Cavetown (musician)

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Cavetown
Cavetown in a Q&A video in 2018
Cavetown in a Q&A video in 2018
Background information
Also known asbrother[1][2]
Born (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 22)
Oxford, England
OriginCambridge, England[3]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • YouTuber
Instruments
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitecave.town
YouTube information
Channel
Genre
Subscribers1.63 million[12]
Total views216.2 million[12]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: 11 March 2021

Robin Daniel Skinner[13] (born 15 December 1998),[3] known professionally as Cavetown (stylized in all lowercase)[14] is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and YouTuber based in London. His[a] style blends elements of indie rock, indie pop and bedroom pop with mellow, gentle ukulele ballads.[3] As of May 2021, he has amassed over 6 million monthly streamers on Spotify.[15] His YouTube channel, which he began in November 2012, sits at 1.66 million subscribers and 228.1 million video views as of May 2021.[16] Skinner released his fourth studio album, Sleepyhead, in March 2020.[17]

Early life[edit]

Skinner was born in Oxford on 15 December 1998.[3][18] His interest in music was inspired by his father, David Skinner, a musicologist and choir director, who taught him how to play the acoustic guitar at the age of eight.[19][20] His mother is a professional Baroque flautist and music teacher. He attended Parkside Community College from 2010 to 2015 and Hills Road Sixth Form College until 2017.[21]

Career[edit]

2012–2015: YouTube and Bandcamp[edit]

Skinner began his YouTube channel in November 2012 and uploaded his first video, an original song named "Haunted Lullaby", in October 2013.[22][23] The first song Skinner wrote and recorded was "Rain" in 2013.[24] Soon after, Skinner began releasing music to Bandcamp with his first album, Everything Is Made of Clouds, at the age of 14.[25][26] Skinner released Gd Vibes, Nervous Friends // Pt. 1, Balance (as brother) and Everything is Made of Stars on Bandcamp over the following two years.[27][28][29][30] Critics expressed that they felt "the acceptance of ignorance" on Gd Vibes.[31] Skinner released his debut single "This Is Home" in August 2015,[32] before releasing his debut self-titled album in November 2015.[33] Critics described the album Cavetown as "an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic".[34] Skinner continued to publish covers of songs onto his YouTube channel from artists such as Pinegrove, Twenty One Pilots and Joji.[20]

2016–2018: 16/04/16 and Lemon Boy[edit]

In 2016, Skinner released his second studio album, 16/04/16.[35] The album includes a mix of "warm, melodic bedroom pop" and "lo-fi indie rock".[3] The album was dedicated to Skinner's childhood friend, Jack Graham, who died of leukaemia on the album's titular date. 60% of the album's proceeds were donated to Cancer Research UK.[36]

In April 2017, whilst still at Sixth Form College, Skinner reached the final of the Cambridge Band Competition, winning both Best Acoustic Act and the Kimberley Rew Award for Songwriting, and went on to play at Strawberry Fair in June 2017. In 2018, he released his third album, Lemon Boy. As of August 2020, the album's title track has amassed 54 million streams on Spotify and 15 million views on YouTube.[37][38]

2019–present: Animal Kingdom, Sleepyhead and Man's Best Friend[edit]

Cavetown in Vienna in August 2019

In 2019, Skinner released five split singles which were later compiled into Animal Kingdom, a mixtape of ten tracks including covers and original singles with guest appearances from Sidney Gish, Simi, Chloe Moriondo and Spookyghostboy.[39][40][41] He produced the single "Prom Dress" by Mxmtoon, which has gained over 152 million streams on Spotify and has been used in over 100,000 videos on the video-sharing platform TikTok.[42][43][44] The single was featured on mxmtoon's debut album The Masquerade, which was also fully produced by Skinner.[45] Skinner performed on the Acoustic Stage at Victorious Festival in August 2019.[46] He signed under Sire Records in 2019 where he released the single "Telescope" ahead of his upcoming album, later announced as Sleepyhead.[39] Skinner embarked on a series of sold-out worldwide headlining tours in October 2019. He played on tour at 31 venues in the US and 15 venues in the UK over the space of four months.[39] He was joined by Hunny and mxmtoon for a few shows in the UK tour,[47][48] as well as Field Medic and Chloe Moriondo for a few shows in the US tour.[39] In October 2019, Skinner announced his headlining tour along Australia's east coast which took place in January 2020 where he was accompanied by spookyghostboy.[49]

In 2020, Skinner released his major label debut album Sleepyhead,[17] and appeared on the Recording Academy's Sessions series in support of MusiCares.[50][51] He cancelled the tour in support of Sleepyhead due to the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020.[52] In July 2020, Skinner collaborated with Tessa Violet on the single "Smoke Signals" and announced the launch of his unisex clothing line Cave Collective.[53]

In June 2021, Skinner released the seven-track «EP» Man's Best Friend featuring the songs "Idea of ​​Her", "Ur Gonna Wish U Believed Me", "Paul", "I Want to Meet Ur Dog", "Let Me Feel Low (Ft. Miloe)", "Guilty" and "Sharpener".

Personal life[edit]

Skinner stated that he is on the asexual and aromantic spectrums[54][55] and came out as transgender in September 2020.[56] Skinner uses "he/him" and "they/them" pronouns.[57]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[58]
US
Heat

[59]
US
Folk

[60]
Cavetown[33]
  • Released: 9 November 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
16/04/16[35]
  • Released: 15 August 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
Lemon Boy[61]
  • Released: 1 January 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
Sleepyhead[62]
  • Released: 27 March 2020
  • Label: Sire Records
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, streaming, vinyl
52 12 16

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.
ENC

[63]
Dear.[64]
6
Man's Best Friend

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
Animal Kingdom[67]
  • Released: 12 April 2019
  • Label: Oat Milk
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, CD, vinyl

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[68]

Year Title Certifications Album/EP
2015 "This is Home" Non-album singles
2018 "Just Add Water"
Dear.
"Juliet" Animal Kingdom: Sandy[b]
"Boys Will Be Bugs" Animal Kingdom: Comet[b]
2019 "Advice" Animal Kingdom: Ash[b]
"Self Control" (Frank Ocean cover) Animal Kingdom: Shells[b]
"Hug All Ur Friends" Animal Kingdom: Jackson[b]
"Home" Non-album singles
"Feb 14"
Sleepyhead
"Telescope"
"Things That Make It Warm"
"You've Got a Friend in Me" (Randy Newman cover)[70] Non-album singles
2020 "Sweet Tooth"
Sleepyhead
"I Miss My Mum"
"Smoke Signals (feat. Tessa Violet)" Non-album singles
"Sharpener"
Man's Best Friend
2021 "Sharpener’s Calling Me Again (feat. Kina)" Non-album singles
"Paul"
Man's Best Friend
"Ur Gonna Wish U Believed Me"
Man's Best Friend

As featured artist[68]

Year Title Album/EP
2018 "Devil Town"
(with Kevin Devine)
Devinyl Splits No. 11
2020 "Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?
(with Sody)
Non-album singles
"Lemons"
(with Brye)

Bandcamp releases[edit]

as Cavetown[14]

  • Everything Is Made of Clouds (2013)[26]
  • Gd Vibes (2014)[27]
  • Covers (2015)[71]
  • Youtube covers (2015)[72]
  • Nervous Friends // Pt. 1 (2015)[28]
  • Everything Is Made of Stars (2015)[30]

as brother[1]

  • balance (2015)[29][73]
  • not anywhere (alex g cover) (2018)[74]
  • bny rabit (2018)[75]
  • i want to meet your dog (2018)[76]
  • Hate (2019)[77]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Skinner uses "he/him" and "they/them" pronouns. This article uses "he/him" pronouns for consistency.
  2. ^ a b c d e The full mixtape album Animal Kingdom was released in a series of 5 single sets over the space of 4 months, starting with Animal Kingdom: Sandy which was released on 28 November 2018 and ending with Animal Kingdom: Jackson which was released on 28 March 2019.

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