PERFORMER / TEACHER / PRODUCER

Even at his young age Bobby has years of experience professionally performing and producing at the highest levels in multiple styles of music. For years he played with the world famous DJ Skee’s Skeetox band, currently plays organ for the San Diego Padres, and has performed with Ice Cube, Jesse McCartney, Xzibit, Lil’ John, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Bobby Brown, The Glenn Miller big band and the Tom Kubis Big Band at Goldenwest. Bobby plays in San Diego's premier corporate top 40 band, The Mighty Untouchables, in addition to several original projects including the L.A. based electro pop trio ‘Smashtronauts’ as well as his own jazz piano and organ combos.

Bobby is also an accomplished composer and producer. His music can be heard through multiple outlets including television, movies, terrestrial, streaming and satellite radio, and video games. He also maintains an active roster of students, teaching a wide range of styles to students of all ages and walks of life.

Since 2010 he has lived in the University Heights area of San Diego, although he continues to work extensively in Hollywood and all of Southern California. He has a passion for moving others through his music, whether it be through performing, teaching or composing.
Jun
12

Replacing the Handle on an SKB Rotomolded Case

I just had to replace the 2 handles on my SKB Rotomolded case. I’ve had it for 7 years and done literally at least 1,000 gigs with it. These cases have a lifetime warranty and when you get in touch with SKB they’ll send you replacement handles and screws for free.

The hardest part about replacing these handles is drilling out the rivets and removing the old hardware. Here are my guidelines for removing the old hardware.

1) Use a CORDED drill (not a battery powered drill) to drill out the rivets. In my experience, a battery powered drill doesn’t have the power needed for this.

2) Drill the rivets from the outside in, not from the inside of the case out. <<-- this was the key for me. Before I had been trying to drill from the inside out and broke a drill bit.

3) What will eventually happen is the rivet basically spins and wears/melts through the plastic of the case. Despite the larger hole this leaves, the replacement screws and washers are big enough to catch and hold for a solid mounting.

This may not be the way SKB recommends doing it, but it's the method that worked for me after trying several other tedious dead end approaches.

Old Handle 1

Old Handle Parts

Drilled Hole 1

Old Handle Parts 2

New Handle 1

May
28

Thoughts on the Joy of Making Music

Playing music with other people gives me great pleasure. When I’m doing it, shoulder to shoulder with other bandmates, the musical communion is palpable and miraculous. This year I’ve been gigging more than I ever have in my life. In 5 months I’ve played ninety four (94!) gigs this year. Thank God I love doing it. Usually at some point on every gig there comes a moment when I pause, look around, and think to myself ‘this is amazing, making music with friends’. This simple reflection keeps it child like and wondrous for me.

Apr
17

Appearance On Padres Social Hour

A couple days ago I appeared on a show called ‘Padres Social Hour’ on Fox Sports San Diego. I discussed playing organ at Petco Park with the lovely Annie Heilbrunn and the legendary Padres columnist Bill Center. We had FUN – - check it!

Feb
26

Tracking With Reggae Legends

Once in a while I have the privilege of tracking with some reggae legends. For a musician, whether it be reggae, jazz, blues, or hip hop, there is nothing like laying it down alongside those who were pioneers of the genre, the first to play the style and set the standard for what instruments in that style do. All the musicians I recorded with on Monday were that. This session was at Fully Fullwood’s studio in San Clemente, CA, where what looks like an unassuming track home actually hides an incredible studio for recording roots reggae. Every preamp and drum head in this place is dialed in for the exact purpose of recording reggae, and the result is that thick creamy 70′s drum sound that eludes so many modern producers with their digital gear and plug ins.

I met Fully years ago when I was called to his studio to track a quick solo on a cut on his album. Years went by without us ever crossing paths again, then one day I got a call to see if I was available for another session. I did that session and ever since I’ve been getting three or so calls a year to come up to the studio and record for some artist. Every time is a little different as you don’t know who the session will be for or who will be playing drums. Fully is always on bass and Tony Chin is always on guitar.

This video captures the typical way the tracking goes down. We listen to the artist’s scratch track, learn it, then lay down our own version of it.

One of the other great aspects of tracking with legends such as these is that they have incredible musical wisdom and share it willingly. I consider it a huge perk of these sessions to be able to stand there and listen to the knowledge that these masters have accrued over a lifetime of playing Jamaican music.

Listen to this clip of Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, the legendary Jamaican drummer (Ziggy Marley, Peter Tosh, Roots Radics, everyone else), talking about the role of the drummer in music.