Southern California native Robert Chini started playing drums at the age of five. Influenced by Jazz, Latin, and R&B at a very young age, Robert learned to play drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard thus becoming a multi-instrumentalist. His musical inspirations growing up were artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, The Doors, and The Beatles.
As a drummer, Robert formed the group Heat Treatment, an R&B funk band that featured a three piece horn section. This group opened for such acts as Taj Mahal, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Stanley Clarke (Chic Corea) along with many others.
Robert later joined the group named “In The Mood”, with former Iron Butterfly guitarist Bobby Hasbrook. Robert then joined the internationally popular '80s group “England Dan & John Ford Coley”. Robert played bass with JFC along with two female singers by the name of Leslie & Kelly. They toured the West Coast and performed alongside groups such as Peaches & Herb, Tower of Power, and Air Supply. This venture opened up several songwriting avenues for Robert such as writing with the likes of Peter Schless (On The Wings Of Love), Bob Gundry (England Dan and John Ford Coley.) After performing on a Los Angeles based songwriting television show named “A Session with the Stars” he was taken notice by Richard Carpenter, (The Carpenters), and Lynn Malsby (keyboardist for Klymaxx and A&R with Motown Records.) This led to an open door at Motown Records in Los Angeles where he continued to write songs under the wing of Rodney Gordy, nephew of Barry Gordy. Robert has also written several commercials for TV and Radio - one of which won him an Emmy Award for Best Musical Composition.
Robert later on joined with Jorge Camberos to form the Latin Duo Chini & Camberos. After two releases with C & C, Robert and Jorge teamed up with Mariela Contreras to form "TRES".