Robian–Leaving it all behind–Interview

Singer/songwriter Robian ( a.k.a Robert Ian Pratt ) was born in Hinckley, Leicestershire UK but is now based in Spain’s Costa Del Sol.

Robian started writing songs at the age of 14 and had formed his own band by the age of 16 years being influenced by acts like David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Supertramp , Yes, Cat Stevens, The Who and Mick Jagger and the Stones.

At the age of 19 Robian started racing motorbikes and in the mid 1980’s with the help of sponsorship from Christian Dior and competed in The World Championship 500cc Grands Prix  now known as Moto GP. Robian retired from motorbike racing in 1990 and started racing Formula 3 cars in Spain and the UK but then retired from all forms of motorsport in 2006.

Robian began writing songs and in 2006 influenced by his love for country music he recorded 16 songs in a Nashville, Tennessee recording studio located on the famous Music Row in Nashville.

He says “The CEO of the company came down to talk to me  and gave me a lot of advice and words of encouragement for my songwriting” and the new material was born.

Robian has originally formed a band called “Robain and the Meerkats” but says “I did have my own band about 10 years ago and that’s when I came up with the name of the band ‘Robian and the Meerkats’  but a couple of years later the TV commercials for ‘’ who started using meerkats in their TV adverts started and so I decided to go solo”.

The brand new album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Our Day’ was produced by David Robinson at Paramount studios, Nashville and features the new single ‘Leaving It All Behind’.

Brand new Sounds – Interview

How would you describe your music ?

Melodic Country Rock

What is your new release about and where did the inspiration come from ?

As with all my songs they are based on real life experiences, at the time of writing ‘Leaving It All Behind’ I was going through a divorce. The song is about getting away from a bad situation. I use metaphors in the song, just so more people can simply relate in the song to their own situation. I wanted the song to have a slightly up beat feel to it, so as to say, it is possible just to ‘Leave It All Behind’ and ‘Escape’

Your top songs in worldwide charts right now ?

I’m only Human, Rockabye, Mercy, The Greatest, By Your Side.

Have you worked with any big names in music ?

Well, the Paramount studio in Nashville have worked with some of the biggest Country music stars, those guys don’t need to name drop and when I was there in the studio, I could see all the gold and platinum discs of the artists they had worked with hanging on their office walls. The first time I actually recorded anything was in a studio in Salisbury UK. A studio run by producer Steve Collazo, form the Bronx, New York, his aunt was in the 80’s disco band, Odyssey, also while I was recording there Andy Haymans came down to listen, Andy had worked with some of the early winners of Pop Idol, along with artists like All Saints, Andy re-mixed the track Star Maker on my album Tomorrow Will Be Our Day.