A Collision of Inspiration and Influence
Rob Owen was born amidst the digital boom of the Silicon Valley. As a teenager, Rob left behind the binary noise and fast-paced bustle of “The Valley.” He discovered an analog alternative within a creative lifestyle in Santa Cruz, California - where he still lives today.
“I found the area around Santa Cruz to be much more conducive to songwriting,” Rob explains. “It was the sound of the ocean … it was the accumulation of countless blissful days simply staring at the crashing waves that led me to a different dimension in my writing." In this new environment, Owen's musical life would evolve from a collision of inspiration and influence.
By the age of seventeen, Rob began writing and performing around the Bay Area. Since then, he has played many different venues throughout California, including a 2009 Northwest coast tour. When not working as a musician, he enjoys spending quiet time at the beach with his wife, daughter and two boys. Rob works to live, instead of living to work – his music reflects this paradigm that saturates his being.
Rob’s earliest influences stem from listening to his grandfather sing while playing an old beat-up, out of tune, upright piano. Owen reflects, “When I reach - deep down - during a performance - I feel as though I am singing with my grandfather’s soulful, raspy, baritone voice." Rob has always felt at one with his grandfather and his musical routes. Given Owen’s influences, he continues to create a soulful sound within the context of both his lyrics and his intricate musical arrangements and phrasing.
For Owen, the essence of creativity is about inspiration and influence. “I find that at the place where inspiration and influence collide, there is an infinite ocean of creativity,” he explains. A wide-range of artists, across many genres, was vital to Rob's development as a musician.