Thursday, 18 April 2013

Robert Machado Q&A

Your name: 
Robert Machado.

Where are you from? 
I was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. Moved to the USA when I was eight years old and currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Who else is in your band? 
Only myself, I collaborate with musician friends and other ReverbNation Artists to create my music. I do plan on putting a band together and performing some live shows when I have enough original material to fill up a live set.

How would you describe yourselves? 
Music has always been my passion. I am 52 years old. When I was in my teens and early 20s, I was involved with several bands in the Atlanta area and performed at quite a few live gigs. I gave it all up in my mid 20s because of my job and in November of 2010 I decided to pick up my drumsticks again and go to a studio to record some of the songs I had written back in the late 70s and early 80s. I also enjoy travelling the world when I can and have visited quite a few countries in my lifetime only to learn that no matter where you live, we are all after the same, acceptance and a drive to succeed at whatever makes us click.

Who are your main influences musically? 
My main influences come from the progressive rock sounds of the late 60s and 70s, but I also feel I have been influenced by the movement that music has taken throughout its history all the way to current times. I also love progressive metal like Metallica, Korn and As I Lay Dying just to name a few.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I would hope that someone in the music industry sees potential in the music I have created to reach a broader audience and is willing to give me a chance to reach mass appeal on a global level. If that doesn't happen, I would hope my songwriting skills and ability to compose these works are good enough for the music industry to be interested in using my compilations for other artists. Currently I have three song lyrics that have been published by another record label.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
The ability to move from a band environment to being a solo artist. This drive came from the fact that the more musicians I involved in the creation of my music, the more complicated things get including the release of a track. One song in particular called "Lost" is what finally drove me to buy Pro Tools and record these tracks and instruments myself where I can. The reason for this is because that song took four months to release because of the constant hold up of individuals including myself not being able to get together to complete it. I blame no one for this. All of us have our individual lives that we also have to contend with. This also does not mean that I don't welcome a band environment to perform these songs live.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
That would be the moment in my mid 20s when I decided to give the music up for my working career. I went close to 30 years without creating and playing music, and that portion of my life is what I would take back and do differently if I had the chance.

If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
That is a hard one to answer since there are several songs I have written that I feel personify what I am attempting to achieve with my music. One song in particular would be called "The Feast" which was a collaboration with a great guitarist from ReverbNation called Euro Rojas. He is the one featured on this track and plays the lead guitar part, all other instruments were done by myself.

Where can we listen to it? 
Right now, I do not have a personal website created. I have bought the rights to, but I have not started building the website yet, so it is currently redirecting to my ReverbNation profile page.

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask? 
Yes, I am very grateful towards the fans, friends and artists I have collaborated with throughout my life. I'm a firm believer that no one succeeds by themselves. There are always unsung heroes that we forget to mention. Their support and belief is what keeps my drive going.  I would also like to thank you Greg for taking interest in my music and allowing me to be a part of your blog.


  1. Very insightful article. It's always interesting to find out what drives/inspires an artist and what the future may hold.

  2. Interesting & thought-provoking article.