Born 1959 in Singapore, Robert is a well-respected drummer who is much sought after for his Latin jazz, funk, fusion, rock, pop, reggae and R&B groove. He is also well known for his balance of technical precision with innovative and stylized grooves.
As a young child of a music-loving family, Robert was inspired by the blood-stirring rhythms at Indian temples. As a teenager he started playing in a rock band with fellow schoolmates such as Michael DeSouza, Nicholas DeSilva and a well-known local singer/writer, director for COMPASS composers and author's society, Mel Ferdinands who is also currently a Senior Director for SAF Film Company.
Throughout the 80s he widened his repertoire by playing pop and rock music in various bands throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. In Taiwan, Robert worked with artistes like Fei Xiang and Kao Ling Fung. He also played with the legendary rock band from Singapore, The Blackjacks.
He has also played with Iskandar Ismail (local producer and musical arranger) with a local band called Hangloose featuring Kaye Hamid on vocals.
The experience gained from playing and performing with a variety of different bands in the region, exposed Robert to many different styles of music. As the 90's approached he began to explore more deeply his growing passion for Latin, Jazz, Funk and R&B groove.
He has also been an educator for the past four to five years, passing on his skills and knowledge to students at the Australian International School and the German European School in Singapore. He was recently inducted into the Zildjian's global family of endorsed artists alongside two other Singapore ambassadors, Mark de Souza and Tama Goh.
Recently, he has played the drums and the percussions at the same time for "Once On This Island", a musical featuring the graduating cohort of Asia's first BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme of LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts directed by Shaun Murphy and Tony McGill. He played alongside Marcus Dengate, Tony McGill, Bronwyn Gibson and Feri Susanto. The music was written by Stephen Flaherty.
Robert Nalin has released a DVD called 'Beat The Rhythm' which he produced himself. It is based on a percussion concert featuring local and international percussionists performing on stage with the students from the Australian International School. All of which are original compositions. This is the first ever concert produced by a local drummer/percussionist and the first ever DVD done in the Australian International School.
He also played at a concert at The Powerhouse, Esplanade Singapore with Grammy Award Winners, The BordererS from Scotland for the Singapore Arts Festival 2007.
Robert has also played for a concert by YAMAHA with Electone artiste/Keyboardist /Arranger/Composer from Japan, Mr Daiju Kurasawa,
Currently also doing mini concerts in Singapore with French artiste, Andayoma.
Right now, Robert is also performing at The Park Hotel (formerly The Crowne Prince Hotel) with a jazz trio featuring Mei Sheum on piano and Brandon Wong on bass, from Wednesdays right up to Fridays at the RSVP Bar and Restaurant. Also performing with Paul Ponnudorai's Trio at HARRY's Bar at The Esplanade.
Robert is also performing with CHARISMA with Michael Stanton on keyboards, from New York and Marcus Dengate on bass, from Australia around Singapore in various venues.