INTERVIEW: Rhea Robertson Talks “Mulholland Drive” Single and Music Video
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Australia it’s that their music scene has a goldmine of talent, one that is severely underrated. I’ve been awestruck particularly with the wave of amazing female singer/songwriters from the region, one being Rhea Robertson. The artist caught my attention last year with “Save Yourself”, a single that instantly became an all time favorite in my 10+ years of blogging. The single was a collaboration with music producer Luke Wylde who recently notched a credit on Usher, Lil Jon, and Ludacris’ latest single “Sex Beat”. This collaboration made both of them a lock on our new feature The NEXT 100, as artists to be on the look out for in 2020. And it looks like we’ve been proven right.
Rhea and Luke have joined forces yet again on a brand new single released today called “Mulholland Drive”. As with their previous collaboration the duo bring out the best in each other. Rhea’s sultry vocals meshed with Luke’s bluesy production is one for the ages. The first thing that comes to mind is that this song needs to be in movies and commercials. This song screams liquor commercial, perfume commercial, lingerie commercial, any scene in a badass movie, you name it! The single itself creates a cool cinematic feel and that’s before we even get to the music video where it all comes to life better than we could have imagined.
Amazing work by Rhea Robertson, Luke Wylde, and their team. I can’t wait to see what the two have coming next. Take a look below as Rhea’s talks about the single and much more!
As the whole world goes through a time of adjustment due to the pandemic, give us a perspective of how life is in Australia. How are you personally handling this time of quarantine and what is helping you get through?
We’ve got a lot of restrictions in place and it’s hard not seeing family or friends during social distancing. I feel incredibly grateful for my health, partner and our 2 cats…my heart really goes out to those going through this on their own. Personally I’ve been keeping myself occupied with plenty of activities. I’ve really been trying to not put too much pressure and just go with the flow each day. I haven’t felt bored yet, honestly there are so many things to choose from each day, it’s almost overwhelming! I’ve been playing music everyday, lots of writing and musings, learning sign language, looking after my veggie garden and learning a lot online about self sustainability, knitting (haha actually so therapeutic), reading, cooking/baking, beach walks or bike rides everyday. It’s really freeing to allow yourself to just be, I think all this time has really allowed that space to let go of some perfectionist tendencies and enjoy creating just to create with no expectation or judgement.
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I wouldn’t mind being in quarantine with you 💛 But in all seriousness, a little bit of social distancing, slowing down, spending time at home making creative magic, reading, learning, cooking, stretching, napping and loving doesn’t sound all too bad. We are all so used to being go go go all the time, that the idea of slowing down can feel incredibly scary. But we can choose love over fear! ❤️ Love your body with nutrient rich foods and supplements, love your mind by spending time learning new things, love your heart with your self care practices, love your community by taking some space for yourself and keepwashing your hands , love your family/friends by checking in on those who are vulnerable or suffering financial losses (help if you can without compromising your wellbeing). 🦋 We’ve got this, we just have to stick together…especially for those less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps most importantly of all, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are suffering in ANYWAY, reach out to someone close or a helpline or even me! It’s a weird time on the planet, but things are happening for reasons greater than we may ever know 🌱 How are you feeling in all of this? Have you got any helpful practices for easing worries? Or some awesome immune boosting tips?
“Mulholland Drive” is your latest single which is available today on streaming platforms. Talk about how this single came together and what it means to you?
This single came together in LA a couple years ago, so I’ve been waiting for the right time to share it. It came to me while driving along their infamous Mulholland Drive up behind the Hollywood Hills. There is a cult classic film by David Lynch with the same name that features a car crash and an incredibly twisted storyline. Thinking of this crash on this long and winding road, this hook just kept circulating in my head “crashing, crashing, crashing but I’m crashing with you”. I got back to the studio and started creating the song with Producer Luke Wylde and had some amazing musicians (Phil Simmonds, Sean Kantrowitz, Tim Parry) contribute to make the track the incredible soundscape it is. They really captured the feel for me, so the melody and lyrics just poured out with ease. Each line for me holds its own power and is very driven by the lyrics, so listen closely!
Not only are you releasing the single today you’re also releasing the music video that’s like a movie in itself. Tell us about the process of creating these visuals and how the vintage theme came to be.
I am so incredibly happy with how these visuals turned out! I worked together with local film student Shiromani Singh on the concept and stylisation of the clip. We wanted a 1920’s feel, making the storyline eerie, distorted and confusing for the viewers. There are so many versions of the story depending how the viewer perceives it and that is exactly what we wanted. The David Lynch movie Mulholland Drive is a neo-noir, cult classic film with super abstract, old Hollywood style and we wanted to pay homage to stylistic elements. Trent Owers did an incredible edit, which really gave it that multi story feel! All the incredible actors are from my local area and brought such vibrant, high quality performances. Everything from an incredible Drag Queen, a seductive circus girl, mysterious men, devastated elegant women, tales of love, lust, broken hearts and poison. It’s all there and you’ll need to see it to choose your own adventure in the clip!
In January we featured you as part of our big feature The NEXT 100 where you detailed your plans of releasing a lot of new music in 2020. Given the unpredictable time we’re in, are your plans for 2020 still on track?
Most of the entertainment industry (myself included) have lost all sources of income during this time. So it will definitely be different to navigate releasing music during this time as an independent artist. However, I won’t let it stop me! Music is my mission on the planet so I will always find ways to share what I create. I don’t necessarily follow the “rules” of the industry, as my goal has never been to seek fame from what I do. It has always been about sharing to connect with the hearts of others, so my aim is to keep doing that. I am hoping to share a whole range of music this year, collaborating with different artists and producers. I’ve never been one to be bound by one genre, so expect to see a crossover of different kinds of musical expressions from me this year.
Rhea Robertson’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First album purchased: Shania Twain ‘Come On Over’
I used to busk as a kid and I save up the money to buy the album. I was so obsessed, my mum made me the entire leopard print outfit from the ‘don’t impress me much‘ music video and I wore it almost everyday while busking haha.
Favorite mobile app: Other than the apps that help me share my music, I would probably say Depop. It’s fashion the way I like, slow and loved! I don’t really buy new clothes unless its a necessity, so I love finding amazing vintage treasure on Depop. I also sell my own pieces on here too. Such a great way to keep clothing out of landfill and you really getting some amazing unique things!
First concert ever attended: First big concert was the Michael Jackson History Tour. I was 7 and sat on my dads shoulders crying with happiness the whole time! It really inspired me to become a performer myself.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Buying houseplants or binge watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Favorite hangout spot/thing to do in Australia: 5 minutes bike ride from my house is this incredible hidden beach cove and a Rainforest Headland. I love to ride here and pretend I’m on a deserted island!
First song you ever recorded: The first song I ever recorded was a cover of “Stop” by the Spice Girls when I was 8, I think it started my love of being in the studio. But my first professional recoding was an EP I made at 15. It had 4 original songs and I had CD’s printed to sell at gigs. Fun fact I’ve been gigging professionally since I was 14!
Favorite throwback song: Oh gosh this is the hardest question! I love a good throwback from so many genres and eras…The first that is coming to mind is “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb. Anytime that song comes on I just can’t help but to get up and dance! As a matter of fact, I’m going to go put it on right now, you should too!