An interview with Robin Wylie
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Robin Wylie creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
I’m from Belfast. I came up through metal and hardcore in the 80’s and then got into a lot of Industrail stuff late 80’s. I think that’s where I got my 1st taste of synths and drum machines being used in production, though I had no idea what they were then or how the sounds were being made. This deffo paved the way for finding dance music in the early 90’s, once I went to my 1st raves in the Art College here in Belfast it all clicked. I lived in Birmingham for a few years too, until the late 90’s and I was introduced to a lot of new sounds while I was there.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres are you enjoying mixing right now?
I have a short attention span, I like to bounce around as many styles as possible these days, my Sub FM radio show has the same sorta vibe. I normally play from house and garage through to breaks, grime, dubstep, footwork and jungle. Whatever I can fit in those 2 hour slots. Always something in my sets from the Lmajor and Mani Festo at the minute, Stones Taro stuff is really 1st class.
How do you feel your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I really hope it imparts some sort of emotion, music can hit people in different ways so long as they feel something. I don’t really care if people hate it, you can’t please everyone, it’s all subjective.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m putting the finishing touches to a 4 track EP, some dark 2 step bits and some breaks. Hopefully out by the end of the year. I have a local vocalist called Becky McNeice on one of the tracks, she is really amazing. It’s not normally a track she would put her vocal on, but she is always up for a challenge. Keep an eye out for her.
I always have plenty of mixing and mastering work that I do with local artists in Belfast.. It keeps me out of trouble ;)
What pisses you off?
Phones in the dance
What makes you happy?
An amen and sine wave
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Don’t be a dick