Rockit Brothers

(1994)

I've known my friend Bill Griffith since 1976, when we met at Wally Heider's in San Francisco. Bill lived in Sonoma County, and we both knew members of a band from there named Synergy.  Bill was working on a song about Joaquin Murietta with Jeffrey Norman. I was looking for singers for my projects because I didn't like how I sounded singing them, and Jeffrey suggested Bill. Bill came in and recorded his vocal on "Rider On The Range", and we've been in contact ever since.

     In the 1980's, I bought a Tascam ½" 8 track machine with a matching mixer, a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer and RX-15 drum machine when they came on the market. The Tascam stuff was a big drop in quality from the gear we were used to using at Wally Heider's and other studios we worked in. It was even a good-sized drop from

my old Teac 3440 4-track, but with the first programmable digital drum machine and the first polyphonic digital synth with pre-programmed, editable patches for every known instrument and more, we had enough tools to create some music.

      Bill and I worked together on mostly his songs, with Bill and I programming the "drums" with the RX15 (sounds so cheesy now, but back then it was amazing to have). I played guitar, keyboards and bass (keyboard bass on some, real on others) and some backing vocals, and Bill played sax and sang lead and backing vocals. It was a chance for me to learn some engineering skills (Susie did the mixing) and also to have access to a wide palette of sounds on the keyboard to experiment with. We called the project The Rockit Brothers. Susie and I used the Tascam gear for one more project;  the Rhyth-O-Matics' first live demo that got us a recording contract with Catero Records. Bill went on to play with The Pulsators and is still playing and recording in Sonoma County.

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