Calum Robertson - Guitars
Calum Robertson - Guitars
Describe yourself in three words
Relaxed, intense, inconsistent.
What is the first photo saved on your phone?
Ringo Starr-lin... don't ask...
What is your favourite Pink Floyd album?
Constantly changing... at the moment probably Animals. It's just so different to the others around that era.
What is your favourite Pink Floyd song?
Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Probably the first one of theirs I heard and the guitar playing blew me away. Still does!
Which Pink Floyd song do you enjoy playing the most?
Odd one, but maybe Keep Talking. There's so much focus on lead playing in the set, it's quite nice to get into that repetitive riff, just switch off and groove with the band for a bit!
What’s your most favourite place you’ve toured?
Probably Kazakhstan, just because it was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be!
What’s your most favourite show you’ve ever played?
We played a festival in Krasnodar, at the last minute the running order was changed to put us on last. Headline the festival....great right? Turns out it was because of a noise curfew, so halfway through our last song they pulled the power on the PA! The tech crew ended up just cranking the amps behind us, and we had the audience sing the rest of the song for us. That'll be one that always stays with me as a cool moment!
Who or what made you want to become a musician?
I've gotta say my dad. I grew up with him constantly gigging and went along to most of them even as a young child. There were always guitars around the house and I'd always have a go whenever I could!
Outside of Pink Floyd who are your biggest musical heroes and influences?
Far too many to even think about! I try and take a bit of influence from pretty much everything I listen to, whether melodically or rhythmically. Even the stuff I don't particularly like, I can almost always find something cool to take away from it.
If you could play in any other band, past or present, what would it be?
Something where I can just plug straight into a dirty amp, no pedals! I love playing with effects, but sometimes I miss that visceral feeling of just a simple cranked amp!
Give us a quick rundown of your gear?
It is constantly changing!! At the moment I'm using a Levinson Blade as my main guitar, they're really underrated, and have a wicked preamp built in for a boost. Pedals wise I've been on a bit of an Electro-harmonix kick recently... put a Small Stone / Small Clone / Electric Mistress on my board and loving them... it'll probably change by next week though! And I'm in the process of rebuilding a 70s Hiwatt amp, which I'm quite excited about!
What’s your most favourite bit of gear?
My Line 6 Helix. It just gives me so much consistency and convenience when touring!
What advice would you give to any aspiring musician?
Listen to as much as you can!
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think it was Americana by The Offspring.
Desert Island Disks: which one album and three singles would you take?
Bah I could NOT do that! I listen to far too many different genres depending on my mood. Maybe I could get away with a weird compilation album...
And who would you want to be stuck on the island with?
Bear Grylls, as long as he can find better things to drink than wee!!
What totally pointless superpower would you like?
Being able to instantly reheat coffee.
Would you rather be in bed on a Sunday morning or on holiday on a tropical beach?
In bed on a Sunday morning.
Would you rather be incredibly funny or incredibly clever?
I think the two kinda go hand in hand....I'm not sure I know anyone who is incredibly clever that isn't also incredibly funny!
Would you rather be a famous inventor or a famous writer?