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Alex Robshaw: Interview

 

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Art, Creation, and Evolution

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I am Alex Robshaw. I am Freedom, Creation, Passion, Evolution. I am Truth, I am Reality. I am Me.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I can, and because there isn't anything else I'd rather be doing. I do it because I believe in myself, and I believe in people. I do it because my Life, and my Heart, are forever my own.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I've sort of known my whole life that I wanted to be an artist. I can't remember when, or even if, I made a conscious choice about it. I come from a family of musicians, so my career began very early on. My mother started my vocal training when I was 5, and I took piano lessons from 6 to 12 years old. By 7 years old I had my first studio recording sessions, providing a child's voice for tv commercials or children's music, etc. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was part of theater and dance troops, choirs, small bands, talent shows, fashion shows -basically performing very often, whenever I'd get the chance. Between the ages of 18 and 19, I was the lead singer of an alt-rock band -my first official project. I quit the band after a year and a half and didn't play any music for 6 months. This brings us to January 2006, when I sat at my Wurlitzer again, and just started playing, telling myself I could do it, I could learn to play piano and sing at the same time, and write my own songs, and become a solo artist. And now we're 7 years, 2 EPs and one LP later, and I'm in a van touring with my band. And Alex Robshaw is alive, and real.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Making a space for yourself in a music scene, when you're a solo artist, and the only one taking care of everything related to the project, is in itself a huge endeavour. It's definitely tough, and rough, and with society being what it is today, it's a very bold move to be put in this situation. You need solid rock self-confidence, you need to learn the Art of Perspective, and you need good friends (the real and true kind). You also need to be able to wake up everyday, smile at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself that you gotta keep going, no matter what happens. You gotta keep believing in yourself, and in  Life, even when it's dark everywhere and you can't think of a way out. Just stay still and keep your eyes open, because the Light is always there for you to find.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My parents having been musicians with very successful careers themselves, I figured I could give it a shot too.

My friends, my fans, and especially my bandmates and musician friends are also an inspiration to me, every day.

And I've just asked my band, and they are confirming to me that Yes indeed I do inspire them directly. So there you go.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I wouldn't say the word mistake, because my life is pretty much about trying something out, and maybe it'll work, maybe it won't, let's do it anyway and see what happens, better to do it than regret not doing it.

Sometimes things don't work out as well as you thought they would, and your expectations aren't met, but that's part of the game. Being an independent musician means taking risks, because the world is as it is today. You're investing a helluva lot of yourself (with money, time, energy, etc), so you expect a lot in return, and if you don't learn the Art of Perspective, you may end up discouraging yourself way too quickly. And then you also miss out on the moment itself, which is always full of tiny sparks that are there for you to grab and warm yourself with. These sparks are the most precious, it's a shame not to learn how to see them through the darkness.

So yeah, the one thing I've learnt on my path is definitely to understand how to refine, and redefine Perspective, every day.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

Right now my band and I are on tour, and we're focusing on giving to each audience the very best of us every night in every city we play. We are currently in the Maritimes, and next week, we'll be playing 4 dates in Ontario. From June 12th to June 15th, we'll be playing in Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto, and Oshawa.

Once the tour is done and we have a better feel of its outcome, we will make more concrete decisions about the many projects that are up in the air for us now. We're writing new music, so the production of a second album should be happening over the next 2 years or so. We also want to do at least another longer eastern Canada tour, before touring the entire country in support of the next record. We have video projects, and are considering taking a more active part in the Montreal music scene, but all these projects are consequencial of many factors (money, time, everyone's reality, etc). So for now we're focusing on the Spider Grooves Tour, and we're having the time of our lives. 

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Robshaw's band advices the following to the World, and its people:

Ben Mayo-Goldberg, drummer: If you're not bringing your own drum set on tour, be prepared to play on Anything

Julian Stirpe, guitar player: Take Life with a grain of salt

Gabriel Jetté, bass player: Don't expect anything

Alex Robshaw, Me: Believe in yourself.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

You're alive, be alive, nobody cares on the Other Side.

 

Alex Robshaw: Profile

 

Full name

Alex Robshaw

Age

A very proud 28

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Born and raised in Montréal, QC, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Still in sweet Montréal

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

You'll find French Canadians and Acadians on my mother's side. My father is from Mauricius, and his father was from Portugal. I believe I came out as a pretty good mix of all these cultures.

First Language?

Music

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

I'm a musician.

How long have you been doing it?

Since the age of 5

Fav Song

Raspberry Swirl, by Tori Amos

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Erik Satie, if I have to name Just One.

Fav Movie

I don't watch movies

Fav Actor/Actress

Politicians are usually pretty funny actors

Fav Clothing brand

The originals coming from Montréal's Boutique Créatures

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer/Dancer/choreographer

My bass player, Gabriel Jetté, has the perfect eye for anything related to photos, videos, and graphic design. I haven't been able to make him dance yet though. Julian Stirpe, my guitar player -he's the one with the moves on stage. And I'm sure Ben Mayo-Goldberg, my drummer, has been a choreographer in a past life, 'cause he's a pretty good MD in this project, when I'm too busy to tell the band to do things.

Fav Sport to watch

I don't watch sports

Fav Sport to play

I've been doing yoga for 12 years now.

 

 

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