Robert Trujillo is a songwriter and musician, best known for being a part of the heavy metal band Metallica. The bass guitar instrument player, who is primarily a finger-style player, is famed for using the slap bass technique to give his concert-goers a thrilling extended bass solo. He has since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with all other current Metalica band members.
Robert Trujillo: Biography, Age
Robert Trujillo was born on 23rd October 1964 in Santa Monica, California but he grew up in Culver City, California, where his father was a high school teacher. At a very young age, Trujillo fell in love with music, specifically Jazz and Soul which his mother enjoyed listening to at their home. He eventually began to fall in love with a sound of his own after listening to Jazz Bassist Jaco Pastorius who employed some funk, rock, soul, and punk to his sound.
While attending high school, Trujillo honed his bass playing skills, making appearances at a number of backyard and house parties, playing music by acts like Ozzy Osbourne, and Led Zeppelin before enrolling to a jazz school at the age of 19. His initial intention was to become a studio musician but his passion for the sound he had fallen in love with pushed him in another direction.
By 1989, Robert Trujillo joined crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies as he also worked with funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves. As a part of Suicidal Tendencies, Trujillo appeared in albums like Lights…Camera…Revolution! (1990), The Art of Rebellion (1992), Still Cyco After All These Years (1993), and Suicidal for Life (1994). With Infectious Grooves, which also had Suicidal Tendencies lead vocalist Mike Muir as its own lead vocalist, Trujillo appeared in albums like The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s the Infectious Grooves (1991), Sarsippius’ Ark (1993), Groove Family Cyco (1994), and Mas Borracho (1999).
In the late 1990’s, Trujillo got to work with his idol Ozzy Osbourne, contributing to works on a number of his albums before getting to become a part of the heavy metal band Metallica in 2003. As a part of the group, Trujillo appeared in albums like Death Magnetic (2008), Lulu (2011), Beyond Magnetic (EP) (2011), and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (2016). Some of the other bands he has performed and worked with include Black Label Society and Mass Mental?.
Robert Trujillo is reported to have a net worth estimated to be around $20 million. The bassist who first gained fame and popularity as a member of Suicidal Tendencies has been able to amass such a huge net worth through music sales and royalties, especially the different music tours he and his numerous collaborators have been on.
Trujillo famously got paid one million dollars as an advance fee for joining Metallica.
Family – Wife, Son
Robert Trujillo is married to Chloe Trujillo, a visual artist, designer, painter, and musician. Ms. Trujillo gained her love for the arts by growing up and being raised in Paris, France, by fashion designer parents and grandparents who were classical musicians. However, despite all the creativity around her as a child, Chloe Trujillo did not start a career in arts early in life. She did so after having spent some time studying matter structure and quantum mechanics.
Today, she is known for her colourful work that combines aspects from ancient Aztec designs, to skulls, eyes, flowers, and birds. Her artworks can be seen on different canvases around the world, however, she is also known for putting these designs on clothing accessories like bags, bikinis, snickers, as well as on skateboards and guitars, like the ones used by her husband.
It is not clear how and when Chloe met her husband Robert, however, the couple has two children; a son named Tye, and a daughter named Lulah. Tye is following in his father’s footsteps to play the bass having begun playing the instrument as a six-year-old. He has performed as a member of the band The Helmets, who famously played at the Lollapalooza festival. He further made headlines when he filled in as a bassist for the metal band group Korn’s South American tour.
The average height of a white American male is approximately 5 feet 10 inches. Robert Trujillo is one inch short of this mark with a height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m). Nonetheless, height is no prerequisite to getting to the peak of his chosen career path where the rock star is doing visibly well.