ROSBY is a propulsive musical force—an imaginative and technique-driven percussionist who marries his skills on the drum kit with his deeply layered, cerebral, yet still danceable work as a downtempo producer/DJ.
ROSBY’s obsession with precise arrangement and thoughtful composition is informed by his 20 years of training as a serious jazz and Latin percussionist. At age 7, ROSBY began his first lessons in earnest with Andy Weis, a disciple of legendary big band drummer and bandleader Louis Bellson. Weis shepherded ROSBY into the Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth education program, a talent incubator that has produced stars of the rank of Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire and Joshua Redman. In the summers, he received guidance from SF “first call” drummer Vince Lateano (Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Stan Getz) and clinics with Berklee professor and vibraphonist Gary Burton, violin virtuoso Regina Carter, master saxophonist Wynton Marsalis, and pre-eminent vocalist Kurt Elling.
Named to the vaunted Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, ROSBY cut his touring teeth as the first drum chair of a 21-piece orchestra. Led by of famed educator, conductor, and saxophonist Paul Contos, ROSBY and his bandmates opened for then recently graduated Juilliard Jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci on a multi-city tour of Japan and had top billing at the Noto Jazz Festival abroad, returning home to headline Los Gatos’ Jazz on the Plazz, the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Known to Bay Area audiences for his wide-ranging work as a sideman in jazz, rock and hip-hop contexts, as a drummer, ROSBY has shared stages with Emmy-award winning pianist and violinist John Wineglass, hip-hop groups Souls of Mischief, Zion-I and Nappy Roots, Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina, electronica stalwarts Beats Antique and RJD2, as well as reggae and roots luminaries Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. Deeply inspired by downtempo pioneer Bonobo and the much loved “Mushroom Jazz Series” from acid jazz and SF house legend Mark Farina, ROSBY switched his focus from the drum kit to Ableton and embraced a lifestyle of crate digging, sample searching, and endless experimentation in studio production.
As a producer, ROSBY has distinguished himself on releases through San Francisco based label Teknical Funk (under the handle Rhythm-Fiend) and two more recent full-length albums-- Original Movements (2015) and Scattered Thoughts (2016), the latter first debuted in performance at the Big Surreal Music & Arts Festival in Carmel Valley, CA. A childhood friend of Tech House producer and Dirtybird affiliate GHOSTEA, the two worked together extensively as the production duo Hidden Library.