We caught up with musician ROXLEY following the superb release of ‘Be Your Own King’. Read the full interview now!
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a country boy at heart; after moving to the Gold Coast, I have a new love for the beach, and I’m deeply passionate about music. I feel compelled to share my story (Even the crappy bits) and support other creatives to live their wildest dreams.
I’m passionate about health and fitness and challenging the drugs, sex and alcohol of the Rock and aspect to the music industry. Well, maybe not the sex part…. But you can be a musician, do yoga, drink kombucha and be in bed by 10 pm 5 nights a week and still be Rock and Roll. I’m passionate about men’s mental health and want to deepen the conversation around what it looks like to be a man in the 21st century.
What is your songwriting process?
I have been heavily exploring collaboration as the core to my songwriting process. I completed the Alice Knight writing rites course and got how much sharing and letting people contribute to you can take a song into the stratosphere. I have created a community and accountability group called Bohemian Bootcamp that fosters that within all participants.
Tell us about your latest release, ‘Be Your Own King’?
Be your own king came to me after a men’s retreat that I attended. We did a particularly intense breathwork session, and I got to see for the first time how much I judged and how unkind I had been to myself. It started me thinking, ‘what would it be like if I could learn to love myself and accept all of the parts of me? Even the ones that I didn’t like?”. I realised I could be my own king.
What draws you to the indie-pop genre?
I have always loved hooks and catchy tunes. Listening to The Police records on the stereo with Dad when I was a kid taught me the power of a strong message packaged up in a great melody. The funky/Neo-soul vibe was something that came really organically with the creation of the track and is now something I see as a bit of a signature Roxley vibe.
What is the music scene like on the Gold Coast?
The Gold Coast and Brisbane music scenes are awesome. There are so many funky little venues that support local music artists as well as bringing in some of the bigger names. My girlfriend and I have made gigs a big part of our social calendar.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I want to convey the message that we are all infinitely capable. That we shouldn’t be held back by our limiting thoughts and beliefs, that we can all achieve the things we have always wanted. I want people to be lit up by the life that they are living.
Who are your non-musical influences?
I really enjoy physical training and love Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story. I think it shows that all the odds can be stacked against us, but we can still thrive and succeed. We can create the life we have always wanted to live.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
There is so much opportunity out there now with home recording and self-production to do everything ourselves. We no longer have to beg record labels for opportunities which is amazing.
Now we get to create our movement and send our own message. But a lot of the time, we have to do it on a very tight budget and do most of the work yourself. I think this is the challenging part, showing up for yourself day in and day out, in the face of rejection and even on the bad days, you still have to show up and be the face of it all.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
I really am just starting out myself, so this advice is very much for me as well. I really see that you have to truly back yourself, that you need to be unshakeable in the message you want to convey to the world. It takes a lot of work to get clear, but your core message should be used as a guide for all decisions around your artist pursuits.
It’s also really important to surround yourself with people that support and love you unconditionally because some days you want to give up on yourself. Having people that believe and are invested in your vision, your message, and your dreams surrounding you gives you the strength to push past your doubts and follow through on the plans you’ve made.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
I am all in for the next three and a half years before I can even say the word ‘quit’ out loud. I see there can be no doubt in my mind, and I have to be unconditional in my drive and commitment to my artistry. This is a movement, not just a fun thing I do sometimes. It’s my way of life now, and I want to share my journey with the world.
FV Music Blog March 2021
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