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Interview with Robbi Niles
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My dad got me into music at the age of 3. He was playing a tenor steel pan, a native instrument to the Caribbean, and I wanted to do what he was doing.
If I was not doing music I would probably be a lawyer.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
When I am not playing music, I am either in the gym or playing video games with my friends.
This allows me to disconnect for a while, which actually boosts my creativity because it allows me to approach music with fresh ears.
How long have you been making music?
I seriously started making music from the age of 16.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based out of Toronto and this influences my music because Toronto has a signature sound and I model my music after that sound.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My vision for a live show would be full band, big stage, lights, pyrotechnics, sold-out crowd that knows all my music and singing it word for word!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I would love to play at Coachella!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Travis Scott, Drake, Party Next Door. Bryson Tiller, and Justin Bieber
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
To the person getting into music – Do it because you love it!
The advice that I would give to my younger self is to enjoy the journey, there will be ups and downs. But ride the wave.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Fiji means the most to me because I believe that song represents the closest I have gotten to date to sharing my authentic self and brand.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Melody, No Time to be Wastin’, No Violence, Apologies, Better Him than Me.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
I usually start all my songs with a musical melody that sometimes sounds completely different from the finished product. Once the melody is created, I would sit it on it until I figure out what musical direction I want to go in. Once I have figured out the musical direction, I manipulate the melody to my liking and create a beat. Then I write lyrics to the beat. And thus, magic happens!
I get my inspiration mainly from people and relationships. My nuique heritage sets me apart from other artists in the industry.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
I like to send the message of being authentically yourself. To not be afraid of saying how you feel.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I have some singles lined up for next year, and to top it all off, my debut album should be released next year!
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
You can follow on IG and all other socials @robbiniles