EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Robert Grace talks new music and TikTok success

INTERVIEW: Robert Grace talks TikTok success and new single ‘Fake Fine’

Irish pop talent, Robert Grace, has been making waves recently with his relatable and inspiring works of radio-ready pop anthems. Accumulating an impressive 81 thousand followers and over 2 million views on the popular social media site TikTok, the artist has become best known for his pool of astounding covers of artists such as Bastille, The Killers, The White Stripes, and Billie Eilish.

Aside from his TikTok success, Robert has also become a much sought after songwriter collaborating with the likes of Dan McDougall (The Wanted), Blair MacKichan (Paloma Faith, Sia, Lilly Aleen) and Josh Wilkinson (One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer).

The singer/ songwriter is now enjoying success as an artist in his own right with a host of notable singles released over the last few years, including ‘Moving Fast’ and ‘Be Your Friend’. He has featured as ‘Artist of the Week’ on TodayFM, made it on to Spotify UK’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist as well as being listed on the inspiring ‘Easy Playlist’, also on Spotify.

With today marking the release of his exceptional new single ‘Fake Fine’, CelebMix caught up with Robert Grace to talk about his music, his TikTok success, and his hopes for the future.

How are you today?

I’m not too bad at all now. My son didn’t wake up until nearly 9am so it was a great start to the day!!

Talk us through your new single ‘Fake Fine’. How did the song come about?

The track is based off a really hard couple of weeks I had earlier in the year. 2020 started off quite bad and because of that I ended up in a weird place mentally. I put on a fake smile though and tried my best to pretend that everything was fine. Thats when I began to write this song. I didn’t want to make it sad though. I wanted it to be a slightly comedic take on a serious problem. There’s already hundreds of sad songs about depression, I didn’t want to make another one!!

You have been making waves on the popular social media site, TikTok. What attracted you to the site as a platform for your music?

I think everyone joins TikTok initially with the prospect of becoming TikTok famous haha I was no different! I had seen some people on there doing really well posting covers & originals and I just thought I’d give it a go. I never expected the reaction I got. Over 80k followers in under a month.

What artist’s do you love listening to at home?

There are so many!! Top 3 would be Jon Bellion, Fall Out Boy & Alec Benjamin.

What is your favourite song that you have covered?

Has to be the first one I put up. All time low by Jon Bellion.

If you could choose any artist to collaborate with, who would it be, and why?

100% Jon Bellion!!! Haha I love his production and his song writing is top class. His melodies are incredible.

With the Black Lives Matter movement dominating headlines and social media CelebMix wanted to take the time to ask your view on this important issue?

I think the BLM movement is something that needed to happen. People of privilege just do not realise what people of colour have to go through on a daily basis. We need to educate ourselves and help make a much needed change. It’s not enough to not be racist. We need to be anti-racist. 

You have had a lot of success co-writing pop songs. What made you want to pursue releasing your own music?

I’ve always wanted to release my own music. It’s always been the plan. I’ve only just got the hang of balancing both!!

Where do you hope to be five years from now?

I hope to be celebrating a platinum selling single and/or album. 

You can check out Robert Grace now across social media:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Listen to his brand new single, ‘Fake Fine’, below.

Written by Ali

I am a 22 year old journalism student at Robert Gordon University and I have been writing for online music, film and fashion websites since the age of 14. If someone is famous- for any reason- you can guarantee that I know about them. Follow me on my Twitter page @ross_alister