Now most rock fans of a certain age must remember the mid-80's
hit 'Heartline' by Robin George? The album it came of, 'Dangerous
Music' is a must have for any self-respecting hard rock fan and was
originally released back in 1985.
Robin George has also worked with David Byron (ex-Uriah Heep
vocalist), briefly with Asia members John Wetton & Carl Plamer and
the ill fated Notorious with Diamond Head's Sean Harris. He was also in pomp-rockers Magnum for a brief period.
Check out the website for the recently released Byron Band material.
|1. What are you currently up
I recently released Lost and Found a collection of demos, rehearsals
and a gig featuring David Byron, via my website. The reaction has
been really positive which is good.
I've just finished my new album Bluesongs which Im very pleased with.
Im also mastering a Dangerous Music Live album from the mid eighties
and a compilation of unreleased songs of mine from the same era.
I havent gigged for a while, but I'm in talks about a short tour when
the album's released.
What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career
Too many to mention, but being able to make music is reward enough.
I suppose Bronze Records going broke just as Dangerous was taking off
was a definite low point, but the good times far outweigh any bad.
|3. How did you first get into the music business? Who have been your
main influences on your career to date?
I always wanted to make music, so I kept trying until I eventually
ended up making deals etc. I joined my first band when I was about
fourteen, but Ive been writing ever since I could strum a few chords,
mostly rubbish, but I still remember a few of the songs even now.
When I started, everybody listened to the Beatles or the Stones, but
I was more into the Beatles because of their song writing, vocal
harmonies and production. They were my major inspiration as a writer
and performer. As a guitar player, my inspiration was blues players
like Peter Green and Johnny Winter. I thought Zeppelin one was a
fantastic guitar album and I still do, so bands with great guitar
players like Cream, journey and of course Hendrix always interested
me most. I also loved the groove of bands like Little Feat.
|4. Could you tell us some more about the recently released David
Byron material that you've been involved with? How did you originally hook-up with David?
David used to work with a guy called Pete Green, he was also known as
Daniel Boon - he had written several hits in the Sixties. I was
working with Pete Green, too, he was co-writing with David at the
time, and he recommended me as a producer and a guitar player. So I
met up with David and we eventually formed the band. The first time
we met we wrote Bad Girl which is on the "Lost And Found" album. The
first session, with Pino Paladino playing bass and Pete Thompson on
drums was recorded live, which was great! - We did "Bad Girl" which
we later re-recorded for the album "On The Rocks" but for me the feel
of the demo is far better.
It was around then that we formed the Byron Band, and the rest is
history. I will never know why on earth the band didn't get signed
for the second album, because the songs are really good, and David's
performances are excellent.
|5. How did Rock Of Ageists fare and what were your personal
highlights on the album?
"Rock Of Ageists" has got some very good songs on it and, given a
chance, it could have done a lot better. I was made a lot of promises
by the record company that never materialised.
They did no marketing at all to my knowledge, so not many people even know about it. I've
recently been approached by a label who want to re-release it, so who
knows! OK, it's not a world-changing album and it wasn't meant to be,
it was just me getting old songs out of my system and moving on with
They are my versions of the songs Glenn Hughes and other
people had performed but not released (yet!) so I knew the songs were
good enough to be heard. In a different time Im convinced tracks like
Haunted and Learn the Dance would have been hits.
|6. You made a big impact with Heartline. How did you come up with
Heartline was originally two songs, so its the best bits of both. I remember re-writing it a few times until it was good enough to be the
single it became.
|7. You worked briefly with Asia. Was this just helping out the band
or were there plans to have you in the band full time? Would you ever consider working in a band situation again and have other bands approached you to join them since Asia?
It wasnt really Asia, it was a project band John Wetton and I put
together. The band was Carl Palmer, Don Airey on keyboards, Phil
Manzanera who joined us for a couple of numbers, John and me. We did
three nights for charity. We played Asia's hits, and some of my
tracks plus a couple of Beatles and Stones covers, which was good.
There are lots of bootlegs around of the gigs but Ive got the
original tapes. Ive been asked many times to re-master them, and if
the other guys agree it could be released as a live album in the near
John and Carl asked me to put an act together with them, but it didnt
work out in the end.
Ive worked with lots of names over the years, which has always been a
privilege, but I always come back to solo stuff in the end. Ive never
split up with myself yet!
|8. Are there any styles of music youd like to explore in the future?
Any other musicians youd really like to work with if given the chance?
"Bluesongs", is an interesting album - it's rock, funk and blues,
It's a different sort of groove, I always work with the same bass
player, Charlie Charlesworth, and he plays almost reggae dub across
the blues riffs, and it works a treat. Very different for me.
I've recently been working with a singer who's really big in Asia. He
sends me his vocals and I build tracks around them, so we've got this
amazing hybrid of Asian melodies and blues/funk/rock. I've never
heard anything quite like it and I find it fascinating how Indian
scales work against my western riffs.
|9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
|10. Message to your fans...
The usual thanks for all the support and goodwill, its priceless to
Because of the Internet, I've realized I still have fans worldwide. I
thought people had forgotten me and who I am. A friend recently said
your fans dont go away, they grow older with you, they remember you
and want to hear what your doing now, which is very gratifying. Thats
good to know!
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