 1 dance charts. Being a brit who grew up listening to all her fav songs on the radio, with no internet and no CDs even, that was a special moment for me.
What’s your ‘go to’ song when you need to kick back and chill?
Either Portishead or a trip-hop playlist of some kind and I also LOVE chill house and downtempo house because it reminds me of my summer holidays in Ibiza.
Where do you see yourself this time next year?
If I am still doing exactly what I do now, I will be blessed, anything extra is a massive bonus. So hopefully sitting in my studio writing more songs, maybe my next album, interacting with my fans and maybe even planning a tour or coming home from one!
See for yourself: Our cousins across the pond can catch Raign 6th September at Sayers Club, Los Angeles.