Producer Rob Mullins is a Westside local in Los Angeles. Hailing from Ontario, California, he became a professional drummer at age 12 performing at Chaffey High School in Ontario with his first band “The Changing Times” in 1971. He joined “The Barons” a touring big band as the drummer the same year doing 70 shows a year while doing his 6th grade homework on a tour bus.
Childhood tragedies included a car accident where Rob was put on crutches for two years. Mullins was forced to switch to piano where he learned the instrument from his mother Ellen Mullins-a professional church pianist.
Forced to relocate to Denver, CO during middle school, Mullins met Joe Anderies and Jack Fredericksen who shaped his future leading to his music theory studies with John Coltrane’s and Miles Davis’ music theory teacher George Russell.
After spending a summer in New York City with George Russell, Mullins took George’s advice and dropped out of college and began making his albums. His fifth album “Soulscape” earned a Grammy nomination while simultaneously putting Denver on the map as a bona fide jazz town via PBS Radio.
Mullins quickly found his way back to Los Angeles in 1986 when he relocated to Marina Del Rey, CA.
The “Only in Venice” album is the 32nd album of this multi-decade and multi-genre producer and he will be recording more music into the future beginning in August 2017 with virtuoso cellist and composer Jeness Johnson.
Mullins currently works out of Big Surprise Studios in Encino, CA where has been on staff as a top Grammy associated producer since 2007.
Rob Mullins on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S06.E04 – July 16, 2017