Bluey Robinson: The Interview!
The Wrap Up’s man about town, Ra’ed Poetical, recently caught up with one of London’s finest singer-songwriters, Bluey Robinson. The rising star opens up about touring with Justin Bieber, performing at Wireless, his love for music and, erm, receiving granny pants from a fan! Awkward...
The Wrap Up: Mr. Bluey Robinson, how are you?
Bluey Robinson: I'm good, man. Just out here working away...
TWU: Good to hear. Firstly, taking it back a bit, I heard through the grapevine that you had quite an interesting childhood…
Bluey Robinson: (Laughs) Well, I was a little bit naughty at school. Erm, I had a bit of a temper when I was younger, so I used to get in to quite a bit of trouble. I wasn't horrible, though, I’d just say that I was very emotional. Eventually, I got into performing and that’s when I grew up a bit.
TWU: Speaking of school, is it true you used to learn Indian dance moves?
Bluey Robinson: (Laughs) Yeah! One day, in assembly, I was asked to come to the hall at lunchtime. It was only me and two other girls that showed up, but I stuck with it – it was cool! Also, that’s how I actually got the part in the ‘Lion King’ musical, so if I never went and never stuck with it, I wouldn't have got that opportunity.
TWU: So, Bluey, do you still do Indian dancing in your spare time?
Bluey Robinson: Nah, not really (laughs).
TWU: When did you realise that were going to take music seriously?
Bluey Robinson: I've always been singing, and I just knew in my heart that it would happen eventually. I made a vocal harmony group with my friends from school, it didn't work out and everyone went their own ways. I had to go solo and it really started happening for me when I left college. I never wanted to go university because I didn't think it would be beneficial for me to take on all of that debt, so that’s when I really started going for it.
TWU: I've watched every video on YouTube of you singing on trains across the world. What was your favourite destination?
Bluey Robinson: I think the Paris one was the most fun, it was just so nice and relaxed. We actually recorded another video the other day outside Westfield. It was fun shooting that video, but it was also weird because people recognise me now (laughs). The journey is kind of funny, going from singing in the London Underground, to singing outside of a big shopping centre with my poster right there.
TWU: I was happy to read that your favourite song of all time is Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. Why do you love that song so much?
Bluey Robinson: I grew up listening to The Jackson 5 and Motown. My mum never played that stuff – actually, she told me that she was listening to The Jackson 5 album on the day that I was born (laughs). I heard ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ from the Malcolm X movie with Denzel Washington in, and I’ve just loved that song ever since then. It really touches me.
TWU: You’ve had great success so far – touring with Justin Bieber, Ryan Leslie remixed your song and, of course, the Sony deal – but describe the feeling when you heard your own song on the radio for the first time?
Bluey Robinson: I remember it was two years ago. It wasn’t live, though, it was a playback of 1Xtra. It wasn’t like I accidentally heard it on my radio in my car, unfortunately I didn't get that moment, but it was a really good feeling when I heard it.
TWU: What was it like performing at Wireless? I mean, it’s only about 50,000 people, right?
Bluey Robinson: Wireless was wicked, man! That was the biggest show I've ever performed at so far. I still don't know why they let me open the show, though (laughs). They put so much faith in me, its nuts! Being someone who was relatively unknown at the time, it was a really big deal for me.
TWU: How do you prepare before you go on stage?
Bluey Robinson: I just go quiet. I go into a bit of a zone or just chill with my band. I don't really do ceremonies or anything like that.
TWU: Okay, moving on, what would be your ideal collaboration?
Bluey Robinson: Ideal collaboration? I’d love to work with Andre 3000! I'd love to do something with him, but I'm not in a rush to do it – I want to do it when the time is right.
TWU: What makes up Bluey Robinson’s perfect girl?
Bluey Robinson: First of all, I'm a bum guy! I think I go for cute girls more than beautiful girls. They have to give me butterflies, they also have to be nice, genuine and they’ve got to have a good heart.
TWU: Have you had any crazy experiences with super-fans yet?
Bluey Robinson: Not that crazy, but someone recreated the ‘Coming Back’ music video the other day. They made a fake life-size me with my face on a cardboard (laughs). It was all a bit, erm, weird. It was sweet and cute, but it was a bit of a wow moment. Oh, wait! I’ve had granny pants thrown at me at a gig before.
TWU: Wow! What did you with them?
Bluey Robinson: I was just like, ‘Alright! Thank you, I’ll take this.’ They're actually still in my house now (laughs). I'm hoping that they haven't been worn (laughs). I don't think they have, but it was like a joke, I hope.
TWU: Very awkward! Right, so your new video is out for ‘Coming Back’. Tell us a bit about the song…
Bluey Robinson: It’s a song about going off to chase your dream, or whatever career choice you have, and making it happen. But you’re going away for a while, so you’re letting your people know that you’re coming back and not just doing it for yourself but to benefit the people around you. I relate the song to my own life, but people will take what they will from it.
TWU: Look forward to its official release! Thank you for the chat, Bluey.
Bluey Robinson: It was a pleasure!
Bluey Robinson’s new single, 'Coming Back', is out on October 30.
Stay up to date with Bluey Robinson on Twitter – www.twitter.com/BlueyRobinson
Words: Ra’ed Poetical (@MrPoetical)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)