Monday, February 15, 2010

Rob Michaels


Rob Michaels

Rob Michaels is a very talented musician. At 10 years old, he used to sit in his family’s garage and would lock himself away with an old beat up Spanish style guitar, teaching himself how to "play". He had no clue how to tune the guitar but he knew that all the music was in his head, leading to stardom. His fascination with music drove him into a whole bunch of different directions challenging his musical talents. His mother dragged him to an "audition" for the LA YOUTH CHOIR. Showing his amazing vocal talents he was selected out of the 1000 kids to fill one of only 30 spots. So at age 11, he started to teach himself how to play the piano, and "acquired" (as the military likes to call it) a book that gave him the basic structure on chords and placement on a keyboard. Everyone needs to learn the basics at some point.

When he was 12 years old he met one of his greatest mentors when he moved away from my mother's house and into his dad’s: Marino de Silva. His mentor gave him his first shot by accident when he was given a movie script and was asked to write the title track. Being curious, Rob started to thumb through it obviously annoying him. Rob than took the script home and wrote a song called ‘Angel’s Freeway’ (the movie’s title). After only 6 months of "guitar lessons" Rob was signed to Rainflower Music. He played EVERY major venue in Los Angeles before he was even a teenager, and from the ages of 13 to 23, he was jamming with legends like Toto, John Waite, Steve Lukather, and Carlos Santana, just to name a few. Rob even traveled the world, and like most guys, got into a whole lot of trouble, but of course had a whole lot of fun doing it.

Rob became a session musician, signed to a few labels, recorded at every studio from here to London, and realized that as a child sitting in his parent’s dusty garage, that rock and roll was going to be his life. And trust me it shows through in his music how amazing his life has been so far. He jammed and sat in with The Goo Goo Dolls and Chris Daughtry, got hired to play guitar for a group of famous sisters, wrote for a bunch of artists and made and lost (don't all great musicians) LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY. The one thing he never realized at that point in his music filled life was that the music business is and was just that, A BUSINESS.

Now he's only 27, with the rest of his life ahead of him still touring. He is lucky to have the amazing band behind him supporting him. He has been doing it on his own for a few years now. He is really grateful to his accomplished team and those who helped him release his first EP on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and CD Baby nearly 2 years ago. Of course all his music was and always will be well received. He recently finished working in studio with Billie Stevens (from the band Handsome Devils and owner of DINKY music) and also Jeff Abercrombie (the bassist from the world renown band Fuel) completing an AMAZING album!

One press clip states ‘Rob’s music is a unique style of rock and roll that is beyond compare. The passion in his lyrics, singing and amazing guitar rifts draws the listener in, having them beg for more.’

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