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3rd Ear Experience

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Robbi Robb of 3rd Ear Experience from 2017


It's been about five years since we did an interview with you for MSJ. What's been new in your musical world?

Re-discovering and re falling in love with the guitar.  For many years I was just practicing everyday and striving to be a better player, studying and listening to the giants. Yet I always felt like a beginner at the shores of great possibilities.  In the last few years I felt like I have actually fallen in love with guitar and with the spontaneous hunt for new ideas in the middle of a jam.

MSJ: What's the best thing that's ever been said about your music?

"These flower children bind us with wreaths of flower power and ecstatic dance movements, but we are also invited to the dark night of Black Sabbath and the hunt of desert rock coyotes, to be lifted up by crazy vultures shaking stones from their feathers…" Thoralf Koß of


What's ahead for you?

I want to do a mini open mic tour! The idea is to travel to various cities close by and turn up for their open mic nights and just lay one big fat jam on them and then go home.
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?
There is a  record called "The Complete Sessions" by Miles Davis.  It's full of really cool stuff like alternate takes, takes where they stop in the middle and talk about it.
MSJ: Have you read any good books lately?
Power, Sex, Suicide, a book about the evolution of mitochondria by micro biologist Nick Lane – this book reads like a thriller! How did single cells suddenly start deciding to eat and poop and turn into complex eukaryotic cells? In this book Nick Lane deconstructs some of the great concepts - incredible!
MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
Zappa vs Zappa opening for Jeff Beck.  It was mind blowing. Dweezil is no Dweezil (a term in Africa that means "idiot"), that’s for sure – so much respect for his father’s works. Then the concert hall had great big screens on either side of the stage – I had great seats – but I was thinking I would be able to cop how the hell Jeff is playing because I could see his hands so clearly on the screen.  Little did I know – Jeff’s playing has nothing to do with his hands – it’s kinda meta-physical…
MSJ: Do you remember the first concert you attended?
I was about 13 years old when I snuck into a festival and got to see Freedom's Children live in South Africa. Then the Nazis came  to beat up the hippies, and then cops came and a whole riot ensued.
MSJ: Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?
IK Multimedia iRig HD-A digital guitar interface for Samsung devices – this allows me to plug into my cell phone, and it comes with an app called amplitude – every amp I would want and a couple of foot pedals. So when I am camping in my 68 Airstream we can jam right there. My wife Amritakripa has a similar set up for her keyboards! Space jams in the airstream! Trying to figure how to best record these jams so we can release them to share with our fans.
MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

I hope that Americans can someday transcend race, religion and (most of all) political party ideology and work together in accordance with the fined tuned laws of nature to make a better world for all of us and for generations to come.  Best of luck to all humans and the brotherhood of all of life.

MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 1 at
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