Roland Tings is Melbourne’s jack-track anomaly with a penchant for acid coastlines and nebulous rhythms. Still fresh off 12” releases for 100% SIL and Club Mod, and the ‘Who U Love’ EP, the Melbourne producer just dropped his latest offering – his self titled debut album on Prins Thomas’ label Internasjonal. Read More...
Roland Tings is Melbourne’s jack-track anomaly with a penchant for acid coastlines and nebulous rhythms. With his acclaimed, debut self-titled album released earlier this year on Prins Thomas’ label Internasjonal, and two 12” releases for 100% Silk and Club Mod under his belt, Roland Tings returns with his latest offering, ‘Hedonist’. The track is the first single from Tings forthcoming EP, set for release in early 2016.
‘Hedonist’ was inspired by a hike that Roland Tings (real name: Rohan Newman) took in Mt Buffalo National Park, in regional Victoria, Australia. The track features samples that Tings recorded at the top of Mt McLeod. Rohan says, “It was the middle of summer and I’d just returned from living in Berlin for six months. The contrast was incredible. I was obsessed with the smell of the eucalyptus trees, the colours of the bush and the freedom that comes with living in such a sparsely populated country. At the top of the hike was this beautiful alpine meadow on a plateau.”
“We didn’t take enough water – we ran out in the morning before the hike back down. Just when things were looking really bad, I heard rushing water. We dug through some loose foliage and there was a pristine mountain stream flowing through dry bush in a granite channel, that must have been carved over millions of years. The water was ice cold and we went from having nothing to having more than we needed. It was 35 degrees. ‘Hedonist’ tried to capture this – the open meadow, the rushing cold water thru the scorching hot Australian alpine bush, huge moths circling the top of the mountain at sunset, gravel crunching under feet.”
Forged from Melbourne’s forward-thinking nightlife institutions, Roland Tings made his recording debut with the Milky Way EP, released on L.A. based cult label 100% Silk. Having laid the ground-work of a raw-satin aesthetic inspired by early pioneers such as Larry Heard and Robert Hood, Tings continued to develop his sound with the acidic Club Mod-released follow up Tomita’s Base-ment. Tings then took a more Balearic-approach with his debut LP Roland Tings, which delved fur-ther into his rhythematic, synthesised rabbit hole, and received acclaim worldwide. As well as being the first 100% instrumental album to ever be awarded the coveted Feature Album on Australia’s triple j, the album received praise from international tastemakers Resident Advisor, Fader and Mixmag Germany, and earned an impressive 8/10 review from XLR8R.
Tings has toured extensively around Australia and Europe, including sold out album launches across the country, supporting Chet Faker on his sold-out 2015 national tour, and performances at Meredith Music Festival, Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA and Listen Out Festival. The remainder of 2015 will see Tings embark on his debut US tour in October 2015.
At the helm of a tight community of innovative Australian producers enjoying global recognition, Roland Tings’ custom texture continues to fold into a vibrant late-night fabric accessed around the world.
- 'Devotion' InTheMix's #2 Track of 2015
- Roland Tings' Ray-Ban x Boiler Room DJ Set
- Roland Tings featured on Spin's Best Dance Songs of 2015
- Roland Tings feature and guest mix on Dublab's Friendly Futures Radio
- Roland Tings' 'Hedonist' premiered by THUMP
- Roland Tings' 'Hedonist' reviewed by SPIN
- Roland Tings named one of the "10 Artists to Watch" on XLR8R
- Roland Tings' album premiere on XLR8R
- Roland Tings' Boiler Room Live Set
- Roland Tings debut album featured on Triple J