Meet Rob Hamilton, guitarist, bandleader, and entrepreneur. Rob and I have known each other for nearly 30 years, and we had such a great conversation that it couldn’t be contained into 2 episodes. So we have an extra special 4 episode arc with Rob!
Rob’s journey has taken him from full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, to Capilano College Jazz Studies, to touring with Lee Aaron, Soul Decision, and Vince Vaccaro, and becoming band leader for Vancouver funk institution Soulstream. Rob’s original writing has been featured on television shows such as “The L-Word” and "The Dead Zone", and he has appeared on countless stages as a side man with Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, Michael Buble, and Tom Jones among others. In 2010 Rob launched event band Side One, which would forever change the course of his career from hired gun guitarist, to multi-million dollar a year entrepreneur, as Side One expanded from Vancouver to Calgary, Toronto, and Seattle.
In this episode, we talk a lot about the unexpected pathway that music has taken Rob on, starting with giving up a full scholarship at Berklee to return to Vancouver and attend the relatively new Jazz Studies program at Capilano College, and working our way through his career. Rob talks about the immeasurable magic of a music community, and the generosity of a teacher willing to give up a great student to a better-suited teacher. We also talk about the effect that formal music education has had on Rob’s career, and how that translates into working as a band leader with musicians of varying levels of formal education in Side One.
It was such a pleasure to sit and talk music and career with Rob, and there are a ton of useful nuggets you can take away. Be sure to come back for all 4 episodes of this mini-series with Rob!
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