Heath Robertson - Artist Statement
Prior to COVID-19 I was feeling optimistic about my future. 2019 saw the end of my high school years, I had won numerous music awards over the last few years, the most recent ones being VCAA Season of Excellence (Statewide award) which gained me a performances at Melba Hall (Top Class Sound 2020) and the Melbourne Recital Centre (Top Class Music 2020), both of which took place just before lockdown. There were some exciting gigs and opportunities on the horizon, and the future was looking bright.
I didn’t see myself as just “chasing a career” in the music industry, I saw myself being able to make a living out of an artform which has always been a large part of my life from a very young age, something I have become very passionate about – performing, writing, creating and recording.
Over more recent years I’d had the good fortune of being mentored by local sound engineer, Nick Huggins, and I was ready to build on that knowledge and carve out a path for myself in the industry, not just as a performer, but also as an engineer.
When COVID landed on our shores it was fairly crushing initially to have everything snatched away as well as losing the ability to earn money. But as you will also hear other creatives say, these strange times have opened up new and/or different opportunities as well.
I have managed to stay fairly focused over the past months, continued my studies in sound engineering as best I can, and tried to make the most of the time by writing some new songs, and recording in my family’s home studio.
For me personally, I don’t feel as though I have suffered as much as many others have, particularly those in Melbourne. But there’s no denying it has been a difficult time, and I realise the music industry has a very long road ahead for its recovery.
Coming out of COVID I am most looking forward to performing in front of a real, live audience again, just like we used to. Even though there is a lot of uncertainty about the future, I hope to keep working on some of my own recordings and possibly even release my first album in 2021.
It would be great to see the community supporting independent music and artists whenever they can as we all know that without music, the world would be a boring place.