To celebrate the winners of this year’s Seed Award, we caught up with all the selected artists and composers for a quick chat.
Here, we speak to Robyn Rocket.
Can you tell us about your musical influences?
Pink Floyd — especially presenting a whole concept e.g. Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, as well as stage, lighting and sound exploration.
Pink Silfu and the Negro Alive — Punk and yet with a depth of sound, particularly their trumpet player Chris Williams.
Spaceheads — duo of trumpeter Andy Diagram and drummer Richard Harrison, they are how I got into trumpet through fx.
Sun Ra Akestra – love the way they can sway between skronk and tight big band arrangements, love their costumes and audience professions.
Jaimie Branch – trumpeter from America, who had a lot of punk aesthetic.
Ornette Coleman – Free jazz, maybe the first record I heard of it.
David Bowie – embodiment of characters and pushing boundaries.
Alabaster DePlume – soft sax, positive messages—funny and fun.
What are you working on at the moment?
I put out an EP each month. These are just jams I had with myself. I am a Heart N Soul artist and creative associate. I run a gig series at café OTO in London called Robyn’s Rocket. I am a consultant for accessibility and work with promoters like Serious (EFG London Jazz Festival) and venues like OTO and The Village Underground to help them be more accessible to more people.
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