The making of the “Koodi”-album was a long and challenging process for Robin. It is a tall order for a thirteen-year old to write songs and lyrics, much more so than for an adult. Robin developed a lot during the process and as a singer took huge leaps forward. Because the producer and the artist lived in different cities, it took a while to build trust and the partnership between them. They started making the album in spring 2011 and finally, after several twists and turns, it was completed in winter 2012.
The album sounds just like Robin: it’s cheerful rock-pop music with lyrics based on the life of young people. The aim was to make well-produced good-humored and up-beat music that isn’t too mushy. The themes of the songs come mostly from Robin himself with Jimi Constantine and Sana Mustonen being mostly responsible for the lyrics. The record was produced at Helsinki Records studios, with Maki Kolehmainen as producer.
Robin’s idea was to make a song about a sports hobby. “My idea was to make a song about downhill skiing, trampoline jumping or skateboarding. However, Jimi said right away that people would not be particularly interested in topics like that. But then Sana Mustonen wrote great lyrics to it. It’s the energy in this song that I really like”, says Robin.
“Frontside Ollie” was chosen to be the first single through a voting process and Marko Mäkilaakso, a Finnish director with international experience, was asked to direct Robin’s debut video. “Frontside Ollie” was subsequently shot in a skate park during one day in December 2011.
“Frontside Ollie” video was posted on YouTube on 16 Jan 2012 and it became an overnight sensation. It drew more than two million viewers in the first few days and within a few months, had nearly nine million viewers.“Fronstide Ollie” got other people inspired to make different cover versions of the song, remixes, metal, punk, instrumental, dubstep, karaoke, humor, etc. There’s even a version by Sunrise Avenue on YouTube!