Interview: Robert Vincent (LMA Best Male Vocalist Nominee) – “As long as the proceeds don’t go to funding someone’s war somewhere I’m all for local music awards”.
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With the Liverpool Music Awards just gone the weekend passed, we caught up with Robert Vincent who was nominated for best male vocalist. We spoke to him about how to get noticed on the local scene, attitudes towards local awards and where to grab a glimpse of Mr Vincent himself.
Joe ManGone (JM): Hey Robert Vincent, back to basics. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?
Robert Vincent (RV):Well, I’m a singer songwriter from Liverpool. I spent last year writing and recording a new album. And I’ve spent most of this year playing shows around the country.
JM: How would you describe your music?
RV: Americana/English folk. It’s a mixture of all the American Country and British pop I was surrounded with when I was growing up.
JM: You’ve been nominated for best male vocalist at the upcoming Liverpool Music Awards. How did that come about?
RV: It was pointed out to me by my girlfriend. I’m not one to usually push myself forward for those things but she nominated me and a lot of other people must have also…which was nice because I wasn’t even thinking about it. So I must of been doing something right over the last year in order to get the nomination. Which to be honest has put a smile on my face.
JM: Some people are against music awards on a local level in our city. What is your stance?
RV: Maybe they are generally the ones who fear rejection? I think they are good thing. The celebration of what we all do as musicians can only be a good thing surely? And all of the people who work alongside musicians, some of those guys only get their slap on the back at these events.
As long as the proceeds don’t go to funding someone’s war somewhere I’m all for them.
JM: What inspires you about the the Liverpool Music Awards?
RV: Well I like that Ellie Philips seems to have gone to a lot of effort and I feel it’s all coming from a good place. It’s positive for the city and all the musicians in Liverpool. So to see that effort is quite inspiring. I’m only one musician and I have trouble just dealing with me most of the time.
JM: How do you see Liverpool’s music scene at this moment in time?
RV:I think it’s in a healthy place. It’s not as indie sounding as it once was. There are a lot more people picking up guitars and doing solo shows and playing songs that they enjoy. Some of the open Mic nights are outstanding. Young kids with big songs. Which is what I have been doing. Turning up and playing and there is a nice scene in that at the moment.
JM: What would your advice be for budding vocalists on a local level? How do you get noticed?
RV: Gig and gig and when you’re tired book more gigs… It’s the only way to be noticed now a days. Back to the good old days… Whenever that was.
JM: Where are people most likely to find you when your gigging the ‘pool?
RV: I have gigs coming up in the Zanzibar and view two gallery. I like to go and play the open Mic nights at heebie jeebies or the cavern pub, camp and furnace. Anywhere were there is a gig really. I’ve been trying to play as much as I can. Within reason!
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