Robert Weil Produced, Arranged, Played all tracks except Vocals and Guitar, Engineered, and Mastered 'Gentle Heart', Saskia's debut album , in his studio.
Robert began his musical career playing informal concerts, as a self taught pianist, the most memorable was by invitation at the Central Hall in Westminster, for the C.E.W.C. ( Council for the Education of World Citizenship ) a branch of the U.N. He was asked back three times, annually, delighted to accept, and thrilled to get paid as well! Other artistes on the same bill included Larry Adler, Richard Stilgoe, and Cy Grant, among others back in the early 1970s. During this time Robert decided to make music his career, and as a young pianist decided to learn all he could about synthesizers, which were in their infancy back then.
Robert set up the first electronic music teaching facility in London at his home later in the 70s, and was subsequently appointed to the Inner London Education Authority ( ILEA ) as a Music Consultant. In this capacity he set up the teaching faculty at the Islington Music Workshop for Camden Council and ran their first courses. He also ran a private teaching practice and was fully booked with a waiting list.
Robert went on to form a management production publishing company ( based in London and Los Angeles ) with Ashley Kozak. Ashley had travelled extensively playing double bass, and then Ashley had worked for NEMS ( Brian Epstein ) and then shared an office with London based Producer Mickie Most. Ashley had famously produced and managed Donovan, and Roger Whittaker, amongst many others. Ashley became Godfather to Robert's son Christopher and shared a wealth of knowledge with Robert about recording, production, and arrangement.
In 1996 Robert met and played with the band Goma. Robert subsequently moved from London to Devon and there recorded six instrumental albums of healing music. Around 10,000 Cds were sold mostly to therapists. They were used by the Harry Edwards healing centre, Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, and many other wonderful practices and centres. Robert recently donated all the albums to Integral Yoga charities. Robert was introduced to Swami Satchidananda ( the famous Indian Saint who had delivered the opening speech at Woodstock decades earlier ), and was asked by the great man himself to play music for him. Last year Robert recorded Padma Devi's first album ' Meditation of the Heart ' ( Padma runs Integral Yoga Europe ) and a further 2 albums for Ammaprema Grace. Robert has also played at various Integral Yoga retreats.
Then one day Robert walked out of the dentist in Exeter and thought he heard an angel singing in the street. He stopped to listen and introduced himself to the singer, in his role as mentor, teacher, and producer, and that singer is Saskia. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Robert continues to live happily in Devon with his wonderful wife, Caren Weil. Caren is a visual artist and a teacher in her own right. Robert also has a son, Christopher, who recently graduated in Globalisation and Politics at Brighton University.
Can you do business out of love? I could almost stop writing this piece there. Can you build a brand, market effectively, implement growth strategies, and not care one bit about making money?
It's almost like the drive to be successful carries it's own momentum, and we all know the emptiness of a life fueled by money, success, security...
Contrary to a lot of artists/creatives I am not asking here about where to draw the line between running a business and creating art, I am asking if they can both be art. And therefore if neither of them can be about money!