He grew up in Venice, California and was a standout among other local musicians. He played in a few local bands before joining Suicidal Tendencies in 1989, replacing the band's second bassist Bob Heathcote. His work with Suicidal Tendencies is considered to be outstanding, and he is responsible for adding in funk influences to the band seen prominently on albums Lights...Camera...Revolution! and especially on Art Of Rebellion. He eventually turned bandmate Mike Muir on to funk music, and the two formed Infectious Grooves to play more funk oriented music.
Although at times Trujillo has been known to use a pick, he prefers to use his fingers, like the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, but unlike Trujillo's predecessor Jason Newsted (who used a pick almost exclusively).
Robert Trujillo became Metallica's current bassist on February 24, 2003 after auditioning for Metallica and fitting right in with fellow band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett. The members of Metallica offered him $1 million up front, as an advance on the percentage he would earn by being in the band. The audition and hiring appear in the film Some Kind of Monster.
Robert Trujillo Discography
- 7 Vocals
- 86 Instruments & Performance
- 58 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Featuring & Presenting
- 11 Production
- 4 Technical
- 2 Visual
- 4 Acting, Literary & Spoken
|HRCD0047||Various||Enter Sandman Various - Hard Rock N° 47 (CD, Smplr)||Hard Rock||HRCD0047||France||2001||Sell This Version|
|0147732ERE||Various||Communication Breakdown Various - Stairway To Rock (Not Just) A Led Zeppelin Tribute (CD, Album)||Edel||0147732ERE||Europe||2003||Sell This Version|
|BIG 4392-2||Various||Battery Various - Voodoo Magick - The Godsmack Tribute (CD, Comp)||Tributized||BIG 4392-2||US||2004||Sell This Version|
|BIG 4333-2||Various||Battery Various - The World's Greatest Metallica Tribute (CD, Comp)||Tributized||BIG 4333-2||US||2004||Sell This Version|
|CLP 1993||Various||Battery Various - The Blackest Box (2xCD, Comp)||Cleopatra||CLP 1993||US||2007||Sell This Version|
|none||Frank Zappa||The Torture Never Stops Frank Zappa - The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAA Birthday Bundle (12xFile, AAC, Comp, 256)||Zappa Records||none||US||2010|