We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christian, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
I’d most like to play at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and make a combination of traditional records, and envelope-pushing multi-sensory experiences. To support these goals, I’d also love to make sure that there are indeed, music festivals when I pass away. I can’t express how special and world-changing those events have been for me. Creating conditions for future music festivals to thrive involves ensuring that the planet becomes carbon-negative, and water-positive, among other natural resource puzzles we are in the midst of solving. I look forward to the challenge, and know that there are plenty of like-minded folks who’ve turned in their badge of nihilism and and are ready to add their skills, talents, and loving vitality to this cause!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art for me is a way of being – the cliff I hang off of on my worst days, and the mountain I traverse on my best. Life and art are not separate to me. It’s all just different, nuanced, complex ways of saying “I love you” to me. Even if it comes through “I’m coping,” or “I’m making sense of this” – love is the root. Art is a way of uncovering the roots that are always there, even if they vanish from sight. Art is the method for finding the paradoxical place where you feel grounded and floaty, ablaze and quenched, all at the same time. Art is unity.

My philosophical rant aside, these are the roots from which I pursue all different types of traditional and non-traditional artistic expression: guitar is my first love, and piano, drums, upright and electric bass, and singing all came after that. I’m lucky to be able to do a few of those in LA, and shoutout to Ryan McDiarmid, my main rhythm doctor, who makes me think I’ll never ever need to buy a kit! He has played on a few of my unreleased tracks and is amazing! I am perhaps thinking in a few years you’ll hopefully see my name on playlists next to names like Four Tet, Bonobo, Kamasi Washington, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Taylor McFerrin, Hundred Waters, etc. Love all those bands and they’re easy reference points when describing the type of music I make, but I’m a genre-crosser, college-radio DJ-type kid and LOVE blending genres and finding ways to pay homage to artists I love dearly, in forever new combinations.

I love the other side of my art as well – working on visuals! I’m so lucky to have recently done a VJ set for Grammy-award-winning artist Jacob Collier (still in shock). I put the whole show together in 3 days and it was a whirlwind. Scheduling and prioritization is usually a huge challenge for me, but in that case, the direction was pretty clear 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since my best friend is a musically-oriented person: if I could drop everything, we’d go to at least two shows a day – preferably a mix of outdoor events, art shows, warehouse parties, concert venues, museums, seminal world-wide bands, and more. Were Low End Theory alive, we’d go there, but we are lucky to still have Scenario, in its place! So we’d go there and also try to catch whatever amazing music is going on via the Brainfeeder/Alpha Pup/Stone’s Throw/Dublab/Leaving Records crews.

We’d go to see some amazing views – shoutout Baldwin Hills hike, and I’d show them some favorite secret hikes as well (that are best kept as secrets :))

We’d go to restaurants like Guelagetza, spend many a lunch at Tribal Cafe, and would make sure to have at least one late night LA cafe night (all things in moderation, though). I’d want them to see Grand Central Market, and wander through parts of Highland Park. We’d go to Leimert Park and hear some amazing jazz & drum circle fun. We’d probably also go to Topenga… the list goes on. LASTLY: PEACE YOGA <3 I f***ing love that spot, and this city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m grateful to say that you’ve already written about quite a few of my favorite people 🙂

Rather than harp on about those folks, which I could do at length, I’ll just say you’d be well served by reading about every single artist that’s ever come through Sokamba Performing Arts Company. SO. MUCH. INSPIRATION!

Two of those lovely humans are Kennedy Williams – an incredible singer, songwriter, guitarist, & producer – and Nick Kennerly – an incredible singer, songwriter, violinist, & producer. I’ve gotten to create with both of those folks and it’s magical, every time!

I’d also like to shoutout my long time friend, an artist by the name of Mark Pico. He’s always inspired me to reach for more depth in music and life.

Lastly, my amazing co-workers at Pull To Refresh, Inc. have truly shifted my worldview. I’ll paraphrase our CBDO, Laurel Tincher: “Solving climate change should be viewed as a positive, next natural step for humanity, not a response based in fear..” This phrase is something I see embodied in everybody’s contributions to our Carbon Dioxide Removal efforts on a moment-to-moment basis.

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Image Credits
David Kennerly, The Girl Austyn, & Dylan Pham

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