In this episode, Peter speaks to Robert John Hope, an Irish, Berlin-based singer-songwriter whose music is rooted in ambient folk and alternative pop/rock. In Ireland, he will be known mostly as the man with the distinctive voice and poetic lyrics who fronted the band Senakah, with whom he toured Ireland, the UK and the US extensively in the past. He is now back with his debut solo album ‘Plasticine Heart’, developed over a couple of years during which he released his first solo EP ‘The Unravelling’ in 2018. The album’s title for him reflects the changes one invariably goes through as time passes and for better or worse the malleable nature of perspective and the human heart.
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Listen to his debut album, Pastercine Heart https://save-it.cc/musszo/plasticine-heart
06:30 How having a full-time job and being an artist has allowed Robert more autonomy and freedom in the music writing process.
09:56 Limitations can benefit the creative process and lead to better results.
11:40 Robert has written a lot since COVID; however, the challenge was the lack of human connection and test songs in front of a live audience.
16:20 Producing demos before going into the studio can be beneficial to hit the ground running compared to go in with nothing and feeling the pressure.
18:30 How playing five to six days a week and touring over 40 states in six months makes you cut your teeth as a musician.
27:29 Doing what you are passionate about can be therapeutic when you are doing it without internal or external pressure.
30:21 Robert shares his approach to writing songs and how he approaches this process via a framework.
32:53 The power of finding your unique way of doing things through trial and error.
37:01 Robert and Peter reflect about how they think pop music all sounds the same right now compared to the hits of the ’70s, 80’s and
41:15 Robert reflects on has the music industry changed during COVID and what has been his experience?
53:31 Be yourself, as everyone else is already taken. The most powerful thing you can do as an artist is to be yourself.
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