Artists

The 1975 – Roland Hybrid Drums with George Daniel

Don’t be fooled by that nostalgic band name. The 1975’s time is now. Since tearing out of the Manchester toilet circuit in 2012 with a volley of buzz EPs, schoolmates Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel have enjoyed pinch-me moments at every turn. Hearing first single The…

Heaven Shall Burn – Christian Bass Interview

What is your history with Roland? It all started this summer, so I am quite a new member of the Roland family, but I have used Roland products in my set-up for a pretty long time. Everything started with the RT-10K bass drum triggers, they are really robust so eventually…

Jason Bowld – MIDI Triggering with V-Drums

Roland artist and metal-drumming powerhouse Jason Bowld has played V-Drums for a long time – it’s fair to say he knows them inside out. He’s using the Roland TD-30K V-Drums in some pretty inventive ways too. Jason explains how he’s MIDI triggering with V-Drums and playing samples of his acoustic drums, using…

Exclusive interview with session drummer Joe Clegg

Session drummer Joe Clegg talks exclusively with Roland’s own Ryan Jenkinson about touring with Ellie Goulding, living near London and his favourite topic – gear! RJ: Hey Joe, Huge thanks for finding time to sit down with me and the Roland Blog readers. I’ve just got through reading your recent…

Fraser T Smith Interview

  Fraser T Smith’s production CV reads like a veritable who’s who of the great and the good in contemporary music. Having produced, mixed and co-written with Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Tinchy Stryder, Example, Britney Spears amongst many others, Fraser won a Grammy for his production/co-writing on Adele’s global smash Set…

Roland talk exclusively with David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti

As David Bowie’s producer since before the Space Oddity album – and sonic architect for everyone from Marc Bolan to Morrissey – Tony Visconti has the world’s ultimate desk job. In this exclusive interview, he talked Bowie, Berlin, the brutal modern industry – and why he won’t be seeing U2…

Star Man – exclusive interview with Bowie wingman, Gerry Leonard

As David Bowie’s guitarist, wingman and musical director, Dublin-born ace Gerry Leonard was present at the birth of last year’s top-secret comeback album, The Next Day. He told PowerOn! how he went from “a little brat with dirty fingernails” to the most envied sideman on the scene… It all happened…

Damon Albarn on tour using the Roland HP-508 digital piano

Damon Albarn’s latest record is self-described as “folk soul”. Produced by XL records label boss Richard Russell, the first solo record from the Blur frontman was destined to be a special one, and hopefully not the last. Taking this record on tour meant a new piano, so as luck would…

Gear walkthrough with electronic dance music act, Disclosure

Roland UK talk exclusively with brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence As a ten-year-old drummer, Guy Lawrence’s first Roland purchase was a modest double-bass pedal. A decade down the line, as this exclusive gear walkthrough video reveals, the Disclosure man is armed to the teeth with Roland gear to make the show…

Exclusive interview with Electronic Dance Music duo, Disclosure

When it comes to the rise of British electronic dance music duo Disclosure, the word you’re looking for is ‘meteoric’. Four years ago, two unknown music-tech students played their debut gig for fifty punters at a Shoreditch sweatbox (“They were shouting for an encore and we were like, we haven’t…