Singer, songwriter and music producer, Robert Shields from Castle Douglas has already had quite a successful and varied career in music but his latest venture is his most ambitious yet.
As well as continuing to run his own music publishing and production company, Robert (23) is now recording new material with a brand new act. His new group, Finding Albert is an eight piece Scottish indie group with a difference as it also includes a string quartet. The band, which was formed late last year, are currently recording their first album and as well as performing lead vocals, Robert is also the main songwriter.
Robert began his career in music after approaching PSYBT for help when setting up his own company, Black Ivory Records in 2005. Through his recording company, Robert linked up with LA-based producer and manager Steven Melrose and struck a publishing deal with Peer Publishing, the largest independent music publisher in the world. During this time Robert performed in Hollywood and at the Paul McCartney Auditorium in Liverpool. He supported Biffy Clyro in Los Angeles and Newton Faulkener on his UK tour, recorded at Capitol Studios in LA with producer Mark Needham who previously worked with The Killers, Fleetwood Mac and Bloc Party. He also co-wrote with Kevin Savigar, who was Rod Stewart's co-writer for many years. Last year, Robert broke away from Peer Publishing and signed a mini publishing deal with BSkyB (SATV Publishing) and he currently writes the music used in Sky Sport's Premiership and Champion's League football coverage, which he loves as he is a self confessed avid football fan.
However it is Finding Albert that Robert is now focusing on and the band are now working on new material for their first album launch, as well as performing at live shows such as the recent Dock Park in Dumfries, where they were supported by a 9,000 home crowd. Their next performance will be at the Eden Festival which takes place during 3-5th September.
Commenting on the band, Robert said, “This is an amazing venture with a great group of talented people. I'm really excited about the new band and the direction and sound we are moving in. We really want to develop our music from the grass roots - working live, retaining our own control and making our own decisions. Bands like the Arctic Monkeys have successfully proved its possible. As we have the music studio we are able to record and release our own material and that makes a big difference.
“Finding Albert is all about being different to other acts. Our entire set-up with the strings section, even down to the name and the diversity of the material we write and perform does all make us that little bit different and new. Despite working closely in the past with major labels both in the UK and Us we are committed to self-releasing our own material using The Machine Rooms in Dumfries. I think it is about trying to keep the integrity and an honesty about the whole project, whilst having the necessary freedom to harbour real ambition with the music. “
PSYBT regional manager, Angela Booth added, “Robert impressed us from the beginning over five years ago when he created Black Ivory Records, he is not only a talented musician but a committed and hardworking entrepreneur who has proven that he can set up and run a successful business. We were delighted to have been able to support him in the early stages of his music career and it is wonderful to see how much he has already achieved. I’m sure his new band will be a great success.”
Notes to Editors:
Issued on behalf of PSYBT by Jen Nash, Panache Communications tel. 07971 466 220 Email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please contact Margaret Gibson or Emma Fitzpatrick on Tel no. 0141 248 4999 or visit the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk.
For more information on Finding Albert visit www.findingalbert.com or www.myspace.com/findingalbert.
Contact Robert Shields on tel: 07519 206192