Interview with Bobby Royale
How did you come by your band name?
At some point in the early stages of the project, we decided we wanted to incorporate a 50s sound into our music and in the 50s everybody was named Bobby something and was very handsome. So we wanted to be named Bobby something and be very handsome too.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Ever since I saw the movie Beat Street 1984 I knew I wanted to be a DJ, but since DJing in Sweden mostly consists of playing garbage music to people drunk out of their minds I wanted to play live music instead. To be sure I could nag my way onto the stage with the real musicians, I bought a pair of congas because it was the only instrument no one else played. Eventually, I got fairly decent at it. Now I put together my own band and have started to play drums. I suck a bit at it, but who’s gonna fire me?
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Steely Dan, The Mavericks, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Ella Fitzgerald, Gil Scott- Heron, Astor Piazolla, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, T La Rock, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Run- DMC, Rick Rubin, Frank Zappa, Jeff Lynne, Jeff Porcaro, Armand van Helden, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, Eddie Murphy, Michael McDonald, Phil Lynott, Carlos Santana, Bernard Herrmann, Blaze Foley, Boz Scaggs, Barry Manilow, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, George Duke, Shalamar, Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Danzig, Dolly Parton, Dr. John, Evert Taube, George Benson, George Carlin, Woody Allen, Tom Waits, Barry White, JJ Cale, Mike Patton, Nick Lowe, MF Doom, Imagination, John Kennedy Toole and a couple of more I probably forgot…
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Bobby Royale isn’t a concept. It’s an ever-changing process formed by the creativity, imagination, and artistry of our members, for better or worse.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
The greatest challenge is to get noticed in today’s plethora of sounds and people yelling for attention. Our greatest attribute is that we somewhat manage to get noticed in today’s plethora of sounds and people yelling for attention without making complete idiots of ourselves.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Yes, of course. Mainly because we’re the only ones doing what we’re doing. If we were trying to do something someone else already had done, we would really suck.
What are your plans for the near future?
Try to put out a new song once a month and also play live. We turn goat piss into gasoline on stage.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
We would like to thank the absence of God. If he existed he might not have let us come this far. Also Rolf at Staarsound for believing in us!
How can fans find you?
BobbyRoyaleOfficial om both Facebook and Instagram.
Bobby Royale on YouTube.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Have fun while you´re not making it.
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