.:[desire]:. is the solo acoustic chapter of an artist by the name of Cliff Roebuck whom is passionate about composing and performing music that is compelling, thought provoking, and moving. Born June of 1985 and raised in southeastern Virginia, Cliff was introduced to music formally at six years of age when his mother began to teach him basic piano lessons. Cliff demonstrated a great level of reluctance to learn as he had no interest in music during this period of his life. His piano lessons with his mother came to a close at the age of 12 but as is undeniably apparent, it did not close the door to his own unconscious love for music that would develop until he was 13 and finally become a conscious pursuit. It was then that he finally appreciated his mother's persistence! This laid the foundation upon which he has grown and matured. He began to write lyrics and poetry in vast amounts and intended to write music for them but never did until he bought his first guitar when he was 15. Since then (year 2000), Cliff has been writing and performing his own music, maturing steadily at each show’s passing. His independent debut album, “the solo sessions volume 1” released on October 27, 2006 is a collection of some of his favorites he has written since his beginning. In his preparation for recording this album, his decision for the track list was one of the most challenging. All of his favorites would not have fit on one album. As is evident when you consider he recorded 18 tracks, which totaled 78:14 (min:sec) of content and exceeded the replication safety limit of 75 min on an 80 min disc. Although, thankfully, no problems arose. Indeed this will yet again be an issue as he sets out to record his next album due by summer 2008 and continues to write groundbreaking pieces of music that will no doubt make a name for him and identify him as an exceptional musician. It is also fundamental knowledge that his friend and colleague Jamie Cheek recorded this debut album in his home studio located in the outskirts of a place Cliff calls home, which made it very convenient and comfortable. Cliff came in only prepared to be inspired, and that he was. Without any extra instrumentation being written beforehand and only that of the main guitar rhythm, Cliff had a challenge set before him. As is evident by the turnout of the album, it was nothing he was incapable of. For the most part, the recordings went something like this: Cliff would record the main rhythm track and have Jamie play it back through the headphones. As he listened to the play back he would immediately write a melody part to it, usually within 5 minutes, and request Jamie to start from the top and put it in record mode. This was the case for almost every song: they entered the studio at one level and left the studio at an entirely different level. Five long months in the late summer through fall of 2006 tells the story of a young man pursuing the production of an album that would best represent him and be worthy of a listener’s attention. Cliff is currently living in Orlando, FL and attending Full Sail, studying to be an audio producer/engineer where he also plans to produce his next album. By attending school, Cliff is reaching for the next level of artistry by complementing his natural abilities with a deeper understanding of music. This has been the prime inspiration for the title of his next album, “the study sessions vol: II.” When Cliff sets out on stage all he wants to do is pour out his heart through song and create a vibe of intimacy so that the music and message will be heard and not soon forgotten. What sets Cliff and his music apart from the rest is his passion. From the moment he sets foot on stage and strokes a sound from his music maker, the vibe is realized and the passion is apparent through the energy you can see and through the sounds you can hear. Come see him at his next show! You’ll be glad you did!
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