Performing, Songwriting, Composing, Recording


The last 6 months of my life have been dominated by playing gigs with my two bands, Electric Poetry and Scupanon. Both bands are moving forward, making new fans, playing new songs, and getting better.

I had to take a day job in January to pay the bills, and that has hampered my ability to find time for other music work I'd like to do, such as songwriting and composing music for TV and Film. But the gig schedule is slowing down in the summer, so I hope to carve out time for those two things.

I would like to record some of the new songs I've written in the past 6 years, and have been performing with my new bands. Finding funding, of course, is the main obstacle. If you'd like to help, you can purchase my old CDs or song downloads on my Bandcamp site. You can also join The Misfit Club on the same site, and make regular contributions for as little as $5/month. Members of The Misfit Club receive exclusive emails with songs-in-progress, and other things that I don't send out to my regular email list.

--Rob June 10, 2018


Electric Poetry on the Rise


Electric Poetry played Herman's Hideaway on February 8 as part of their "Best in the West" series. It's a contest where one band out 5 advances to the next round. We won, and played the second round March 23. We won again, and have advanced to the semi-finals on April 6. These things are based mainly on fan turnout, and we've had good turnouts from friends and fans.

Scupanon, my acoustic band, has also been playing shows, and has more scheduled. See the Shows page on this website for upcoming Electric Poetry and Scupanon shows.

I added a music player to this page for Electric Poetry, with recordings from some of our live shows. Look over to the right, under my main music player. If you click on the link to the Electric Poetry Reverbnation page, you can see photos and videos, and become an Electric Poetry fan. Enjoy!

--Rob April 1, 2018



2017 Review and 2018 Goals


See my blog for my looking back on 2017 as a year of transition, and my goals for 2018.

--Rob January 24, 2018


Electric Poetry


I have a new band, it's called Electric Poetry. It consists of Jay Meikrantz on drums, Sean Mullen on bass, Paul Webb on lead guitar, Janet Lipson on backing vocals, and me on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. We play new songs I've written such as "3-Legged Dog" as well as older songs from my Misfit and The Other Side of Nowhere albums. Click the Shows tab at the top of the page to find out where we're playing.

I'm still playing with Scupanon, my acoustic group with violinist Paul Ermisch. Janet Lipson is joining us on backing vocals. Scupanon has some shows scheduled, too, so check the Shows page on this website.

--Rob December 1, 2017


3 Years of Chasing the Dream, Part 3: The Next Step


I just posted Part 3, the final in my series, "3 Years of Chasing the Dream" on my blog. Click here or on the Blog link above.

--Rob October 25, 2017


3 Years of Chasing the Dream, Part 2


I just posted Part 2 of my "3 Years of Chasing the Dream" series on my blog. Click here or on the Blog link above.

--Rob Sept 30, 2017


3 Years of Chasing the Dream


My latest blog begins:

"In my song, The Other Side of Nowhere, the mentor criticizes the student for 'doing what you should, not what you want.' I did what I should for 40 years. I’ve been doing what I want for the past 3 1/2 years."

As this chapter of my life ends and a new one begins, I reflect back on these years. What did I accomplish? Did I achieve my music goals? You can read about it on the blog page of this site. Click here or on the Blog link above.

--Rob Sept 12, 2017


Now Offering Songwriting Lessons


I am currently testing a songwriting group class on a few songwriting friends. It's going well, so I plan to offer it in the Denver-Boulder area next fall. I also decided to offer private songwriting lessons or mentoring. The private lessons I can offer outside Denver via Skype. Email me at rob@robroper.com if you're interested.

--Rob July 29, 2017


The Journey


I added an instrumental piece to my music player called "The Journey". This is a composition for piano, flute and clarinet that I did as my final project for the Composition class I took at Metro St. this past semester. The "performance" is just MIDI instruments by the Finale software that I used to compose the music. I hope that someday I'll have the funding to be able to go into a studio with real musicians and record this properly.

I named it "The Journey" because I think it captured the emotions of my journey the past 2 years of taking music theory classes at Metro St. Univ. in Denver.

--Rob May 7, 2017


Interviewed by Standing O Project


The fair trade streaming organization, The Standing O Project, interviewed me recently. We discussed my musical background and journey, my songwriting development, process and mission, and my diverse musical styles, from folk to rock to spoken word. I talked about how I wrote the songs "Misfit," "Wave the Flag and Give 'em God," and "Accept Embrace Surrender." Finally, we discuss the new music industry and the impact of streaming, and how the Standing O Project is helping artists in this new era.

You can hear the podcast on the Standing O site with a fan or free trial subscription on the Standing O Website.

I encourage everyone who streams music to sign up for a subscription with the Standing O Project, where half the revenue goes directly to the artists.

--Rob April 10, 2017




Have a Listen




Bands and Projects


Electric Poetry

This is my songwriter-oriented rock band. In 2017 I met three great musicians-- Jay Meikrantz on drums, Sean Mullen on bass and Paul Webb on lead guitar-- and started jamming with them. They liked my songs, and we decided to form a band. Janet Lipson soon joined on backing vocals. We started playing out in the fall of 2017, and things are really taking off. Go to our Reverbnation site and become a fan. If you subscribe to my email list you'll be kept up-to-date on shows.


Scupanon


Scupanon is my acoustic singer-songwriter band. It is a partnership between violinist Paul Ermisch and myself. A few percussionists and upright bass players have come and gone, so we are back to playing as a duo. We play frequently along the Colorado Front Range. For the Scupanon website, click here.



Total Flower Chaos

This is my hard rock/noise/psychedelic rock project. The debut 5-song EP, "Roses", was released in June, 2016. As of now, there is no band, as I've been spending my time with Electric Poetry and Scupanon. But I do want to eventually form one when I meet the right musicians. For the Total Flower Chaos website, click here.


Rob Roper Solo Recordings

I how have about 10-12 unrecorded songs that don't fit the above categories, and continue to write more. Eventually they will appear on another solo record, depending on when I can find the time and funding.


Producer Work

I have produced my own last few recordings (Total Flower Chaos, Word, and The Other Side of Nowhere), and am currently producing an EP for Denver singer-songwriter Jim Broyles. I am looking for other singer-songwriters or bands to produce. If you would like to consider me as a producer for your recording project, please email me at rob@robroper.com and we'll discuss it. For more info, click on the Producer link at the top of this page.


Movie Work

I am also looking to license my songs for movies, as well as compose original music for film projects. If you are a film director or music director, and would like to work with me on your project, please email me at rob@robroper.com.


Lessons

I am now offering songwriting and guitar lessons. If you are interested, please email me at rob@robroper.com.


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*Note: there is another Rob Roper in the UK who plays music. This site is for the US Rob Roper.