Interview with Robyn Shiels


published 4 February 2009
written by Karo


And once again we can share another exclusive interview with you! Robyn Shiels’ song Hello Death My Old Friend is featured on the Cherrybomb soundtrack, and Robyn took the time and a friend’s and a library computer 😉 to answer our questions.

RG.us: Can you introduce yourself shortly in your own words to those who have never heard of you (Who are you, how did you become a musician, what kind of music do you make)?
Robyn: I’m Robyn G. Shiels, singer/songwriter for nigh on twenty years… more recently full time musician of songs of uncheer and disdelight!! 😉 I have released one album (Lifetime of Midnights on No Dancing Records) which was well received and had wide spread media coverage on Radio 1 (Maida Vale Sessions) and various trips abroad to promote album in Europe and America…

RG.us: What are your plans in the near future? (Concerts, tours, new albums…)
Robyn: The new album (The Blood of The Innocents) will be ready for release soon.

RG.us: Who approached you with an idea to feature Hello Death My Old Friend a part of the soundtrack? Did you know David Holmes or the filmmakers before?
Robyn: David (Holmes) asked for some of the tracks,liked what he heard and picked Hello Death… because it suited the scene.

RG.us: If you were to choose one of your own songs to represent yourself, which one would it be?
Robyn: If i were to choose one of my own songs i’d go for Two Nights in June (off first album) cos of the subtext and it was a joy to record it live in one take i s’pose, in my front room! 😉

RG.us: Have you seen the movie yet? If so, what do you think about it? Do you think your Hello Death My Old Friend suitable for the scenes it is in?
Robyn: I have’nt yet seen the film but i know Glenn (one of the directors) well enough to expect a wee bit o’ darkness in there somewhere!! Lookin’ forward to it though whenever i get the chance……

RG.us: Describe what Hello Death My Old Friend is about, and which line is, in your opinion, the most important one?
Robyn: Hello Death is about one mans journey into “the unknown” and realising there’s no redemption whatsoever for the lost souls he has befriended (his wife, his lover, his dead friends etc) in his time in the first half of this century so has “a moment” and decides to reek carnage on all!! Not a happy wee tune but sure…..! Oh, and my favourite line would be “I’m hellbent on torment, now i know what God meant”…
i hope that kinda explains the tune… i’m not very good at that sort of thing, just wee stories accompanied by music more or less.

Many thanks to Robyn Shiels!!!



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