It’s always exciting to be able to sync an Introducing artist feature with the release of their debut EP, and today we have done just that with German Spinnup artist Pablo Brooks. The young pop singer songwriter first caught our ears with his single ‘Recurring Roles‘ before blowing us away with the latest single ‘Rules‘, a moody synth-driven track that we’ve played a lot in the Spinnup office. With over 16,000 followers on Instagram and just 15 years old, needless to say Pablo Brooks had definitely got our attention.
With the release of his debut EP Red Eyes, Blue Skin today, we got in touch with Pablo to find out a bit more about his music and what makes him tick.
Tell us a bit about your background and music career.
I’m 15 and I grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, and although my family is pretty much the opposite of “musical”, everyone was always listening to different types of music. I’ve always been singing and making up random melodies, and when I grew older and started to understand how music “works”, I was able to make actual songs. Eventually I taught myself to play guitar, piano and how to produce. When I started posting covers on YouTube, people started listening to my music and liking it. I actually only wrote my first full-length song last year. In January of 2018, I released my first single “Recurring Role”, which a lot of people liked and in May 2018 I released my second single “Rules”.
What are your musical influences?
I listen to a lot of different types of music, so I have a lot of influences, but I’d say my biggest influence is Lorde, she has changed a lot of things about me, as a person. Her songwriting is super relatable for me and her stage presence is out of this world. Other influential artists for me are definitely Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey.
Your debut EP is out today, can you tell us about what inspired the music?
This record is very personal and very intimate, I wrote a lot of the songs for the record when I was figuring things out, about life as a teenager, who I am, problems in this world, loving and letting go. Things change extremely quickly when you’re a teenager and no one ever really knows what’s going on, because you’re processing so many events and so many emotions and at the age of 15 that can become very overwhelming. I always coped with everything by incorporating it into my music and that’s how this record came to life.
Going from singles to a bigger project, how did you find creating the EP?
I don’t have super fancy equipment and I didn’t go into a big recording studio for this record. As an independent artist I basically wrote and recorded this entire record in my bedroom, sometimes with my friends, sometimes at 3am, all alone. Not being a signed artist can be extremely challenging sometimes, but also made it possible for me to call all the shots about the EP. I’m not super good at producing and mixing, so sometimes I stayed up for hours on end trying to figure out how to properly mix vocals, for example.
Can you tell us about your songwriting and the messages in your music?
I think songwriting is one of the coolest things ever, because you can write a song about whatever you want and no one ever really knows if what you’re writing about is fictional or real, I think that’s why I love it so much. My music usually has some kind of message, for example “Rules” is about Gun control and Black Lives Matter, which are two topics, that I’m very passionate about. Having the power to deliver a message with music is really great.
Okay last question: for people listening to your music, what would you want them to take away from it?
I want people to feel how they want to feel when listening to my music. I think all music is open for interpretation. For me, a song can have a completely different meaning than it can have to another person. It’s really cool reading about what people interpret into my music, because everyone has a different emotional attachment to a certain song.