I very happily moved back to Australia this year which I have been planning for some time. I have missed my family/friends and culture tremendously over the years and it is a relief to once agin be submersed in this great land, its people, love of sport and great outdoors.

But I must comment here that the state of things is very different from when I left in 2002. It is no joke when I say that almost everyone I am reconnecting with has someone that has died from “mental illness related suicide” or they are on medication for mental illness. It is no surprise considering “mental illness” is the buzz word in the media and all roads lead to the pharmaceutical solutions. Pushed by psychs and Doctors that are educated toward such. Psychs of course offer their only solutions, drugs and shock treatment, too lazy to understand the mind and help a person through their troubles or too evil to give a F&%K! And Doctors, since when is the mind and the brain the same thing? I mean seriously, they are miles apart. Brain health comes from a healthy gut, nutrition and general body health…mind health comes from and is effected by a myriad of factors: sleep, relationships, self-confidence, work, stress, money, love, hate, family problems to name a few – none of which can be solved with pills (though they may offer short term solution for a minority). When did our Gov become controlled by the pharmaceutical model and why are we not implementing any other solutions to an area that is far from black and white. THIS IS TROUBLING!

How does long term drugging effect our culture? what is the long term cost? I don’t see the lives of my old friends better at all (in some cases they are destroyed or dead from the side effects of the drugs) which results in society being that much worse off.

About Rob Meister

Rob Meister – Musician, with a voice for Freedom When it comes to choosing the highlight of his career so far, Rob Meister is torn. Was it the day he shared the stage with the legendary Isaac Hayes at the Berlin Wall in support of religious freedom? Or was it working with the legendary Stanley Clarke, the great Edgar Winter or the electric Billy Sheehan - musicians he once only dreamed of aspiring to be like, but ending up sharing the stage or studio with. As someone who was born to play music, the boy from Tasmania has come a long way. His mother was a concert pianist who studied in Vienna. He grew up in the rugged farmland of the Huon Valley of Tasmania, surrounded by wild animals, & spectacular scenery. After an average day of caring for the family cattle/sheep and chickens plus the odd fight encounter with a tiger snake or being chased by Tasmanian devils, he would find refuge in the sounds of Mozart, Beethoven and Hayden that filled his family home. His mother’s magical playing and family sing-alongs lit the fire and passion for music in his soul. At the tender age of 3 Rob was doing Elvis shows for the neighbours and by 8, he was formally learning piano while his older brother learnt the guitar. One day, while sitting in front of the TV fiddling with his brother’s guitar, he discovered he was actually playing along with the music on TV! From that moment it was goodbye to the piano and hello to learning to play guitar, by ear! Soon classical music gave way to ELO, The Sweet and Kiss but he NEVER forgot his mother’s grounding that inspired him to become a musician. Today Rob Meister in an accomplished Singer, Guitarist and Bassist who is not only called upon by big league international artists to play on their albums, he is also a singer/songwriter in his own right, having released 3 solo albums. An inspiring personal story -
from drugs to international success Rob was exposed to drugs at the tender age of 11, which definitely had a negative impact on his life. “As a boy I was told drugs were ‘cool’ and that they would ‘help my music’ but I soon discovered only darkness lay that way. My most terrifying experience was when I lost some friends to drug related suicide and narrowly avoided jail after a big drug bust happened to my closest circle of friends. It was a shock awakening through which I realised I had to make better choices in my life. I was 19 then and after touring my band around Australia for a couple of years, I began a journey to get to know myself better and to understand life better so I could be free of my past darker days. That’s why a big part of my life now is supporting the ‘Truth about Drugs’ education program” and other non profit groups that align with my purpose to help others.” DISCOGRAPHY – MUSICIAN/PRODUCER/VOCALIST 2002 – Endel Rivers – “Hardbite” - Bass 2004 - Amanda Miguel - Feliz Navidad - Guitar & Engineer - Gold Album 2006 - Album Deedee O’Malley – “New York Girl” – Guest vocalist 2007 - Album Ana Victoria - “Ready” – Co-Producer, Songwriter, Musician and Vocalist (2 singles reached Top 10 in Pop Charts Mexico, #1 Radio hits in Costa Rica & Puerto Rico) 2009 AV Live - Producer Engineer 2009 – Album Code – “The Enemy Within” - Songwriter 2012 AV - Songwriter - Latin Grammy Nomination 2012 2012 - Dustin McGahee - Producer 2013 – Album France D’Amour - “Bubble Bath & Champagne” – Guest Artist on “I want more”. (Gold Album – Nominated for Album of the Year at Canadian Grammys) 2019 – Itto Coutino – Songwriter & Vocalist DISCOGRAPHY – SOLO ALBUMS/SINGLES 2000 – Self-titled Solo Album “Rob Meister”. 2003 – Solo EP “Songs of the 4th”. 2007 – Single “Open Days” (featuring Latina Ana Victoria) 2014 – Solo Album “Without Love” (featuring Aussie Legend Jack Jones and Mexican Guitar Hero Itto Coutino 2017 – Single “Fools Never Rest” w Music Video 2018 – Single “Electric Flow” with McNeil.