BIO

50th Anniversary........1965-2015......from Motown to Atlantis

   
Award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer, Robert Slap is a native of Detroit, Michigan. His music spans a wide spectrum of styles that include R&B, Soul/Funk, Jazz, New Age, Latin and Film music.

He was in the early wave of the “Garage Rock” genre with the “Tidal Waves”, signing with Hanna Barbera Records in 1966. Their first record "Farmer John" hit #1 in several cities and made the national top 100 charts. The band went on to tour with the Animals, Dave Clark 5, Herman's Hermits, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and the MC5. “Farmer John” went on to be inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legendary Songs.
The Detroit music scene was a magical place in the 60’s with Motown and hard rock, giving the city the reputation as the music capital of the world. Looking to expand his artistry, Slap moved to downtown Detroit and mastered his funk groove technique which led to work as a touring guitarist with David Ruffin, the Magic Tones (later to become the Undisputed Truth) and the legendary Drifters.

He moved Los Angeles in the 1973. The LA scene was a booming place for musicians with venues to play and opportunities to network with other artists, producers, and record labels. Many contacts were made here that would influence the direction of Slap’s career. During those years, Robert developed his skills as a recording engineer, sound designer and producer, recording his original material as well as producing recordings for solo artists, live performing, and session recording. He performed and recorded with several groups including “Mighty Quick”, “Secrets” and “Lateral Movement”

Always searching for new directions Slap joined Valley of the Sun Publishing in Malibu, CA. From 1982-1992 he served as music director/ Producer/Artist, contributing to the emerging highly successful "new age" music genre.  His 1987 album "Atlantis Crystal Chamber" was a critical and commercial success and has become a classic which has spawned a CD series of musical explorations involving the Atlantis legend. He also produced “Eternal OM”, the most successful recording for VOS, which is still one of the most popular meditation and massage music in the world, still available after 25 years. During this 10 year period, Robert produced over 40 music albums for VOS and signed many other artists to the label. In addition, he produced hundreds of spoken-word, meditation, environmental sounds, books on tape, and documentary recordings.

Independently, He has created music for healing therapy used by doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, psychotherapists, churches and ministries throughout the world.

In the early 90’s Slap began moving toward a jazzier, world sound. Robert studied at the UCLA film school and completed the Certificate in Film Scoring program in 1992. In addition, he is a 25 year voting member of the Grammys (NARAS) and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Programming.

Slap’s music has been featured on radio, broadcast TV shows, movie soundtracks/trailers, videos and documentaries. Robert now writes and publishes his original music through his company, “Highpooch Music”. His 2 current releases are “Recollections; Volume 1” (Contemporary Instrumental) and “Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World” (New Age). "Atlantis" was included in the 10 best new age albums of 2015 by One World Music. He was awarded "Outstanding Achievement Contemporary Instrumental" from Global Music Awards for the  "Recollections" album. His tune "Voodoo" won best Jazz Instrumental from Akademia Awards in 2016. "Lateral Movement" was also nominated for best Contemporary Instrumental 2016 by the HMMA (Hollywood Media and Music Awards). Slap has several releases on Bongo Boy Records  including "Backroom Blues VOL IV", "Escape the Mind" and "World Music VOL I" all being released in 2017. In February 2017, Slap will be performing during Grammy Week in Los Angeles for the Indie Collaborative event at Kulak's Woodshed, and the 3rd Annual Soiree' at the El Ray Theater. Later in the summer he will be performing at the Memphis Blues Festival and the Blue Chili-Grass Festival in Southern Michigan.

His philosophy is, "Music is made to generate emotional response; life is a tapestry of ever-changing moods, colors, textures, and emotion. It reflects life and touches our souls' strings, pulling feelings out with passion into the open. It is the only medium through which I can truly express my innermost feelings."

HMMA Music Awards 11.17.2016 -  Nominee Best Contemporary Instrumental




Novak Music Conservatory -1962
"Bye Bye Birdie" - 1968







Mixing in the Studio, LA - 1986

"Brave New World" 2015

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