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JOHN ROBERTS Releases New Music Video by Rafatoon for “Nobody” with Beth Ditto

John Roberts photographed by Alexander Thompson

PRODUCED BY JUNIOR SANCHEZ, SONG APPEARS ON ‘LIGHTS OUT’ ALBUM OUT NOW

John Roberts has released a music video for his latest track “Nobody” featuring Beth Ditto.  The song appears on his album Lights Out.

The video is directed by Rafatoon (Rafael Perez), a mixed media filmmaker and motion graphic artist who specializes in hybrid videos that inventively mix live action with eye-catching animation.  Rafatoon spares nothing in taking John and Beth on a wild jaunt together for “Nobody.”

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“Beth Ditto’s voice is church-like. It’s an uplifting song,” Roberts said in a statement to Rolling Stone who debuted the track back in June.  “When I was a kid, I used to jump on a mini trampoline in front of the mirror to Janet Jackson and it just reminds me of being alone with yourself, spazzing, and dancing. It’s about showing the world that you’re kind of capable of things that they don’t expect. It’s having those moments alone with yourself where you kind of gain confidence, then bring it out to the rest of the world, and just being a little different, confident, and knowing there’s other freaks out there.”

About John Roberts:

 Hailing from Edison, NJ, John Roberts’ deep-rooted love for music can be traced back to his youth. At the onset of the 90’s he fell in love with the New York City rave scene and frequented the storied warehouse parties mythologized in movies like “Go.” He visited Other Music in the city’s fashion forward Village neighborhood on a weekly basis to buy new releases from Orbital, Moby and more. Going from music lover to being in a band was a no-brainer and Roberts found himself the front-man for Opti-Grab. The group released one album and toured relentlessly. Bringing things full circle, former tour-mates Blondie tapped him to drop some lyrical fire on “Love Level” from their critically acclaimed 2017 chart-topper Pollinator. “Looking,” a wild anthem produced by Big Black Delta, followed in 2019, marked his solo debut with remixes by Tensnake, Junior Sanchez and Gerd Janson. The song—which landed at #19 on UK club charts–along with “Dirty Little Secrets” and “Lonely Boys Have Fun Too” appeared on his self-titled EP released last summer. Flashforward to 2020, Roberts entered the studio with longtime club friend Junior Sanchez for its follow-up. “Freaks”—out now—is one of the many songs the two collaborated on that appeared on Roberts’ Lights Out album which was released June 4, 2021. Look for a remix album to come soon.

On the acting front, John Roberts has gone from viral YouTube clips like “The Christmas Tree,” “My Son is Gay” and “Jackie & Debra” (generating more than 40 million views) to appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Archer” and more in addition to multiple tours alongside Margaret Cho. He went on to join the cast of the EMMY Award-winning “Bob’s Burgers” as lovable & loud matriarch Linda Belcher which landed him first EMMY nod in the category of “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” (2015). The show is now in its 12th season with a feature film to be released spring 2022.

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