If you aren’t aware of Robin B. Czar you must be an ignorant person living in the basement of your mother’s house and come out only for special occasions. Robin, bizarre, positive, and unlike anyone else, has been around for quite a while now. After some challenges and a few delays, his third and rather cool album Mission Bizarre is going to come out in October.
So, you have already achieved 3 albums. How does that feel?
I’m pleased as punch!
Looking back, why did you decide to write songs in English?
I was born and raised in Germany. Back then I wrote lyrics in English. When I moved to the UK I was frequently greeted with “Sieg Heil” or “Fucking Nazi” for being an evil German. Around that time I decided to write German lyrics exclusively.
As a statement.
Yes. However, I have been living here for quite some time now and met all sorts of people. So I switched back to English lyrics again.
How do you make music? Do you write music or lyrics first?
Both. Usually independently from each other. However, the lyrics and the music for She Loved Too Much evolved at the same time while working on that song.
Do you have to be in a bad or good mood to write music?
I have to be in an intense mood. Happy, sad, angry – as long as it has something to do with having intense feelings it is inspiring. Writing music can even be a form of exorcism.
When you write a song, do you imagine it visually?
Only when writing lyrics. The rest is emotions directly translated into music.
Over the years most of us become more and more settled. What still motivates you?
Life is too short for becoming unmotivated. I still have so many ideas that I probably won’t be able to turn all of them into music anyway.
Have you ever had any arguments about writing music or recording?
Recently only with myself. That can be tough! But usually it ends with a bizarrely positive win-win solution.
In your opinion, is your new album more positive?
Yes. And more bizarre. More everything.
Even more normal?
‘Being bizarre’ is the new ‘more normal’!
Which song took the longest to record?
Mad Scientist. I can fall in love with details and am still not 100% happy.
What is your favourite song from the new album, both lyrically and musically?
I love them all, of course. But, since I like cats, I find Kiss Of Death especially cool.
Before we close this interview – is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
Yes, stay bizarre. And positive. One alone is not enough!