DJ Robb H is a multi-talented producer, vocalist and DJ making a wide array of music in different genres from Heavy Metal to Electronica and he kindly agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Song Revelation. Robb has many different guises which support his multi-faceted talents, being the music behind Magic Moon, 5 Screws, Rubber Babies, Platinum Beats, RH Beat Productions, and Honeyfly. Read the interview below to learn how he produces his tracks, what he’s currently working on and how he relaxes when not producing.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
I create over 25 styles. My favorites are pop, dubstep, heavy metal, electronica, downtempo, hip hop, rap, and rnb.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A dj, producer, and vocalist that can create over 25 genres.
Q: What is your musical background?
I am self taught. I’ve learned everything on my own. In 2005 I began djing as a hobby in my second bedroom. I practiced alot, researching, reading, listening… I used software at the time, with 2 turntables connected to my laptop. I began putting some of my mixsets online. In 2007 I became bored with playing others music for mixsets, so I started producing. Like most people, I started with fl studio, and eventually moved on to ableton live. I currently use ableton live. In 2008, my first song on a record label was released. Also in 2008 I began my vocal career. Since then, I have released all of my music independently on my own record label shared with my brother.
You can find my music on itunes and amazonmp3 under my artist names. Right now I produce beats for rappers and singers to lease for their albums. I create my own solo music. I sell my own loops to other producers. I am a vocalist, and have been remixed by many producers. I create music with my brother, and fellow producers and singers I have met along the way. I’ve gone from just playing music in my second bedroom to doing songs for documentaries, radio, tv, movies, and having over a million youtube views. Things are going well.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
I would say it’s been my best year so far. I can already tell 2011 will be much better still. In 2010 I started selling more music on a significant level, I have gained more listeners. People seem to enjoy the effort I put into it. I was able to work with several producers and singers, and made some great songs with them. I’ve had people contact me from all over the world looking for my music. It was a fun year for me musically.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Well it depends on the genre I’m creating. For electronic music, I always liked Fragma. I also liked Dj Encore, Milk Inc, and Sylver. I’ve always liked female vocals. Alot of my electronic music is based on soft female vocals layed over an electronic pop, downtempo, or house beat. If I’m creating dubstep music, then I would say Girl Talk is my inspiration. He djs and produces, and his breakbeat dubstep style is alot like how I learned when I first started djing. For my heavy metal influences, I would say all of the 80s hair bands. Along with the typical pop music of the time, I grew up listening to bands like Motley Crue and Megadeth. For rap, I liked Tupac. I grew up listening to him and people like NWA, Snoop, Dr. Dre. Lots of west coast rap.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
311 has always been my favorite. I love their ability to switch beats on the fly, and they make it all come together so smooth.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Sure, I’m always doing that. Mostly I enjoy doing that with my friends. I know quite a few
talented producers and vocalists. I really don’t have any specific well known names, but I would just say I’m open to working with them all. I especially enjoy producers who can create songs from my vocals. I
also enjoy working with rappers and singers for my own productions.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
I have alot of 1990’s music. According to my most played, it’s 311 – Down. Also according to my play count, my top artists listed are 311, Dj Encore, Everclear, Kid Rock, Mandy Moore, Fragma, Atomic kitten, Coolio, Nelly, Nina Persson, Bon Jovi, Gin Blossoms, Beck, and Vanilla Ice.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Most of my beats are played live on ableton and recorded. Then I edit them. Usually I start with a drum beat and build from there. I’ll start adding synth sounds, or strings, things like that. Then I’ll add my cymbals and such. After that, I’ll go through and add one shots throughout the song. When I have a decent instrumental, I’ll start testing vocals on it, using my own, or several acapellas I’ve received from friends. If I can’t get any to work well, then I still have a decent instrumental or beat. Alot of my vocal tracks with females are downtempo style. I’ve always preferred softer music with a female voice. When I use my own voice, alot of it is electro or house style, with some techno and trance. Many times I’ll re-edit my instrumental as I go, when using vocals that are working well In the beat.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
For me it would be melody. That’s mainly because I’m a music creator more than a singer. I would say I live for finding the next beat much more so than finding the next lyric. A well placed vocal over a beat is also nice.
Q: Where are you based?
In the Midwest, U.S.A.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Hot in the summer and cold in the winter. People are nice in general.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on some new dubstep music. I’m also making a new heavy metal album, and a new electronic album. I’m always creating beats too.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Probably having my song used in a documentary. There’s quite a few things I’ve enjoyed. Being released on a record label is cool. Having my song played for the Artlab grand opening in San Diego was nice. Mostly it’s just having people want to listen.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I plan to work alot more with other producers and singers, using my voice, and my own music productions. I’ll be releasing my heavy metal album, along with an electronic one, and a dubstep album. I’ll also keep creating new beats for rappers albums.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Mostly I like being at home. I like dogs alot, so my dog entertains me quite a bit. I ride street bikes also, and do that occasionally. Making music is also relaxing to me, so I do that a lot.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Please search itunes and amazonmp3 for artists Magic Moon, 5 Screws, and Rubber Babies.
Editor’s Comment: DJ Robb H produces an incredible variety of different musical styles, each with his own unique musical stamp. We’re looking forward at Song Revelation to his upcoming Dubstep album as well as any future collaborations throughout 2011 and into 2012.
If you’d like to connect with DJ Robb H just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/djrobbh
Magic Moon – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magic-Moon/143472585672401
5 Screws – http://www.facebook.com/pages/5-Screws/113326118724026
Rubber Babies – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rubber-Babies/166002990106600
RH Beat Productions – http://www.facebook.com/pages/RH-Beat-Productions/160685570617512
Magic Moon – http://www.myspace.com/clubdjradio
5 Screws – http://www.myspace.com/5screws
Rubber Babies – http://www.myspace.com/555694470
RH Beat Productions – http://www.myspace.com/rhbeatproductions
web page link:
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/djrobbh
5 Screws – http://www.reverbnation.com/5screws
Magic Moon – http://www.reverbnation.com/magicmoon
Rubber Babies – http://www.reverbnation.com/rubberbabies
RH Beat Productions – http://www.reverbnation.com/rhbeatproductions