Robert Knoke has been a music-lover for as long as he can remember. From his first guitar lesson at age 6 he was hooked, and by the time he joined Lost July in April of 2011 he had been through quite a musical journey. Picking up electric guitar, bass, and percussion skills in his teens, Robert’s stage experience expanded as he performed with his high school choir and madrigal group, as well as the worship team at his church. In the fall of 2003 he began classes at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Temple, Texas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition. Classes in music theory, arranging, and composition, piano and ear training, as well as lessons in voice and opera performance in the studio of New York Metropolitan Opera veteran George Hogan helped to shape and hone Robert’s musical abilities and influences. His next step was to find an outlet for his musical passion, and that’s when he met Lost July.
Responding to an ad seeking a new bass player, Robert got in touch with T.K. Archibald and was invited to jam with the band a few days later. From the first rehearsal with Brian, T.K., and Chris, they all felt immediate musical and personal chemistry, and Robert was asked to join the band immediately. Since then he has added is own influence and style to Lost July’s existing repertoire, as well as contributing music and lyrics to the writing of new songs. Since joining Lost July, he and the band have played shows in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and San Marcos, as well as signing with Tate Music Group in August of 2011. He and the rest of Lost July are looking forward to many more shows across Texas and beyond, and hope to return to the studio in late 2011 to begin work on a second album.
Robert’s musical influences are many and varied, and his iPod holds such modern artists as Incubus, Gin Blossoms, Coheed and Cambria, John Mayer, The Fray and Switchfoot, as well as classical works by Mozart, Beethoven, Durufle and Bach, and ancient choral masterpieces by Josquin, Tallis, and Palestrina. He feels that there is something to be learned from all styles of music, and his playlist reflects that philosophy.