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Robert gillies

singer-songwriter / drinker of tea / half centaur

 
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biography

 

From performing at winter markets in small-town Scotland to opening for artists like A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, Robert Gillies has come a long way to be where he is. After moving to the US to study at Berklee College of Music, alongside classmates Charlie Puth & Betty Who, Gillies made the move out to California to be closer to the scene he'd admired from afar for so many years.

With his first two albums Gillies firmly planted himself in the acoustic singer-songwriter realm, performing countless house concerts and mini tours across the US, but it was in that time that he realised that he wanted to do something a little different.

"I always loved writing relaxed songs and I made that my thing for a while - I feel like it reflected where I was in my own life, the way I saw myself, especially when it came to how introverted I can be. When I started supporting more with pop acts I realised that there was a part of me that wanted out, that I'd been holding back, and I wanted to feel free to explore that and see where it took me."

That's where 2015's 'The Summer EP' came in. Gillies' playful lyrical style shines through on every song and you can hear a new confidence in life in his vocal performances in the soaring choruses of 'Drop The Worry' and 'Hollywood's A Vampire'. “Letting go of my fears, hitting new notes - it felt like I was finally able to breathe.”

Since then he’s released ‘Amber’, a companion album for his house concert sound, and written several songs for other artists, most notably ‘Beautiful Creatures (feat. MAX)’ for Illenium.

“I’m in this weird transition phase right now where I’ve been focussed solely on writing for other artists and hiding myself away as an artist. What’s amazing is how much I’ve learned from this process - and how much I’m able to bring to my own writing. New music is coming, I promise you that - it’s just taken a while to find my feet again.”

 
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The Summer EP

by Robert Gillies