Our newest Journolist miss Natalie taryn Botha conducted her first interview with the ever talented Red Robyn on the build up to the 10th Anniversary of SA’s dopest music festival Smoking Dragon, Here’s what they go to talking about.
1. What drew you to the music industry? I love that music gives you a direct Chanel to people’s souls , it’s a great responsibility to be a musician you can really change peoples lives with a great song. I always wanted to use music to give people hope for better days.
2. Who are you inspired by? I am inspired by Jesus and his commitment to what he believed and to love , even to death
3. Please explain your creative process / My creative process is quite erratic I can be inspired by almost anything a song , a colour , a quote and I will generally hum something into my voice noted and later work on it with my guitar.
4. What’s an average day like for you? An average day for me consists of exercise , stalking fashion blogs on Instagram, listening to music , probably some cleaning and lots of tea. I don’t always work on music but most days I spend evenings working on music weather it’s actual songs or admin.
5. Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? I guess so , I don’t intentionally hide meaning but I think people should take away what they’re interpretation of the song is. I always write about my actual experiences and I enjoy writing in metaphors so I guess there are hidden meanings if someone wants to look into that.
6. Do you collaborate with others? What is that process? Yes I do but I haven’t really in the last year. I did one collaboration with The World of Birds called ‘2020’ and we loved working together so much that they asked me to join the band full time and I couldn’t be happier to now be part of that collective. The process is different every time sometimes it happens over email piecing things together other times I will sit with Ben who is the producer and we will write something together sometimes it starts with a lyric sometimes a drum pattern it just depends on the day.
7. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans : I don’t really think about my followers as fans I like to just think of them as cool people who identify with my story or my music I sort of just reply or comment back as if I would a friend or anyone else that sends me love. I have a blog where I share my stories more in detail and would imagine that is my primary medium for communicating with people who follow my music.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why? My favorite part is getting to meet all kinds of people with the most interesting stories and connecting with them. My least favorite part how unpredictable it can be you can have such a busy season and out of nowhere be doing nothing for a while and it can really affect your emotions having to be up and down all the time.
9. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? I do I think every performer deals with it on some level. There is always pressure to perform and be better than you were the last time , the fear of failing or not being able to entertain is always something that tries to paralyze me before performances.
10. Tell me about your favorite performance venues : As far as venues go they are quite limited but I really like the waiting room in Cape Town and Moral Kiosk in JHB , Khaya records in Durban
11. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps
I would say to that person that they should just commit to what it is they believe they want to do. Always know what you want to do and why you want to do it and everything else will fall into place when you have a clear objective. It’s always a balance between hard work and a bit of serendipity you have to be ready for your opportunity always.
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