From busking on the side of the road in Australia, hoping people would throw some change into his guitar case, to now being an in-demand and ever popular artist, Kent-based singer-songwriter Robert Bearsby is living the dream.
Taking influence from artists such as Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, and Jesse Lacey from Brand New, Bearsby really taps into their innate ability to create an ambience and an atmosphere with his own music. In fact he says “if I don’t think it or feel it then I can’t sing it”. Tracks like Bearsby’s debut release Late Nights & Traffic Lights and his current single ‘I’ll Adore You, for tonight’, can only be described as true musicianship.
Before Bearsby released these tracks, he began his musical journey as part of Paper Figures whilst at university. Bearsby believes there is a lot of correlation with his current day material as he was the songwriter for the duo, however he says “…I’m not sure what I’d make of them if I listened back to them now”.
Speaking of his current single ‘I’ll Adore You, For Tonight’, Bearsby is coy about the story behind it. He says “All I will say is that it’s probably not about what you think it’s about”. If it’s anything like his debut release, Bearsby’s sure to be onto another winner. Both tracks will feature on Bearsby’s debut EP – ‘These Are The Good Old Days’, that is set for release early next year. He isn’t giving too much away about what to expect from it preferring to say – “[his fans] will just have to wait and see”. Bearsby is very keen to get back into the studio, and record new material, working alongside some of the most incredible musicians. He’s definitely excited about their input, on his future project.
Last month, He achieved something he never thought possible –a completely sold out gig. His very first headline show at his local music venue,The Grey Lady was a success. Bearsby hopes he can sell out The Grey Lady again in the future. For the time being though, he hopes the encouraging and positive vibes from his fans continues, whilst he makes music he’s proud of.
Written by Maggie Sapet