Individual Bios: Rob Loyot
Rob Loyot was born to a musical family in Waterbury, CT in 1965. His father was an accordion player and devoted fan of the Hammond B3 organ. His mom was a painter and a flutist. His brother, Chas, is a recreational guitarist and his other brother, Ed, is a talented pianist/trumpeter/accordionist.
From a very early age, Rob enjoyed playing music with the family. He started out on piano at age 7, and migrated to saxophone by age 9. At 15, he was playing the Top 40 circuit 2-to-5 nights a week in one of his father’s many bands. This edition was called “Mirage” and played all the hits; from Kool and the Gang to K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
Rob quickly progressed to fronting several of his own bands, while finishing Holy Cross High School and moving on to Saint Michael’s College. After completing a degree in Computer Science/Engineering and doing a brief stint as a Software Engineer, Rob grew bored with the 9-to-5 lifestyle, and set out to pursue a music career. Much to his father’s dismay, Rob literally walked out on his high-paying job one day, and onto the stage with one of Connecticut’s finest bands the next – playing with “Tony Richards and the K-Man Band” for about 2 years.
Always fascinated with the recording studio, Rob decided to combine his joy of playing with his strong technical background and applied for the Berklee School of Music’s “Music Production and Engineering” program. Rob was one of 50 candidates accepted out of 400 applicants. He went on to achieve a 3.9 GPA in his 2 years at Berklee. Once again the stage called and Rob elected to forgo further training to join up with some of New York City’s finest session players to form the group “Live Bait”. After releasing one album, Live Bait was swallowed up by “Entrain”.
Entrain featured Rob on Sax, Vocals, Afro-Cuban Percussion and Hammond B3; bringing him back to his roots as a keyboardist. Rob wrote the horn arrangements for the band and did some of engineering on the band’s second record, “Can U Get It”. During Rob’s five-year tenure with the band they won a Boston Music Award for “Best Live Show” (Boston Area), and were semi-finalists in Musician Magazines’ “Best Unsigned Act” (North America). Entrain regularly played sold-out clubs in the New England area.
In 1998 Rob left Entrain and took a step back from playing music full time. He moved to Boston to be with his long time love interest Amelie. He continued to play on the side with long time friends Mike Benjamin and Judd Fuller while establishing a steady day job in information technology. In 2000 Rob fulfilled a long time dream and opened the first version of his Studio “Noise in the Attic” deriving it’s name as a play on Toys in the Attic and it’s location in the attic of his new home in Stoneham, Ma. In 2002 the newly married Rob and Amelie moved to Scituate on the South Shore of Boston and welcomed daughter Alexandra to their lives. In 2005 Rob opened the new and vastly improved “Noise in the Attic” in a newly renovated building on their Scituate property. Since then, Rob has been Producing and Engineering recordings for numerous local Artists as well as providing career guidance to the next generation of musicians.
Rob rejoined Entrain in 2011 on a part-time basis and in 2014 came back onboard full-time.
In his 20-year-plus stage career, Rob has performed for crowds of 5,000+, played on or produced over 100 albums sold over 80,000 albums without the benefit of a record deal (with Entrain), and played more than 3000 live shows. His credits as a sideman include: Carly Simon, Bo Diddley, Dave Mason, John Cruz, Tony Richards, Mike Benjamin, Brian Alex and Justin Beach. He has opened for the likes of Joan Jett, Hall and Oates, Taylor Dayne, Cheap Trick, CPR, The Spin Doctors, NRBQ, Meatloaf, and many others.
Rob is a multiple Boston Music Award (BMA) winner for his work with Entrain and Girls Guns and Glory. In recent years, some of Rob’s most notable work has come from his development of Boston based “Girls Guns and Glory” as their Mentor, Producer and Manager. In 2008, under Rob’s guidance, GG&G accomplished something never before achieved in the Boston music scene – winning the WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble, taking home “Act of the Year” and “Americana Act of the year” and seeing their latest release “Inverted Valentine” (Produced by Rob), nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards. That same year saw “Inverted Valentine” reach #8 on the nationally recognized Americana Music Association charts (as reported by Radio and Records) which led to the band being invited to showcase at the national AMA Music Conference. Rob wrapped up his first year managing the band by negotiating a 2 Album record deal for the band with Lonesome Day Records.
Rob’s Production and performances have been heard or seen on: MTV’s The Real World Hawaii (Entrain), Jersey Shore (Sarah Blacker). ESPN (GG&G), Radio shack national TV ad (GG&G).
Rob’s solo album “Sideman Sez” (released in 2012) was played on 90+ indy music radio stations nationwide. It reached #13 on the Relix Jam-band chart and #286 on the AMA chart.
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Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha's Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception.
Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain is also lead singer/guitar wiz Brian Alex. Joining them is bassist M'Talewa, saxophonist/keys/percussionist Rob Loyot, saxophonist/percussionist Hilary Noble and Trombone/keys Lennie Peterson Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse players as Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, James Mongomery, Flor De Cana, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Entrain has recorded eight albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song.
"The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major.
"The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!"
Entrain's latest record "Reason To Feel Good" has enjoyed heavy rotation in such trendsetter markets as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is climbing important industry trade charts like those in CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report.
The first single from "Reason To Feel Good", titled "Lucky Just to Be Alive," having only been given to a few stations late in November 2011, was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011. Combining top notch musicians with great songs, and infused with some passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is undoubtedly the best work from the production team of Major/Alex.
Entrain's visibility had increased a few years ago, as their song "Dancin' in The Light" had been featured in a national TV and radio commercial for the Sylvania Light Company. Also, several tracks from their fourth CD "All One" are featured in the Artisan film "Cutaway," an action-thriller starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom Berrenger and Dennis Rodman. "Cutaway" premiered in May 2001 to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. Producer Richard Glasser personally chose to feature the album's shimmering title track prominently in the film. The anthemic "Arm Yourself" and the ska tinged "Jolly Green Giant" are included in the film.
Since its inception, Entrain has jammed with the likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley, and amateur saxophonist and professional leader of the Free World Bill Clinton. Entrain continues to perform as a hugely popular live act throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic, and in 1995 the band garnered a Boston Music Award for Best Live Show. Before their appearance on the "Cutaway" soundtrack, Entrain's music was used as the theme song for MTV's Real World Hawaii. Their t-shirts, bumper stickers and posters have been featured on the popular WB series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." Entrain has also starred in and performed a memorable TV commercial for one of the nations leading furniture retailers, which aired during the 1999 Super Bowl.
Entrain's goal is not just to be the biggest and the best, says Major. "We want to create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces of all ages and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling. At the same time if we can help to promote positive values and lifestyles... great! There's enough negativity in the world, let's spread a little joy around and watch how infectious it can be."
With that in mind, Entrain has been working on a multi-media show called "Entrain's Dancin' in the Light," using projected video images behind the band to help emphasize the band's message of peace, love, unity, and a greener earth.