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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Robert Gillies Thursday Concert

Scottish born singer-songwriter Robert Gillies took the stage and played an uplifting symphony that heads gleefully bobbed side to side to.

The performance took place in the Performing Arts Department.

Gillies felt very strongly in his drive for creating and curating music that really speaks to his audience.

“It is the biggest joy to find something to say, and create a song that someone can listen to and immediately feel all the emotions you poured into it,” said Gillies.

Coupled with his original songs, “Let You Down”, which took syncopated acoustics blended with electrifying vocals and beats.As well as “Make a Memory”, which was a much slower tempo love song tied together again by his trustee guitar and vocals. Gillies broke down his thought process in creating songs, the beginning, and where he is today.

Gillies was born in a music driven family, at a young age he had music pulsating through his veins, it wasn’t until he left to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music that he really got his footing in the music industry.

Gillies approach to music is to look at it from the enjoyment of the audience.

“If you like music, if you just hear music, you’re a musician, because when I’m writing a song, I’m not trying to have only other musicians listen to it, I’m writing for everyone, and i want everyone to enjoy it with me,” said Gillies.

He earned a gold medal from RIAA for his work on ‘Home’ by Machine Gun Kelly, and has also written for big names like X Ambassadors, and Bebe Rexha. He has also performed with Charlie Puth, Andy Grammar, and a Great Big World.

“It was intimidating at first, these huge personalities are made to be bigger than you, so it can be scary, but you need to realize that you are there for a reason. Bear in mind that you have the skills and trust in your abilities,” Gillies said.

After he was done performing, he brought on a few students from the Performing arts class and critiqued some of their work.

To conclude his visit, Robert Gillies brought an excellent performance with insight that many aspiring musicians could have benefitted of.

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