roberts. is a midwestern pop punk band comprised of one person. Using his name as his moniker, Mike Roberts started this journey as an acoustic artist looking to sharpen his songwriting skills. As time progressed and his first two releases “fine” and “split” gained traction, he decided to break further into the full band sound. Producing the music in his home and seeking outside help from producer Matt Qualls of Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, Tennesse (Julien Baker, The Heavy Eyes, Speck Joliet), roberts. was able to find a sound that is explosive yet still tells a story.
We had a chance to chat with roberts. as part of our Refrain Interview Series.
Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called?
roberts.: This newest single is called “@ u”.
RMB: What’s the single about?
roberts.: It’s about acting like everything is fine until you finally admit that it’s not. The song is kind of a tipping point with me coming to terms that I wasn’t ok with how a situation played out. With the last line of the chorus being “if you haven’t guessed it, fuck yeah I’m still mad at you”
RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded?
roberts.: So with my music, it’s a bit of a postal service type of situation. I record guitar, vocals and bass at home. Then I send it to Matt Qualls in Memphis, TN. He has Luke Stubbenfield from TV Yellow play drums on it, then takes care of the mixing and mastering. The only good stories I have are getting some chuckles out of the lyrics while I’m writing them haha.
RMB: Is it part of a larger album? If so, tell us about that.
roberts.: There will be an EP coming out in a few months. Only 3 songs but I’m slowly releasing bits of it
RMB: Is this your first album?
roberts.: I’ve done a few acoustic projects prior to this, but this will be my first release as a “full band”.
RMB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start pursuing music?
roberts.: I was in bands growing up and then I kind of let my adult life take over for 6-7 years. I got bored one day and got back to it and haven’t looked back since. It’s a bit therapeutic to have people listen to my songs and reach out about them!
RMB: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
roberts.: Just the standard mid 2000s people haha. Blink, New Found Glory and all them. I really like some of the current bands like The Story So Far, Between You & Me and Movements too!
RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?
roberts.: Really just my ability to stick with it and make music I like.
RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?
roberts.: It’s fun, you can move to it, just try it. Duh.
RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?
roberts.: You can’t pull something off unless you just put it on. It really applies to trying anything in life.
RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?
roberts.: Don’t stop having fun, dude. Growing up doesn’t have to mean getting old.
RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?
roberts.: More songs. All the songs. All the time.