Rob Stroud Exclusive Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
When I saw the film Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii at the ABC cinema in Romford – I was about 13, I didn’t pay to get in as my auntie was an usherette, she would sneak me in…
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
There are so many, I listen to all kinds of music but in chronological order
Genesis – Phil Collins Drums
The Pop Group – Bruce Smith Drums
The Birthday Party – Phill Calvert Drums
Boris Blank (Yello) – his programming and unique synth sounds
Vangelis – his totally individual style/keyboard sound and work ethic
SWANS – sheer hypnotic power and intense volume
Public Enemy – the creative sampling
The Young Gods – the creative sampling
Black Metal – bands that have the big synth/ orchestral sound ie Emperor / Dimmu Borgir
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m left handed but play drums right handed (Ringo Starr is the same)
I’m a frustrated guitarist, I’ve owned a guitar for 35 years, still can’t play it.
I Can’t read music – I can do great death metal vocals if given the chance!
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I’ve written hundreds of songs over the years – impossible to choose
if I told you all the details in each song it would make a book or three
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
On top of a castle at the top of a huge hill in Portugal August 2016 with SGC (Sex Gang Children)
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Just to play would be great right now – anywhere, usually the worse the place looks, the better the gig
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future? I really don’t think about it – I just make and record the music - it’s up to others to decide, good, bad whatever
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Our lead singer lost his socks, we searched for them everywhere backstage after the gig, couldn’t find them. The next morning at the hotel we found them under the Guitarists pillow!!
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
I think you don’t have a choice if you write music, its inside your head constantly knocking away until you let it out using whichever musical tool that’s to hand.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I genuinely have no idea
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I have levitated at two gigs: The Young Gods at the Kilburn National &
SWANS last ever gig at the Astoria 2 – I think that answers the question
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Hate festivals – attending them and/or playing – total chaos and everything sounds bad.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t’ listen to advice
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Happy positive people – dishonest bullshitting con-persons
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Since I was about 13 I’ve never been away from music, listening to it, reading about it, making/writing it, watching hours of live Music Videos on You tube – I did stop for a year or two but as I said if its ‘in you’ it has to come out!
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
It allows musicians/bands to do everything themselves to a high standard – wish we had all this tech back in the Eighties / Nineties when I started
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Depends what your goal is, if you want to be a Boy band then image over substance everytime, if you want longevity then image does not matter, your music will do the talking EVEN if it takes 20 years to break through
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I’d lock up Nigel Farage and keep the key – to throw it away gives him to much importance
What would your ideal day consist of?
Eating CAKE and watching K-pop on Youtube
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.
Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Personally…I work in the travel industry (enough said)
Musically…I’ve written so much music, more than any other time perhaps, also to properly learn the instruments and effects I’m using, I actually read the manuals!! Never do that usually. But compiling the Locked album with Jezz Wright on True Blockhouse has been a blast. Twelve tracks of past and present abstract soundtracks – this time I had time to kick back and select the ones that really mess with your head.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
The music I’ve made is very varied over many years so if you don’t like the first thing you hear then have a look on my Bandcamp page, robstroud.bandcamp.com
there must be something there that’ll ring you bell.
How would you answer the question Who is Rob Stroud and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
I have no idea, as I’ve got older I realise it’s not something to waste time on because the way you think people perceive you is very likely to be totally the opposite,
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Elton John – Crocodile Rock 7” single – cos it rocked.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
If they are asking the question then maybe it’s not for them, if they really have something to give musically they will just ‘do it’ without hesitation.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Boris Blank from Yello – I could learn a lot, play with the toys in his studio, he’s always trying to be inventive and fun with his electronic music.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Plenty of songs I wish I was playing drums on, or singing, or playing the guitar, but written? Not really
What things make you uncomfortable?
Being alive and British
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Stories that I could never tell – there would be many blank pages.
A picture pop-up book maybe would be better?
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
The release of the Locked (album) from trueblockhouse.com and recording more tracks/songs as they fill my brain.
I’m writing tracks for my Ambient Noise Drone project called drone at the moment and hopefully one day playing drums again live for SGC as we have a new album out, many gigs to come in the rest of 2021 into 2022 and beyond.