Robbie Klay is a well known Singer/Songwriter/Actor from South Africa touring the USA! He started his career earlier than most and has released 11 albums with over 150 performances a year at concerts, festivals, nightclubs, and events for over 15 years in South Africa and Namibia. In the USA, he has performed at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd, the Viper Room, the Voodoo Lounge at House of Blues Sunset and at “Nashville Nights” at Molly Malones in Hollywood. We welcome Robbie to the USA and excited for his music/acting future!
Entertwine: What is it like living in South Africa? What is the music scene of your hometown like? What are the differences between life there and life in the United States?
Robbie: Living in South Africa is very similar to living in any other cosmopolitan areas, but we also have more rural and smaller towns that sometimes as entertainers it is more difficult to get to. I’ve always appreciated my fans and would make every effort to visit their hometowns and perform whenever possible. South Africa has twelve different national languages and the music scene is very diverse. I was fortunate to start singing at a very young age and have toured Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria; as well as performed many shows in Namibia. The main difference between South Africa and the USA in the music industry is that South Africa is much smaller. Much like the USA, South Africa also has hotel casinos and holiday resorts for vacations and listening to the best of entertainment.
You’ve released 11 albums over the course of your career; could you tell us a bit about each project? What are some of your favorite tracks from each release?
Each album was a stepping-stone, as I got older. My first album was released when I was nine years old and was signed to BMG (known now as Sony BMG.) Many people still remember me as a young kid. I was the young kid singer performing with adults at all the major festivals and concerts. I’ve always had songs in Afrikaans (West Germanic language spoken mostly in South Africa and Namibia) and English on my CD’s and it has been a long time dream of mine to come to Hollywood to further my career and grow as an Artist. My last CD “Ek is Hier/I am Here” was my greatest achievement as a Songwriter and wrote and produced five of the songs – two in English and three in Afrikaans. “A Little Rock n’ Roll” is a single that I released here in the USA with “Together” a country ballad being released next.
What is the significance of each project? How have you grown and matured as a musician and writer throughout each release?
Every release is significant to me. To have started my career so young another CD release is something new and fresh to bring to my fans especially to a younger generation. As with everything else in life, we grow as individuals and it shows in our music and how we develop our talent for years to come. I want to connect with people globally and am very open to collaborating with artists from the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. Keith Urban has been a big influence on my career as a musician and especially for him coming to the USA from Australia to further himself as an Artist.
Could you tell us about some of the most exciting or interesting live performances you’ve been a part of?
Performing at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd. was my first show in Hollywood. To be part of the Acoustic Playhouse event was very exciting. When I was 11 years old, I performed with other Afrikaans/South African Artists at the Margate Music Festival in Kwa Zulu-Natal, which is a seaside resort town on the South Coast for 30,000 people and later as an adult performing at the Annual Afrikaans Music Festival at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena with 17 top Artists. Also, participating in charity events such as the Cancer Association of South Africa’s Shavathon to show my solidarity with cancer survivors is very important to me; as well as entertaining at corporate events such as automobile launches for new Kia vehicle models in South Africa and at a Mercedes Benz dealership function recently.
What does 2015 hold in store for Robbie Klay? You’re spending a lot of time performing and acting in California, correct?
Yes, studying acting has always been a significant aspect for my entertainment career and was very fortunate to be cast as a Boxer for Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” Music Video. Aloe and his production crew were fantastic to work with and I was honored to be in it. Additionally, what a surprise to be playing a “US Marine” for the Navy Federal Credit Union’s nationwide commercial. It’s opportunities like these that amaze me. Before that my acting work consisted of playing in a co-starring role on the South African television drama “Amalia and Amailia Season 2” as Buks van Wyk and three theatrical stage productions of “Vaselinetjie.” I do plan on touring more throughout California and other US cities singing/performing in Nashville, Austin, Cleveland, New York, Washington, D.C, and Miami with more collaboration with other Artists and writing new music. It will be great to have my music placed in a television show and/or movie and I have a strong determination and will for a part in a movie as the next young action star. Lastly, I am really thankful for my fans and appreciate them for believing in me throughout my career so far. Life throws us many turns, but my family, friends, fans, and faith have always grounded me to achieve more and think big.