to California in 1979, most of his gigs were in blues venues. Robert Heft began
teaching guitar formally in Southern California music stores in 1980. This is
also when he began digging into session work and developing his engineering and
producing skills. This eventually lead to the formation of "Songwriters'
Studio Services", a studio built with the concept of providing an affordable
environment for songwriters to produce quality demos.
Heft was born in Washington, DC in 1956. He began his formal
music education in third grade with the recorder, followed by
six years of playing the trumpet. His interest in guitar started
at age 12 and this was the beginning of a lifetime love for
the instrument. Playing in high school rock and roll bands,
he developed his chops listening to Alvin Lee, The Marshall
Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers
Band, Eric Clapton, and various other artists ranging in styles
from country and blues to progressive rock.
It was during this period when Robert began
playing slide guitar, emulating Duane Allman, Mick Taylor, Joe Walsh, Lowell George,
and George Harrison. While playing clubs in Baltimore, Maryland, he earned his
degree in Music Education.
joining forces with Dean
Guitars and Seymour
Duncan pickups, Robert has developed a signature sound and style
all his own. He has now established himself as a high profile guitarist,
pedal steel guitarist, bassist, and producer on the Los Angeles