John Robson


Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with John Robson find out more about him…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Redcar on the north east coast of England. I first got into music as a child... I was pretty ill as a toddler and the only thing that cheered me up was listening to my parents old rock n roll records. By my 11th birthday I was playing guitar and by the time I was 14 I was playing on the local pub and club circuit.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The tune that made me want to learn the guitar was Apache by The Shadows and that love of instrumental music has stayed with me. As I learned to play guitar I was influenced by the instrumental guitar tunes of players like Roy Buchanan and Carlos Santana. These days my influences are players like Guthrie Govan, Gary Moore, Andy Timmons and Steve Morse.

How would you describe your sound?
Simple... catchy tunes with flashy guitar.

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called Gravity and it is inspired by the big, melodic guitar tunes associated with players like Gary Moore and Peter Green.

What’s your local music scene like?
In a word... AWFUL! Unless you are a tribute band or play the usual weddings and Bar Mitzvah covers set, you aren't going to get any work. I stay in the studio these days.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I plan to keep on writing & recording music... It's what keeps me sane. Every few months I have enough material stockpiled to release as an album, so yes... there will be another album in due course.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Anyone at all? Alive or dead? Alive it would have to be Dave Grohl - a consummate songwriter keeping the flame of honest to goodness rock n roll burning bright. If I had a time machine and could go back to any point in history to write music with and just chat about music and musicality, with anyone at all, it would be Edward Elgar... he wrote some of the most achingly beautiful melodies ever heard.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Plenty, but the most ridiculous was playing an entire set to a dog. Once upon a time (actually it was back in '92) the covers band I was in were booked to play a Sunday lunchtime slot at a working mens club in Middlesbrough. Sunday lunchtimes were renowned in this club for having strippers between the band's sets. This Sunday, the stripper didn't show and as soon as the (male only) audience realised there was no flesh on display the room began to empty. By the time we went back on to play the 2nd half there was only one old chap (he must have been about 80) and his greyhound left in the room. We fired up with "Shot through the heart and you're to blame..." and the old boy got up to go and play on the slot machines in the foyer. His dog stayed, curled up asleep. We played the next fifteen songs to the dog who never woke up. Then the old chap reappeared and muttered "noisy buggers", clipped the lead back on the dog's collar and left.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That my music may be instrumental guitar, but it's (hopefully) not an indulgent ego trip, like so much other supposedly similar music. I like to think it's accessible to anyone who appreciates a good tune.

You can find out more about John via his music website, guitar tuition website, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.