Robbie Mortimer – shooting for the stars
A familiar face in our region’s music scene, Robbie Mortimer is a passionate musician who has been writing some of his own original music, with his debut album set to be released in the coming months.
“I’m generally a pretty happy bloke, so a lot of the music I write it is upbeat and ‘feel good’. I have some songs about heartbreak and some songs about love, travel and life. I have some amazing inspiration to write meaningful songs, this comes from my partner and the experiences we have shared together through love, life and travel.”
“I remember being in the studio at 1:15am after a long studio session and singing the last harmony line to my song ‘Hollywood’ which was the last song we did for the album. Once the music had stopped, I came to the realisation that I had just finished my debut album, this was a childhood dream of mine. I am usually pretty hard on myself, but I remember feeling extremely proud. I had lots of musical knock backs through school and to be able to write my very own songs and record them as well as have people generally take an interest in my work is extremely rewarding. I am very proud of my music; it tells a story and allows me to connect with people.”
Robbie explains his biggest career highlight was opening for the Temptations and The Beach Boys on their Australian Surf and Soul tour two years ago. “I played in front of a huge crowd and was able to showcase my original music. It was such a special moment and I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given, watching familiar faces singing and dancing to songs I had written, that was very surreal for me and then after the show, I was also able to spend some time with Mike Love from the Beach Boys. We shared some stories and he gave me some excellent life advice. I’ll forever cherish that moment.”
“As well as music, I am currently a part time school teacher and I love every moment of it. I’m lucky I have a job where I am able to bring my passion into the classroom. Music helps me connect with students and encourage them to express themselves in different ways.”
Recalling a memory from past gigs, Robbie laughed, “Myself and my Band ‘Young and Wild’ were asked to play at a Music Festival and we went back stage straight away to practise our set, we were very nervous. Not taking much notice, we were introduced, we walked on stage and we were greeted by an HUUUGE crowd of two.. an elderly couple who were sitting on deck chairs. We burst into laughter and began our set. Music wise, it was probably one of the best gigs we had done. Well, we got a wild round of applause from the elderly couple anyway. After this, we sat down and had a beer with them and thanked them for their support. Maybe I’ll sell at least two CD’s…”
Not afraid to give his all, Robbie added, “It could be a little far-fetched but it’s healthy to shoot for the stars, without music I’d be totally lost, it’s my escape and my joy. I would absolutely love to tour with an established artist or even better, be the headline act. I ultimately want to see the world, to have people know my songs around the globe would be amazing. Whatever happens, I am ready for it.”