Rob Roper Music Biography

(the short version)

Updated May 14, 2016

In an industry where "Alternative" means mainstream and "Indie" means pop, Rob Roper's songs are independent of Indie and alternative to Alternative.

Jon Solomon of The Westword calls him "...a guy with some sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning witty lyrics."

The Belgium website described his full-length CD "Misfit" as "...drenched with emotion, with truly beautiful songs...A modest masterpiece."

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Roper spent his teenage years in Dallas, Texas. After college he left for Arizona and lived there for many years, playing music with various people and bands. He moved to Denver in 2000, where he is now based. A guitar player since the age of 12, he took up songwriting and singing in 2004.

In 2007 Roper released a DIY demo EP, Some Songs I Wrote. 2009 saw the release of the acoustic EP, Me. In 2011 Roper released his first full-length album, Misfit, produced by John McVey. In 2012 he released an 8-song acoustic EP, The Other Side of Nowhere, featuring Paul Ermisch on violin. In 2016, Roper released a 3-song EP for download, Word, which features spoken word or rap over a hybrid of rock and hip hop music. Also in 2016, Roper released the hard rock/psychedelic rock EP Roses under the band name Total Flower Chaos.

Rob Roper has played over 100 gigs since 2006, mostly in Colorado, but also in Oregon, Texas, Iowa, Massachusetts and The Netherlands. Since 2010 he has primarily played his songs with violinist Paul Ermisch in the acoustic group Scupanon. From 2013-2014 he played guitar and was one of the songwriters for the Denver rock band, Dorian. In 2017, Roper formed the rock band, Electric Poetry, to play his original songs.

From 2015-2017 Roper has been taking music theory, piano and composition classes at Metro St. University in Denver. He expects this knowledge will help not only with his own compositions and songwriting, but for composing music for film and TV, and in working with professional musicians in the studio while producing his own and other people's recording projects.

"Everything I've done up til now," Roper recently said, "is just preparation for what comes next. My best work is still to come."