Video sensation Hobbie Stuart is about to release 'Still Here', his debut single featuring rapper Ghetts.
Brighton-based singer Hobbie Stuart will be a familiar name to the avid web-surfers and video-streamers of the last few years, but this YouTube star is set to make his mark as a proper recording artist having now signed to Sony Music.
So what do you need to know about Hobbie? Well, firstly, Hobbie is not his real name; his first name is actually Roberto, but he was nicknamed due to his Brazilian father frequently referring to him as 'Hoberto' in Portuguese. His father also played a crucial part in encouraging him to take up music as a career after he became impressed with his singing voice. He learned guitar at the age of 11 and, though originally in a band, decided to take to YouTube in 2010 to unveil his remarkable pop covers to the world. Since joining the video upload site, Hobbie has racked up an amazing 24+ million views and 160,000+ subscribers with stand-out covers such as Rihanna's 'Diamonds', Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' and, his personal favourite, 'Hold On We're Going Home' by Drake.
Now, he's set to unleash his debut single 'Still Here' along with his EP of the same name. 'It's a song I wrote last year', he explains. 'I thought back to a time when I wasn't really doing much with my life and when I thought it was too late to actually do anything with. I had got kicked out of college and I had no qualifications and I thought that was it.' The irony is, of course, that this single marks a long string of achievements that he couldn't have dreamed of reaching just a few years ago. Having been previously introduced by Jamal Edwards from SBTV, Hobbie got to work with long-time musical hero Ghetts after deciding that he needed rap accompaniment. 'I've been a fan of his for a long time so it was really cool having him on the song', he explained.
We caught up with Brighton-based singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation Hobbie Stuart who, after racking up more than 24 million views on the video upload site for his spectacular pop covers, is now set to unveil some original material with his debut album.
Having matured creatively with his music, he is on the verge of releasing his first official single 'Still Here' ahead of the new album which represents himself as he looks to put the years of cover songs behind him and bring his own sound to the stages and festivals.
Contactmusic.com: Hi Hobbie, how are you?
Hobbie Stuart: Yeah, I'm all good thanks. I'm currently in Brighton heading up to London very soon to do some stuff. I'm quite busy.
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