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Roland Users Group Insider - Artists

Welcome to the RUG Insider Artists Feed, where you'll find interviews with the world's finest musicians, producers, remixers, and more.

Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:07:04 PDT

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:07:04 PDT

Copyright: Copyright 2018, Roland Corporation U.S.

Mike Moore - SPD-SX, V-Drums, and Roland Keys On Tour with Kid Cudi

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:48:00 PDT

(image) Baltimore native Mike Moore is a highly versatile musician, equally proficient at both drums and keyboards.

Don Felder - Road to Forever

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:38:00 PDT

(image) Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist for The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of all time.

Mark Schulman - Dressed to Kill with Roland’s TD-30KV V-Drums

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:04:00 PST

(image) Mark Schulman’s résumé reads like a who’s who of international rock royalty, including acts such as Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Destiny’s Child, Billy Idol, Pink, and many others.

Aron Magner and Conspirator - Fusing Live Performance and EDM Tracks with the GAIA SH-01

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:16:00 PDT

(image) Looking for an outlet to explore electronic music production, keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits formed Conspirator in 2004 along with DJ Omen.

Pete Korpela - Around the World with the OCTAPAD SPD-30

Fri, 16 May 2014 15:14:00 PDT

(image) Alongside his arsenal of acoustic percussion instruments, Pete’s OCTAPAD SPD-30 plays an essential role in all his recording and touring gigs.

Daniel de los Reyes - Zac Brown’s Percussionist Integrates Roland Electronics into His Rig

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:45:00 PDT

(image) The Zac Brown Band provides Daniel with a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of new musical frontiers on a nightly basis.

Omar Hakim - A Legendary Player Talks In-Depth About the Power of V-Drums

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:43:00 PDT

(image) In this in-depth interview, Omar details his long background with drum electronics and V-Drums, and talks about the many ways he employs them in all his musical activities.

Sean Murray - Composing Topline Music Soundtracks with the INTEGRA-7 and SONAR X2

Tue, 21 May 2013 16:14:00 PDT

(image) Veteran music composer Sean Murray has enjoyed a diverse career in television, film, and video game production, with credits that include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Richard Vission - A Platinum Producer and Remixer Adopts the INTEGRA-7

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:29:00 PDT

(image) Richard Vission has produced and remixed dance anthems for artists such as Donna Summer, Radiohead, Lady GaGa, Black Eye Peas, Madonna, and many more.

Static Revenger - Crafting Club Hits and TV/Film Music with the INTEGRA-7

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:34:00 PDT

(image) Dennis White—aka Static Revenger—is a multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and composer who has scored a number of worldwide club hits, including “I Like That” and “Happy People.”

Russell Graham - Backing Up Future Stars on American Idol with the JUPITER-80

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:42:00 PST

(image) As a member of the house band for TV juggernaut American Idol, keyboardist and guitarist Russell Graham is perhaps one of the most-heard musicians in the world.

Team Pitbull - Roland Delivers the Hit Sounds of Mr. Worldwide

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:43:00 PST

(image) Meet the musicians who bring Miami-based rapper Pitbull's dynamic sound alive on stage using an arsenal of Roland keyboards and samplers.

Valdez Brantley - Frontline Wisdom from Usher’s Longtime Musical Director

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:06:00 PST

(image) Keyboardist and programmer Valdez Brantley has enjoyed a rich musical career, touring and recording with some of the top names in R&B and hip-hop.

Sky White - Foxy Shazam’s Keyboard Showman Rocks Hard with the RD-700NX

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:31:00 PDT

(image) An accomplished player with a classical and jazz background, Sky White anchors Foxy Shazam’s powerful sound with the RD-700NX Digital Piano.

Aaron Rossi of Ministry - Industrial Metal and the SPD-SX

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:54:00 PDT

(image) Building on 10-plus years of touring with a number of heavy acts, Aaron Rossi is now an integral part of the industrial metal giants Ministry.

Jason Freese - A Session and Touring Veteran Embraces the JUPITER-80

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:00:00 PDT

(image) Jason Freese is one of the busiest keyboardists in the business, in demand as a session player, touring musician, producer, and composer. How does Roland fit into his mix?

Myron McKinley and the JUPITER-80 - Earth, Wind & Fire’s Musical Director Takes Creative Flight with Roland’s Flagship Synth

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:51:00 PDT

(image) Earth, Wind & Fire’s Musical Director takes creative flight with Roland’s flagship synth.

Jetro da Silva - The Acclaimed Keyboardist and Berklee Professor Embraces the JUPITER-80

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:09:00 PDT

(image) The acclaimed keyboardist and Berklee professor embraces the JUPITER-80.

Charlie Prince - Backing a Diverse Range of Top Artists with an Arsenal of Roland Synths

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:55:00 PDT

(image) Find out why Charlie counts on Roland gear for top-quality sounds, ease of use, and round-the-clock reliability on the road.

Sean Alexander - Synth Maestro for Jordan Knight

Tue, 08 May 2012 11:09:00 PDT

(image) Get up close and personal with keyboardist and programmer Sean Alexander, who's currently the synth player with Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block.

Mitch Cohn - MD and Synth Bass for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. Tour

Tue, 08 May 2012 10:07:00 PDT

(image) As the musical director and bassist for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. world tour, Mitch Cohn relies on Roland.

Eric Johnson - The Legendary Guitarist Explores New Tone Frontiers with Roland’s GR-55 Guitar Synth

Thu, 03 May 2012 14:25:00 PDT

(image) One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Eric Johnson, has found an ideal partner in the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer.

Brittani Washington - Lighting Up the Keys with Beyoncé

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:51:00 PST

(image) Texas native Brittani Washington talks to Roland about her early years as a church performer, working with Beyoncé, and using the Fantom-G on tour.

Kanobby and Far East Movement - Free Wired with Roland Gear

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:14:00 PST

(image) Keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Kanobby is the musical director for Far East Movement, anchoring the group’s live sound with Roland synths.

Jeff Loomis - Ripping for Nevermore

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:58:00 PST

(image) Since winning the Guitar Wars contest in Wisconsin at age 16, Jeff Loomis hasn’t stopped shredding.

Herman Li - DragonForce’s Ultra Shredder

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:04:00 PST

(image) It’s a long way from Hong Kong to Hollywood, but DragonForce’s ultra shredder Herman Li survived.

Eugene “Man-Man” Roberts - Gear Talk with “Mr. Roland”

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 08:47:00 PDT

(image) Eugene “Man-Man” Roberts has affectionately earned the name “Mr. Roland.” Find out why.

Robert “Bubby” Lewis - Bass Prodigy, and Then Some

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:13:00 PDT

(image) Roland/BOSS power user, Robert “Bubby” Lewis, has played and recorded bass for an “A-List” of music industry powerhouse artists.

Tim Brennan of Dropkick Murphys - Cranking the V-Accordion Up to 11

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:57:00 PDT

(image) Thanks to Roland’s V-Accordion, Tim Brennan no longer struggles with bad stage sound night after night.

Cori Yarckin - Pop Artist

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:50:00 PDT

(image) See what one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 5 Up and Coming Female Artists’ has to say about the V-Studio 100.

John Wackerman & Thomas Lang - V-Drums Power Duo

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:44:00 PDT

(image) Go behind the scenes of the DVD recording session featuring John Wackerman and Thomas Lang recorded at the Drum Channel in Southern California.

Owl City - Adam Young on Crafting Pop Mega-Hits at Home with Roland Synths

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:00:00 PDT

(image) Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young's home-studio creations are almost exclusively a one-man show. Get the Insider scoop on his home and live setups.

Geared Up: Ke$ha - Jennifer Stone Interview

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:05:00 PDT

(image) At the center of Ke$ha’s live sound is her keyboardist, Jennifer Stone, who never expected her musical career to lead her from Nashville to being on stage with one of music’s biggest stars.

Javier Colon - Recording Artist

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:30:00 PDT

(image) For his new release, Javier breaks away from his urban R&B mold using SONAR. Watch the video.

Lucina AX-09 Synthesizer - Pro Players Use Roland’s Compact Shoulder Synth On Stage with Lady Gaga, Usher, and Other Top Stars

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:19:00 PDT

(image) Pro players use Roland’s compact shoulder synth on stage with Lady Gaga, Usher, and other top stars

Ben Lovett - Mumford and Sons

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 09:49:00 PST

(image) Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett tells us about the V-Piano and the FR-7x V-Accordion, why he loves them, and why they’re perfect live and in the studio.

Hollywood Undead - On the Road and Writing with SONAR X1 Expanded

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:56:00 PDT

(image) SONAR X1 Expanded now plays a key role in the life of these road warriors.

Isabella Summers - Florence + The Machine

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 09:51:00 PST

(image) Isabella Summers of Florence and the Machine invited us to her studio in South London, explaining how she wrote the band’s award-winning record on her best mate, the JUNO-Di synth.

Lady Gaga - Roland Onstage with Lady Gaga and The Monster Ball Tour

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:31:00 PST

(image) Every show on the Monster Ball Tour is propelled by a band that’s as much a part of her live show as Gaga herself. Learn more about the people and equipment that make it happen.

TC (a.k.a. “Spitfire”) - Engineer, Musician

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:15:00 PDT

(image) Armed with SONAR X1 and a V-Studio 100, Spitfire brings a lot to the musical table.

Christopher Gorton - A New V-Accordion Star is Born: Christopher Gorton, Winner of the 2010 Roland U.S. V-Accordion Festival

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:18:00 PST

(image) Winner of the 2010 Roland U.S. V-Accordion Festival shares his thoughts about competing on the world stage in Italy.

Brendan Buckley - The Future of Drums and Percussion

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:37:00 PDT

(image) Shakira drummer Brendan Buckley is an international household name among those in the pro session and touring community of drummers.

Derrick Murdock - Holding Down the Bottom End for Jay Leno with Roland’s V-Bass System

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:51:00 PDT

(image) Learn about the VB-99’s role in Derrick Murdock’s (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show) live setup.

Gary Willis - A Fusion Virtuoso and Roland’s V-Bass System

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:12:00 PDT

(image) Bass virtuoso Gary Willis (Tribal Tech, Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, and more) shares his enthusiasm for the VB-99.

Darryl Jones - The Rolling Stones, the V-Bass, and Beyond

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 08:49:00 PDT

(image) Find out why Darryl Jones (Miles Davis, Sting, Rolling Stones) is extremely excited by the VB-99’s potential to expand his musical voice with the bass.

Jin Akanishi - A Japanese Idol Makes His U.S. Debut with Roland’s V-Drums

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:17:00 PDT

(image) Catch up with Japanese singer-songwriter and actor Jin Akanishi as he embarks on his first U.S. tour.

Omar Hakim - A Passion for Music

Wed, 19 May 2010 10:53:00 PDT

(image) Keeping an open mind is key to success in the music business. Find out why Omar Hakim’s passion for music and technology keeps him in high demand.

Jon Gutwillig - A Leading Trance-Fusion Jam Band Hits the Stage with Roland's V-Guitar System

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:46:00 PDT

(image) Jon Gutwillig, guitarist for the jam-band Disco Biscuits, sees the VG-99 as “the beginning of the future for guitar.” Tune in to this BOSS Tone Radio transcript for details.

Rusty Anderson - Rocking the World Alongside a Beatle Legend

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 15:46:00 PST

(image) What’s it like to jam with a Beatle? Rusty Anderson talks shop about sharing the stage with Sir Paul McCartney and working with Elton John, Willie Nelson, and others.

Monster Tour: Monster Players

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:31:00 PST

(image) Charles Haynes and Pete Kuzma discuss Roland electronic percussion and keyboards on Lady Gaga’s latest tour.

Artemij Pavlov & Sinevibes - Creating Sounds for Roland Synthesizers

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 09:25:00 PST

(image) If you’ve ever wondered who comes up with some of the sounds for Roland synthesizers, then meet Artemij Pavlov.

Peter Erskine - The Advantages of V-Drums in Education

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:18:00 PST

(image) Grammy® Award-winning drummer, composer and producer talks candidly about USC’s groundbreaking electronic drumlab.

Scott Houston - The Piano Guy Takes Home Two More Emmy® Awards

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:28:00 PDT

(image) Roland-sponsored artist Scott Houston has a true passion for making the joy of playing piano accessible to the casual music lover.

Eric Troyer - On Stage and in the Studio with the VP-770

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 16:02:00 PDT

(image) Eric talks about getting punched by bouncers, working with John Lennon, and why he chose the Roland VP-770.

Hubert Gall - Professional Musician, Accordionist, Roland Owner

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 14:24:00 PDT

(image) Meet the man behind the accordion in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ and find out why he relies on Roland.

Myron McKinley - Growing with the V-Piano

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:11:00 PDT

(image) Pianist, producer, and songwriter Myron McKinley, currently musical director with Earth, Wind & Fire, believes the V-Piano gives keyboard players something to call their own.

“Weird Al” Yankovic - V-Accordion Man

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:56:00 PST

(image) With hilarious parodies and polka-laden originals, “Weird Al” Yankovic has gained legions of die-hard fans around the world. Now he’s sporting a Roland V-Accordion.