Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Raye Robinson

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

I just released my debut single called Daisies! I had a lot of fun working with my producer Rob Auerbach on this song, and I think we’ve found a really fun, spunky sound in our time creating this track (and more). This song is about the aftermath of a relationship, and the feelings of doubt and regret and absence that start to creep in after things end. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

I am so so thrilled Daisies is finally out, I just love being able to share my music with the world! There was so much nervousness and excitement leading up to this release, so when it finally came out I was kind of holding my breath. I kept thinking “what do I need to do right now? What am I forgetting?” 

It will never not feel strange to hear people playing or see people listening to your song. Everytime I see a music blog write about it or a listener post it to their story, I’m like, “Wait! Thats me!! Wow!!” It’s such a surreal and amazing feeling.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

A song called “Somewhere You Could Be Mine” off of my upcoming EP– Crushes & Love songs– is probably my favorite album track song I’ve written. The song is a duet with one of my insanely talented friends, Crawford. His voice is like honey and adds so much to the song. We also recorded a bunch of layered harmonies and background vocals that I am totally in love with. 

Your favourite song to play live:

Well all of these songs have been written over the pandemic, so I guess we will have to see! The band I was in before the pandemic has a song called Youth that I wrote when I was 16, and that has to be one of my favorite songs that I’ve played live so far in my career. There’s so much energy between the band when we perform that song, and I just love getting to jump around and belt my little heart out.  

Your most emotional track: 

The song “Optimist” that I released on my band’s EP is probably my most emotional song to this date. It talks about my struggle as someone who is always “positive,” dealing with emotional low points and wrestling with my own vulnerability. I’ve found that it’s much easier to be vulnerable in my music than it is to open up to people in my everyday life. Since that tends to be where I let out a lot of that energy so I have plenty of emotional songs waiting in the wings to be recorded and released.

At the moment though, I’m having a lot of fun playing with fun, spunky, upbeat songs and themes, so that is my focus moving forward, at least for the next handful of releases. 

The best lyric you have ever written: 

“The seasons keep changing, The moon keeps on waning, 

And I keep on waiting for my heart to catch up.

You’re getting over, and I’m getting left behind, 

The world moves on”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

THIS! is my favorite feeling in the world! There’s that little adrenaline burst before you go on that stirs up all the anxious butterflies, but it’s always mixed with pure giddiness and a smile I can’t shake off. I love being on stage –feeling the energy from the crowd and sending it back out. Walking on stage is the best because you have every second of the show ahead of you to savor.

The hardest track to play live:

Youth is probably the most difficult to play live as well as being my favorite. It has a wide vocal range, going from some of my lowest notes in the verses and bridge, to the top of my range in the choruses. The melody line also moves around a lot so keeping control over my voice and hitting all the right notes can be a challenge for this song!

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

SNACKS, super comfy clothes for long drives, deodorant (very important), stage clothes/shoes, makeup+hair styling products/equipment, my own pillow because motel pillows are never the same, earplugs (protection from snoring boys), and I like to have a disposable camera for fun, casual BTS shots.

Describe your fans in three words:

Sweet, supportive, beautiful 🙂

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Mad At Disney by Salem Ilese, Who Says by John Mayer, literally anything by Taylor Swift, I love her songwriting style so much.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

More singles and an EP– Crushes & Love Songs!

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