Robert Brown (musician)
"Captain" Robert Brown
|Associated acts||Abney Park|
A large part of Brown's childhood was spent traveling in South East Asia with his mother Carolyn Heinz, a well known cultural anthropologist. Brown spent time in India, China, Thailand, and Polynesia, assisting his mother in her research.
Brown briefly attended the University of London and lived near Abney Park Cemetery. After leaving the University of London, Brown relocated to Seattle at the height of the Grunge movement, where he started the dark electronica band "October 27th", and later formed "the EaTen" with guitarist Robert Hazelton (now with the "Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society"). Soon after, they changed the band's name from the EaTen to Abney Park, after the London cemetery.
On and Off Stage
Brown writes and arranges all the songs for Abney Park. In addition to this, he is the band's lead singer, and plays darbuka, diatonic button accordion (melodeon), and harmonica. Brown's lyrical and musical style is noted for having a unique blend of many musical nationalities and eras.
Off-stage, Brown is the man responsible for making most of the band's exotic steampunk instruments.
In 2011, Brown authored a novel, "The Wrath of Fate", which explored Abney Park's backstory in greater detail, as well as helped in the development of Airship Pirates, an RPG based on the works of Robert Brown.
In The Press
Brown has made appearances on MTV, G4tV, King 5 Evening Magazine, and has been interviewed in many genre websites, magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Robert is married to fellow band member Kristina Erickson, and has two children, Isabella and Chloe.
- "Faculty: Carolyn Heinz". CSU Chino. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- "MTV News video: 'It's Airships, Pirates And Goggles'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- "Abney Park - Steampunk Culture Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- Interviews with Robert Brown:
- Tome Wilson (September 24, 2009). "INTERVIEW - Captain Robert of Abney Park". Dieselpunks.org. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- Rebecca Firth (2008-08-27). "Dread Captain Robert and Abney Park Sailing the Metaphorical High Seas in the Name of Steampunk". WooEB. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
- Caitlin Dougon (28 April 2009). "Hanging With Abney Park". Spartan Youth Radio. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
- Caroline Sullivan (17 October 2008). "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1899". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- Ruth La Ferla (May 8, 2008). "Steampunk Moves Between 2 Worlds". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- Captain Robert (13th-Nov-2011). "Captain Robert's Livejournal". Livejournal.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14.