Time Of My Life is the fourth release from multi-talented Rob Lea. A memorable anthem that fans will shout along to, the brand-new song features an enticing joyful melody, playful indie-rock instrumentation, and carefree inspired lyrics.
During an interview with Mister Styx, Rob Lea shared some of his personal life experiences, he delves deeper into his musical career and shed more light on what inspired him to start music making.
His new single ”Time of my life” has two sides to it.
“I wanted to create something you can really jump about to and have fun with. But at the same time, the message is strong and simple”
These were some of the words Rob Lea during a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh.
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Well for a long time my acting stage name was Seth Daniels. It was the name of my friend who sadly passed away too young, so I used his name as my stage name for a long time.
Recently after I appeared on ITV, I decided to start using my real name. The execs at ITV wanted me to use my real name on the show so I thought it was a nice sign from my friend that it was time to get my name out there.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find it from everywhere. Whether it’s things happening to me, or those around me, or things I see happening in the world. I like to think my music touches on real life; things you laugh at and things you cry at and everything in between.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music was a huge part of my life. It was my escape. It was the thing that filled me with excitement. There wouldn’t be a moment in my youth where I wasn’t dreaming up a song, or a performance.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes. My whole family has been involved in the Northern Cabaret circuit. I grew up watching my grandparents and my parents performing around the Working Men’s Clubs in the North of England.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I have never really had that person that has pushed me to do it, it’s always come from a burning ambition inside myself. I have met lots of inspiring people, and I’m sure lots of people have been confident I would do well in this industry, but it’s been a battle I’ve had to fight alone for many years.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I think I’ve been one of those annoying people that just had music inside them. I can usually pick up an instrument and play something on it even if I’ve never touched the thing.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first concert I remember going to was seeing Wheatus live when I was in High School. It was one of the most exciting things I ever did at that time in my life and I remember the concert to this day.
How could you describe your music?
I like to think it’s Indie-Pop music with a hard edge. I love creating lyrical hooks, and strong melodies. I love playing with tight harmonies and big production techniques. But I also love using really instruments because I can’t create something without being confident it would work live on stage.
I like to think my music is something you can listen to but it’s better experienced Live. I haven’t had the chance to do this music live yet, but I cannot wait to start bringing the songs onto the stage.
Describe your creative process.
It changes all the time, but often starts with something small. Whether I’m singing in the shower and quickly dash to my phone half naked to record a melody line I’ve just thought of, or I’m playing with an instrument and a song falls out.
I don’t tend to go in thinking – “I’m going to write about this” – usually a lone or a few lines will come to me and I’ll think, well what’s this song about? And from there the song will come out….or not.
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspiration is my audience. The people that have seen me and continue to come and support me. I’ve got so much more to give them, for me the journey has only just begun.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Anyone that manages to get seen in this mad world we live in earns my respect. From Ed Sheeran to Charlie Puth, these guys are working incredibly hard to get music out into the world beyond anything you had to do 20-40 years ago.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I’ve got such a variety of tastes when it comes to music, I’ve always written lots of different styles. But it is more recently I feel I’ve been writing within what I feel is my style.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Well let’s face it, the music business is over saturated with artists releasing music. The competition is fierce! But my main competition is my own determination. And I can safely say, I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I shall be doing this for the rest of my life, come rain or shine.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love spending time with my family. Whether it’s going for a nice meal with my wife, or playing computer games with the kids.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Well next thing on my list is Acting. But let’s say I wasn’t performing. I love food! Although the idea of working in the pressure pot that is a professional kitchen, I’d love to cook food.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I think the biggest problem I’ve encountered is that the idea of getting “Snapped up” by someone doesn’t exist. So, when you’re young, everything thing you do is for the attention of some unknown person who is supposed to recognise your talent and put you on a stage.
But in reality, your attention should always be on the audience. Because those lucky breaks may come your way, but 99% of the time they won’t. But what you will always be able to do is put yourself Infront of people and if you listen, learn and give to your audiences, they will be the ones who can put you on the stage and give you a career in this business.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I’d love to see more opportunities for outer city schools to experience how to get into the industry when you don’t live in the heart of London or Manchester.
I think the school system really takes advantage of young people, selling courses that can offer skills, but never deliver the knowledge to turn those skills into a career. I’d like to think one day I can offer that kind of mentorship to people coming into this business.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
“Time of my life” has two sides to it. I wanted to create something you can really jump about to and have fun with. But at the same time the message is strong and simple.
Don’t waste your life working endless hours with the thought that you’ll enjoy yourself down the line. It really isn’t a life worth living. There is always time to let your hair down, to spend time with friends, to travel and see that place you always wanted to see.
What are your plans for the coming months?
After we get this release out, we’re going to be looking at bringing out the first EP and hopefully working towards a full album and also our first live shows next year.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Not at the moment, but it’s certainly something I would love to do in the future.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Firstly, thank you. My fans are everything. With DIY music, it’s all down to the people that follow you and the support and love I get from the fans really makes me proud of what I am doing and that it’s worth doing.
And second, I’ve got soooo much more to give to you, so stick around, we’re gonna have a great time together!