Rob Rinderer

Rob Rinderer

Independent Musician

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I played a lot of gigs in bars, for weddings, etc, etc.
I blew an audition for Jeffrey Osborne. But it made me more prepared and determined.
I got the gig playing second keys behind Billy Preston. I got this because I was super-prepared.
Started doing session work.
More touring dates with Mark Lindsay, Michelle Shocked and others.
Started producing projects for other artists.
Became the keyboardist for The Harvest Crusades.
Started producing music of my own (The Rob Rinderer Project, Ten By Tuesday and Breadroot).
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Dana Hills High School

Career

Independent Musician

I play keyboards, write songs and produce music either for my own groups or other artists.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Writing
Being Creative

Day to Day

Well, every day is different. If I have a gig in town, I may leave early in the afternoon to set up and soundcheck. Then go get something to eat and then play the gig (usually later in the evening) and get home late. If I have a gig out of town, I would usually fly out the day before, fly home the day after. If I'm producing an artist I'm working either in my home studio or at another studio elsewhere. If I'm doing none of these things then I'm writing and recording at home.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Playing with all kinds of musicians in all kinds of styles. For musicians starting out, the best thing is to find other people to play/record with. Record using Garageband or whatever you have, just to get experience. But the absolute most important thing in my opinion is having a "sense" for what the music needs. There is no one way to get there. A few people have this naturally, others have to develop it. Listen to a lot of music, play a lot of music. Study it, dig deep.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Pay attention to English classes (especially poetry and creative writing). You'll also need to be good with computers and know your math. Really all of your education will be helpful. Also, get involved in high school music programs. And find other high school musicians to jam with and start honing your chops.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You don't have it, you don't have a good voice, etc."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Physical Issues