Pablo Navarro, professionally known as R.I.Pablo, began his music career at the young age of five. Music came naturally to him as his mother was a singer in Spain and his brothers were all passionate about music as well. His upbringing allowed him to explore music in more ways than one and lead him to become the instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer he is today.
Growing up, one of his greatest music influences was The Kinks, an English rock band that was huge in the sixties. Although he said there are many influences behind his eclectic sound, this one helped shape the way for his individual sound the most.
“When I was 10 I was just singing loads of songs by The Kinks, and knowing all the lyrics and it was just quite funny because you go to your friends in school and I’d be singing them and they’d say that’s what my mum listens to. Looking back that’s definitely made such a big dent on what I write in my songs. It was constantly playing in my house. I look back on my songs now and it’s like, oh that’s just a Kinks song.”
R.I.Pablo spent many years prior to creating his own sound to being the ghost behind some of the most popular songs today. He was a member of The Six, a Manchester-based writing and production collective that has amassed well over 1 billion streams on Spotify.
They had plenty of open studios and space for people to stay and R.I.Pablo added there was nothing to do there except write music. This was his first big entry into the music world while also showing him how to be open to criticism from those he worked with and being able to take it.
“You have to be able to listen to your gut and be like we’re running on this, and it’s a balance between the two things, being a bit stubborn and not too stubborn.”
He has had a part in songs such as “Leave Before You Love Me” by Marshmello & The Jonas Brothers, “Lifestyle” by Jason Derulo & Adam Levine, and more.
“My favorite thing about being able to write for these artists is being able to put on these different characters and I get to be them. I get to really put myself in their shoes, especially when they’ve got a completely different sound or they’re in a completely different space to me. I get so excited by music.”
R.I.Pablo described his sound as free and trippy, adding that it takes you on a journey and is very linear. He went on to say that in pop music, it’s easy to get caught in a loop a majority of the time and be repeating the same sounds. “I feel as though I’m trying to take the listeners hand and show them a new world. One that’s explorative.”
His last single, titled “Bloom”, was his first piece of music written by himself for himself. The song is about feeling some way about someone when they’re in your proximity, while also being about a trip the singer and his friends took to Joshua Tree that went wrong and right in the best way possible. The song combines English with Spanish to create a futuristic and hypnotizing sound with a range of tempos and instruments.
R.I. Pablo’s new single, “Sunday Morning Boy”, follows a similar sound to “Bloom” and is the next track to appear on his debut EP, “Bug Lyf”. He described the track as dreamy and will take you on a journey.
“The lyrics help you get what it’s about quite instantly. When I originally wrote it, it was more with an acoustic guitar. Then I worked with this producer Josh Scarbrough who really put a groove into the verses and added a whole level to it. It’s maybe less Latin than my previous song. The song wrote itself so easily, but it definitely fits in that kind of dreamy bracket. Maybe a bit more emotive, emotional, and sad.”
On top of his new single and upcoming EP, Pablo said this is just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come in regards to music, collaborations, and more. He continues to explore more and more with his sound to create something distinctive and representative of who he is an artist and who he will become.
“I’m trying to build my world through my music because it is so clear in my head and I want it to be clear in everyone else’s head as well. A big part of my music is escapism, so in order for my audience to feel that escape you have to spoon feed them more and more. I’m trying to release more and more music, so people will get it once I go on tour.”
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