Ross Robinson

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Ross Robinson
Born (1967-02-13) February 13, 1967 (age 48)
Barstow, California, U.S.[1]
Genres Nu metal, heavy metal, punk rock, groove metal, death metal, post-hardcore, indie rock, alternative rock, rap metal, alternative metal, rap rock, thrash metal
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Korn, At the Drive-In, Glassjaw, Slipknot, The Cure, Machine Head, Sepultura, Tech N9ne, Night Verses, Cold

Ross Robinson (born February 13, 1967) is an American multi-platinum music producer, who has discovered successful acts such as Korn, At the Drive-In, Glassjaw, The Blood Brothers, Repeater, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. Robinson has also worked with Tech N9ne, Machine Head, Vanilla Ice, The Cure, Sepultura, and many others.[2]


Robinson began as a thrash metal guitarist for the bands Detente and Murdercar (featuring future Machine Head drummer Dave McClain) and picked up his knowledge of producing from the studios where his band recorded demos. Robinson received his first production job for the 1991 Fear Factory album Concrete. Robinson would use the album as a showcase of sorts in helping him land producing slots with other notable acts, particularly the up-and-coming band Korn.

Robinson is regarded as "The Godfather of Nu Metal", along with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, despite denouncing the nu metal movement later on for becoming complacent and the newer bands for not expanding on the style which he helped create with Korn's first album, Korn (1994).[3]

Robinson has also been successful in the post-hardcore genre, producing At the Drive-In's final album, Relationship of Command in 2000, as well as Glassjaw's albums, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence (2000) and Worship and Tribute (2002). Robinson has also worked with the likes of The Cure on their eponymous album (2004) and From First to Last on their album Heroine (2006).

In 2003 he produced The Blood Brothers' ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn, which was a departure for both the band and Robinson. In contrast to The Blood Brothers' previously raw, often under-produced songs (which lasted as short as 90 seconds at times), ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn featured much longer and more complex compositions.

Robinson was the owner of the IAM: Wolfpack label. In 2007 it was announced that Ross was starting a new label IAM: Wolfpack which released the debut CD from Black Light Burns titled Cruel Melody. He is a co-owner of semi-private NY nightclub The Plumm, along with David Wells, Jesse Bradford, Noel Ashman, among others.

From 2008, Ross decided to produce new talents he discovered via Myspace. He recorded and mixed a young French trio called My Own Private Alaska which mixes classical piano and scream based vocals. Their Amen album was released on March 1, 2010, through his label: I Am Recordings.

He worked with the Slovenian band Siddharta on their new project Saga. He also produced Repeater's second album, We Walk from Safety.

Ross has been producing indie rock bands such British bands Klaxons and Dananananaykroyd. In late 2008, the Luxembourgish dance rock band INBORN! were approached by Ross Robinson. Having heard the band on the net, he very soon manifested interest and proposed himself to record their first official long player. The band entered Ross Robinson's studio on October 1, 2010.

In 2010, Robinson returned to produce Korn's ninth album, 14 years after last working with band. Korn wanted to recapture the raw energy of the first two albums which Robinson produced.[4]

In 2013, Robinson produced Tech N9ne's rock EP Therapy.

Robinson is working with Limp Bizkit, producing their upcoming 2015 album Stampede of the Disco Elephants. Robinson also worked with Sepultura for their 2013 album The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.

In January 2016, it was announced that Robinson would produce the next album by Red Fang.[5]


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  1. ^ "Packing Heat: Ross Robinson, Record Producer". Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Ross Robinson". Allmusic. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ McIver, Joel (2002). Nu-metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. p. 123. ISBN 0-7119-9209-6. 
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  8. ^ Simon (30 October 2013). "REVIEW: WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – THE DRONE". The Monolith. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Bram Teitelman (Jan 30, 2013). "Ross Robinson involved in Limp Bizkit album". Metal Insider. Retrieved 6 March 2013.