Music and Art In Your Backyard

There's Something About Bobby Earth...

Photography by Lita Styles

Photography by Lita Styles

Hi Bobby, it's so nice to finally meet you! I first heard about you via your mixtape: The Book of Genesynth. What inspired those collection of songs?

The Book of Genesynth was pretty much inspired by my high school years at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and my first semester in college here at UT. It's really just a mixtape about whatever I was going through at the time, whoever I was with, and whatever I was feeling. It's a project that came together from good (and bad) experiences, just being around cool people.

What current sounds or musicians influence your work?

Current musicians I'm influenced by include (but are not limited to): Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Shafiq Husayn, Kanye West, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. I'm real into that spacey type, soul stuff. There are many cool and interesting sounds to be found in that production style.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Right now, I would most like to do a collaboration with Ariana Grande because look at her.

What drove you to start making music? And to share it with the world?

I got into singing because it's always been such a huge thing in my household, what with Filipinos being genetically programmed from birth to like karaoke. Kanye West's The College Dropout inspired me to start making my own beats, and I decided to share my musical ideas with the world when I teamed up with my friend Chase of Nazareth to make Kids! on Mars in middle school, a group which I later went solo from as "Bobby Earth" (I was originally "Rob C", not kidding).

A new alien life form is hovering over planet Earth and everyone has decided to give them a sampler of some of the coolest tunes on the planet. You have been asked to pick one song that will put into a space capsule and sent to the mothership. Which one of your creations would you send and why?

If I had to let aliens hear one of my songs as a representation of the coolest Earth has to offer in the line of good tunes, then I would have to send them "Candyland". There's glockenspiel and chimes on that beat. There's like two major changes (bridge and beat change at end) that I'm into, and the chords are really pretty to me. I love that song, especially because my best friends are playing on it (see liner notes for the project). Yup, I definitely think aliens would really turn up to this one!

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