Robby Takac performing at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 25, 2010.
|Birth name||Robert Carl Takac, Jr.|
September 30, 1964 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Buffalo, New York United States|
|Genres||Rock, punk rock|
|Occupations||Bassist, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Metal Blade, Warner Music, Warner Bros.|
|Associated acts||The Goo Goo Dolls, Amungus|
Robert "Robby" Carl Takac, Jr., (born September 30, 1964) is an American musician who is one of the founding members of the Goo Goo Dolls, along with Johnny Rzeznik. He is the band's bassist and one of the lead singers of the Goo Goo Dolls.
Takac was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca with his parents and younger sister. He graduated from West Seneca East Senior High School in 1982. He graduated from Medaille College with a degree in Communications, with an emphasis on Radio Broadcasting. In his college years, he played in several bands and interned and worked at a local Buffalo radio station.
In 2008, Takac was named to the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Medaille College.
Initially, Takac was part of the rock band Monarch prior to joining the Beaumonts, which broke up in 1985. He met guitarist John Rzeznik through the Beaumonts and together they found a drummer, George Tutuska and started the band, the "Sex Maggots", with Takac as the lead singer and bassist. In 1986, they changed their name to the more promotable "Goo Goo Dolls" and after two albums moved Rzeznik to the majority of lead vocals. In late 1994, Takac and Rzeznik fired their first drummer, George Tutuska. In early 1995, they met Mike Malinin and hired him. In 1995 they received their first commercial success with the single "Name". The 1998 follow-up "Iris" reached number one on several charts, including the Hot 100 Airplay. Goo Goo Dolls have been releasing music and touring continuously since.
In 2003, Takac joined with Brian Schulmeister to form the dance music collective Amungus. That same year, Takac started his own record label "Good Charamel Records" in Buffalo, New York. After seeing numerous local acts, the first three bands signed to the label were Klear, The Juliet Dagger, and Last Conservative. The label now releases Japanese rock music in North America by female-fronted J-Rock bands such as Shonen Knife, Tsushimamire, Lazy Guns Brisky and MOLICE.
In 2004, Takac founded the Music is Art Festival, a not-for-profit organization, and operates as their President. MiA seeks to explore and reshape music's cultural, social, and educational impact on the community. Active throughout the year, MiA is supported by a multitude of programs, concerts, and events, ranging from collecting and donating instruments to local schools, mental health awareness tours, music industry education, among others.
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- Official Amungus website
- Robby's myspace page
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- GCR Audio, Robby's (GGDs) Studio
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