Originally from Sudbury Ontario and currently residing in Ottawa. Rob is a solo artist as well as a member of Ottawa’s, The Elegant Devils. Rob’s song writing and diversity shines through on both his debut single, as well as his first LP. His songs are powerful, emotional, and creative. While his music is rooted in rock, Rob is not afraid to pull from different styles to create something both unique and authentic.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Growing up I listened to everything. I still do. I’m not sure I could really give an accurate list of influences. A few that come to mind are CCR/John Fogerty, Headstones, Garbage, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, NIN, Big Wreck, & Guns N’ Roses”.
What has been your best gig?
“Either as part of a band or on my own I have been fortunate to partake in a lot of great experiences/shows. The best gig’s are always the unexpected ones. The one’s you think aren’t going to be good for whatever reason. Those shows just seem to turn into something special. You don’t even notice until it’s well underway. Maybe because there is no pressure or expectation, everyone is care free, relaxed, and things just seem to roll along. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but that’s been my experience”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music? E.g. any new singles?
“I do have a new single that I am looking to release soon. Once that is out it will be followed up by an EP. That’s the plan at least. Things could change depending on the COVID-19 situation and how that progress in the coming weeks”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Unique, Authentic, and hopefully, enjoyable”.
What makes your music stand out?
“I hope authenticity is what makes it stand out. That it is something people can connect with and have it mean something to them”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Figuring out the best way and time to release new material is one of the priorities for sure. The way things are in the world right now is really going to determine the how and when for a lot of things”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“An openness to venture into different styles creatively. Doing what is right for the song and not being restricted by a specific category classification of music. The notion that you “have” to stay within certain guidelines just feels very limiting and constrictive. it’s something I try very much to avoid”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“COVID-19 has really put a halt on traditional gigs at the moment. It is however very interesting to see how artists and bands are moving forward during this time. There has been some unique and creative things put fourth, with more seemingly added daily. Some of these things may become the new normal for awhile, or longer. Looking into those and what is having impact will have to be considered for sure. Time will tell I guess”.
By Siân Parker