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 ‘comparethemarket.com’ 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’.
Cleartone met up with melodic singer songwriter Robian – Interview
How would you describe your music ?
Melodic Country Rock
What is leaving it all behind about ?
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’
What if you make a mistake live ?
Blag it as best as I could and hope the audience didn’t notice.
Do you ever play any covers of other artists ?
Unfortunately yes, if you want to perform here on the Costa del Sol you have to do covers
Thanks Robian !