Article by I. Davis, Quatar News Volume, Photo by C. Ross
Every Story is Different A Portrait of Songwriter Robby Maria Muñoz The story of Austrian-Argentine singer Robby Maria Muñoz resembles an Odyssey with all errings, fates and idioms. Growing up in a little German village, Robby pursues a career as a football professional, which is suddenly terminated at the age of 14. The family literally impoverishes overnight, removals follow and Robby withdraws into the world of music, which he just begins to discover. After being hired as lead singer for various local rockbands, 22 year old Robby leaves for Hollywood. It is Jerry Cantrell, who picks up Robby off the streets of Hollywood more dead than alive and encourages him to develop his unusual voice and enormous songwriting talent. Robby follows this advice, moves to New Orleans, where he hopes to establish a rock band. There are a few inquiries from the music industry, but seeing Robby exclusively as „the plateful Latin Lover”, which the singer strictly refuses to be. Robby, completely broke, had to accept a job in a paint shop and worked 14 hours daily in a complete body protection suit stripping down doors. Saving enough money Robby leaves the U.S. in order to live a simple life outside „a cruel system “. He travels almost the entire South American continent by foot, bus and boat, hiring as an assistant on building sites or a local translator. Making friends with a shaman he spends the following years with a native tribe in the Amazon jungle, helps with the daily work and shares with them the same concerns and hopes. „These years of wandering had shown me that everything is possible, anytime, anywhere. Back in the civilization I could have asked myself where to go from here, how to fit in, but that I have never done. It was clear to me that this part of my life had now come to an end and to continue I would have to take up what is my job: write songs & sing ‘em, tell the stories. “ Robby Maria’s second studio album METROPOLIS (released March 8, 2013 / Timezone Records) contains a lot of those stories about strange bonds, separation and civil restrictions without being too much of a typical singer-songwriter. Robby Maria is more than that, he’s a modern Bohemian and we will keep an eye on him.