How it all began
Once upon a time, there was a young boy who got a small red jaw harp as a giveaway of a bank on World Savings Day. He already had two recorders and an accordion. But when you’re 12, that’s not at all cool. Eventually, at the age of 18, Robert Koch discovered drums. From 1984 to 1990 and from 1995 to 2002 he was the drummer in a succession of amateur bands, and until late in 2004 he played steel pans in his own formation.
In 2005 Robert started to produce his first ‘real’ CD as a solo artist, which came out in 2007, under the title LOOPING – Gitarren, nein danke [Guitars? Thanks, but no thanks!]. As the name Robert Koch was no longer available in a major Austrian rights management society he chose the stage name Ing. LOOP, a variation of LOOP-ING, and besides, in Austria, ‘Ing.’ is the abbreviation for the term ‘engineer’.
In 2009, a new CD followed: LOOPING jaw harp orchestra – Elephant Road, on which old and new friends joined Ing. LOOP for a sweeping sound experience. Universal Language, the third CD with a revamped line-up, will come out in 2011. And maybe this is where the story actually begins.