New Zealand pop singer-songwriter Robinson has released her brand-new and highly anticipated single ‘Medicine’, a searingly honest reflection on the pain of heartbreak.
With over 55 million streams to her name to date, and a record that has gone Platinum in Australia, Robinson has received an unprecedented reception, both critically and commercially. Championed by Zane Lowe at Beats 1, Robinson has unsurprisingly gained further support from Radio 1 and Kiss FM, she is definitely an exciting one to watch.
We were lucky enough to get her in conversation, and chatted all things gig rituals and her love for ABBA.
You’re from New Zealand right? What are the main differences you notice when playing abroad?
I am indeed from NZ! I think it’s more my internal mindset when playing abroad vs playing back home! My nerves are a little calmer playing overseas and I think it’s because it’s not so close to home (literally haha)… It’s a crowd of unfamiliar faces but playing to people you know is usually always the scariest thing to do (also lots of fun)!
Are there any gigs rituals your bringing over seas with you?
I like to listen to ABBA to hype me up and help rid any nerves.. dance it out! I hope this ritual becomes a popular trend because I LOVE ABBA!!!
Tell us about the process and message behind ‘Medicine’…
‘Medicine’ was written on a trip to London. The day before I left back home to New Zealand, I got into the studio with Mac&Phil and Max Wolfgang and we talked for a couple of hours before getting stuck into what became ‘Medicine’. We started out on the piano and going through chords and then the words and story line just really came together so quickly. We wrote and recorded the song within a couple hours! The song itself is about being unaware of the impact of our actions and words and how sometimes it takes ‘a taste of our own medicine’ to see the weight of these actions and words. I remember always loving the saying “a taste of your own medicine” so it just came out in this song!
You worked with Sam de Jong when producing ‘Don’t Trust Myself’ what was it like working with him?
Sam is absolutely amazing. He has an incredible musical ear and ability to know what will make the songs sound best. I feel super lucky to be able to work with him! He’s also the nicest guy ever so it’s always so much fun! He co-produced ‘Nothing To Regret’ and ‘Medicine’ also, so he’s been a big part of my music and sound! It’s always so special when you find people you click so well with creatively!
Your music has had great support from great names this year including Zane Lowe on Beats 1 … how does that feel?
It’s absolutely surreal! I can’t believe all the support. Music has this crazy ability to reach people and it blows me away! I pinch myself often to check if it’s real!
Is there one person in particular who you would love to hear your music?
Hmmm Benny Blanco, Sia, MØ Calvin Harris.. I’d love to work with all of them one day!
If you had one piece of advice for anyone trying to make it in the music industry what would it be?
If you really want to pursue music and absolutely love it, then just go for it! Practise and put your time into it… it’s really the best way to keep getting better! I remember finishing high school and at one point, feeling so much pressure to go to uni (which is great for some people) but felt deep within me, I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in music… why would I not be true to myself? And at 18, no one should feel a big pressure to have their whole life figured out. I took the year off and just put my all into writing music. I guess what I’m saying is, you have to follow your heart and dreams or you’ll always wonder ‘what if’!
And finally…what is next on the agenda?
I’m off to New York tomorrow and still haven’t packed hahah! I’m going to write so I can’t wait for that! I’ll be playing live shows this year and releasing more music! Honestly I’m so excited to get it all out there!