Born in Illinois, Rich Anthony (Goberville) is a Pop singer-songwriter who has been writing songs for over 30 years.
He has collaborated with several producers during his songwriting path. His goal has always been to create catchy yet meaningful songs. Recently he realized that his first recordings were not available online. His current effort is to release several singles and then put out an album of these 80’s songs, then focus on releasing some of his newer recordings.
Rich had the dream to become a songwriter since he was a teenager back in the 80’s. Back then, it was difficult to get a professional-sounding recording unless it was recorded in a studio. After working the summer as a lawn maintenance worker and waiter, he saved up enough to pursue his dream of getting some songs recorded. He ended up going to New York and worked with Chris Pati on a Synth Pop album worth of songs in the early 90’s.
Having saved these early recordings and some pictures that were taken back then,
Rich decided to share these early works with the world. All the songs were remastered according to today's standards, but the spirit was kept intact.
Thank you for taking this interview! What has 2022 been like for YOU as artists? I've been discovering TikTok as a way to find listeners. I know I'm a few years behind, but so far loving TikTok. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? I've been working on acoustic music lately, and previously everything was keyboard Midi based. How did you come up with your latest project? My latest project is actually my first project. I wrote some songs in the 80's that I recorded in the 90'sand realized last year that they weren't online so I've been working on putting those songs out starting with the single "Don't Look Back" in January 2022 and finishing up with a 9 song album coming out July 28, 2022. Where are you from originally? New Lenox, Illinois, about an hour South of Chicago Where do you live now? Joliet, Illinois Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Not really... What was the inspiration to make music your career? It isn't a career, but being a teacher has given me the summers off to take music more seriously during that time. How do you want to shape your career? My goal is to just get a decent amount of people liking my music that putting out new songs will pay for itself. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I have time in the summer so I try to schedule my music recording during the summer. The song ideas come at any time though... How did your latest title of your music come to be? I'll go with my first single "Don't Look Back". I was just wanting to convey the thought that I wanted to keep moving ahead and to focus on the positive. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? Yes, I'm never really 100% happy with a song but there's a point when I call it done. Sometimes the more time spent on it, I start to overanalyze it and I just make it worse. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? Yes, for most of them. There are a few songs that I put myself in someone's shoes and wrote as if I were that person, but 80% of my songs are personal and things I've felt myself. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Positive Where do they go to listen NOW? All streaming sites such as Spotify or Apple music ect What has been the best fan reaction to your music? I don't know if there's a 'best' reaction, but when I find a new fan it's just great to hear a comment such as "love you music dude". Is there anything exciting coming up for you? After my 80's project, I plan to release some newer material and I'm excited for that because those are more meaningful at this moment in my life. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!