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Rob Roy Interview

Tim Gauthier


Born Robert Raimon Roy, Rob Roy, as he’s known to the music community, is Dim Mak’s latest signee. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, he has already released 2 full length projects and is working on his third album to be released by Dim Mak Records. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Rob last week to discuss everything from his early influences to his dream of being a college professor one day.

What’s the biggest difference between your hometown and LA?

Huge difference. I think that the world that is LA is one that is far removed from the rest of society. I’ve never experienced anything like Los Angeles before. And I’ve traveled before, prior to moving out here. This is where everything, all the images, all the mythology, and all the stories that are told are manufactured here, in Hollywood. [Jacksonville] is a lot slower paced, and peoples concerns and priorities are drastically different than what they are here. In Jacksonville the sense of living is more about living, more about the experience of life.

Why LA? Why not NY, CHI, etc. or why not FL where you are from?

The most important reason was my producer Luke Walker signed a publishing deal and began his career as a songwriter/producer. I co-produce all my music with him and I have since 04’. I’ve been making music with him for some time and there are certain things that I don’t like to deviate from. Pretty much in all other aspects of my life I tend to reinvent or switch things up but there’s certain things, like me working with Luke on my music, that are nice to have as constants.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Adriana Lima.

When did you decide to begin to make music? Have you ever questioned that decision?

I decided to make music when I developed a sense of purpose. I’ve questioned that [decision] a lot of times and I think there’s something wrong with you if you don’t have those moments when you question yourself. However, I know what it is I’m trying to accomplish with my musical endeavors, and that leaves no room for quitting.

I’ve heard you say that you believe your purpose is served better in the present time as a musician to spread positive messages to the youth. What exactly is the message you want to get across to your listeners and fans?

That it’s vital to have a knowledge/understanding of themselves and the world around them. Those are things I try to put in my music. If you package/tailor these messages right, if you make it cool, then it becomes a lot more digestible to kids who would not give a shit otherwise. I’m basically an educator operating under the guise of a rapper/singer.

What did you first rap about?

My raps began as a search for truth, as self-therapy. And I know that sounds cliché. I’m trying to build myself into a better person so that I can affect other people in a positive way.

Any artist/group that you seek inspiration from or who heavily influenced you when you first began to make music?

Souls of Mischief, Outkast, Geto Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, early Nas, Biggie, Tupac. But that’s just rap. Serge Gainsbourg, The Beatles, Mars Volta, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, even old girl groups like The Shangri-Las, Sam Cook, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, and Michael Jackson who was probably the biggest influence. When I was a little kid he was the absolute coolest person on the planet.

What would you label your music as? What genre is your music?

My music is a hybrid of genres, with heavy leanings toward rap and R&B. I’m not classically trained, nor would I pretend to be, but at this point I would consider myself equal parts rapper and singer. A lot of the new material is half singing, half rapping. A little more mature and refined as far as the technique is concerned, compared to my last album.

Your flow and voice is quite unique, how did you develop your style?

It’s from studying a lot. If you want to be good at something you have to be a good student. For example athletes sit and watch footage of other athletes to emulate their moves. As with everything, that’s how we learn, imitation. I’ve always been a student of different types of music.

Who is an artist you would like to work with one day?

Serge Gainsbourg would have been a really interesting person to work with. He was a French musician who had an amazing sense of cool about him. I don’t understand a word he’s saying but there’s a subtlety to it all that is fantastic. As far as new artists? There’s no one off the top of my head that I can name right now but that’s just because I’ve conditioned myself to work solo for so long. I feel like if I need someone to rap on the track, I’m going to rap, if I need someone to sing, I’m going to sing. I like the way I rap, why would I need someone else? But you never know, interesting things come from collaborations so we’ll see.

What’s the name of your new album?

The name of the album is It’s a Poor Sort of Memory That Only Works Backwards. It’s a quest to discover my true nature. If it is truly that of a god, what sort of implications does that have? What is this thing called consciousness?

Do you feel you’ve kept the same musical style as your first album or have you changed?

I’m always going to be experimenting, always going to be changing. But if there is one consistency that runs through it all I guess it would be that I like to keep things minimal, production-wise. I want to achieve a great design using the least amount of elements possible. What can I get rid of? That’s always a question I ask myself. What can people expect from me? A sense of minimalism, the use of negative space, and also constant innovation. I always got my ears open to the old and the new. If I’m out somewhere it’s usually not to be social, it’s to conduct research.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In 5 years? Oh man this is going to be a really bold statement to make. In 5 years I’d like to be where Kanye [West] is, in terms of that type of success. I don’t want all the negative aspects of celebrity, but I believe that boils down to the choices the artist makes. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being that successful. I believe there is a way to accomplish things and provoke social change in a strategic way, with a certain sense of tact though.

What about 10 years from now?

I still want to be an artist of some sort. That might be the end of my music career though. I will still be an artist, if you are born an artist you are always an artist, but I don’t know what form, it might not be recording. I would also like to be a university professor one day.

Any New Years Resolutions?

Routine is very important. I think I’ve gotten away from that and I’m trying to reintroduce that into my life. I’m trying to be the best artist I can be. When you start testing your inner strength, that’s when you really begin to push your limits.

Any shout outs?

Shout out to Steve [Aoki], Luke [Walker] my producer, Tim my homie back home in Jacksonville, Jesse Lee from Dub Frequency… There’s more, but that sums it up.

Check out Rob’s latest single “Carmencita” which was released on Tuesday. You can buy it HERE.

Scanners Can Dance!

Tim Gauthier

SCANNERS have been featured in the hit TV show Gossip Girl and now, their single “Salvation” can be heard on “So You Think You Can Dance?” (Canada). SYTYCD’s Top 4 couple, Janick and Deny, did a stunning, contemporary performance to the Scanners acclaimed song. Cheers for Scanners taking over our speakers and television screens!

For Everything Scanners, click HERE.

Church of Noise!!

Tim Gauthier

DEATHCREW77 erupts on stage at Grande Halle De La Villette in Paris! The masked destroyers offered the crowd a true treat, a sneak to their upcoming “CHURCH OF NOISE”!

“Its (Church Of Noise) a concept based on the future, on how we live our lives, on how to produce songs, and on how to fight for the creation of a new creative system. We want to break down barriers, and we will do that through this Church Of Noise. For every concert you attend, we celebrate our freedom together.” – Bob Rifo

Click HERE for more info on The Bloody Beetroots.

The “STEVES” Birthday: After the party

Tim Gauthier

To all those who came to celebrate the special event with Steve, thank you for coming! Your presence was a present in its own. For the onlookers, well thanks for stopping by as well.

As a Dim Mak Tuesdays first-timer and helper, I couldn’t have gone at a better time because it was The Steves’, Steve Angello X Steve Aoki, ultra-birthday celebration with surprise guests Swedish House Mafia and Will.i.am. To cut everything short as my first time there was (because I parked at a 2 a.m. lot, even though the party lasted til sunrise), here are some behind-the-scenes photos:

Steve Aoki & Armand Van Helden “BRRRAT” Music Video

Tim Gauthier

Two of the most important people in dance music, Steve Aoki and Armand Van Helden concocted the frenetic, peak-hour soundscape that sets the tempo for Ace Norton’s dystopian nightmare rife with metaphor.

For more updates and everything Aoki, visit STEVEAOKI.COM

Thee Mike B Mixtape Exclusively for Cannonball!

Tim Gauthier


(Thee) Mike B Presents..CANNONBALLZ

Download the mixtape, and get down to Major Lazer, Diplo + Lil Jon, Sidney Samson, Afrojack, Klever, Treasure Fingers, & More! It will do justice to your pre-gaming before Dim Mak @ DRAIS! Cannonball@ Hollywood Drais!

Download: Thee Mike B – Cannonballz Mixtape

For more info about Cannonball and to RSVP click HERE.

Mustard pimp – Catastrophe Mixtape Series Vol. 3

Tim Gauthier

This time no playlist because we are organizing a small contest out of it. The 1st to find out the playlist will WIN a MP shirt,stickers and a surprise gift!
For your information, the mixtape contains 34 tracks.Some are easy to find,some other will give you a bit more challenge. Please post your playlist submission to the comments

Download: Mustard Pimp – Catastrophe Mixtape Series Vol 3

Click HERE for more info on Mustard Pimps.

STEVE AOKI ASIA TOUR 2010

Tim Gauthier

This is Steve Aoki’s video recap of his Asia Tour from May 2010! Watch Aoki take Asia by Electro-Storm!!

Freegums

Tim Gauthier


Limited Edition Dim Mak x Freegums Pin Badge Set!
Each set contains 2 pin badges. Smaller one is 0.75″ approx, bigger one is 1.25″ approx

Buy now or regret later. Click HERE.

Freegums & Dim Mak have come together again to bring you the big brother/small brother collaborative pin that has revolutionized the standard approval rating system. Whether you need to booooo a lousy band or let Stacey from preschool know you still want to be friends, you can put your thumbs to rest and bring your pins to the test.

Rob Roy Signs To Dim Mak!

Tim Gauthier

Currently working on his second full length album, Rob Roy signed on to Dim Mak Records. Dim Mak is ready to explore the hip hop world with Florida’s finest.

When Rob Roy streamed his album “King Warrior Magician Lover” on imeem last year, it garnered 800,000+ plays in one week. His video for the song “Fur In My Cap” had the internet going nuts with the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Travis Barker, Chris Brown and ?uestlove all giving props to the multi-talented rapper/singer/producer. You might have heard him on HBO’s “Entourage” or read about him in the pages of Nylon Guys and Giant Magazine.

Download: Rob Roy – King.Warrior.Magician.Lover

When I Grow Up I Wanna Win Best Hard Rock Band of the Year!

Tim Gauthier

This past Sunday, as MTV hosted the VMAs, San Diego hosted the SDMA’s where All Leather found itself winning Best Hard Rock album for “When I Grow Up I Wanna Fuck Like a Girl”! All Leather also has a humanitarian side while they’re not tearin’ you a new one on the dancefloor! Paying tribute to a rock legend, they’ve collaborated with various artists from Duran Duran and Warpaint to Chairlift, Afghan Raiders, Jessica 6 as well as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Available now on the Itunes store, all proceeds will go to benefit War Children, a nonprofit organization geared towards helping promote peace while providing aid to war affected children in countries in strife.

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