LOVES IT AND LEAVES IT “My office is a nightclub full of people who are trying to forget whatever’s going on in their life,” Robb G answers bluntly when asked why he’s hanging up his hat now, after 15 years in the biz. “Getting drunk, maybe getting high, maybe… whatever. It’s the moral compass that exists in that world that’s skewed; that whole part of it, I didn’t see in my life anymore. I’m going through a lot of big changes on a personal level, and it made me re-evaluate what I wanted out of life.”
Citing hot yoga, writing, and time with his kids as current motivators, Robb elaborates, “I’ve been seriously giving it my all for over a decade; have been in the scene in some shape or form for more like 18. I’ve been lucky, travelled a lot, played some of the biggest festivals in North America; made a living at it and had a lot of good experiences, but I want new experiences from life now. One of my favourite Einstein quotes is that ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’… I want different results. I want new things. I don’t want to be the 40-year-old guy in the club trying to make money off of entertaining 20-year-olds. At some point, it gets to be like that quote from Dazed and Confused: ‘I keep getting older, they stay the same age.’”
One of the more successful producers our nation has ever birthed (certainly one of the most animated performers to ever grace the decks), Robb first began to headbang his way into our PLUR-filled little hearts with 2007’s 12-Inch Therapy EP. The title track and its even more successful B-side by Bass Kleph hit high on the charts of both Mixmag and iDJ, and the Bass Kleph remix was eventually named 2007 Breakbeat Tune of the Year by iDJ Magazine.
Subsequent work with artists like DJ Dan and Hatiras and releases on over a dozen labels kept him at the front of our crates until 2011, when he and Lazy Rich released their remix of Flatland Funk’s “Lose Control”. The tune spent over a month on Beatport’s Top 100 and hit #16 on the Electro House chart.
While the definition of his sound has been dubbed many things as the popularity of the breakbeat genre dwindles, Robb chuckles, “The stuff I’m playing is, like, breaks with a sweater on. I put a different coat on it, but the elements are still there. If you really listen to it, the roots are the same; people are calling it electro house, people are calling it fidget… but [breaks] never really left.”
Instead, it turns out that the one who’s leaving is Robb G himself.
See Robb G off on his Get Out Of Here Tour – October 10th in Calgary at Hifi, October 11th in Vancouver at Post Modern, the 12th in Kelowna at Saphire, the 13th in Victoria at Hush and the 19th at Footwork in Toronto. Taken from: http://beatroute.ca/2012/10/06/robb-g/