Biography

Robin is an 19 year old singer-songwriter born in Oxford, England, based in Cambridge, England, who has been writing and producing his own music from his bedroom studio since 2013. Coining the stage name 'Cavetown', Robin has made multiple appearances on stages around Cambridge, captivating his audience with his gentle sound, and moving some to tears with his nostalgic and introspective lyrics. From singing the Harry Potter theme flawlessly at the age of two, being first taught acoustic guitar by his Dad at the age of eight, and gradually building a YouTube following of over 400,000, Robin has always had a love of music and an ambition to share his creations with the world.

 

Music is a running talent in the Skinner family; his paternal Grandmother was a Country and Western singer in the 1950s and is well known in Hawaii for her appearances on the popular music magazine program “Captain Honolulu”. His father is a Fellow and Director of Music at Cambridge University, and founder of the award-winning early music ensemble Alamire, while his mother is a professional Baroque flautist for various orchestras, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists.

 

Robin has been surrounded by the arts since he was born, fuelling his passion for not only music, but creative writing and drawing. He has branched his creative skills into art and graphic design, gaining experience through the production of his own merchandise. Robin has an intuitive understanding of social media, interacting with his audience through weekly live streams on YouTube and Krue TV.

He has gone on to produce six albums of original music as well as three singles, constructing his own unique genre through experimenting with elements of folk, alternative, electronic, and hip hop sounds. Robin has also covered over 20 songs on his YouTube channel by artists such as Pinegrove, Twenty One Pilots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joji, Peach Pit, and other musicians who have inspired his compositions over the years. 

2010 - present
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Education / Qualifications

Hills Road Sixth Form College, 2015 - 2017

AS Levels: Music Technology (A), English Language (A), Psychology (B), Maths Statistics (C)

A-Levels: Music Technology (A*), English Language (B), Maths Statistics (C), Extended Project Qualification (B)

National Citizen Service (NCS) Qualification, 2015

NCS involved a week-long trip to Kingswood Outdoor Centre, where the grouped developed team-building and problem-solving skills. This was followed by a week at Bedford University, planning a fundraising project raising money for MindEd, a charity supporting funding towards teenage mental health research and treatment towards suicide prevention, which was completed in the following week.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, 2014

Parkside Community College, 2010 - 2015

GCSEs: English Literature (A*), Maths (A*), Music (A*), English Language (A), French (A), Geography (A), Physics (A), Biology (B), Chemistry (B), BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 2.

2010 - present
Employment / Experience

Partnership with Krue TV (Live streaming website for musicians), 2015 - 2018

Weekly streams, involving question and answer and performing requested songs.

3,100 followers as of June 2017

Work Experience at Miller’s Music Shop, 2015

Tuning and restringing instruments, restocking and organising shelves, and assisting customers.

Selling original music on Bandcamp, 2013 - present

6 albums and 3 singles, and over 2.5 Million total plays as of December 2017.

Partnership with YouTube, 2013 - present

Featuring covers, fan interactions, live gig videos, and original song performances.

Over 220,000 subscribers and over 12 million total video views as of December 2017.

Paper Boy for King Street Post Office, Cambridge, 2013 - 2015

Chorister at Great St Mary’s Church, 2007 - 2014, Head Chorister 2012

Radio

23.01.18

Featured on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Jeremy Sallis' Lunchtime Live, including a live performance of Green 

 

06.01.18

Lemon Boy featured on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire

 

03.01.18

Lemon Boy featured on Cambridge 105 New Music Generator

19.05.17

Interview and live set on Cambridge 105 New Music Generator

 

28.04.17

Interview on the Cambridge 105 live coverage of the Cambridge Band Competition 2017

22.04.17

Night Knuckles featured as pick of the uploader on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire

Awards

Best Acoustic Act 2017, Cambridge Band Competition

 

Kimberley Rew (Rock & Roll singer-songwriter of songs such as ‘Walking on Sunshine’) Songwriter Award 2017, Cambridge Band Competition

 

YouTube Silver Play Button (100k subscriber award)

Reviews and Interviews

18.10.16

3rd Outing on ’16/04/16’, The Internet’s Best Young Songwriter"

References

Dave Walker 

Head of Music Technology

Hills Road Sixth Form College

Hills Road

Cambridge CB2 8PE

dwalker@hillsroad.ac.uk

01223 247251

Sam Hayes 

Director of Music

Great St Mary’s Church

Senate House Hill

Cambridge CB2 3PQ

dom@gsm.cam.ac.uk

01223 741720

© 2018 Robin Skinner

Background artwork by Chew Zi Yue