GET TO KNOW: Robert Vendetta
After spending the last few months delivering a fresh and enticing flurry of captivating singles, Norwegian singer and songwriter Robert Vendetta has now unveiled his much-hyped new album 'All By His Handsome Self'.
Channelling clear influences from the likes of David Bowie and David Byrne with his charismatic approach to songwriting, 'All By His Handsome Self' makes for a brilliant shimmering listen. With its diverse outlook and adventurous songwriting, this new collection will have you tapping your toes from start to finish.
So with the new LP available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Ah, easy. My dad sang and played guitar, a rusty yamaha from -68, which I now own. A beautiful guitar full of soul. When I was young I didn't get to play it but my childhood friend had a strat and taught what he learned from his guitar teacher. So, guitar! And then half a year later, bass as well.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Oh, I can even remember the smell of the first cassette I ever bought. It smelled like crayons, and it was "Gravity" by James Brown! My dad took me to the record store and I bought it from my own earned money!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Of course, when I was about 14 I formed the band D'Brick, and we sounded like... The Doors! I played my Les Paul and did my best Jim Morrison on vocals. I'm still a Doors-fan and have had the pleasure of bumping into Ray Manzarek! Luckily I didn't realize it was him at the time, or I would have gone all superfan on him!
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Oh, that's tough! Something by Leonard Cohen or Bowie maybe? Right now I'm thinking about "The Future" by Cohen. But there are so many awesome and well crafted songs out there. I mean, my favorite right now is POV by Ariana. What a song!
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
The feedback from people when you realize your work, the songs you've written matter to people, they make a difference. A fan once said to me "I needed that song!" It doesn't get any better than that.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Writer's block! Without a shadow of a doubt!
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Dead or alive? Elvis, for sure. Or James Brown. Or Shakira. That would be so cool!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A good question. My hope is to make a living out of this songwriting and artist business. So I can focus solely on writing, recording and giving concerts - which is what I love the most. In a pace that makes it possible to settle down somewhere with someone. I don't know where or who, except it hasn't got to be in Norway. Wherever the music takes me really.
Robert Vendetta's new album 'All By His Handsome Self' is available to stream now. Check it out below.