I'm Rolaz. I am a proud father of 2, a turntablist, music producer and TV presenter for a brand new and exciting TV show called Elektronique.TV, I also trained and worked as a radio broadcaster for WFM97.2fm Manchester for over 2 years.
I first started scratching at the age of 11 when I heard "The Show ft The Get Fresh Crew aka Doug.E, MC Ricky D and DJs Barry B. and Chill Will," on a Electro 9 mixtape. I actually bought Electro 9 LP because "The show" had the Inspecter Gadget theme tune in it, but when I bought it took it home and listened to it, That's when my passion for Hip Hop became my culture. I used my dad's Sharp Hi Fi stack to practise (a belt driven turntable, uh oh!!) I just loved the way Sharp had set out that particular amp. It really was ideal for me, using the aux and phono swtiches as a fader for the turntable, it wasn't that hard to achieve the transformer scratch which I was buzzing to death off. I used to bring my school friends home just to show off my jaw dropping scratch techniques (basically the transformer and baby scratch. LOL) eventually I did get caught out when I burnt out the spindle (ooops) and when my dad searched his LP's they were (let's say) slightly worn, like damn near impossible to hear what was there previous, my dad was less than impressed (Sorry pops) I just loved scratching so much I found other ways to feed my cravings, like splicing old audio tapes together (TDKs anyone?) or mixing on twin tape decks, Alba tape decks weren't that bad were they?
1986-88 Chad Jackson was very much the s*** around that time mainly because he'd won the DMC Championship in 87 with a still very much recognised 6 minute routine. So I listened and studied his mixes often staying up till 4am listening to Soul'd Out with Stu Allen just so I could record and reconstruct (in my mind) Chad
Jackson's mixes. I got my first pair of Technics when I was 23, until then I used my friends Technics, Citronics (LOL), SoundLabs (OMGOSH!!) or who remembers... " them built in decks and mixer? the nameless 80s decks without pitch controls, on SPRINGS (wtf?) built into a wooden flight case? LOL. Yup I go that far back like fat crayons anyway big big shout out to James Green, DJ Greeny (Gave me, my first 30 mins DJing in a club), James Watts and Mathew Skelton for showing me the art of mixing.
In 2000, DJ 360 and I (DJCW) formed a 4 man battle DJ crew (including DJ Code Red and DJ Kudos) called Raiders Of Lost ArtZ aka R.O.L.AZmaking the 2001 DMC UK Team Battle finals in London. We then copped a deal with BarCuba (a nightclub in Macclesfield. UK) where the likes of The Rolling Stones, Stiff Little Fingers, Fatboy Slim, Stereo MC's,Dela Soul to name a few had blessed the stage. We were then fortunate enough to play at BarCuba's 5th Birthday party which set the path for me to work and play with a Electronica/Rock band called The Maker. Four really amazingly talented musicians, the lads who are considerably younger than me but no less inspiring, was truly a blessing for me to work with. Incidentally, the drummer from The Maker is now the drummer for "Delphic" they're doing some really big things from Australia to Japan to the USA! Nuff respeckts to you all!!
Around 2003 after hearing Dizzy Rascal's "Boy In the Corner" LP. I became fascinated with production. The beat on "I Luv U" blew my mind, I still love the sparseness of the whole beat and the mid- range basses and synths. I loved that it was totally synthetic! (I was 18 in 1992 so I was very much into the breakbeat hardcore era). In 2007 I had my 1st release on Ocean Drive Records Miami, Fl. A track called "More" which I'm still very proud of. Around the same time I started remixing (love to do) other peoples tracks from acapellas to recording vocals and around 2008 my Hip Hop track of "Pussy In the Booth" came in the top 10 remixes and was released on CFR reords Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Late 2007 I decided to get into radio broadcasting. So I went to my local radio station in Manchester I asked them direct, the next week I was on a 2 week radio training course I then stayed at WFM97.2 Manchester for over 2 years only giving it when I was asked to do TV around Feb 2010.
In 2010 I'm presenting for a TV show called Elek Tronique™ , still producing, still djing but now in front of 3 big cameras, lighting and a boom mic. Elek Tronique™ is a new music 'docu/zine' TV show. Which focuses on electronica dance genres; House, Techno, Drum & Bass, Dub Step & Electro. I cover the D&B, Dubstep & Ol' Skool side of things, but occasionally I cover House. Elek Tronique™.TV is music based docu/zine featuring the worlds best DJs and Producers, from Andy C to Technaisa, From Caspa to RatPack. The show is all about the Djs, producers & production.
covered over 70 guests so far to date. Personally, I have interviewed over 40 guests. i.eAndy C, N-Type, Nicky B.Market, DJ Marky, Noisia, Sub Focus, Scratch Perverts, DJ XTC, DJ Sappo, DJ Hype, the list goes on and on. The latest being the legendary "Ray Keith" at his home and we were blessed to hear his latest dubs which are f***** amazing to say the least.
Elek Tronique™ will be launched around the end of June 2010 with full and edited interviews, merchandise, MP3 downloads, mixes, reviews and much much more. You can find more details behind the concept of Elek Tronique™ on the link below.
Now in 2013, it's been an incredible last few years. From having tracks played on different radio stations in the UK from BBC Manchester Introducing to Kemet. FM in Nottingham to working with Noble Society (Jahdan Blakkmoore features heavily on Snoop Lion's Reincarnated album, Delie Red X, & Fuego) I recently remixed their entire album P.P.M (Powerful Painful Music) which is due for release in the near future. Also coming very soon is another 13 track album I remixed by Phalynx, details on that coming soon, I also have a 6 track EP with at least 1 music video coming soon on an independent label.... details coming soon. Also look out for Rolaz collaborations and features dropping like bird shhhh!!
My biggest inspiration is music. Major Influences are Bob Marley and The Wailers, Dennis Brown, Yellow Man, The Taxi Gang, Red Rat, Beenie Man, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, The Scientist, VYBZ Cartel, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Capleton, Sean Paul, Sizzla and all Djs across the World!!!!!!!!. Hip Hop Pioneers such as Rza, Dj Premier, Dr. Dre, Eric B, Missy Elliot, DJ Quik, Desert Storm, Swizz Beats, P.Diddy, Erick Sermon, The Neptunes, Jus Blaze, Timbaland, Adam F, Diamond D, Kanye West, Marley Marl, The Alchemist, J Rawls, Jazze Pha, Dj Shadow, The Beatnuts, Teddy Riley, Scott Storch, Grand Puba, lil Jon. Drum n Bass/Jungle Pioneers: Fabio and Groove Rider, Tech Itch, Goldie, Mickey Finn, Aphrodite, Moving Shadow, BoogieTimes Records AKA Suburban Bass Records NUFF RESPECT, Ibiza Records, Adam F (again), Prodigy (not Drum and Bass put a ill producer anyway), Photek, Ray Keith, Dillinja, Shy Fx, Roni Size, Nebula 2 (u know whats up). Peace Turntablism Pioneers: First and foremost its got to be Grand Wizard Theodore. Then in no particular order: Jam Master Jay (R.I.P), Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, GrandMaster Flash, D.ST Dj GreenPeace, Dj Yoda, Dj Craze, A-Trax, Rob Swift, Dj Revolution, Cash Money, Dj Premier, Jazzy Jeff, Terminator X, Dj Woody, Dj Akakabe, Total Eclipze, Dj Noise, Dj Infamous, Dj Babu, Dj Dexter, D-Stlyes, Dj Flare, Dj Rectangle, Prime Cuts, Tony Vegas, Dj Plus One and all turntablists everywhere...."old skool, new skool need to learn though".....