pedigree of the music Omni Trio makes today is due in part to the multitude
of influences contributing to his unique sound.
In the early 80's, against a background of Euro, experimental and Miles
Davis-esque futuristic jazz fusion, he formed an avant garde funk group,
'Truth Club', (through an ad in the back of Melody Maker no less) which
supported Cabaret Voltaire and The Associates.
'I started listening to Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.
Their subtle progressions and repetitive patterns are, in my opinion,
very similar to early acid tunes.' In 1983 he released a highly acclaimed
solo LP, 'Notes From Underground'. This won 5 stars in 'Sounds' magazine
and was termed 'Gothic Ambient'. Inspired by the Detroit sound and the
British Techno of early Warp, Orbital etc., he opened an independent
record shop specialising in underground dance music. To this day, the
majority of the customers are unaware of how illustrious the proprietor
was. His imagination fired by early Breakbeat House ('Shades of Rhythm',
'Rhythm Section' etc.), Rob then formed two record labels, PM and Candidate.
In January 1993 the latter released 'Feel Good', a track which sold
1000 copies in a week, largely thanks to the support of LTJ Bukem who
smashed the tune on dub plate. This drew the eyes and ears of then local
Moving Shadow team who signed up his exceptional talent before releasing
'Mystic Stepper Vol.2' (Shadow 32) and then the remix 'Feel Good 95'
(Shadow 32R2). There then followed a succession of remarkable tracks,
each selling extraordinary quantities earning the respect of influential
DJ's such as Fabio, Grooverider, Paul Oakenfold, Gilles Peterson and
Bukem, artists such as Orbital, Everything But The Girl, T Power and
Goldie, and fans all over the world.
Here is a quick rewind of past triumphs -
'Renegade Snares' (Shadow 36) and the excellent remix by Foul Play (Shadow
36R); 'Thru The Vibe' (2-on-1, #2) the limited edition of 'Through the
Vibe' sold 4000 in 3 weeks; 'Rollin' Heights' Vol.4 (Shadow 44); 'Living
For The Future' Vol. 5 (Shadow 51); 'Nu Birth of Cool' (Shadow 67);
'Who Are You?' (Shadow 73);
'Trippin' On Broken Beats / Soul of Darkness' (Shadow 80);
'Twin Town Karaoke' (Shadow 106) The name is designed to mislead the
curious and conceal the identity of the individual known as the scene's
most reclusive musical maestro. Intriguing fans and media alike, he
chose not to emerge for his first album, 'Volume 1, The Deepest Cut'
'In terms of importance,' he has stated, 'I believe the music is 99%
and everything else, the interviews, the sleeves, the titles, make up
the other 1%.'
In spite (or because of?) this anti-promotional technique, it nevertheless
went on to become one of the year's essential records, listed in all
the 'Top Albums of '95' charts.
'The Haunted Science' (Ashadow 6) album followed it to the #1 position
in the Dance Album Chart (24.8.96 - CIN), #5 in the Independent Album
Chart (31.8.96 - CIN) and, thrills and spills, #43 in the UK Top 50
(24.8.96 - CIN) as well as a place in the Honour Rolls of '97. These
combined successes led to Omni Trio being commissioned to remix chart
acts including Spring Heel Jack, U.S. band Soul Coughing, Foul Play,
Morcheeba, and, most significantly, Everything But The Girl included
his mix on their best selling album: 'Walking Wounded' (Virgin). 'Skeleton
Keys² (Ashadow 10) saw a promotional exercise obscure to the point of
sinister. Limited edition one-sided coloured vinylõs appeared behind
the counters of 'in the know² record shops, in the sets of A-list DJs
and on the desks of taste-maker media moguls. No information was provided,
not even track titles. There were no press releases and distributors
were sworn to silence. They were praised in reviews under their catalogue
numbers, 'AC12001' (for Audio Couture), 'AC12002' etc. Each pressing
was limited to 1000 copies and they exchanged hands like goldust: AC12001
(blue) - 'Skeleton Keys' original mix; AC12002 (yellow) - 'Sanctuary'
original mix; AC12003 (orange) - 'Twin Town Karaoke' Guardians of Dalliance
mix; AC12004 (green) - 'Red Rain', E-coli mix. LTJ Bukem instantly championed
'Sanctuary' (Shadow 115) and caned it at his own Logical Progression
events around the country. Interest snowballed and they were heard at
nights such as Tempo, Movement and PM Scientists dropped by the likes
of Fabio, Blame, Tayla, Grooverider, JMJ, PFM and Ray Keith.
This experiment leads us neatly to his third album. Even after all the
secrecy the album still breezed in to No.1 in the CIN Dance Album Chart.
Bringing the story up to date, 1998 saw the start of the build up to
Robs fourth album, due out spring 1999. 'Meltdown' (Shadow 121), is
Rob's latest release and features some harder beats, a deliberate move
away from the current live sound into something that in Omni Trios own
words can only be described as 'Deep electro funk'.