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  Interview with DJ Roland

 

 

If you would like a free cd from DJ Roland or to be put on his mailing list, let him know by sending him an email! djroland69@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Rolland Alexis Colõn
Born: 4/8/1978
Years spinning: 5
Music types:

BreakBeat (progressive/nu school/funky), Progressive House/trance, Deep/funky house , and last but not least,Hard House

Influences: Mark Farina, Deep Dish, Donald Glaude, Sasha, Digweed, Adam Freeland, Doc Martin, Dj Dan, Jason Splat, and way too many to keep going...

Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Roland has played music for most of his life. He decided to leave Ohio at the early age of 20 and then moved out to Southern California in 1998. He says that, "It was the first good decision I ever made in my life." When he moved to Orange County he was introduced to the Rave scene. "My first rave was JuJuBeats '98 at Santa's Village, it was the greatest most influential party that I had ever gone to. The moment I saw how the crowd reacted to Doc Martin's morning set, it was over, I wanted to be a DJ". At the time, Roland was working at Guitar Center so that Monday at work he traded his guitar and amp for a set of Gemini PT200's and a 3 channel Numark mixer; "that was the second best decision that I have ever made in my life."

Almost 25 now, Roland has been Dj'ing professionally for 4 and a half years. "I have been surrounded by music all of my life and I am a fan of all genres but I specialize in Break Beats and Progressive and Funky house. When I started getting booked at the clubs out here on a regular basis I was playing more UK Hard House, NU-NRG. But over the past two years I have had a major shift to the breaks and progressive side of music. I still love to play the hard stuff, but I really just got sick of hearing that sound and not really having any soul to back it up. I also believe that my taste in music has also matured a lot".

His influences and favorites cover a very broad perspective, Mark Farina, Sasha, Digweed, Donald Glaude, Icey, DJ Dan, Danny Howells, Jason Blakemore, Adam Freeland, and Phil K.... "they all kick ass".

In the future Roland is looking into starting his own music studio and getting some tracks completed, "I am going to go all out and make a my very own personal music studio; it's gonna be f*ing sweet. I have not decided what I am going to call it but I will definitely have a track or two out within the next year. I am very excited about this. As for DJing, I will continue to bring good music to the masses, and for those who want to shake their money makers, keep an eye out for me". Surely we will be seeing a lot more of this up and coming DJ in the near future.

Annalee: How did you get started?

Rolland Alexis Colun: Well, the "madness" began when I went to the JuJu Beats '98 at Santa's Village... It was the biggest and best party that I had ever gone to. I decided to become a DJ some time around 5am when Doc Martin played the Bob Marley "Sun is Shining" remix; the entire crowd just erupted, everyone was really happy (and pretty tossed). I saw the way that the crowd reacted (myself included) and decided that I wanted to learn how to make a crowd do that.

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
I bought 5 records. My first and most favorite (at the time) was Binary Finary on Positiva Rec. I also bought a Christopher Lawrence song on Fregrant, a Hook Record, and a Doc Martin and DJ Buck record on Leaf. A little house and a little trance, I juggled between both styles when I first started. I really did not want to be pigeonholed as a TRANCE DJ or a HOUSE DJ. I respect almost every style of music.

What/Where was your 1st gig?
My first gig where I got recognized was a Halloween party for Clubspots.com. Ron Libbon liked what I was playing and he offered to hook me up with gigs. My first "real" gig was at the Boogie in Anehiem, I played the upstairs trance room and the main room. It was pretty cool.

How did you end up in good ol' Orange County?
I grew up in Cincinnati Ohio pretty much all of my life, it was pretty uneventful. I got tired of the scene out there and made my final move out here with my family in 1998. I somehow managed to meet a really good group of kids that smoked a lot of pot, what more could a young man ask for. My friends were very accepting of my long hair and they introduced me to their friends and the rest is history. I love CA, it's so much better then Ohio.

Do you currently have any residencies?
I was resident at RAW for a year and a half, they are taking a break right now but will be back in a month or so. There are also a few clubs starting up that have approached me with being their resident.

Do you currently have any albums out?
Not yet, I am still waiting to buy a PC, but I will have one soon.

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
I was supposed to go into the Studio a few months ago with Fight the Sun records but I was not able to find the time. But I really want to get into a good studio.

What do you think about all this mainstream techno on the radio these days? Do you think it is good for the scene or are you 100% against it selling out?
Wow, good question. Selling out is a touchy subject, it's all a matter of perspectives and opinions and those are like assholes, we all have them. As for the music, I really don't like most of the "BUBBLE GUM" type of techno that is getting lots of radio play these days; and no, I don't think that it is good for the scene. But I do support most of the radio shows/stations that are out right now. For example: 89.9 KCRW, 106.7 KROQ on Saturday nights (Jason bently plays .good shit). and a few others.

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning?
I listen to all types of music, if you are talking electronic, I listen to Break Beats and Progressive house. As for music in general, I love and respect it all.

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
Yeah I wrote the classic guitar riff in most porno movies, you know the "bow-chicka-bow-now sound?" Yeah that was me!

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
Locally, I think the scene is failing miserably. There was a much stronger crowd going out on a more consistent basis about six months ago, who knows, it could be that it is the winter time and that the freaks only come out in full force during the summer, or it could just be the water, either way I'm bummed. Maybe it's just the cycle of the scene, the up and down time, OC is having a little down time.

Do any favorite moments that come to mind? (If moment was during an old scene, do you think this could occur again in the future or is the scene too different now to allow that to happen?)
I think my favorite moment was the last time that I played for Cupids, they had an unbelievable sound system with the thickest bass, it was f*ing awesome. My next most memorable moment was when I played the main-stage at RAW.

In the many places you have performed, which one is your most favorite?
My favorite venue definitely has to be Axiom down in San Diego. I played there right after their most recent remodel... it was beautiful. As for crowds, Every time that I played at the Grove for RAW the crowd was always right there in front of you and the sound rocked!!

How has your creativity changed over the last 5 years? Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work?
I tend to stay with my own style, a smooth blend of Break Beats and progressive and funky house. I really don't like being booked just for just one style, it's very limiting. I think the true definition of a DJ is someone who can play any style of music and keep the energy of the crowd consistent. I don't see enough "DJ's" do that. Furthermore, I wish that the crowd would be more accepting to other styles of music on the main stage., not just the same 5 sound effects that get played every weekend.

What is your current goal as a DJ?
I would really like to produce a kick ass track and be able to watch a crowd go nuts to a song that I produced. In my eyes, that is when you are really a success in the scene.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I see myself playing out in different countries, preferably South Africa, Australia, Spain, and the rest of Europe.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?
I would be sitting in an office doing the whole corporate America thing full time and not having a good social life.

Last question and the cheesiest of all! What is the dopest thing about being a DJ?
Having the ability to share the newest music to the masses, that is what it's all about.

-- written by Annalee Stone

 

ace="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">   Interview with DJ Roland

 

 

If you would like a free cd from DJ Roland or to be put on his mailing list, let him know by sending him an email! djroland69@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Rolland Alexis Colõn
Born: 4/8/1978
Years spinning: 5
Music types:

BreakBeat (progressive/nu school/funky), Progressive House/trance, Deep/funky house , and last but not least,Hard House

Influences: Mark Farina, Deep Dish, Donald Glaude, Sasha, Digweed, Adam Freeland, Doc Martin, Dj Dan, Jason Splat, and way too many to keep going...

Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Roland has played music for most of his life. He decided to leave Ohio at the early age of 20 and then moved out to Southern California in 1998. He says that, "It was the first good decision I ever made in my life." When he moved to Orange County he was introduced to the Rave scene. "My first rave was JuJuBeats '98 at Santa's Village, it was the greatest most influential party that I had ever gone to. The moment I saw how the crowd reacted to Doc Martin's morning set, it was over, I wanted to be a DJ". At the time, Roland was working at Guitar Center so that Monday at work he traded his guitar and amp for a set of Gemini PT200's and a 3 channel Numark mixer; "that was the second best decision that I have ever made in my life."

Almost 25 now, Roland has been Dj'ing professionally for 4 and a half years. "I have been surrounded by music all of my life and I am a fan of all genres but I specialize in Break Beats and Progressive and Funky house. When I started getting booked at the clubs out here on a regular basis I was playing more UK Hard House, NU-NRG. But over the past two years I have had a major shift to the breaks and progressive side of music. I still love to play the hard stuff, but I really just got sick of hearing that sound and not really having any soul to back it up. I also believe that my taste in music has also matured a lot".

His influences and favorites cover a very broad perspective, Mark Farina, Sasha, Digweed, Donald Glaude, Icey, DJ Dan, Danny Howells, Jason Blakemore, Adam Freeland, and Phil K.... "they all kick ass".

In the future Roland is looking into starting his own music studio and getting some tracks completed, "I am going to go all out and make a my very own personal music studio; it's gonna be f*ing sweet. I have not decided what I am going to call it but I will definitely have a track or two out within the next year. I am very excited about this. As for DJing, I will continue to bring good music to the masses, and for those who want to shake their money makers, keep an eye out for me". Surely we will be seeing a lot more of this up and coming DJ in the near future.

Annalee: How did you get started?

Rolland Alexis Colun: Well, the "madness" began when I went to the JuJu Beats '98 at Santa's Village... It was the biggest and best party that I had ever gone to. I decided to become a DJ some time around 5am when Doc Martin played the Bob Marley "Sun is Shining" remix; the entire crowd just erupted, everyone was really happy (and pretty tossed). I saw the way that the crowd reacted (myself included) and decided that I wanted to learn how to make a crowd do that.

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
I bought 5 records. My first and most favorite (at the time) was Binary Finary on Positiva Rec. I also bought a Christopher Lawrence song on Fregrant, a Hook Record, and a Doc Martin and DJ Buck record on Leaf. A little house and a little trance, I juggled between both styles when I first started. I really did not want to be pigeonholed as a TRANCE DJ or a HOUSE DJ. I respect almost every style of music.

What/Where was your 1st gig?
My first gig where I got recognized was a Halloween party for Clubspots.com. Ron Libbon liked what I was playing and he offered to hook me up with gigs. My first "real" gig was at the Boogie in Anehiem, I played the upstairs trance room and the main room. It was pretty cool.

How did you end up in good ol' Orange County?
I grew up in Cincinnati Ohio pretty much all of my life, it was pretty uneventful. I got tired of the scene out there and made my final move out here with my family in 1998. I somehow managed to meet a really good group of kids that smoked a lot of pot, what more could a young man ask for. My friends were very accepting of my long hair and they introduced me to their friends and the rest is history. I love CA, it's so much better then Ohio.

Do you currently have any residencies?
I was resident at RAW for a year and a half, they are taking a break right now but will be back in a month or so. There are also a few clubs starting up that have approached me with being their resident.

Do you currently have any albums out?
Not yet, I am still waiting to buy a PC, but I will have one soon.

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
I was supposed to go into the Studio a few months ago with Fight the Sun records but I was not able to find the time. But I really want to get into a good studio.

What do you think about all this mainstream techno on the radio these days? Do you think it is good for the scene or are you 100% against it selling out?
Wow, good question. Selling out is a touchy subject, it's all a matter of perspectives and opinions and those are like assholes, we all have them. As for the music, I really don't like most of the "BUBBLE GUM" type of techno that is getting lots of radio play these days; and no, I don't think that it is good for the scene. But I do support most of the radio shows/stations that are out right now. For example: 89.9 KCRW, 106.7 KROQ on Saturday nights (Jason bently plays .good shit). and a few others.

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning?
I listen to all types of music, if you are talking electronic, I listen to Break Beats and Progressive house. As for music in general, I love and respect it all.

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
Yeah I wrote the classic guitar riff in most porno movies, you know the "bow-chicka-bow-now sound?" Yeah that was me!

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
Locally, I think the scene is failing miserably. There was a much stronger crowd going out on a more consistent basis about six months ago, who knows, it could be that it is the winter time and that the freaks only come out in full force during the summer, or it could just be the water, either way I'm bummed. Maybe it's just the cycle of the scene, the up and down time, OC is having a little down time.

Do any favorite moments that come to mind? (If moment was during an old scene, do you think this could occur again in the future or is the scene too different now to allow that to happen?)
I think my favorite moment was the last time that I played for Cupids, they had an unbelievable sound system with the thickest bass, it was f*ing awesome. My next most memorable moment was when I played the main-stage at RAW.

In the many places you have performed, which one is your most favorite?
My favorite venue definitely has to be Axiom down in San Diego. I played there right after their most recent remodel... it was beautiful. As for crowds, Every time that I played at the Grove for RAW the crowd was always right there in front of you and the sound rocked!!

How has your creativity changed over the last 5 years? Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work?
I tend to stay with my own style, a smooth blend of Break Beats and progressive and funky house. I really don't like being booked just for just one style, it's very limiting. I think the true definition of a DJ is someone who can play any style of music and keep the energy of the crowd consistent. I don't see enough "DJ's" do that. Furthermore, I wish that the crowd would be more accepting to other styles of music on the main stage., not just the same 5 sound effects that get played every weekend.

What is your current goal as a DJ?
I would really like to produce a kick ass track and be able to watch a crowd go nuts to a song that I produced. In my eyes, that is when you are really a success in the scene.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I see myself playing out in different countries, preferably South Africa, Australia, Spain, and the rest of Europe.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?
I would be sitting in an office doing the whole corporate America thing full time and not having a good social life.

Last question and the cheesiest of all! What is the dopest thing about being a DJ?
Having the ability to share the newest music to the masses, that is what it's all about.

-- written by Annalee Stone

 

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