Live Shows, Recording, Band
Since the last update at the start of the Coronavirus shutdown, I've been busy with several aspects of my music career. I've been holding internet concerts, songwriting, preparing to record new music, and trying to recruit members for my rock band Total Flower Chaos (although that's been almost impossible to do without in-person auditions).
Some venues are cautiously re-opening in Colorado, where I live, with strict rules about social distancing and wearing masks. In fact, I am playing my first gig since Coronavirus hit tomorrow. I will continue to investigate and play safe live gigs, because it's what I love to do. I will also continue to play internet gigs.
The best way to keep up with what I'm doing-- recording projects, live shows, and everything else-- is to join my email list. Simply add your name to the form at the right of this page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you.
--Rob June 26, 2020
Like all musicians, all my gigs have been cancelled due to measures taken to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Not only can we no longer do what we love-- play our music live for people-- but it impacts us financially as well. I ask music fans who haven't lost your jobs to support your favorite bands and solo artists by one or more of the following ways:
Buy records-- CDs or vinyl.
Some people, myself included, like to have physical copies of our favorite albums. For one reason, listening to a record on a good home stereo provides superior fidelity. Secondly, many record have cool artwork and information on them. Thirdly, music that lives in the "cloud" can disappear anytime because you don't own it. Nobody can take a record away from you.
Buy paid downloads.
Unfortunately we receive virtually no money when you listen to our music on streaming platforms such as Youtube, Spotify, Pandora, etc. So if that's the main way you listen to music, please consider buying some paid downloads to help us out. Bandcamp.com allows you to pay more than the listed price for a download to support the artist.
Join the Artist Fan Clubs.
Many bands and solo artists have a fan club on platforms like Bandcamp and Patreon, where you can make a regular monthly contribution. Please consider this, at least until we can gig again.
Tip During Live Internet Shows.
Live video streaming platforms, such as Facebook Live, don't pay us for our performances, like real music venues do. Most artists will provide a way to tip them. Please consider doing so.
How You Can Help Me:
If you want to support me during the shutdown, the best way is to go to my Rob Roper Bandcamp Site and my Total Flower Chaos Bandcamp Site and buy Downloads, CDs and Tshirts. On the Rob Roper Bandcamp Site you will also find the Misfit Club where you can make regular monthly contributions. Misfit Club members have exclusive access to live recordings and things not available to the general public.
I plan to use this shutdown as a songwriting opportunity. I am writing solo as well as co-writing with other songwriters. Hopefully I'll get a few good ones out of this!
With a little support from our fans, solo artists and bands be able to get through this. As of this writing there's no light at the end of the tunnel, but hopefully the day isn't too far away when we can all get back to doing what we love-- playing live music for you. And you can get back to doing what you love-- going out to hear live music.
--Rob March 29, 2020
New Look for the Website!
Today I release the new look for www.robroper.com! As you can see, I now have a banner photo on the homepage, and a different color scheme for all the pages. The navigation menu has been moved to the top of the pages. I corrected a bunch of mistakes and simplified the code-- all "under the hood" stuff that you can't see, but will make the website easier to maintain. I also embedded my upcoming shows from my Reverbnation page, so I no longer have to enter the shows in two places. Have a look around, I hope you like it!
--Rob Jaunary 2, 2020
I'm Forming a New Rock Band
Up until now, Total Flower Chaos has just been a name I've used for the rock songs I've written over the past few years. But now I'm looking for musicians to make it a real band. The musical style has elements of psychedelic rock, hard rock, noise rock, ambient, space rock and metal. Imagine a combination of The Church, The Cure, Garbage, Sonic Youth and Tool. You can hear both home demos and professional recordings of the songs the band will play on the Total Flower Chaos music player on the right.
I have very high ambitions for this band, so the expectations of the musicians I recruit for the band will be high, too. In addition to playing their instrument well, all band members will be expected to pitch in with the the administrative and promotional work required for a band to be successful. This will not be a casual thing.
Musicians in the Denver area who might be willing to commit to this project can email me at email@example.com. I want to form this band as soon as possible and start gigging, but I want to find the right people.
--Rob December 5, 2019
New Single "My Favorite Disguise" Released!
John McVey, the producer of my album "Misfit," programmed the drums. Eric Moon, who played keyboards on "Misfit," laid down the keyboard tracks. I sang the vocal and played the electric guitars and bass. Except for the drum programming, all the instruments and vocals were recorded in my home studio by me. I also mixed and mastered the song.
--Rob November 20, 2019
Big Show for Scupanon at Swallow Hill Nov 14
My acoustic band, Scupanon, has been making the rounds of the Colorado bars and breweries for the past few years, playing for our friends who live nearby, and making new fans from the regulars. Now we're going to bring ALL our Colorado friends and fans-- new and old-- together for one very big and special show at Colorado's premier folk music venue-- Swallow Hill Music. We will play in the Cafe. There is no better environment for hearing acoustic music.
This is happening Thursday, November 14, at 7:30pm. Swallow Hill is at 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, Colorado 80210. You can buy advance tickets at this link.
--Rob October 21, 2019
Good-bye to Electric Poetry
My rock band for the last two years, Electric Poetry, has ended. Most of the band members have too much going on with family, careers and other bands to continue with Electric Poetry. And I want to take my rock band to the next level. So we have to call it quits. We are all still friends.
For my new rock band, I want to integrate elements of Electric Poetry-- where I played my newer rock songs and old Misfit songs, with the social commentary songs I've written for my Total Flower Chaos project. I will be actively seeking out and interviewing prospective band members in the next couple of months. This band is going to be BIG. I will see to that.
--Rob October 5, 2019