1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi! My name is Bob Hillary. I hail from Somerset, but I lived in Edinburgh until about 8 years ago. I used to be in an awesome band called The Ruffness. Some of you up in Scotland may well remember us – we were a Roots dub breakbeat reggae fusion band. We rocked it for about 7 years. until we imploded, when we got signed!
I’m playing under my own name now but with a nice little band. We’re called Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow. We are releasing our own music due to shitty experiences with various labels. So now we’re on the ‘Grassroots’ tip – gigging like steam and crowdfunding our own albums. It’s very empowering to be doing this. With noone telling us what to do and how to do our business. We are free! And I hope the music we make reflects that.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
Well. I’ve always LOVED reggae. But I’m basically a folky English songwriter, and I love to travel and study music in other cultures and then bring that back to my own music… so our music is a nice mellow blend of Nu folk, Reggae, African & ambient world music vibes. The other thing I should mention is that I try to write songs that MEAN SOMETHING. As I have no doubt you are all aware – the planet is in a right state – and I’m trying to use my songs to highlight areas of concern and imbalance in the world – in a positive and poetic way. I like to write songs of change. Because I believe change is very very needed in the world right now…
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
Well, if you want the truth. Being bullied at school made me turn to music, as an escape. But weirdly I was at school with Chris Martin from Coldplay… and he was also being very badly bullied. So we became mates. and we started the two school bands. Chris taught me to sing when I was 15. Overnight I went from from being bullied to being cool and getting loads of hot girls. So it worked out ok. haha!
4. Stage or studio?
Both. I love both. If I had to choose – I would choose stage. Nothing beats the feeling of connection with people en masse in a live setting. Its awesome. Humbling. Powerful.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I use an RME Fireface audio interface (it rocks!) and an old analogue outboard TLS Ivory series compressor (also rocks). I’ve just ordered a Fylde acoustic guitar. Beautiful. Oh I use a SE Electronics valve mic to record my vocals. Very warm and sweet. I basically LOVE analogue valvey warm sounds. Old school.
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
I think I just answered that question above. but yeah basically I think music is sounding a little too digital these days. I like sound with CHARACTER. and analogue has character. By the bucketload.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
Im offering my new Single ‘Cmon Leave it Now’ from my brand new album ‘Simplify’ for FREE if you visit my website www.bobhillary.com – Its a nice tune. So go get…