Cavetown (musician)

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Cavetown
Cavetown in 2018.png
Cavetown performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameRobin Daniel Skinner
Born (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 20)
Oxford, England, UK
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • ukulele
  • guitar
ResidenceCamdridge, UK[3]
NationalityBritish
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
YouTube information
Channel
Genre
Subscribers1.1 million
(September 2019)
Total views95,508,805 views
(September 2019)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Robin Daniel Skinner[6] (born 15 December 1998)[7] known professionally as Cavetown, is an English singer-songwriter and YouTube personality based in Cambridge. His style blends elements of indie rock and bedroom pop with mellow, gentle ukulele ballads.[7] As of November 2019, he has amassed over 2.7 million monthly streamers on Spotify.[8] His YouTube channel which he began in November 2012 sits at over 1 million subscribers and 95 million video views.[9] Skinner released his third studio album, Lemon Boy in July 2018.[10]

Early life[edit]

Skinner was born in Oxford on 15 December 1998 and relocated to Cambridge at the age of eight.[7] His interest in music was inspired by his father, David Skinner, a professional flautist and director of music at Cambridge University,[11] who taught him how to play the acoustic guitar at the age of eight.[12] His mother is a professional Baroque flautist and music teacher. He attended Parkside Community College and Hills Road Sixth Form College and received an NCS in 2015.[13]

Career[edit]

2012–2015: YouTube, Bandcamp[edit]

Skinner began his YouTube channel in November 2012 and uploaded his first video, a cover of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love in October 2013.[14] Skinner began recording, producing and releasing music to Bandcamp in 2013, and had released his first album, Everything Is Made of Clouds, to the platform at the age of 14.[15][16] Skinner released Gd Vibes, Nervous Friends // Pt. 1 and Everything is Made of Stars on Bandcamp over the following two years.[17][18][19] Critics expressed that they felt "the acceptance of ignorance" on Gd Vibes.[20] Skinner released his debut single "This is Home" in 2015, which has reached over 36 million views on YouTube,[21][22] before releasing his debut self-titled album in November 2015.[23] Critics described the album cavetown as "an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic".[24] Skinner continued to publish covers of songs onto his YouTube channel from artists such as Pinegrove, Twenty One Pilots and Joji[12]

2016–2018: Lemon Boy[edit]

In 2016, Skinner released his second studio album, 16/04/16.[25] The album includes a mix of "warm, melodic bedroom pop" and "lo-fi indie rock"[7] In 2018, he released his third album, Lemon Boy. The album's title track has amassed 24 million streams on Spotify and nearly 10 million views on YouTube as of September 2019.[26]

2019–present: Animal Kingdom[edit]

Cavetown in Vienna in August 2019

In 2019, Cavetown 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.[27][28][29] He produced the single "prom dress" by mxmtoon, which has gained over 8 million streams on Spotify and has been used in over 100,000 videos on the video-sharing platform, TikTok.[30][31][32] The single featured on mxmtoon's debut album the masquerade which was also fully produced by Skinner.[33] Skinner performed on the Acoustic Stage at Victorious Festival in August 2019.[34] He signed under Sire Records in 2019 where he released the single "Telescope" ahead of his upcoming album which is yet to be titled.[27] Skinner embarked on a series of sold-out worldwide headlining tours in October 2019. He is yet to play at 31 venues in the US and 15 venues in the UK over the space of four months.[27] He will be joined by Hunny and mxmtoon for a few shows in the UK tour,[35][36] as well as Field Medic and Chloe Moriondo for a few shows in the US tour.[27] In October 2019, Skinner announced his headlining tour along Australia's east coast which will take place in January 2020.[37]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and songwriting[edit]

Skinner is known for his "gentle ukulele ballads" and "melodic bedroom pop".[38]

Personal life[edit]

Skinner currently lives in Cambridge, England.[12] He has previously identified himself as "somewhere on the Ace and Aro spectrums" in an autobiographical Tumblr post,[39] but recently started dating a guy named Avery.[40] In an interview with Urban Outfitters, Skinner stated, "I got a boyfriend recently, I'm very excited about it and I like him and I'm going to write a song about him sometime."[41]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing
cavetown[23]
  • Released: 9 November 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
16/04/16[25]
  • Released: 15 August 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Lemon Boy[42]
  • Released: 1 January 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Notes Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[43]
Dear.[44]
6

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
Animal Kingdom[45]
  • Released: 12 April 2019
  • Label: Oat Milk
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, CD, vinyl

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[46]

Year Title Album/EP
2015 "This is Home" Non-album singles
2018 "Just Add Water"
Dear.
"Juliet" Animal Kingdom: Sandy[A]
"Boys Will Be Bugs" Animal Kingdom: Comet[A]
2019 "Advice" Animal Kingdom: Ash[A]
"Self Control" (Frank Ocean cover) Animal Kingdom: Shells[A]
"Hug All Ur Friends" Animal Kingdom: Jackson[A]
"Home" TBA
"Feb 14"
"Telescope"
"Things That Make It Warm"

As featured artist[46]

Year Title Album/EP
2018 "Devil Town"
(with Kevin Devine)
Devinyl Splits No. 11

Bandcamp releases[edit]

  • Everything Is Made of Clouds (2013)[16]
  • Gd Vibes (2014)[17]
  • Nervous Friends // Pt. 1 (2015)[18]
  • Everything is Made of Stars (2015)[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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 November 28, 2018 and ending with Animal Kingdom: Jackson which was released on March 28, 2019.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cavetown discography". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ Perlow, Lexie (19 April 2018). "Cavetown Debuts with 'Lemon Boy'". The Hill News. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  3. ^ Roa, Ray (19 June 2019). "Good luck getting into Cavetown's sold-out Tampa show at Crowbar". Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Cavetown". Sire Records.
  5. ^ a b "Dear. – Cavetown | Release Credits". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Skinner, Robin Daniel. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Monger, Timothy. "Cavetown | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Cavetown". Spotify.
  9. ^ "cavetown" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Kasem-Beg, Phi (3 May 2019). "Cavetown's Lemon Boy Provides the Soundtrack to Our Lives". The Lancelot. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  11. ^ Hughel, Phoebe (3 April 2019). "Cavetown (Robin Skinner)". The Owl. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b c "Cavetown". Cambridge Live. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  13. ^ "About". cavetown.
  14. ^ Ta, Kacie (26 September 2017). "a chat with youtuber and artist, cavetown". tmrw magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  15. ^ Minaeva, Mariia (12 December 2018). "The Music of Cavetown: A Helping Hand for Mental Health Issues | Re:Views Magazine". Reviews Magazine. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Everything is Made of Clouds – cavetown". BandCamp.
  17. ^ a b "Gd vibes – cavetown". Bandcamp.
  18. ^ a b "Nervous Friends // Pt. 1 – cavetown". Bandcamp.
  19. ^ a b "Everything is Made of Stars – cavetown". Bandcamp.
  20. ^ Rogen, Ted (15 January 2015). "cavetown – Gd vibes". Insight & Critique. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  21. ^ "This Is Home – Single by Cavetown". Apple Music.
  22. ^ Cavetown – This Is Home // LYRICS, retrieved 14 September 2019 – via YouTube
  23. ^ a b "Cavetown – Cavetown". Apple Music.
  24. ^ "Listen to Cavetown's latest EP". Bad Luck. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  25. ^ a b "16/04/06 – Cavetown". Apple Music.
  26. ^ Hutchings, John (13 September 2019). "Cavetown shares new single "Telescope"". Music Existence. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  27. ^ a b c d "Cavetown Releases New Song via Sire Records". BroadwayWorld. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  28. ^ Rettig, James (28 March 2018). "Sidney Gish Covers Jackson Browne's "Somebody's (Jackson Baby Browne Cover)". Stereogum.
  29. ^ "Cavetown Can't Stop". Closed Captioned. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  30. ^ Thioubou, Ndeye (25 June 2019). "Mxmtoon Breaks Down The Meaning of 'Prom Dress'". Genius. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  31. ^ "mxmtoon Gives Personal Insight in New Single 'seasonal depression'". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on 21 July 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019. mxmtoon is a 19-year-old bourgeoning artist
  32. ^ Wells, Madeline (4 August 2019). "Meet mxmtoon, the Oakland Teen Who Launched Her Music Career on TikTok". The Bold Italic. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  33. ^ "the masquerade / mxmtoon". Tidal. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  34. ^ "Victorious Festival: Stage Times, Line-Up & More". Radio X. 25 August 2019.
  35. ^ "Hunny and Cavetown are teaming up for a UK tour early next year". Upset Magazine. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  36. ^ Murray, Robin (4 June 2019). "mxmtoon Confirms First UK Appearances". Clash. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  37. ^ "CAVETOWN ANNOUNCES 2020 AUSTRALIA TOUR". Warner Music Australasia. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  38. ^ "Cavetown – Singer-Songwriter". Ones To Watch. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  39. ^ cavetown. "frequently asked questions". Tumblr. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  40. ^ cavetown [@CAVETOWN] (17 September 2019). "Yeah him my Boyfriend now but my point still stands that boys can be affectionate without being in a relationship :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  41. ^ "Cavetown Talks About His Cursed Furby — Open Up", Urban Outfitters Television, 25 October 2019, retrieved 1 November 2019
  42. ^ "Lemon Boy – Cavetown". Apple Music.
  43. ^ "Heatseekers – Week of Dec 8, 2018". Billboard.
  44. ^ "Dear. – EP – Cavetown". Apple Music.
  45. ^ "Animal Kingdom – Various Artists". Apple Music.
  46. ^ a b "Cavetown - Singles & EPs". Apple Music.