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Bobby's signature R&B sound grabbed the attention of the music
industry in the 80s when for a period of 36 weeks albums recorded
or mixed by Brooks took the #1 through 5 positions on Billboard
Magazine's R&B Charts. Suddenly, Brooks had became one of the
world's most sought after engineers and mixers.
period, Brooks would team up with some of the brightest musical
minds on the planet to include: Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney
Houston, Third World, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Tina Turner, Ice
T & Body Count, P. O. D., Heavy D.,MC Lyte, Aaliyah, Brandy,
Michelle N'degliocello, Common, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy. Together they
would help define the sound of popular music for an entire generation.
of an interracial couple (African American Father & Irish American
Mother) Brooks grew up as a Military Brat in Minneapolis Min., Panama,
Seattle WA., Midland Michigan and Chicago, IL. Learning to adjust
to such a wide array of cultures, classes, religions would be the
cornerstone on which he would later build his professional persona
and unique ability to surf from one musical genres to another without
missing a beat.
for sound recording began at age 7, shortly after receiving his
first tape recorder (a 3 inch Realistic reel to reel) as a gift
from his father. By age 18, he moved to Chicago with his aunt Virgie,
and soon after his aunt Robbie co-signed with him to purchase his
first state of the art recorder (a Teac 2300). Eager to learn all
he could about sound recording, He spent the next year or so experimenting
with musicians in the neighborhood, learning how to interface deferent
instruments with his new system. Bobby's raw talent, self-taught
skills, and blind ambition, would land him his first legitimate
job in the record business, with Chicago based Universal Recording.
No doubt, Universal is the place Bobby Brooks would learn to make
records. For the next 3 years Bobby literally lived in the studio,
working tirelessly around the clock on projects such as Inez Andrews,
Stan Kenton Orchestra, The Ohio Players, The Blues Brothers Movie,
Peabo Bryson, Ramsey Lewis, Tyrone Davis, and over 2,000 jingles.
This high-pressured non-stop work environment would prepare him
for what was to come.
professional boundaries, in the fall of 1979 Bobby moved to Hollywood
Ca. and quickly landed a job at the legendary Motown Recording Studios.
Brooks would spend the next 3 years making hit records with Legends
such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diana Ross, and many others.
But more importantly, Bobby would play a major role in shaping the
sound of Motown's next generation of Superstars, by working hands
on with artist such as, Rick James, Teena Marie, De Barge, The Dazz
Band, etc., and in keeping with tradition, the new Motown sound
would delivered one hit after another.
After a 7 year
period of being one of Stevie Wonder's personal engineer's Bobby
decided to become an independent contractor, allowing him the freedom
to explore beyond the paradigm of Motown, into a whole new world
of creative expressions.
(Complete discography available upon request)
Most recently Bobby's focus has shifted to education and artist
development. When asked how he felt about the technical advances
made in the field of audio recording over the pass 20 years, he
"I think the coolest thing is that rather than
having to spend forever in the big overblown studios to get a good
sound, I can now make it sound great on my lap top".
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