Interview – Robyn Dell’Unto

By: Emily Thomson

Robyn Dell’Unto is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ont. Robyn’s sophomore album ‘Little Lines’ is set to release on January 28th. Her album is available her:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/little-lines/id795370039 And you can read the review that Amanda Hather did here: http://canadianbeats.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/review-robyn-dellunto/

Keep reading to find out more about Robyn Dell’Unto!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists?

RD: Oh wow. There are so so many. I grew up on Alanis and Jann Arden. I had these toys called ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ and I named one of the cats Jann and she would sing ‘Could I Be Your Girl’ to all the other ones. In terms of current stuff, there is so much it’s hard to say. I’m a huge fan of Donovan Woods. And Purity Ring.  And Rose Cousins. And Dragonette. And a million other things. Colin Munroe. I’m still deeply obsessed with his mixtape from 2008.

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

RD: When I first started out I’d do everything in my power to snag opening slots for the girls I admired, like Basia Bulat, Jill Barber, Jenn Grant, Melissa McClelland….There are a million great bills I could invent right now but those ladies will always be apples of my eye.

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

RD: It wasn’t a conscious decision. I sort of just couldn’t stop doing it, and eventually I started making decisions that enabled me to make a living in this weird industry. My first dream was to be a writer (of books) and live on a ranch with my husband, who would look like Richard Gere. I look like Julia Roberts in this scenario. I’m still shooting for that.

How old were you when you started with music?

RD: I was 9 when I started playing guitar. I played classical guitar. I used a footstool, filed my nails a lot and went to these kiddie competitions that I took quite seriously. It was pretty nerdy. I don’t know when I started singing, maybe 10, but I was big-time shy about it until I was into high school.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

RD: I generally hear combinations of the words “folk,” “pop,” “acoustic,” “indie,” “alt-country” and “top model.” My albums are never recorded with the same players, there’s no steady band or anything. I love pop music, radio pop, electro-stuff and all that, but I also really love rootsy, folky, alt-country stuff you can just sink into. I’m always trying to find a way to combine those worlds.

‘Pretty Girls’ is the first single off the album, how do you choose what songs you want to be singles? Is it hard to narrow it down? 

RD: It was one of the tracks some of the early listeners were leaning towards. I think maybe because it’s unabashedly simple. There’ve been a few different remixes of it, a party-girl remix and a gino-club remix. I’m pretty excited about them. As for picking singles, I guess it’s about finding out which songs seep into the pores the quickest. Also I just ask my mom. She’s pretty blunt.

Can we expect a tour or any Canadian show dates upon the release of the album?

RD: Definitely. I’ll be playing Toronto on February 28 at The Drake Hotel with a handful of southern Ontario shows to follow in March. I’ll be touring outside Ontario in the spring, coast-to-coast in bits and pieces. You can keep your eye on listings at www.robyndellunto.com.

We’ll move into a couple questions so your fans can get to know you better.

What is your favourite food?

RD: Pasta. I’m an Italian girl…I can’t shake it.

What is your favourite color?

RD: Green. Best colour there is.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of the year what album would it be?

RD: Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball

If you were going to be anything other than a musician what would you be?

RD: Writer (of books, who looks like Julia Roberts). Or I would start/run a different business. I like running stuff. I don’t like physically running though.

If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you want to be?

RD: Keith Urban. I’m curious about the texture and scent of his hair but will likely never get close enough.

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