Robin Shaw is without a doubt a rising star. He has all the prerequisites to become a worldwide known artist - he is a songwriter, singer, dancer and overall very talented and likeable person. He started off as a street dancer and he even competed in TV Show Britain's Got Talent.
His music career took off after an audition in Soho, London. Formerly, he was a part of a company called Regent Street Artists, but now he continues his musical journey as an independent artist. PlaylistSubs features his songs on top spots in many playlists - from Indie to Hip-Hop. That's right, Robin Shaw performs in a wide range of genres and he excells in every one of them.
His debut song from 2017 Time Is Your Own is a catchy indie banger that could be featured on any radio right away. Although Robin Shaw's most popular song on Spotify is a hip-hop tune Fight or Flight with almost 200k streams, his most recent release called Today's Generation is a modern genre mashup of rap, indie and pop and it seems that Robin managed to put all his favourite genres together in one song.
Without further ado, dive into this sincere interview with next big independent star - Robin Shaw.
Hi! What got you into music?
I started off as a street dancer competing in Talent shows. Street dancing built up my connection with Hip hop music and the confidence in performing on stage. I passed a singing audition in Soho for a company called Regen Street Artists back in 2016. I had no real musical background as such but had an interest in poems and storytelling and always wanted to write in my spare time. Musically, all these little elements have added up and then got me into music over time. I have taught myself to play guitar and continue to learn as much as I can. I have been recording in Soho and currently now in West London with the same producer for the last six years by the name of Chris Hall.
How long have you been into music?
I would say since I was a teenager listening to my iPod Nano and flicking through all my favourite songs. Songs always created stories and scenarios in my head and I think music can definitely be so cathartic.
Can you tell us what you're working on at the moment?
Yes certainly. Today's Generation is my new release. I have a new summer song which is currently in production work called Shuffle Your Feet and a jazz/hip hop song coming out in the Autumn called Jack The Lad which is all completed, just needs mastering. I additionally have around a dozen songs ready to be made, written up after a lot of lockdown writing over the past couple of years!
It seems that you cover a wide range of genres. Is there one genre that rise above others?
Yes definitley. I think because I love wordplay and rhythm, hip-hop is probably at the root of my music one way or another. As long as i can get a story and imagery in, that's key for me.
What is your favourite movie/TV show?
What human qualities do you value the most?
I feel like I have a great sense of humour. I think that's important in life, it's good to see funny and comedy in life and also not to take things too seriously. I feel I am also very personable and can adapt and get on with all types of people.
You mentioned After Life by Ricky Gervais. He is known for not giving a **** in comedy yet this show is very melancholic and serious. Where would you draw a line in comedy? And when is the time to be serious?
Good question. I'm not an expert in comedy so i don't quite know the answer to this but it's important in life to know your audience. Comedy is a type of art but like all things, there is a line and you shouldn't mock things that simply aren't funny. It's good to have a serious approach to certain things in this world too.
I play Table Tennis for a village team, I love table tennis. I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and try to keep fit. It's important for me to try and have a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. I love spending time with family and friends and spend a lot of time working at John Lewis which is how I currently fund my music career.
If music wasn't an option, I would definitely be interested in either being a full time Table Tennis Player or involved in acting in some way.
How hard is it to get some attention as an artist?
It is challenging and requires a lot of dedication, persistence and belief. It is hard but I guess if it was easy, it would be boring. You have to be willing to try and seek opportunities. The more doors that open for you, the better your chances are for progression and believing that your music is getting somewhere. I personally have started to experience more success over the last few years but still have a long way to go.
If everyone in the world listened, what would you say?
Be kind. Believe in whatever your ambitions are, no matter what they are. Look after people and have fun!
If you met your future self, what would you ask?
Tough question. I'd probably ask something less serious like did Norwich football club ever make the champions league?
And what would you say to your past self?
Stop worrying and keep doing exactly what your doing.
What question do you have no answer to?
Do you have something you want to say, but no one ever asked you?
I just want to say, how proud I am of my mum and dad. They have both worked 40years each for the NHS. They have supported me through every up and down, every aspect of my music career and have always got behind me. Sometimes those very basic foundations and support is all you need to take steps in achieving your ambitions.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you to people who have taken the time to listen, stream, watch, download or support me in any way, it's not unnoticed and is a huge boost for an unsigned artist. There's more stuff on it's way and it's an exciting direction.
Thank you! - PlaylistSubs