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Forrest Robinson is a composer, producer, and artist who describes himself as a musician who is self-taught and very pro-education.
Something he frequently says is: "We have to be able to identify this profession as just that: a profession. It's a business. It took a long time and numerous heartbreaking situations over the years for me to finally accept that fact. The intention is to not lose yourself in the craziness of the business."
Forrest readily recognizes that an opportunity to share music is a valuable opportunity to connect with others in a way only music can allow. Be it a coffeehouse, an old Irish pub, a free concert in the park (rain or shine) - even an arena - whether the listening audience is several people, a small group, or a large audience - it is an opportunity to bring people together to enjoy a harmonious atmosphere together where music is the bridge that joins them together for a while. Maybe more. Forrest is also a fantastic audience member. He loves supporting other artists and attending their performances for the live experience.
Forrest's drumming first began on an assortment of his grandmother's pots and pans. He then shifted over to empty mortar and paint buckets brought home from the construction sites where he grew up working with his dad, Tommy Woods, who was also a musician who played the Hammond B3 Organ and the piano. Forrest grew up playing with his dad and the rest of his family at church. "My dad was the music director. My brother played tenor sax at that time. He plays the bass guitar now. My mom and 2 sisters sang in the choir," he says with a big smile.
As a drummer/percussionist, Forrest's musical elders raised and groomed him on knowing what it takes to rear a band, and to do so effectively. From his early years, Forrest has been described as having "ears like an elephant; and eyes like a hawk". Much of his "on-the-job" musical training as a child happened at Wayside Church Of God In Christ in Memphis, TN. Much of his "schooling" happened at church and many jams with his dad and his dad's friends, as well as attending live concerts, featuring bands he grew up listening to on the radio.
Forrest has been composing original music since he was 13 years old. He was immediately drawn to the sound of the piano in his very early years just as he was drawn to the different tones and textures of pots and pans. However, it took a while longer before a piano was made available to him. Kids were not allowed to touch the piano in the churches he was raised in. Obviously, times have changed since then.
His early exposure to so much music has made him very rich in his genre vocabulary. Some of this is displayed in the tracks posted on this page. Give a listen and enjoy!
GENRE SPECIALTIES (not limited to): Metal, Hard Rock, Rock, Punk, World (in particular: African, Afro-Cuban, Spanish/Flamenco, Brazilian, Celtic, Turkish, Persian, Middle Eastern), Traditional Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Pop, New Age/Experimental, Alternative, Shoegaze, Dreampop, Piedmont Blues, Delta Blues, Country, Gospel, Trance/Ambient, House, Jungle / Drum n' Bass, Breakbeat, Funk, Soul/R&B, and Hip-Hop.
OTHER: Classically trained Percussionist and Timpanist
INSTRUMENTAL SPECIALTIES: Drums and Percussion (Live and Studio), Vocals, Piano, Keyboards/Synthesizers, Programming, Composition, Production, Music Direction, Drum Clinics, Masterclasses, Timpani, Private Lessons, Rudimental Techniques, Percussion Methods, and Drumline Instruction/Drills.