Featured Musician: Robby Myers AKA Flow Zen

Robby Myers is a hip-hop, electronic, and pop music producer from San Francisco, CA. He started his music career learning to play the piano moving on to electric bass in a three-person rock band and DJing at clubs and private events. For the last 4 years he has been producing, writing and recording his own original hip-hop/pop music with a friend and much more recently he got involved in Electronic music production.

TH: What inspires your music?
Robby: What inspires my music is the desire to open up the doors, bring together, and help build an acceptance for all the different musical genres, artists, languages, and styles from across the globe. Genres are already starting to merge, but as an example, how cool would it be to have a band from Germany work with a DJ from Brazil, a Singer from the United States, a rapper from Japan, and a track maker from Korea? Or any other possible combination for that matter? That’s what inspires me. Unification of people through music.

I’m all about spreading music across the globe. That’s one major thing that drew me to electronic music. Unlike almost all other forms of music on earth, there is a huge sense of community, respect, and openness to new artists, ideas, and sounds. And, of course, there is not necessarily a language barrier. But most importantly, within electronic music, I get the vibe that both artists and fans are just looking for good music.

If you make good music, the community will listen.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a huge label backing you, if you’ve only got 10 fans on facebook, or if you’ve never DJed any kind of event in your life. Just a small example: if you look at almost any electronic music label’s website, they have places where you can submit demos to them, but have you seen any places to submit demos to big Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop labels? Very few and far between. In fact, most straight up say they don’t accept unsolicited demos.

TH: Does anyone in your family create or play music?
Robby: My mom used to play a little bit of piano, but what really got me interested in music was growing up listening to my older sister playing piano all the time. She was honestly good at it, so being the younger sibling, I wanted to learn how to play like her. Also, when I was in 6th grade I started playing electric bass in a 3-person rock band with friends from my school, and that’s when I found out that my uncles on my mom’s side (especially one in particular) were really into playing guitar and pro recording. We were going to collaborate on some cover songs, but unfortunately we never found the time.

TH: What is the most played song on your iPod/music player?
Robby: Deadmau5 – Brazil (2nd Edit)

Deadmau5 is awesome. Not just his music, but he has this DGAF attitude, which really makes him appear real and human, unlike many artists. This is really great for his tweets and social media sites because he’s not afraid of giving the finger to his management and posting videos or comments that he finds funny, even if they may be offensive to some people. I’m not endorsing being offensive, but just the fact that he’s not afraid to post what he feels like posting is pretty cool, since most big time artists would be super scared to tarnish or ruin their image.

And by the way, if you’re a Deadmau5 fan and you like that song, you should check out this mashup by Kaskade, it’s pretty epic :P

TH: What is one song you secretly like that your friends would be surprised to know?
Robby: Kid Sister – 54321

For the past 6 months I’ve been focusing mainly on Electro-House and Dubstep production, but before that, I had never attempted a straight up electronic music track. In fact, I began my producer/artist career in Hip-Hop.  [lquote]Women are often objectified in Hip-Hop, but female rappers almost embrace this or even flip it around and objectify men. Even as a guy I’ve always found that really inspiring and motivating.[/lquote]  Ever since the hip-hop golden years in the early to mid 1990’s, I’ve always had a thing for female rappers. In their music they take the female stereotype (in hip-hop culture, but also in general) and flip it on its head.

I really like that old school Hip-Hop sound that is almost breakbeat-like, and Kid Sister brings all these things together perfectly. First off, she’s a woman doing Hip-Hop, duh. But also, her beats are retro, but modern and electronic at the same time, and her flow is so on point it’s ridiculous. She has this old school rhythm to her lyrics that you just never hear anymore. I think it’s sad that there aren’t more female rappers in the mainstream, especially since I’m not a fan of Nicki Minaj. Remember Lady of Rage and Da Brat? We need more rappers like that!

TH: What other hobbies do you have?
Robby: I’ve become a Vegas addict. It’s dangerous living so close ;)

I’m also an artist/producer in the Hip-Hop duo, NjS. My partner Kuga and I grew up together in San Francisco, CA. He’s Japanese and I’m half, and we make music in English and Japanese depending on the market we’re targeting. Kuga has lived in Tokyo for the past 4 years, and I was studying abroad there for 13 months about 2 years ago. While we were there we had the opportunity to perform at a bunch of clubs around Tokyo and link up with some pretty awesome people in the industry there. Our goal is to globalize music even more than it already is and bring artists together from all over the place for international collaborations because we feel like that would open up so many doors for everyone and it seems like the natural progression of music. One thing that is a little promising is that Lil Wayne did a collaboration with the Jpop star, Verbal of M-Flo, about 2 years ago, but I’m willing to bet that not many people heard it outside Japan. So we’d like to see more of that happen, but with more success. If anyone’s interested, here’s our website: http://www.TheOfficialNjS.com

Other than that, I love learning languages and traveling. I’ve studied Spanish and Japanese so far, and I’m currently studying Korean. I’m debating between Mandarin and French for my next language, what do you think?? :P

Robby on the Web: Facebook | Soundcould | Talenthouse | Twitter