We’re all passionate about something, the majority of us pursue that passion no matter what. Many will fail, but that’s better than not attempting or trying. Meet Los Angeles-based recording artist Robb Drew who was born and raised in Long Island, New York, before making the move to the West Coast a year and a half ago to pursue a career in music. After spending the early stages of his time in LA constantly recording and trying to find a style that best suits him, Drew has finally found an eclectic sound inspired by the late Lil Peep — the production is guitar-infused, the lyrics are both emotionally-driven and dark, and the overall music will resonate with many listeners who are into the likes of Juice WRLD, Lil West, Machine Gun Kelly, iann dior, Aries and more.
We had the opportunity to ask Robb Drew a few questions as he promoted his new single “I Ain’t Havin’ It”:
How long have you been making music for?
I started making music when I was 17, which was 11 years ago, but around that time I was distracted by college. I started taking music very seriously 5 years ago.
What are some of the daily challenges you face as an up and coming artist?
I feel like the hardest part is getting the music right. The music always comes first, because if you don’t have great music, nothing else matters.
Growing up, what artists were you exposed to?
Eminem, The Game, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Nas, Dr. Dre. I was exposed to a lot of 90s/early 2000s Hip Hop. Also rock bands like Linkin Park and Nirvana.
Which one of those artists would you love to collaborate with?
Let’s talk about your new single “I Ain’t Having’ It”, what was the inspiration behind it?
The song is about a breakup, and the guitar melody has a nostalgic feel to it. When I was writing the hook I felt inspired by a 90s grungy rock sound. Then on the verse I sped it up and put my own twist of Hip Hop into it.
Talk us through the songwriting process.
I have to be inspired by the beat. The more I love the beat the faster I am able to write the song. I don’t write anything down. Everything is in my head. I could be walking to work listening to a beat and come up with a hook. Or I’ll just record on the spot by throwing the beat on Pro Tools and coming up with something catchy, then record it.
Who would you compare your sound to?
Lil Peep. RIP. I loved what he was doing. He was blending rock and Hip Hop and I’ve never heard anything like that before.
What’s next for you?
My next single will be released in a month from now. Look out for that.
Do you have any gigs coming up?
As of right now, no.
Listen to Robb Drew’s new single “I Ain’t Havin’ It” here: