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Who are you? 
I am ‘Human History.’ Aka Robert Murray in civilian life, and I’m a solo artist. Note the full stop; this is not about chronicling our past, but rather a nod to our vulnerability, particularly in relation to our balance with the Earth. 

What is it you do? 
Currently, everything to do with the production and release of my music. I write, record and mix the songs in my home studio. I also produce the videos and promotional material, and have achieved some ambitious results from home (if I say so myself.) 

How long have you been doing it? 
I come from a family of musicians, guitars always had a presence at home, but things got serious when I taught myself to play the drums around 8 years old. I fronted a band for many years, then took a hiatus from the front of stage; playing drums in various projects. I never stopped writing and recording my own songs though. 

What inspires you? 
I’m generally wound up like a spring, always thinking on a deep level, questioning everything from existence to relationships. For me, creativity is possibly the only release for my emotions. I draw on life experience and the analysis of the human condition, more than musical influences; but like many men my age, I do love Radiohead. 

Tell us about your music. 
Continuing on from the previous question: my music is honest, heartfelt, but perhaps not always obvious in message. I like contradiction, conflict, intrigue within art; you should have to do a little work yourself, or to me, it’s potentially boring. Of course, labels have a place, and I identify somewhere between alternative Rock & Indie Pop. 

What have you got coming up in the future? 
Having just released single number 3, I’ve just started recording the next single, and planning everything that goes along with that. I’ve been meaning to record some live performances too. 

Further down the line I’ll look to release an EP, but for now; singles seem to suit the way I work and the focus I give to a song. This project is in its infancy, but I wave a well of unreleased songs and ideas to draw from… so, I’m hoping to be as prolific as an overthinker can possibly be. 

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