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Webpage: http://www.rolanoid.com

Location: Perth, WA, Australia

Description: Feelgood electronic dance music inspired by the likes of BT, Daft Punk, Orbital, New Order, Underworld, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and Above and Beyond.

Press Release:


Some Like Their ‘House’ Hot ...
With two new releases, Rolanoid has adjusted his ‘house’ thermostat!

RolanoidPERTH, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 1, 2012 – Some people like their house hot! Yet others prefer to chill theirs way down. House genre composer Rolanoid knows this and has adjusted the thermostat in his house music accordingly. His two new releases have something for both ends of the electronic music spectrum. Rolanoid has organized the twenty tracks into two distinct, ten-track albums. The Collection features up-tempo tracks ... while its inverse, The Chillout Collection, focuses on his slower tempo compositions.

The Collection was released this spring, whilst The Chillout Collection is due out later this summer. “Both of these albums stand apart, yet they also stand together,” explains Rolanoid. He continues, “I wanted a way to feature the most popular tracks I’ve released over the years in a way that kept them stylistically separated, yet still all together.” Both projects feature the inherent diversity found within Rolanoid's composition skills. Also, known as Michael Dodds, Rolanoid’s muses were influenced by a plethora of electronic acts over the years - bands such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and New Order.

The CollectionIf you like it hot, you’ll want to cue The Collection. It contains award-winning dance track mixes that are higher tempo and energetic. Songs such as “Cyclonic” and “Reason to Live” have been at the very top of the Broadjam charts. With vocals from Scott Nunan (Scotty J), “Locked In” displays its retro flavor - along with tightly-wrapped riffs and energetic backbeat. In 2007, “Locked In” won Honorable Mention in the International Songwriting Contest.

If you want to cool things down afterwards, you’ll want to cue The Chillout Collection. With ten tracks, this album is literally picture perfect with a track entitled “Picture Perfect.” London based, The Soundmaster’s studio (Depeche Mode, Prodigy, U2), chose this composition as its featured track of the week. In 2011, “Electron Symphony” was chosen by a leading aerospace company for licensing use. The Chillout Collection is a masterful blend of genres, with hints of new age, trance, and electronic.

Rolanoid, who calls himself a globetrotter of sorts, was born in Scotland, grew up in South Africa, and also lived in London, Los Angeles and Australia. To this ‘global’ artist, both of these albums are separate hemispheres within the same world. It is daytime on one side, and night on the other. A sunset in one place is a sunrise in another. Within The Collection and The Chillout Collection, Rolanoid has adjusted his house thermostat. He knows that some like their house hot, while others prefer to chill it way, way down!
Michael Dodds

Rolanoid Artist Biography
The explosion of electronic acts Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and New Order onto the scene in his early teens sparked an instant desire in Michael Dodds to start making his own electronic music. Immersing himself in an ever-growing collection of second-hand synthesizers and beatboxes (all now sought-after vintage classics) he set about learning and perfecting his craft.
RolanoidPerhaps the diversity of what he now creates owe something to his continual globe trotting. Leaving his birthplace of Edinburgh in Scotland at age 4 and emigrating with his parents to Durban in South Africa where he grew up, he has since lived in Los Angeles, Manchester, London, Melbourne and now calls the coastal paradise of Western Australia home.
In 1997 he adopted the name Rolanoid in reverence to his early electronic music gear including the now legendary Roland TR-808 beat box. The engaging soundscapes of Rolanoid are similar in sound to the dance styles of The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Paul van Dyk, Mylo, Daft Punk, New Order, BT and Orbital to the downtempo output of Royksopp, Massive Attack, Air, Zero 7, Ulrich Schnauss, and Groove Armada.

In 2003 Rolanoid was used on the soundtrack for the stylish BBC TV series Dreamspaces alongside Daft Punk, U2 and The Chemical Brothers.

His tracks have received over 60 000 plays and rave comments on MySpace resulting in a No.5 global ranking for Rolanoid on the MySpace House genre in 2006 alongside industry heavyweights Basement Jaxx, Moby, Paul Van Dyk and Fat Boy Slim. He has also had five genre number ones on the major US site for independent artists Broadjam and was also awarded Pop Song of the Month.
‘Locked In’ which was co-written with Melbourne's Scott Nunan won an honourable mention in the Dance category of the 2007 International Songwriting Competition which received over 15 000 entries. Michael was also shortlisted for the Australian Songwriting Contest in 2008 and also received an honourable mention from the Billboard Song Contest.
Having been an avid reader of popular and respected Future Music magazine since its inception, it was also very exciting to have a track selected as their Hot Pick in February 2009.
More recently his tracks have been licensed by some of the biggest name companies in technology, aerospace, publishing and hair care.

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