When he got his first violin, he was no more than 4 years old. At ten he was class winner at the Brussels Conservatory For Fiddling Highly Talented Kids. Two years later Rob composed his first opera and at thirteen he dropped out of school, because he was just fiddling excessively.
On his 16th birthday he burned down all his violins and was kicked out of home on the same day as well. Only then in the French Foreign Legion they could persuade him again to take a music instrument in hand. At the campfire in the Moroccan desert camp he accompanied the commander on a sixstring on singing american folk classics.
Some years later Joe Syfenspender sold a wrong plectrum to him. Just at night Rob blasted Joe´s guitar store. For that he got six years and three months. Since that time he also is almost deaf.
No, Rob is no daredevil, Rob is a calm guy, withdrawn into himself, almost seems to be shy, but he can flip out totally, when he is faced with an unfairness or if there is any asshole who is talking bullshit.
His father is still dissing him, only with his mother he sometimes has eye contact. If you ask him, what does stimulate you to play music with Frank and Billy, you´ll get the answer:"Nothing!". And if you ask him, what is your motivation to go on, the answer is:"Fuck off!" or "Shut your trap!". There is not more than this to get out of him. He gives no interview. The Informations that I´ve got are from the barber shop of his sister in Charleroi (Belgium).
Name: Rob ten Meuchelen
Hair color: blond
Favorite dish: Belgium vegetable soup
Songs for eternity: James Pierpont, Jingle Bells; Andrea Cassavetes, give me more than I may take; Ramones, don´t come close
Favorites: not any
Best intros ever: Flaming Pitchers, The party has just begun; Mike Overstoltz, don´t believe me but my dog
Favorite actors: James Cagney, Ingrid Bergmann
Vacation resort: takes no vacation
Car: no (annual railway tickets for Belgium, USA and Mexico)
Drinks: Belgium beer, Belgium tomatoe juice
Favorite sport: disclaims sports
Favorite club: hates clubs
Instruments: Electric guitar, electric bass, drums, trompet, piano
Function: Composing, arrangement, programming, mastering