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Rob Heron in the studio

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Heron is an artist, songwriter & producer from the UK and is currently based in Goa, India. Journalists have compared his solo recordings to a diverse range of artists including Beck, Prince, The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson and many others.


Starting out in 2001, writing and producing from his home studio in Liverpool, Heron released two limited edition vinyl 7 inch singles on his own Cracked Analogue label, and was quickly signed to Hut Recordings (Virgin). On signing, he immediately released his self-produced debut album ‘The Brown Room’ to critical acclaim, including 'Record Of The Week' in The Sunday Times: Culture Magazine.


His second album ‘Heron Vs Heron’ was again self-produced but also included co-production on 5 tracks with Grammy Award winning producer Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, DJ Shadow). Unfortunately, only months before its release date, Hut Recordings folded and the release was postponed until many years later.


While Heron has always continued to write and record music, he stopped officially releasing material until he was approached remotely prior to the lockdown in 2020 by Cathy Jain who was just 15 years old at the time. She invited him to collaborate on some demos she was working on. For more details, refer to the producer section. 

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Heron co-wrote, produced & mixed all of Cathy Jain's first 4 singles to widespread acclaim in 2020/21. Jain has since exploded onto the scene in the UK, with support from BBC Introducing, Radio One and the British music press. She then signed to Yala Records and all 4 tracks have now been rereleased as Cathy’s debut EP entitled ‘Artificial. As a writer/producer, Heron's style has been compared to productions by Frank Ocean, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and again Brian Wilson.


Following the first play of 'Cool Kid' from 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, additional support came from Steve Lamacq and Radio One, adding the track to their coveted 'Introducing Playlist' and making it 'Record Of The Week'. It also garnered big on-air talk ups from Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Greg James, Adele Roberts and Jack Saunders who subsequently named it as his Next Wave pick. The track also made its way onto major playlists across Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify.


This momentum has continued with the release of 'Green Screen', which has been play-listed on BBC 6Music, Apple Music while glowing write-ups from Clash, The Line Of Best Fit and NME have added to the groundswell of support from leading industry tastemakers.


Heron currently creates music from his 'Cracked Analogue Studio' in Goa, India which is set up for writing, producing, and delivering radio ready mixes.

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Cathy Jain interviews Heron to discuss their remote collaboration. Topics include Frank Ocean, Frank Zappa, and her third single Green Screen.

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Goa, India

Liverpool, UK