Robert Trujillo, bass guitarist for the band Metallica, was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in the surf and skate culture in and around the streets of Venice Beach. Trujillo was surrounded by many styles of music and was inspired by his mother and father’s diverse vinyl collection, which ranged from James Brown to the Beatles to Beethoven. He attended Dick Groves School of Music in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Max Bennett. Trujillo’s first love was jazz-fusion, and he had the good fortune of seeing jazz-fusion recording artists at the height of their popularity in the late seventies and early eighties, as well as all the popular rock and funk bands of that time.
Trujillo has always had a passion for film and he directed a handful of Infectious Grooves videos in the mid-nineties, while he was a member of the bands Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves.
He recently collaborated with Titmouse Animation to create “‘Tallica Parking Lot”– a four-minute animated short, which includes cameo appearances by characters from South Park, Beavis and Butthead, and Metalocalypse. He was also a creative contributor to Metallica’s latest 3D, feature film, “Metallica: Through the Never”.
Electric bass pioneer, Jaco Pastorius was one of Trujillo’s main musical influences, so when the opportunity was presented to get involved with the production of this documentary film, Trujillo was driven by his passion for the story and his feeling that it needs to be told to the masses. It became his mission to help share it.
Trujillo’s longtime friendship with the Pastorius family helped fuel his desire to take on this challenging project and to join forces with Bob Bobbing, Johnny Pastorius, Passion Pictures, Paul Marchand, Steven Kijak, Roger De Giacomi and many others who donated their time and effort to creating what is sure to be a very special film. Trujillo has always felt that Jaco broke down the walls and barriers that often confine styles of music, and that he brought a punk attitude to his performance and composition, which inspired so many musicians of every style and genre.