Tra i protagonisti della scena nu metal degli anni “00, i Papa Roach sono una band che raccoglie milioni di fan in tutto il mondo. Tobin Esperance è bassista e autore della band californiana che coniuga groove metal e ritornelli ipercantabili, incontralo oggi da Bass Line Music Shop e vinci 2 ingressi per il concerto dei Papa Roach!
Tobin, classe 1979, inizia a suonare intorno agli otto anni, quando suo padre gli regala un basso con cui inizia da autodidatta. La sua avventura con i Papa Roach inizia nel 1996, quando prende il posto del bassista Will James. Inizia così da giovanissimo la sua carriera da musicista professionista, oggi Tobin è uno tra i membri più attivi dei Papa Roach per quanto riguarda la scrittura dei brani.
Cita tra le sue influenze più grandi reggae, hip hop e gruppi come Fait No More, Jane’s Addictione e Red Hot Chili Peppers. In un’intervista dice riguardo “Last Resort” il singolo che li proiettò sulla scena mondiale:
“Well, of course at the time we were listening to a lot of Wu Tang Clan, a lot of hip-hop, and a lot of Fugees and a lot of East Coast hip-hop, and we were sampling classical music behind simple pocket grooves. I was playing something on piano and Jacoby came in and started scatting over it. And we just did our typical mixing of a funky kind of hip-hop groove with a punk rock chorus. And that song just came together like that. Jacoby said, “That’s a cool riff, keep playing that noodle” – we called it a noodle. We did it over and over again, and Jacoby put his lyrics to it, and the song just morphed into what it is now. No one ever thought it was going to be a huge, huge hit, but I guess you never expect anything, really, when you’re first starting out.”
E ancora in un’altra intervista più recente:
“I am usually the one who kick starts the initial writing process. Musically our ideas form first and a lot of the songs on the records were ideas that I had written on the road on my laptop. That is kind of where the electronic tinge comes in from because I had constructed the ideas while traveling around the world with just a computer and a mini keyboard. It was weird how some of that just stayed how it was from the initial idea and we ended up using it on the record. Some songs we just tore apart and re-did and some songs were just initial jams, spontaneous things that we wrote and recorded on the spot, but the lyrics didn’t really come together until the very end. I think he (Jacoby Shaddix) was really searching for something to write about and he kind of had writers block at first, but then when the stuff started happening to him, you know he got sober during the process of making the record, he was separated from his wife that he had been married to for like fifteen years, so it was like the world was crumbling down on him and we just had to be there for him and I know he definitely had stuff to write about after all that stuff was going on.”