Steer (official lyric video)
THE OTHER SIDE OF NOWHERE
Release Date: 2009
“It took me a while to figure out what the new record by Benjamin R reminds me of. Benjamin R has a signature sound that’s hooky and melodic, but with unexpected haunting twists.”
— Virtualista, Virtualista September 23rd, 2009
“Imagine a talented singer/songwriter/producer with a voice that sounds something like Emitt Rhodes and whose songs sound slightly similar to Ric Ocasek…and you might begin to have an idea of what Benjamin r (note that he does not capitalize the “r”) sounds like.”
— Babysue, Babysue August 30th, 2009
“Benjamin R-The Other Side of Nowhere. This LA singer-songwriter has crafted a fine pop album that puts him right there with other contemporaries from the City of Angels such as AM and Gus Black, and also recalls Pete Yorn in places, especially on the engaging opening track “Quit”.”
— Absolute Powerpop, Absolute Powerpop July 8th, 2009
“Just three songs into this CD and I was desperate to learn more about Benjamin r, wondering why in the world I’ve not heard of this guy yet. Robert Selvaggio, otherwise known as Benjamin r, has ‘come out of nowhere’ with his excellent debut CD, “The Other Side of Nowhere”.”
— BMF – BILL’S MUSIC FORUM, BMF – BILL’S MUSIC FORUM August 10th, 2009
CHRISTMAS MUST BE TONIGHT
Release Date: 2008
Robert (Bobby) Selvaggio is a credited producer, engineer, mixer, editor, songwriter and composer. For the past 18 years, Robert has been lucky enough to make a living doing what he loves: music.
Over the span of his career, he has worn almost every hat from singer-songwriter to pro tools editor to engineer/mixer to producer. After spending years traveling and working in a variety of studios (including Hit Factory in NYC and Criteria in Miami) with multi-platinum and indie acts alike, Robert wanted to take a break from traveling and focus more on his own music and art. He decided to set up his own shop in Southern California. The private studio (now called RBS Gallery and Sound) is a mix of old (neve, api) and new (shadow hills, empirical labs) gear centered around a Pro Tools HDX system.
In addition to writing, recording and releasing his own music under the name Benjamin r, he also composes music for trailers and feature films. In 2010, Robert expanded into the film, tv and voice over worlds engineering, editing and working as a re-recording mixer for movie featurettes, home entertainment content (dvd/blu ray), and commercials.
RBS Gallery and Sound also serves as a place where Robert practices his other passion: painting. He has been selling his work and showing in galleries in the Los Angeles area since 2006.