ROBIN MCKELLE INTERVIEW

 

How has the reaction to your latest CD been? 

 

Good, I think :)?Different countries react different ways but I am overall happy with the feedbacks we are getting yes ! 

 

What record/tape/cd/digital format music album inspired you to take up music? 

 

No particular record inspired me. It was more that I was so drawn to music as a young child and my parents nurtured that passion. 

 

What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money? 

 

Michael Jackson Thriller 

 

What is the main goal you wish to achieve through your music, and what do you hope people get out of your music?

 

I like to get people feeling something. Hopefully bring them to a place where they can connect my music with something in their own lives. Whatever style, whatever music I do. I want them to know me as a musician that they like ! 

 

What should people know about you? 

 

I am more than just my music. My family and friends are very important to me. I really enjoy having a balance in my life. It can be hard sometimes but it’s something I need to stay healthy and inspired. I love cooking (please send your great recepies on my facebook), I love working out as well... simple things but so good ! 

 

If you weren't a musician, what career path would you take? 

 

Cooking or interior design. 

 

What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best? 

 

Hardest part is the traveling and early mornings (I am not a morning person).. the best part is the live performance, when you can feel the audience thrive and be excited ! 

 

What or who was your biggest influence as an artist? 

 

There are so many influences in my life its difficult to mention just one. I'd say Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles and so many more.. 

 

Are there any songs you've done that you wish you hadn't ? 

 

On my first cd, I did a tune called Yes My Darling Daughter... Not my favorite choice... Although my mom loves it :)?

 

What does the next 6 months look like for you? 

 

I’m already working on a new album. Somehow different then this one so we will see what the future holds ;) 

 

What or who was your biggest influence as an artist? 

 

My parents. They taught me that I could do whatever I wanted. They taught me to have a good work ethic and drive. 

 

What advice do you have for young musicians? 

 

Don’t take no for an answer and follow your heart. "Suits" don't always know, they pretend they know but most of the time they are scared for their jobs and they do not wnat to take any risks...at any level ! 

 

True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.?

 

False. It’s not a duty...but most musicians and artists, like myself, draw from our own personal experience. 

 

True or false: “Music is my first love”?

 

TRUE 

 

The best and worst gig you ever played? 

 

Best gigs are always when my parents are there. The worst one was at a bowling ally when I was about 18. 


Robin McKelle & The Flytones - Heart Of Memphis


De titel van het vijfde album van Robin McKelle is veelzeggend.

Met 'Heart Of Memphis' maakt de zangeres steeds meer de overstap van jazz naar soul. Dit is een album geworden vol met tijdloos klinkende soul die doet denken aan Ann Peebles en al Green. Ook begeleidingsband 'The Flytones' is een heerlijk swingende band. We horen veel blazers en de band geeft steeds de juiste toon aan de nummers. De stem van Robin McKelle is zuiver en heeft een licht rauw randje. Kortom de combinatie van de band en zangeres lijken voor elkaar gemaakt. Mijn favoriete nummers zijn 'Good Time' en 'Good & Plenty'.

Heart Of Memphis is een overtuigend album geworden.  


Robin McKelle speelt op het Middelheim Jazz Festival in België op 15 augustus