Protest Panda is the alter ego Roberto Cassani.
A colourful and well-travelled character, who arrived in Scotland along a road of working class upbringing, rebellion, record deals, conscientious objection, rambling, education, illness, love, friendship and a lot of trouble.
That’s probably all you need about that.
Roberto has been a staff songwriter for a major label, a travelling troubadour, a session double bass player and a semi-professional piss-taker.
The self released songs on “Live session in the TPot” were written in a couple of weeks, then recorded at TPot Studio in Perthshire and produced by Robin Wynn Evans (Manic Street Preachers, Dodgy, The View, Sam Brown). Coincidentally, video producer David Owen Blackley (Sepultura) was there to film it.
After the session, Roberto went his merry way and forgot about it, until convinced by Dave, Robin and others that the stuff was worth putting out. They argued Panda was needed now more than ever, as nobody in music is standing up in such a raw way for the little guy.
So here I am. Doing exactly that.