Dark pop re­lease from young artist

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND - By Tara Whitsed

If there was such a thing as a quadru­ple threat, Robert Bax­ter is the deÅ­ni­tion of one.

The Shep­par­ton man has been heav­ily in­volved in the danc­ing and act­ing scene and can now add mu­si­cian and model to his belt. Re­cently re­leas­ing his new sin­gle Tell Me, Robert said, while he was known for teach­ing dance and chore­ograph­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tions, he also loved cre­at­ing mu­sic.

He ex­plained how he cre­ated the track which is his Årst re­lease. “I was just in my room,” he said. The 18-year-old Årst wrote the mu­sic on pi­ano then used a dig­i­tal work sta­tion on his lap­top to add beats and tex­tures.

Robert then mixed his vo­cals with the help of fel­low Shep­par­to­nian and friend Jaiman Long who he has worked with mu­si­cally since 2016. “He has had more ex­pe­ri­ence,” Robert said. “So I usu­ally write a song then he would help me pro­duce the mu­sic.”

Through net­work con­nec­tions, Robert then sent the demo to a US-based sound en­gi­neer who he paid to pol­ish off the beats and vo­cals af­ter be­ing con­nected through his friend and ARIA chart singer Enya An­gel.

“Then the baby was born,” he said. Robert de­scribed the song as be­ing “dark pop”. “Peo­ple have said my song sounds like Bil­lie Eil­ish and Troye Si­van who are two of my big­gest in­AEuences,” he said.

He ex­plained much of the sound was based around pop mu­sic but there were far more elec­tronic el­e­ments added.

The re­lease comes af­ter a suc­cess­ful early act­ing and danc­ing ca­reer in Shep­par­ton where Robert has ap­peared in Notre Dame Col­lege, Ini­tial Stages and Shep­par­ton The­atre Arts Group pro­duc­tions. He most re­cently played Chis­tery in STAG’s Wicked. “I also just signed with mod­el­ling agency JustKHOO Agency,” he said.

“That’s based in Mel­bourne so I plan on stay­ing in Shep­par­ton next year but I’ll be in Mel­bourne most week­ends with mod­el­ling.”

In the mean­time, Robert said he was look­ing for­ward to the Amy New­ton Dance Stu­dios — where he teaches dance—per­form­ing its end-of-year con­cert in Shep­par­ton to­day be­fore look­ing to re­lease new mu­sic early next year.

“I’ll re­lease an­other song in Jan­uary, so peo­ple can watch out on my In­sta­[email protected]­baxtr for up­dates on my life and mu­sic,” he said.

Tell Me can be streamed on Spo­tify and Ap­ple Mu­sic and can be pur­chased from the iTunes Store via the link song.link/i/1444969453

Shep­par­ton’s Robert Bax­ter has re­leased his wrst sin­gle Tell Me.

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