We’ve just launched our all-new Roland AR Blog, where we’re sharing our interactions with the world’s top music pros as we visit them on tour, at rehearsals, on TV soundstages, and other insider spots. You have full access to exclusive video conversations with famous players, where they not only talk about their favorite Roland and BOSS gear, but also discuss their latest projects, share insights on the music industry, and offer advice on how to survive in today’s competitive music scene. In addition, the Roland AR Blog showcases up-and-coming bands around the U.S. and teachers pushing the envelope in music education, and will feature guest posts from many well-known artists.
Shiny Toy Guns pioneered the use of social media during their formative years. In this video, Jeremy discusses how successful bands are currently using social media and strategies for effectively engaging with their fan base. If you’re in a band, you don’t want to miss this.
On Friday, July 13 we caught up with Serj Tankian at his Harakiri Release Party to discuss his new album and his creative work flow. He shares with us his writing process, his use of loops, and his use of the iPad for developing songs. Serj also mentions his iPad application, “I Am Serj,” that fans and musicians can download from the iTunes app store. The app allows you to remix and dissect songs from three of his solo albums, including his newest release Harakiri.
Harakiri, Serj’s newest solo album (Reprise Records/Serjical Strike), is the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed Imperfect Harmonies. The album is the third solo release from the System Of A Down frontman. Serj produced Harakiri himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. Here he discusses how the record came about and his thoughts on solo projects by musicians in general.
Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns recalls how being a “Yes” band has helped seize opportunities to play in the biggest shows. His advise to new and existing bands comes from his personal experience from touring the world. He stresses the importance of having a work-sleep balance and having personal time. According to Jeremy, “You will self destruct” if you do not make this a priority.
Music Director for Far East Movement, King Kanobby explains the process behind taking original songs from the album recording and turning them into a live show. As the MD, he works closely with Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and most of all Dj Virman to develop a performance out of music that is created in a studio with non-traditional instruments into a concert worthy spectacle. For these live shows Kanobby calls on the Jupiter-80, VP-770, and Fantom-G7 to deliver those dance thumping sounds Far East Movement is known for.
For more on King Kanobby follow him on Twitter @KingKanobby
Aaron Rossi, drummer for Ministry tells us what it takes to land a gig like his in the ever changing and competitive music industry. This is practical advise given by a world class drummer, according to Rossi the key is consistency. Rossi’s current set up includes Roland’s SPD-SX to trigger samples during sets.