LE Newsletter - March 8, 2007
Interview with Robin Thicke
Robinís bio says it best -
The Evolution of Robin
is an imaginative and heart-felt album that you cannot help but
be moved by bob your head to and smile throughout. This CD is
one of real music, good musicianship and hard-to-find talent Ė
that special quality. This hard-working artist Ė that we will
call ĎCanadianí due to his gene pool of being Allan Thickeís
son - talks about his music, the industry and his dad.
Your CD is so great and sincerely, Iím afraid that I donít get
to say that often. Every track offers some new measure of
emotion and the lyrics just grab you too. Very smoky, sexy and
fun. Whatís been the highlight around this project for you?
To be honest, every day there seems to be a new highlight. Just
seeing my name in USA Today, one of the top played songs in the
country and getting offers from People Magazine, 50 Most
Beautiful People Ö I mean itís just overwhelming considering
that months ago, I was just still wondering if people would ever
get to hear the music. Iíve always loved my music and believed
in my music, but I didnít believe necessarily that people would
ever get to hear it.
I had a gut feeling that if I could get it to people, I knew
thereís got to be an audience. It doesnít even have to be huge,
but thereís gotta be some people out there that want to hear
What are your thoughts about the music industry and whatís
been the biggest challenge?
You know what? Probably to my strengths and my weakness, I
much of the pressure on myself. When it didnít work, I
just said that the music wasnít good enough. I didnít blame it
on the business; I didnít blame it on radio. I said that I can
do better. I think thatís a good way to think of things, as
long as you donít hurt yourself, as long as you donít bring pain
upon yourself. But what it did make me do is that it made me
work harder. It made me give more to my music as opposed to my
ego saying, ĎI can just throw anything out there. Iím so good -
whatever I do will be great.í
I kept trying harder to connect with people as opposed to trying
to be cooler than them.
Who are some of your influences Ė not just musically but
anyoneís whoís made their mark for you?
Iíll start with the artists, the main couple of artists
obviously would be Bob Marley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Stevie
Wonder because they were not only incredible musicians but they
spoke of righteousness and equality and hope and peace. Also,
my friend, Andre Harrell who started Uptown Records and then
became a mentor to me, really opened me up to a whole other
world. My wife (Paula
Patton) is really the biggest influence on my life
because she has taught me compassion and she taught me
understanding. I was cocky kid and she taught me to think about
other people and put myself in other peopleís shoes and I think
that thereís nothing in this world like compassion.
What pieces of advice would you give to a young artist that
wants to enter the business?
Go on American Idol!! Itís the only place to get
developed. Where else
would you get to get in front of an
audience two times a week and have to sing Ė be shoved out
there. Theyíre going to tell you that your hairís not good
enough, itís what we all go through. You canít get that kind of
training anywhere anymore and I would tell people, go out for
American Idol and if not, send your music to everybody, sing for
everybody and do it because you love it Ė not because you want
to be a celebrity.
The problem with what is going on right now is that everyone
just wants to be a celebrity and itís all because they want to
be loved. But they donít actually love the work of doing
it. I love to sing. I love to perform. I
love to make music. I was doing for 12 hours a day when no
one was listening. So, imagine when people are actually
listening, how much Iím going to enjoy it. You have to love
making it and you have to do the work.
If you could work with any artist, living or past, who would
Iíd have to say to get into a room with John Lennon would be
pretty special and Marvin Gaye. Marvin, in my opinion, has the
voice of God. I think if God could sing, I think he would have
Marvin Gayeís voice.
So, whatís in your iPod player right now?
I have an iPod and Iíve never used it.
What do you want people to remember you by?
I think that he was about, and it sounds corny and youíve
heard it before, but that he was just about love. And that he
was trying to show that we are all one in the same and that we
should be celebrating each otherís differences as opposed to
Ďtoleratingí them. I hate the word Ďtoleranceí Ė it doesnít
make sense to me. You tolerate evil, you tolerate
children sometimes but you donít tolerate differences. I
think that we should appreciate and love people for their
differences and I just want people to open their hearts and
minds and believe in magic.
I think that religion and sarcasm [have added to that]. When
youíre a kid, you believe anything is possible. You believe you
can do anything and then youíre told as the years go by, that no
no no, you canít do anything and thatís not right and thatís
wrong and ugly and thatís not cool. I think that we should
believe that magic is possible.
Do you know any Canadian artists?
I think that Nelly Furtado is Canadian. I donít know her
personally. Deborah Cox is Canadian Ė Tamia Ė another beautiful
Weíve always claimed your dad (Allan
Thicke) as Canadian Ė do you feel at home here at all?
He is Canadian to the bone! I havenít been in a room that I
wasnít uncomfortable in a long time. I think you start to come
to peace with yourself and when youíre at peace with yourself,
you can kind of just flow. My dad is the quintessential
Canadian! My dad and my uncle both moved to LA Ė and so my joke
is that the Canadian dream is to move to America! (I was joking
He has so much pride and so much love for his country. Every
opportunity heíll point out the Canadians to me. Steve Nash?
Canadian. Martin Short? Canadian. In any given conversation,
heíll point out Canadians.
I was sincerely blessed to get this interview with soon-to-be
mega superstar! Thanks to the folks at Universal Music Ė Steve
Nightingale and Joanna Griffiths for their generosity in setting