Robert Harper

Area 301 bassist speaks on meeting Louis Johnson and releasing a new album

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
May 11, 2020

By David Sands

Bassist and composer Robert Harper currently plays with the Maryland-based hip-hop fusion group Area 301. An alumnus of the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, he rose to prominence around the turn of the millennium through his collaborations with funk pioneers Robert Wilson (The Gap Band) and Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson). A master of electronic enhancement, he’s known for his ability to juggle multiple effects pedals while remaining true to the traditional sound of the bass guitar. With his band, Area 301, he’s been honored with both Maryland Music and DMV Underground Arts Awards. Harper is also active as a member of the D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy

FBPO’s Jon Liebman spoke with Harper at the 2020 Winter NAMM show about musical origins, time with the Musician’s Institute and work with Area 301 including plans for a new album.

Watch our interview with Robert!


See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.

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