Organically creeping through the cracks of Melbourne’s eclectic nightlife, Roland Tings needs very little introduction. Making his debut on renowned L.A. based cult label 100% SILK, Roland follows the recurrent pathways left by early pioneers such a Robert Hood, Larry Heard and A Guy Called Gerald. Although staying true to the ethos, he diverges, forging his own route.
A trip down Roland’s rhythmically synthesized rabbit hole will show off a development of sound across his various releases. Building from a more acidic focus on his Club Mod–released Tomita’s Basement, Roland maintains a chugging momentum while developing a more Balearic approach for his various releases on Prins Thomas’s Internasjonal.
Once you arrive at the ground floor you’ll find yourself in Roland’s very own modular oasis, cascading through his 2014 self-titled LP… very quickly realizing that his oddball, club-ready workouts take both dancers and listeners that one step further, especially within a live setting.
Roland’s 2013 Boiler Room appearance is testament to his precise craftsmanship. Crisp 707 claps pin down bubbling Juno bass lines, allowing keys to float effortlessly over the compositions, coming together like an early morning trip during the early 90s along London’s M25 orbital Freeway, in search of that distant rave. Having supported the likes of Juan Atkinson, Optimo among many others, showcasing his live performance across nearly every corner of the world, Roland’s level of international recognition is very well deserved.