It took one part Columbia House Record Club, one part Scott Joplin, and one part Uncle Donald's "Ringo" drum set to create this recipe for success.
These childhood experiences led Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. to an obsession with music and the mechanics of records, and later, electronic keyboards. After hearing artists like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, nobody ever had to tell him to practice again!
A founding member of the bands Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, Moog Cookbook (with another Spectrasonics contributor, Brian Kehew), and TV Eyes, Roger also spent several years as an integral member of Beck's backing band, and performing live and in the studio with the French band Air.
It was Beck who provided Roger's remix moniker, "Malibu" - this name showing up on remixes for Air, Beck, and even the Doobie Brothers.
Electronica, power pop, and jazz are where his heart lies, but his work is heard extensivley in commercial and soundtrack music, including Sophia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation,” and as a session musician, singer, and arranger on hundreds of albums for other artists, including Blink 182.