Music Producers Forum gives an insight to Robert Anthony Navarro, LA based Composer/Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist.
Robert creates and works with music for the motion picture, television, video game and commercial entertainment industries, with an impressive track record of projects such as Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Smallville, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and Twisted Metal Black.
While his company (RA AUDIO INC.) is equipped with a roster of top shelf composers, producers, sound designers and studio musicians spanning virtually every contemporary music style and genre, Robert’s main focus is on Pop, Rock, Metal and Alternative. Robert’s accomplishments include a tremendous amount of music for high profile projects including ESPN’s Monday Night Football Theme (2007), The Major League Baseball Music Library, The official theme for the Kansas City Royals Baseball team, 25 library CDs and over 1500 individual tracks for EMI/Universal Music Group related productions, and several popular video game titles including Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja (Ubisoft), Driver 76′ (Ubisoft), Surf’s Up (Ubisoft), LA RUSH (Midway Games), and American Chopper: Full Throttle (Activision).
Robert’s music is licensed daily for motion pictures and television shows such as ‘ The Oprah Winfrey Show’, ‘ Boston Legal’, ‘Greys Anatomy’, ‘ Ugly Betty’, ‘Lost’, and ‘ Jimmy Kimmel Live’.
Robert’s productions include collaborations with many notable artists and musicians including Scott Rockenfield & Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), Fred Coury (Cinderella), C.C. DeVille (Poison), Devon Glenn (Buck Cherry), Ray Luzier (Korn), Hal David (Lyricist) and Jeff Rona (Film Composer).
Robert lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he splits his time between music supervision, composition for film, TV and video games, producing artists, and reinventing himself.
MPF: Who are some of the most memorable artists you have worked with?
Robert: Hal David, Wyn Davis, Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), Scott Rockenfield & Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Fred Coury (Cinderella), C.C. DeVille (Poison), Devon Glenn (Buck Cherry), Ray Luzier (Korn), Bruce Bouillett (Racer-X), Kirk Hellie, Norm Block (Ringside), Jeff Rona, Inon Zur, Garry Schyman.
MPF: What do you see as the most important aspects of music production?
Robert: Attention to detail, inspiration, chops, proficiency, well roundedness, mind reading (comes in handy with fussy clients), and mastery of your craft.
MPF: What are you working on now?
Robert: An un-disclosed martial arts video game for Ubisoft, five CDs for EMI related production Music Libraries, various commercials and promos and producing an up and coming female artist.
MPF: Who would you like to work with in the future?
Robert: Sarah Bettens, Fiona Apple, Kelli Ali, Chris Cornell, Sting, Aimee Mann, Fergie, Jon Brion, Tom Waits, Jason Falkner, and the list goes on.
MPF: Who is your main inspiration?
MPF: Could you give us a brief intro to the studio, how long has it been up and running? How many recording/mixing studios booths are there?
Robert: Prior to August of 2007 I had a writing studio, and rented various studios. My personal studio is currently being renovated. It will feature a separate control room, machine room, vocal booth, guitar/bass booth, and a live room (primarily for drums and piano). My studio will be equipped to deal with nearly any situation, from a live orchestral section through a live five-piece rock band.
MPF: What are the main tools & resources that defines your studio as unique?
Robert: Wyn Davis of ‘Total Access Recording’ and I designed a recording environment to fit my needs. It is a very vibey room, Moroccan/Hindu/eclectic in décor, ad outfitted with an impressive array of gear, instruments and software.
MPF: What instruments do you play and what is your main instrument?
Robert: Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, percussion. Guitar and voice.
MPF: Who are your main inspirations?
Robert: Jesus, The Beatles, various women who have left a lasting impression.
MPF: What is your style of songwriting?
Robert: Pop/Rock/Alternative, but I am also adept at Nu Metal, Rock/Electronica and Trip-Hop.
MPF: Who have your written music for?
Robert:Hal David, Jeff Rona, Inon Zur, Cris Velasco, Wyn Davis, Fred Coury, C.C. DeVille, and Garry Schyman.
MPF: What have you written music for (Commercials, Film, TV/Documentary etc.)?
Robert: Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja (Ubisoft), ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2007 Theme, Kansas City Royals 2007 Theme, EMI related Production Music Libraries, Annapolis (Motion Picture), Fast & Furious (Motion Picture), various commercials. In addition, my music is licensed daily worldwide for various productions.
MPF: What techniques have you developed or use for songwriting and developing inspiration?
Robert: I am adept at Logic Pro. I have streamlined the workflow so I can quickly realize my ideas. With an unhindered working environment, inspiration flows effortlessly.
MPF: Which instrument is your main tool for songwriting?