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


2016 Year in Review


2016 contained both successes and failures for me and my music. Here is my report card:

Recordings

I released not one, but two recordings: "Word", a collection of 3 spoken word/rock songs for download only in February, and "Roses", an instrumental rock CD under the bandname Total Flower Chaos in June. I am very proud of the music I created and recorded on both of these releases, so it was very disappointing that they were both commercial failures. Very few CDs or downloads were sold. My guess is that it is because I built my fan base on my acoustic singer-songwriter music, and most of them are just not into rock music-- at least not my kind of rock music. And then, of course, there's the fact that fewer people are buying CDs and downloads and are opting to stream music instead. Or maybe the music just isn't as good as I think it is. Maybe it's a combination of all three. Oh well, that's how it goes. I'm certainly not the first artist who thought he did good work and have it bomb with the public.

Standing O Project

I joined the Standing O Project, an artist-friendly streaming company, that pays artists much better than the big corporate streaming companies like Google, Apple and Spotify. So far I've only recruited one of my fans to join, but I will keep trying, because I believe in what they are doing, and I know that, once other people check it out, they will want to join.

Scupanon

Scupanon began the year as a quartet, but then we lost the percussionist and bassist, so by the summer we were back to the way we started-- just myself and violinist Paul Ermisch. But that's ok. The advantage of acoustic music is that I can play solo if I have to. We played ten shows in some new venues on the Colorado Front Range, including towns such as Nederland where we have never played before, and picked up some new fans along the way.

In 2016 our gigging strategy shifted from the traditional venues to a focus on the growing number of breweries on the Colorado Front Range. This is a result of the traditional venues shifting away from the model where the venue has its own identity and regular fans, to a self-defeating model where the band has to "bring your own crowd." By playing the breweries, that have a built-in crowd, we are able to reach new people with our music.

Music Classes

I continued my music classes at Metro St., taking Theory 2 and 3, Piano Class 2 and 3, a theory ensemble and a classical guitar class. I thoroughly enjoy these classes. Even though they're hard, I feel like they are making me a better musician.

Songwriting

I finished a couple of songs, continued work on a few more, and began a few co-writing projects. Big Joe Kinser finished a song I started called "If You're Lucky" and is now playing it with his band in Iowa.

Film and TV

I learned more about the TV and Film music business. I joined Taxi, an organization that connects songwriters and composers with music supervisors, publishers and libraries. Although it wasn't a top priority, I submitted a few songs and instrumentals, and composed my first instrumental cue. I plan to continue this work in 2017.

Total Flower Chaos

Due to all the above work, I wasn't able to put time into forming a rock band. However, that has moved up to the my priority list for Spring 2017, along with my music classes.

Producer Projects

I started two producer projects, with singer-songwriter friends of mine. We didn't get past the beginning stage on either-- where I worked with them on the songwriting-- but hopefully they will resume this year.

In summary, there were successes and failures in 2016. In 2017, my top priorities are to continue my music classes in the Spring, form a rock band called Total Flower Chaos, do more songwriting, and compose music for film and TV. Due to negative trends in both the live music and recorded music industries, I will probably have to take a day job after my classes end in May. So that will slow me down quite a bit. But, of course, it won't stop me.

--Rob January 29, 2017




Have a Listen




Photo
Scupanon playing at Swallow Hill in Denver


Bands and Projects


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, but I hope to form one soon.


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.


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.


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