John Robert

John Robert

Q:  Who are you?
A: I’m a flesh sack who organizes sounds and sews together words. I’m from a small town in Virginia, so I was bored enough to get into music production, but not so much so that I didn’t have anything to write about. Aside from that, I’m still trying to figure out how to fully answer that question.

Q: Tell us about your playlist.
A: My playlist is a hodgepodge of tunes that are special to me for varying reasons. Everything from the brash rap of Baby Keem to the silky, swooning power of Smokey Robinson. These are tunes that just popped on my radar as of late, and that I’d like to share to help round out your pallet.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Working on understanding OBS for live streaming and how to produce in Ableton a bit better.

Q: What are you working on next?
A: My next project.

Q: What is the best story from a set or performance?
A: After being the only musical artist in a show filled with comedians and varying other acts; the venue had an after show where they hotboxed a tent in the back alley. Redgie Watts and Demitri Martin were in attendance, and it was a testament to how normalized weed is in LA. Mind you I’m from a more conservative spot in VA.

Q: What is the best sound?
A: The plunk of a sedimentary stone in the Shenandoah River on a late Thursday afternoon after ruining my relationship with my Pomeranian due to an orange soda bender.

Q: What is your favorite part of your creative process?
When I fully believe in what I’m doing and I make all gut calls impulsively. Then I’m productive, and on dopamine rush, and it’s the equivalent of reading a good book. I get so into it that next thing I know it’s 5am and my stomach is growling. But I do highly enjoy finding a riff and free-styling on top of it.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Vantablack.

Q: What artist do you admire the most?
A:  The 1975 hands down has some of the best left leaning pop tunes. Love how their visuals and fashion evolves with their music. Feels like each album is a new era, and their sound selection is completely unique to them and the bands they work with.

Q: If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
A: A virgin one.

Q: What is the greatest feeling in the world?
A: The reward of biting into a white bread, turkey and cheese sandwich with Doritos inside the sandwich after swimming in a public pool all day. Catching a second wind from the high of that sandwich.

Q: What was the last thing that made you laugh really hard?
A: My friend spent $70 dollars on a 2,000-piece puzzle of the “got your neck” hand sign. The idea was to have the person work on it with him for a couple of days until the picture was revealed to them. It sounds like a good prank on paper, but I don’t know how it’ll play out in person.

Q: What is the last text message in your phone?
A: “How many songs need to be on this playlist?”.

Q: What was the last song you listened to on repeat?
A: “Feel That Again” by Hello Yello.

It’s a hidden gem, and is an absolute bop.

Q: If you could supervise music for a TV show or a movie, what would it be?
A:  Prolly “The Sound of Music”… haven’t been able to sit through that movie in its entirety. Maybe reworking some of the tunes to sound more ska might help keep my goldfish like attention span.