It has often been hard to put a label on Bob Holroyd’s music. With nine studio albums and six remix albums, Bob’s eclectic work has been recognised by a plethora of artists across the globe. Now, having released new music for the first time in over two years, we sat down with Bob to ask a few questions to discuss how these times are affecting musicians and find out a little more about how the landscape of the music industry will look moving forward.
What have you been listening to recently to ease the boredom of being cooped up?
After accepting a Facebook ‘challenge’ to choose 10 albums that have influenced me and my music tastes, I’ve been delving into these and relistening to Talk Talk, David Sylvian, Steve Reich, Peter Gabriel, Queen, XTC and other vintage classics.
How have you found the extended period in isolation has impacted your creativity? Have you found it to be a blessing or a curse?
Strangely I’ve found it a curse. The fact that I have loads of time to get on with writing creates its own pressure. I felt as if I should be getting on with being creative, as I had nothing else to do, but instead I’ve felt very uninspired and almost guilty as a result.
Have you taken to any social media platforms to deliver live performances during this time? If so, how did you find the reception?
I haven’t. I was meant to be playing a couple of gigs in America at the end of April, but obviously, these were cancelled. So instead I showed a film of one of my recent shows on the exact date and time that these gigs should have taken place, and it seemed to be very well received.
Do you think this time will see a rise in ‘DIY’ musicians stepping into the spotlight? Do you think this is a good thing for the industry?
There are already thousands of ‘DIY’ musicians due to the internet and the rise of digital distribution, so I don’t think the current coronavirus situation will have much of an effect either way. The main things that have changed are that live shows are not happening, and clubs are also shut, so promotion is even more difficult than ever.
How do you think this period will shape the music landscape for the years to come?
Obviously, the live element will be most affected, but I’m sure creative people will find creative ways to continue.
What is the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?
I think I might stay in for the first few days as it will be way too crowded out there!
Have you got a message for any of your fans that might be reading this? Any means by which they can support yourselves/the band at this time?
Thank you for your continued support, I really appreciate it. If there are artists you like, please try and buy their work directly from them if at all possible, and advise others to do the same.
Listen to Bob Holroyd’s latest song, Hiding in Plain Sight: