Rob (Big Rob) was raised in Cresskill, NJ where he started drum lessons at the tender age of three years old, and started piano lessons by the time he was five. At fourteen he had already played on a European tour and played Carnegie hall twice. In high school he played drums for his church, which has given him the opportunity to play in front of thousands of people. In high school Rob starred in six of the school’s stage productions, and was one out of ten juniors invited by the State of New Jersey to attend "The Governor School of the Arts" (acting). He went on to attend “The University of Art” for musical theatre where he starred in the majority of the University’s stage productions. You may also add RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company's Program), and BADA (British American Drama Academy) in Oxford, England to his extensive resume (which is still growing).
Hastyle aka Mr. Rourke (on the other hand) was raised on the darker side of New Jersey, Newark aka “Brick City”. He came up the hard way during hard times, but unlike so many of his peers, he is still here to tell the story. Hastyle, along with a few friends formed a local rap group (M.B.I) who’s biggest fan base was in their own back yard (Essex County, NJ). They have performed countless venues, with numerous celebrities including Redman, Method Man, Wu-Tang Clan, M.O.P, Nas, Mobb Deep, Lauren Hill, Naughty By Nature, KRS ONE, and Boot Camp Click to name a few. Hastyle has been up and down the East Coast ripping down stages, and eventually flew out to California for a performance in Beverly Hills courtesy of Tupac’s Outlawz. Hungry…….and with money on his mind, Hastyle has big plans for the very near future……BIG PLANS!
John John grew up in Northeast NJ and started playing guitar at age 16. He always played in the school band where he developed a solid music background. Since age 16, John idolized the great skills of Jimmy Page and the rigid catchy song-writing of The Beatles, a big part of John's inspiration and style. He has adopted similar song-writing methodology as well as supplies a range of instrumental ability.
Collectively they form the mega band “Uncle Al”, merging hip hop, and classic rock creating a sound they like to call “hip rock”. Together they have played countless venues such as, Whiskey Bar (Hoboken NJ), Cornerstone Inn (Carlsdadt NJ), Maxwell’s (Hoboken NJ) NJPAC (Newark NJ), The Goldhawk (Hoboken NJ), opened up for Young Money recording artist Jae Millz at Public Assembly, (Brooklyn NY) The Industry Alternative Showcase at Club Marlo's (Irvington NJ), Nick's (Newark NJ), and The Underscore (New York, NY), as well as The China Club (New York, NY. There are actually too many to list. They’ve been aired on college radio, and are currently in rotation on 97.5 Elite Radio New Jersey’s 1 hip hop/r&b radio station. With all of these milestones accomplished, and a music video “The Building” in circulation, Uncle Al is well on their way to making music history.
Welcome to The Uncle Al Experience, a refreshment to the music industry…..