Los Angeles Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter, film and television writer, and actor Rob Giles releases Meditation Drive-Thru, an eleven-song mellow rock album.
Rob has written songs for and shared the stage with Grammy/Tony winners and legends Joe Cocker, Sara Ramirez, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Neil Finn, Andy Summers of The Police, and more. Rob attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where a number of his songs are currently taught in songwriting classes. He has produced over twenty albums for himself and others.
Check out our brief interview with Rob below, and be sure to check out his album.
MIM: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Joni Mitchel, Prince, Beatles, Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Spoon, Jesca Hoop, Rufus Wainright, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, Enya, U2, Steely Dan, Shania Twain, Nirvana, Alvvays.
MIM: What inspires you to create music?
I want to get the things in my head out, or I am looking for a song to listen to and I can’t find it. Or to push myself to be uncomfortably honest with myself or to make a lyric that I think “goddamn”.
MIM: Tell us about the creation process of this project.
I was not ever going to make another album. Ever. Then a friend told me to. And so I did. My friend Rich Jacques made it with me, and without him, there would be no album.
MIM: What does this project mean to you?
It means we don’t have to quit anything ever. Sometimes following your bliss in other pastures is good for the soil. It means I can keep making music if I want to. It means that I can choose to put together the positive healing songs and have a vibe of goodness.
MIM: What is your favorite lyric on the album and why?
I like the weirdness of the song “Effectra,” which is a drug name I made up. It is also where the album title comes from. The song is an idea that dances around the overload of moreness and betterness and toxic ambition that we all are being buried under, that promises to heal us but is killing us. Perfection has never existed and never will, but we believe it has and does, and we are tortured by the chase to achieve it. So, the lyrics of this song as a whole I like, maybe especially “Made a list of all that ails me, prayed for all my sins, I’ll ask my doctor about Effectra next time I go in, for no reason.”
MIM: Anything else you’d like to add?
I am so grateful to live in an era where recorded music can be distributed immediately around the world. And try to be nicer to yourself. And try to eat more leafy greens.