Robbie Zereka is one of six children from a rural, working class Irish family. Although he sang in the local choir from an early age, he struggled with his confidence until secondary school, where he auditioned for the school musical after encouragement from his music teacher.
While rehearsing in the months before the musical, he became very close friends with a fellow cast member who later took his own life. “It really forced me to think hard about depression and how people bottle things up. I owe that experience for teaching me to vocalise my feelings. I wrote my first song about him.” Robbie has carried this resolution seeking approach with him in life and lyricism.
The sounds of Patsy Cline, Tracy Chapman, and Smokie filled his childhood home, but when he started to write his own music, Zereka looked to broaden his influences over the years by learning from the greats. He learned vulnerable, honest and fierce lyricism from artists like Radiohead and The Cardigans and from Sinead O’ Connor and John Grant, the impact of searing honesty was attained.
As well as studying the beauty of balance and contrast in their music, Robbie has drawn aesthetic influence from artists like his all time favourite act, Goldfrapp. “My favourite artists use visuals as a further means of expression. I feel that what you see is just as important to the message of a song as what you hear.”
His music pulses with the emotive yet rousing swell of alternative rock and pop, all carried by his obvious assets: his rich, unique voice, and a yearning but learning approach to lyricism.
After two years of collaborating and performing around London’s vibrant DIY scene, Robbie is excited to expand on the visual flare of the self-produced music video for his upcoming second single Bloodshot.
“It’s pretty exciting what I’ve managed to create at this point with the help of some of my kind and talented friends. I’m excited to experiment with performing and writing to see where my sound and image will go from here!”