Rob Jamner was destined to be a musician. Raised by a flutist and a pianist in Louisville, Kentucky, Rob picked up the cello at the age of six and began to forge his own path. Influenced by renowned artists like Simon & Garfunkel, The Shins, and Sondre Lerche, Rob wrote his first songs at the age of fifteen. He pursued guitar and songwriting with excitement and dedication, graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a degree in Creative Writing.
For Rob, creating music is about bringing people together. During his time at Oberlin, he co-founded a songwriter organization, formed a band, and released his first self-produced EP. In every place where Rob has lived – whether in Louisville, New York, Oberlin, or his current residence of Berkeley, California – he has always looked to support and inspire the artists around him. “I want to be remembered as someone who helped make connections by building community, creating vulnerable art, and teaching and mentoring others,” says Rob.
He tells stories of struggle and healing in his upcoming EP, Holding Stones, set to debut February 22, 2019. Holding Stones was recorded in the legendary San Francisco recording studio, Tiny Telephone, with producer Adam Hirsch and a team of esteemed studio musicians. To draw interest to the EP, Rob has commissioned five video artists to create short films inspired by his songs. Rob says, “Instead of traditional music videos that focus on myself and my band, I want our works of art to be in conversation with each other, standing on equal footing.”
As an openly queer person, Rob thrives on ambiguity. On stage, he feels most comfortable presenting himself with a degree of androgyny, performing in tight pants, a floral shirt, and earrings. He also plays with expectations in his music: some moments are catchy and cathartic, other moments are surprising and sophisticated, and they all come together to make a singular, distinctive sound. Keep an eye out for Rob Jamner as he releases five music videos and singles prior to his EP’s release.
Rob Jamner is for fans of: The Shins, St. Vincent, Simon & Garfunkel, Sondre Lerche, and Andrew Bird
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(written by: Alexandra DiBenigno)