Jekyll and Hyde is the latest single from multitalented artist Robin Shaw, who has devoted himself to making good music that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Although Robin didn’t start recording or singing during his early stages of life, he someway gravitated towards music.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, the Jekyll and Hyde hitmaker disclosed that he used to be a street dancer and sometimes write poems and stories. This is evident in his music, as one key skill that cannot be overlooked as far as Robin Shaw is concerned is his storytelling.
During the interview Robin was asked about the type of music he produces and this is what he had to say:
“My main Genres are between pop, hip hop and indie. I love storytelling. I just want to portray my storytelling through an array of styles and genres. As long as there is imagery and creative story that’s key to me.”
Jekyll and Hyde is perfect proof of his versatility and dedication. Robin Shaw uses relatable lyrics that easily resonate with his listeners. The captivating lyrics pulls at your heartstrings, and the use of lush instrumentation gives the song an eerie feeling, just like wondering in a forest.
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“I felt ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has a weight behind the title because of the story behind the character. Plus the song is all about ‘two personalities’ and having another side to you. More specifically an evil side.”
This, according to Robin Shaw, is the main inspiration behind the single.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Nope, it simply my name 🤣. My dad wanted me to have Rob1n but yeah simply Robin Shaw is fine.
Where do you find inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. Relationships, work, family, friends. I think you can only write about what you know and experience.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I started off as a street dancer so I wasn’t into recording or singing part as such early on. I always had an appreciation for the making of music though and use to find myself writing poems and stories on the side.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
I wouldn’t say I have a musical background but my dad and mum have always been artistic. My dad used to be very skilled with writing poems.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I inspired myself if I’m honest. I wanted to challenge myself and put my creativity and passion to use.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Writing always came quite easy to me as I’ve always been quite expressive and I always had an interest in English literature and creative writing particularly at school. I started off with a company called Regent Street Artists in Soho after passing an audition. I have then made a conscious effort to practice and improve my vocals when I can.
In the car, in the house, wherever I can improve, I’m always wanting too. Guitar wise, I have taught myself to play guitar although I wouldn’t claim to be an established payer, more early intermediate level. Writing is something that has been more constant and consistent musically.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I believe it was Oasis at Wembley in 2009.
How could you describe your music?
My main Genres are between pop, hip hop and indie. I love storytelling. I just want to portray my storytelling through an array of styles and genres. As long as there is imagery and creative story that’s key to me.
Describe your creative process.
It usually starts off with random different lyrics and words with some link to a song. Then I create themes for a particular song. Once the themes are established and some direction with a verse or chorus, i then work with my producer to then create and structure a song. I have always found I overwrite so trimming the lyrics is a challenging part. My producer is very musical minded so it feels quite easy to get the song started when we are in the studio.
What is your main inspiration?
Family. Real situations in life. Relationships and intricacies of the highs and lows of the emotions that come with that. I also love comedy and try to bring a little bit of that in my music.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I love many musical artists but my top ones would be Eminem, Lewis Capaldi and probably Mac Miller.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes most certainly. As an artist you need to evolve, make mistakes, learn, pratice, grow, get it right, get it wrong. I’m certainly not the complete artist but I have progressed and certainly adapted my style.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Myself. Comparison isn’t realistic. You have to better yourself. You are the only one who can stand in your way and improve.
What are your interests outside of music?
I play for a local table tennis village team. I love table tennis. I love going to the gym. I have a husky dog who requires a lot of work. I enjoy fitness and work at the retailer John Lewis as a nursery advisor. Work has always been am influence and inspiration to music material.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Something in entertainment. Acting would of been cool or even media based like a radio presenter.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
There’s many small and big problems. I think one problem is getting the attention on national stations. It’s such a competitive platform but then it adds to the challenge. I’ve managed to accomplish a lot in the 6/7 years I’ve been releasing music but yet to get played on a U.K. national station like radio 1 or Kiss FM.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
For streaming platforms such as Spotify to improve that payment of streams to artists. Streaming is such a part now of undiscovered artists, it’s not equal the payments don’t match.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I felt ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has a weight behind the title because of the story behind the character. Plus the song is all about ‘two personalities’ and having another side to you. More specifically an evil side.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I am concentrating on the promotion of the single. Planning my events for next year to perform at. I have two more singles coming out next year. Will also start recording again in the new year with new material that is ready to start production on.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I have a good friend of mine who is from Columbia and has done an accoustic version of a previous song of mine called ‘Bus 2 Nowhere’ which is put on YouTube. We are hoping to do some more acoustic versions of my already released songs.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
If you want something, go for it. There’s always challenges but if you want to become something no matter how small or big the dream maybe, never give up. Belief is the biggest asset you can have.