I’ve always been a huge fan of Reverbnation.com. For the independent musician it gives a free platform to promote their work, and for the music lover it’s an excellent place to discover new & interesting artists. Needless to say, since I fall into both categories I visit Reverbnation.com quite a bit.
One day a few years ago I came across Robyn Bonucchi Marriott’s page. The thing that struck me most was the 80s influence. Being a child of the 1980s I was naturally drawn to it. Over the years we’ve communicated a few times, first through Reverbnation.com and eventually via Facebook. Recently I caught back up with Robyn to discuss the challenges facing indie musicians. Read the highlights below:
Q: Describe your music. What are your influences?
A: The music from my first and second CD is a combination of melodic rock/pop and some acoustic style songs. The music can probably be compared to Pat Benatar, Heart or Journey. The type of music I’m aiming to write moving forward is more of the acoustic rock/country sound. I would say it’s more influenced by the sounds of Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Miranda Lambert.
Q: What is the next step in your music career?
A: The next step would be writing on my own or collaborating with one person. I wrote the lyrics and developed some melodies for my first two albums, but I handed them over and someone developed the songs from there. I want a hands on part in writing the next time.
Q: What is your biggest challenge as an independent musician and how do you hope to overcome that challenge?
A: Well, I would say is getting exposure. But, I get through it by talking to other musicians and realizing we all struggle. And also by remembering I don’t sing in the hopes of making millions of dollars one day. I sing because it full-fills me. It’s who I am. Also, knowing people like you Tim, people who want to help and support other artists helps to overcome this challenge.
Q: Where can people check out your music?
A: Everything is available at www.robynmusic.org, cdbaby.com/robyn and on all the digital download sites too. They can also check out my facebook page under “Robyn’s Music”
Q: Anything else you would like to tell the world?
A: The reason I sing is to hopefully touch people. Perhaps I can say something they can’t find the words to say. If I can put a smile on someone’s face, I feel like I’ve done what I’m meant to do.