[interview] Red Robyn – Park Acoustics 24th February

[interview] Red Robyn - Park Acoustics 24th February

Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA
Entrance: R180 online at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za, R200 at the gate.

(Free for children under the age of 6, R15 per vehicle at entrance of nature reserve.) 
Time: Gates open 10AM – 18h30PM
Line-Up: Jeremy Loops, Femi Koya, Bye Beneco, Diamond Thug, Red Robyn, Chunda Munki, Schalk Bezuidenhout & More!
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2E3Q43W

Interview: Red Robyn

[interview] Red Robyn - Park Acoustics 24th February

MA:Hello there, awesome to be chatting to you, how you doing?
Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Red Robyn is? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
Red Robyn is my stage name my real name is Ashleigh Robyn , so it stems from my second name. I decided to call myself Red Robyn after reading the legend story of the Red Robyn bird. I am a singer, songwriter , musician , actress and somewhat of a recent producer. I was born and raised in Durban , wentworth and the bluff mostly. I started writing songs and performing them just as a hobby when I was 16 after my figure skating career was brought to an abrupt end due to spine surgery, I  then decided to take music more seriously after school and completed my honors in Music and performance studies at UKZN. I got involved in several different collaboration projects while studying from Jazz to electronic music and hip hop with many different artists like SNVPBACK , Raheem Kemet, Easy Freak, Taylor Made and MISSU before exploring my individual sound and returning to writing songs on my guitar.

MA: What are some of your musical influences? 

I grew up on mostly christian contemporary music and gospel but I later got into a bit of indie rock , folk and jazz. I don’t have any favorite artists I listen to everything. I can be inspired by the soundtrack of a movie as much as I am by the latest radio hit. I do love Brooke fraser though and Alicia Keys, Lianne La havas , Paramore, Cinematic orchestra , I also got into Kate Bush for a while and Young the Giant is definitely a win.MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?

Yes, wining the afropunk Battle of the bands was definitely a highlight and also getting to meet and play on the same stage as Thundercat and Kaytranada was life changing. Oppikopi was also a highlight for me it was my first music festival and I will never forget it the atmosphere and the sunset that day was something out of a storybook.

MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?

I think the local music scene is very colorful at the moment in my lifetime I’ve seen it move from intense segregation in terms of style, genre and race. I think at this point those ideas of segregation are fading at least on a micro level I can see it happening and music is playing an important role in facilitating the healing process for our country.

MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?

Yes I’m just gonna mention mostly my friends here because they’re all really hard working musicians and their music is also dope but i think all these acts are worth the mention; MISSU, Easy Freak, Darkie Fiction, Luh’ra , The World of Birds , Melo B Jones , Vanco , ORACLES


MA: You will be playing at Park Acoustics event this month, alongside Jeremy Loops, Bye Beneco and more…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?

Im soooo excited for the gig it will be my first time performing in PTA. I always like to take the audience on a journey,I think everyone can expect to go a little bit inward for my set but also be awakened  by genre bending sounds and nostalgic melodies. I will be joined by Sean Ross on Bass and Snynth and Saul Nossell on Drums.

MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?

I will be releasing my first single called ‘Dust and Iron’ the end of March and a music video the end of April for my second release called ‘The Pits’ I will then go away for a bit to record my debut EP which will hopefully be ready round August. I will also be playing on the coolest line up alongside Ben Harper and Beatenburg for Zakifo on the 1st June 2019. I’ve also been working on some collaborative work with MISSU that we are hoping to tour in July as well as some other collaborations to be released later in the year.

MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?

@redrobynmusic for instagram
Red Robyn on Facebook

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