Theater & Arts

Artists you should know: Robert Trebor

Count Robert Trebor and his band among the handful of local musicians playing at this weekend's Thunder in the Park motorcycle and music festival at Kearney Park.

Trebor plays today, a prelude to the night's headliner, Foghat, which hits the stage at 5:30 p.m.

Don't consider Trebor just another local musician, though. He has spent the last couple weeks recording in Hollywood with rock producer Stevie Salas. Here's his recount of what's happening.

Give us the quick version of how you got into playing music. I started out getting the musical bug when I was around 16 and started sneaking into local beer bars sitting in with bands. They would let me play a couple of tunes, then tell me I had to leave.

Describe your style? I am a singer/songwriter. I play several instruments. I can write music in different genres. But the style that got me the recording deal is what I call rock-funk.

So you signed with a producer in L.A. Tell us more about that. Actually, I first met Stevie Salas years ago before he was famous. About three years ago, I got his e-mail and asked if I could send him some my material. I really didn't get anywhere until about January. I sent him a new batch of songs that were up and funky. He liked them.

About a month ago, he told me to be ready because he was going to bring me down to Drac Studio in Hollywood, owned by Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver, to record my songs. I got the call a few weeks ago, and here I am.

What has the recording process been like so far? My mind is blown. The first day, I walked into the studio and on the wall was all this Guns N' Roses, Cult and Velvet Revolver memorabilia, the real stuff. The other wall had about 10 guitars that belong to Slash. In walked Jara Harris, from "American Idol" and Jordin Sparks' band. Then [drummer] Bucket Baker showed up. I remember him from Macy Gray and Kenny Loggins.

Stevie Salas is not only a world famous producer, he is one of the top 50 guitar players of all time. The engineer was Alex Todorov. He has recorded Billy Idol, Poison, Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. I was definitely starstruck.

When can people expect to hear some of that music? Stevie has been pretty close-mouthed about what we are gonna do with the music. The basic game plan is to use his contacts in the movie industry [he has had several cuts of his music on hit movies already] to hopefully get my songs on a major motion picture. The next step would be to get distribution from a major record company.

What should people expect from your band at Thunder in the Park today? If you come out to hear us at Thunder in the Park you will hear a tight group of seasoned local musicians. My band members are great players and great people, too. You'll enjoy a set of original material that makes you want to move and groove.

For music and more: Go to myspace.com/theroberttreborband.

Know a local musician more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, mosegueda@fresnobee.com.

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