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Interview with Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent brings his Johnny Cash inspired brand of folk and Americana to the Bluecoat on Friday for the first of our weekly summer music sessions.  
His debut album ‘Life in Easy Steps’ has been described as “extraordinary, a real and forceful attitude laid bare for all to hear,” by Liverpool Sound & Vision, and has been played on BBC 6 Music.

How did you get into music? Have you always wanted to perform?

I got into music through school. I started singing in the choir at the age of about 6 or 7 years and continued to develop through the school band, then just carried on after I left school.
It’s always something I’ve done since I was young. Performance was always something that I was used to doing.

 

Describe your sound -- who influenced you?

It’s very Country Americana. You’ll find there’s a lot of English Folk in there, and elements of bands like Pink Floyd and English Folk artists as well.
But growing up, my dad used to listen to a lot of country records so it’s got that influence in there with some of the old Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash- there’s a bit of a mixture..

 

Describe your creative process to writing music. When do you feel the most creative?

Generally, it just comes on out of nowhere! You kind of get a feeling and then sit down with the guitar. Usually mornings are very inspirational at the time, when you can get a bit of quiet.

 

What is your favourite gig you’ve performed?

My favourite gig was at the Philharmonic last year supporting Madeleine Peyroux. I did three shows there last year, one of them was with another guy called Paul Carrack and I did the Irish Sea Sessions as well as part of the Irish festival last October. 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects?

A new album – working on new demos.
I’ve just been working through some material with the band, so it’s the writing process at the minute. I’ve written an album’s worth or more but you kind of don’t stop until you hit the studio - you never really stop writing.

 

What is your connection to the Bluecoat? Do you have a particular memory here?

I played a little acoustic show here for a friend’s art exhibition, but apart from that I know its history with music and bands in the past. It’s always been somewhere I’ve been aware of in terms of culture, art and music.

 

Has technology changed the way you create your music?

Not at all – it’s just simpler in the way you can edit music, it’s quicker than having to maybe go into some big studio – you can record very easily at home and you can edit very easily.
It makes the process a lot easier, but generally, I tend to sit down with some kind of recording device, piece of paper and a pen, and write it that way so it doesn’t influence the process of writing.
Some people use it to help the process, where as for me - it’s ‘Old School’.

 

What is your opinion on online music sites such as Spotify and YouTube? Do you feel they benefit musicians?


They open up the door for people a bit more to discover new music - if somebody suggests to you a band or musician, you can go look them up and listen to their music, easy.
I do believe that if people genuinely like what I do then they’ll buy it at some point, I kind of think that in one way or another you’re either going to like it or you’re not - so you’re either going to buy it or you’re not.
At some point in the future it will benefit, they’ll come to a gig. So one way or another, it benefits what I do, even if they download it illegally.

 

What can we expect from your performance in the Bluecoat garden this weekend?

Hopefully nice weather and a chilled out performance! People enjoying themselves, sitting around, relaxing, and having a drink. Hopefully, I’m not going to impose too much on that. And of course, there will be new music from me; new material I’ve been working on.

 

Listen to Rob on BBC 6music with Radcliffe and Maconie here

 

Music in the Garden: Robert Vincent
Fridays 6-9pm, FREE, in the Garden
Every week will differ, featuring a combination of live music, unique playlists, food and drink, all in the beautiful and relaxing Garden at the Bluecoat.  So grab an after work drink or two and a bite to eat, and celebrate the arrival of the weekend!

 


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