Long time friend and grammer school mate, David Chrenko on guitar, Larry Gruss, and eventually Jeff Weagley on guitars. A few band reincarnations later Rob began writing his own material and the John Locke Ensemble was born. He was 16 at that time and performed several concerts of his originals in Mendham, N.J. They received standing ovations and blew the audience away.
Rob never forgot the emotional impact his music had on the audience back then. Hearing members of the audience humming and whistling melodies of his songs after the show gave himencouragement.
It was sort of a confirmation for Rob o keep on going in this field and pursue his destiny with this gift of song.
In the 70's one of the bands Rob was in called Icarian, opened for Richie Havens, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, the original Blackfoot with Ricky Medlocke who is now with the incredible, legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd band.
Rob said he was so very fortunate and grateful to have been born in the mid 50's. He was exposed to all the great musicians, bands and artists of the 50's, 60's, 70's and had influence from the 30's and 40's era as well from his parents, so you could say, he had a rather huge influence of genres to draw from.
Rob finally gotten around to getting some of his songs recorded and produced recently and had the privilege to have some of the best session players in the industry to assist him in getting the sounds he heard in my head in product form.
Most of Rob's songs have been recorded and produced with the assistance of studio owner and Grammy award winner Tom Weir from Studio City Sound located in Studio City, C.A. which he highly recommends to anyone looking to get their music recorded and produced to the highest professional standards.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Cross over. My music has no specific genre as it crosses over into multiple genres at the same time. Rock, Jazz, blues, pop, classical, progressive rock, R&B, Dixey, Etc.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Just my name. Use to be Bob verses Rob but first wife called me Robert so it changed when I was in my early 30’s
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Many, classic rock, Beatles, Doors, Who, Clapton, progressive rock, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull. Chick Corea, Jon Luc Ponty, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Jaco. dr. John, Elton, Billy Joel
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Working on raising capital to finance my work
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Get my music out there so people can enjoy it and live performances with my band
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Take it Away. Love the groove and social message in the song
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Finding the right people to back me and finance my work.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I get a rhythm first on piano, groove kicks in, then lyrics
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Not sure it has
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I only play my original music
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Child at home. Started composing at 3
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Give it everything you’ve got. Make the necessary sacrifices to get known. Believe in yourself no matter what
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would allow artists to be themselves and not dictate to them what they must conform to.
That was the spirit in the industry back in the 69’s and early 70’s but that changed. I was very upset about how record execs destroyed bands like Genesis, the prog rockers got crushed by these Basterds
How Do You Feel About Originality?
It’s the name of the game in the arts. An artist that has this and is true to him/her self can create positive change through ones work
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I’ve been in this game fir 4 decades and I still have faith in my music. I’ve had several close calls where I could have made it in my 20’s and 30’s
I have utilized some if the best session players on the planet to attempt to finish my debut album with my original songs on it. I am also one hell of a band leader. My goals are to be able to assemble my band of the best session players in the industry and perform my works on world stages. I believe that is where my music needs to be.