Rob's BIO:

 

From the time I was born I have been into music. I remember being really small and begging my parents to buy me a guitar, but they would always say I was too young. Then later that year, at Christmas time, my parents made my little dreams come true and bought me my first guitar. At first I was thrilled but then I noticed a few things that didn’t seem right. Why is this guitar made out of plastic, with little cowboys on it? And how come it doesn’t sound like what is on the radio. I was soon disappointed. (Thanks for trying Mom and Dad)


Time went on and my older brother John, who is 6 years older than me, got more and more involved with music, eventually getting a guitar of his own. Somewhere around the time he was in junior high.  I thought it was so cool but he never let me play it because I was still too young and truthfully, I probably would have scratched, it or broke it somehow. I remember one time sitting front of the TV; He handed it over while the evening news came on and immediately I played along with the theme music. My brother was shocked and of course, I had no idea how or what I did. Being it was the first time I have ever played a real guitar. Still, not able to have a guitar of my own, I found myself passing the time away in my room playing a plastic electric organ (similar to this one here) that my parents had since the beginning of time. I can remember sitting in my room for hours singing and making up songs about whatever was going on around me; it had to drive my mom nuts. 


As years went on, I still had the desire to play guitar, but was talked out of it from my brother. Ge told me that too many people played guitar and what the world needs is more bass players. I was sold and had his support in hounding our parents to buy me a bass. Truthfully, I think he just said that so he would have someone to play with during his little jam sessions in his room.I was ok with that. When I was 11 my Dad and Brother went out and bought me my first bass guitar for Christmas and by 10:00 a.m. that day I was playing Van Halen’s “So this is love”.. I was hooked! Within the next year my brother introduced me to Iron Maiden and Steve Harris, I was blown away not only at his amazing riffs but that he played everything with his fingers. Just when I thought I had this bass guitar thing mastered David  Lee Roth introduced me to Steve Vai and Billy Fucking Sheehan and it blew my mind. Billy played bass like a guitar, I HAD to learn his style and I did. Yet again, I thought that there could never be a better bass player than Billy Sheehan and then my brother bought me RHCP, Mothers Milk, I immediately hated them because Flea was playing bass that I couldn’t even conceive of doing at the time. I did like the album cover though. When Blood, Sugar,Sex,Magic came out the RHCP put out a documentary about the recording of the album and it was watching them record Soul to Squeeze that changed my opinion on the RHCP, and changed my world They didn’t even put that on the album, I bet most people think they recorded it much later when it was released for a movie a year or so later. Flea taught me soul, technique, and rhythm and to this day I admire him more than any other bass player out there. He is the Michael Jordan of bass players in my eyes. Funny story about Flea, a few years back I was in Big Sur at this fantastic bakery for breakfast. As I was walking outside to grab a table, in comes a man. Totally fixated on his Virbram shoes since I was looking to buy a pair, he walked passed me and said “hello”, I replied with a very short “hey”. As I was sitting outside at the table a woman comes out with her daughter then her husband appears, the guy with the Vibram shoes, it was Flea! Of the three people in the world I would give anything to say thank you to for being an inspiration to me musically, Dave Grohl and Bono being the others, the man had the common courtesy to say “hello” like a normal person. I said “hey” like some kind of fuck tard.. Ugh! After realizing who he was I couldn’t interrupt his breakfast, especially since he was with his family, so I let it be.


When the 90’s broke I had to be a part of it. I started a band with my brother playing with numerous friends and musicians he had met throughout the years. It didn’t last long before my brother went down a different path. Shortly the band Wally and my singing career were born. Before we were Wally I went through singer after singer and finally someone said; “why don’t you sing”? My sister in laws brother, Frank, was playing with me and I made the switch, giving up the bass, and concentrated on singing. We had mild to moderate success over the next few years with our album: Standing in the Yellow  We opened up for the Bloodhound gang, Nerf Herder, and Jill Sobul (the original I kissed a girl song). We had received some major record label interest to, but to no avail. After years of what started out as singer issues became finding drummers that would disappear quicker than drummers in Spinal Tap, and after drummer number 4 I gave up. I couldn’t bring myself to re-invent the band nor go through what seemingly could be a long time until that right drummer came around again. To this day I have never found a drummer like Mike Holtz, thanks for spoiling me. Needless to say, I let my other band mates down and it is a decision I have always regretted but ultimately helped me grow into the singer song writer I am today. As Luke Gillono would say, former guitarist in Wally I found my voice.


I took some time off to work in Corporate America and it wasn’t long until someone came up to me and asked; aren’t you in a band? “You’re the guy in Wally” then everyone in the office knew my secret identity. It was that moment that gave me confidence to pick up an acoustic guitar and playing open mics around the Chicago land area. In 2003 I received an opportunity to move to San Diego. I worked for a company called Helmets to Hardhats which helps veterans find careers within the construction industry. I jumped at the chance to move to California. It was something I felt I always had to do and San Diego was never far from LA. So I moved to San Diego and was pretty much in hiatus with music for 3 years until I got laid off then moved to LA. LA boosted my confidence because every place I played I got invited back and every booking agent at the clubs told me that I was an anomaly. In some ways is was true, you know when you watch American Idol in the beginning and everyone sucks, well that is LA today except it’s not funny, seeing someone make an ass of themselves for two hours opposed to 1 minutes of American Idol gets old VERY quick. (Just like the actual show) No matter how good I was, I still was unable to move forward because I did not have a supporting band to back me up. I then took another opportunity to work for another start up, in San Diego, called Hire A Hero which helps veterans transition and find careers after active duty. An organization I can proudly say that I am still a part of today.


During this time I met the love of my life, a girl from San Francisco that happened to be visiting a friend in San Diego. Needless to say, I wasn’t in San Diego for too long before moving myself and Hire A Hero to Northern California to be with her. I immediately started playing open mics, putting ads on craigslist, again, everyone I met loved the music and wanted to get paid. I stopped playing out only doing an open mic from time to time and started writing, a few years later I put out another ad on craigslist this time I was looking for a drummer. I finally met a drummer who seemed normal, who didn’t want to get paid and wanted to start a band. It lasted about 6 to 7 months before I learned the guy was a CRAZY alcoholic and could put Nikki Sixx and Ozzy to shame, so back to square one. Of course, I was frustrated and wanted to say “feck it” until my friend Rick introduced me to a program called Addictive Drums, which turned my electronic drums into a real kit. This lit a fire under my ass to finally finish an albums worth of some of the best songs I have ever written.


So here I am today writing this little BIO about my life. My goal is to release these songs this summer and go out and entertain an audience. Hopefully I will see you around! Time will tell. 

 

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Posted By Rob Barr

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