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Roland Tings

What does the new lineup bring to your sound?I feel like we can cover a lot more ground. On the last run of dates I added live drums to my set which really brought a fantastic kinetic energy to the show. People can connect so much more easily to the rhythm when they see someone up there hitting the drums. So now I've added my good friend Yama to the show, he will be playing guitar and keys which again adds a new dimension. There is a bit of guitar on my last EP that I wasn't able to replicate live, so we can now get that in the mix, but the guitar is also used as a way to add texture to the show, we can move from propulsive drum oriented tracks into washes of drone and noise. The end game is for Roland Tings to become a synth drone band.
 
What do you hope the audience will take away from your Nocturnal performance? Hopefully they will have a chance to dance and cut loose in an environment that they wouldn’t usually be able to. Once people break through the initial shyness of dancing in a strange or unusual space it’s really great. I remember dancing on a stage one time at the Ian Potter Centre for a Bamboo Musik party and the atmosphere got really wild. It felt like being a badass kid, breaking all the grownups rules.
 
Whats your favourite thing about making music?The only time I ever enjoy making music is when I do it with other people or involve other people in some way. I’m so critical of myself that I just can’t ever step outside and enjoy myself. When I work with someone else I'm able to relax.
 
Whats been your most memorable live music experience?Seeing The Ataris and One Dollar Short at an all-ages gig at Manly Youth Centre when I was about 15. It was my first ever show and I was blown away. I did not know what to do with myself. I also got busted by undercover police drinking on the oval across the road. The fine was $20.
 
What advice do you have for budding producers?You can’t operate in a vacuum. Find the people doing similar things to you and reach out to them. Don’t go straight to the top, find the people that are on your level. Tiesto doesn’t want you sending him an email, but the person with 100 Soundcloud followers would be stoked to hear that you’re feeling what they’re doing. If you can, try to get involved in your local scene!

Roland Tings will perform at Nocturnal taking place at Melbourne Museum on Friday November 3 with Annie Bass and András.