Inspired by Biffy Clyro, Noah and the While, Death Cab For Cutie and Josh Rouse, Robyn Jade adds some rock into acoustic folk. We speak with the UK-based singer-songwriter about his album Seahorse, musical achievements and much more!
OSR: What can you tell us about your album Seahorse?
Jade: Seahorse is a collection of acoustic songs that are very important to me. Writing them helped me deal with a lot of hardship faced in the last three years. My answer to most unwanted feelings is to try and write a song. This is the product of turning negatives into positives.
OSR: What was the writing and recording process like?
Jade: Very relaxed as I recorded it all myself at home during lockdown using a Tascam DP-006 and my basic knowledge of recording. I wrote the songs ‘Blue’ and ‘Wasps’ a year apart and the rest over the last year. I recorded the album in two days so I feel it has a relaxed flow to it.
OSR: What is your creative process?
Jade: I wait for the song to come to me during something turbulent within my mood, then I don’t leave it until it’s complete. I know it won’t have the same nature as the other parts if I complete it over a number of days. Usually, lyrics will come first and then the instrumentation. I like to write to other peoples’ music that matches my mood at the time.
OSR: If you could change one thing about Seahorse what would it be?
Jade: I would have liked to take my songs into a professional recording studio setting. I aim to do this when lockdown eases and re-record a Seahorse Deluxe edition which will include all the album tracks and some B-sides recorded to a less lofi standard.
OSR: What do you hope people take from your music?
Jade: I hope people listen to my lyrics as I always try to convey a strong message whether it be about not giving up or loss, to name a couple of examples.
OSR: Describe your sound in three words.
Jade: Acoustic folk rock.
OSR: What is your greatest musical achievement to date?
Jade: Playing Underground Festival 2012 at the Gloucester Guildhall was a blast! It was my first time amongst a line-up of acts I know and love and I found a lot of new artists there to follow.
OSR: Where do you hope to be in ten years?
Jade: I hope to be happy. Whether that’s playing to ten people in the local pub with a pooch and a merch table or selling out tours around the world. As long as I get to keep my sanity, the rest is a bonus.
OSR: What is your earliest memory?
Jade: Forgetting to tie my laces, running and falling on my face at the age of about 5 resulting in losing my two front teeth and a big cry.
OSR: Do you have future plans?
Jade: I plan to put out some more lofi singles which will include non-album B-sides. I will also be releasing some completely new material like my new song ‘Koi’. I like to post regular covers on my YouTube page as well to keep the brain ticking along.