History

Roland began producing and writing music as a typical rebellious teen in suburbia trying to find meaning to life, and was thus drawn to all sounds underground, unusual and anything leftfield. Starting out with humble 4 track Tascam tape machines in the 90’s, ADAT, then into DAW recording systems, the evolution has been quick! TV, film, and multimedia music production has been moving forward over the last decade for DZ, with clients such as CBC, Radio Canada, Bravo, Rogers, and Ottawa University. 

A music lover since birth, Roland became immersed in 80’s alt sounds (The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, Love+Rockets) and was hooked! In 1998 he moved into more trippy, “beautiful noise” sounds with ambient band Venus Swirls, equal parts Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and Curve. The band was around between 1995-97, and consisted of Roland on guitars/synth, Lee Garbutt on djembe, and Nathalie Mineault on vocals. Many ear-splitting shows, two demo tapes, and a handful of compilation tracks later, the group dissolved.

Things got a little serious when Liquified was born in 1999 – techno, rave culture and drum n bass had taken over and this formed the basis for Liquified, which produced “13 Methods of Hallucination” that year, released on World Domination Records. Several small Canadian tours and festival shows took off that year, the album did quite well as a leader of these sounds in Canada at the time. The lineup consisted of Roland on synths, Mike Bann on bass, and Gillian Holland on vocals.Version 2.0 of Liquified kept rolling into 2000/2001 with the CD “Maintainin”, and again a hectic schedule of shows, festivals and #1 campus chart success followed. The lineup was Roland on synths, Nicky Brodie vox, Sacha Gabriel vox, Stu Watkins bass, and Ian Swain turntables. By this point things had run their course, and the financial strains of keeping a live electronic band going proved impossible. Roland kept the Liquified name and explored dj-ing in addition to his production work, which led to a 12″ vinyl remix of the Cures “Same Deep Water As You”, released on Bonzai Records, 2005.

Something interesting happened around that period-call it nostalgia, or just missing playing actual instruments in a charged, chaotic live situation. Roland started Politique, a perfect blend of the old (synth pop) and fresh, indie sounds. After a long search for a dynamic lineup, it came together with Roland on synth/bass, Mallory Giles vox, Etienne Sylvain drums, and Rich Bennett guitar. The band produced two CDs, “Politique” in 2008, and “Secret Shock” in 2010 – both CDs hit #1 positions on campus radio and yielded several singles. Live,  Politique had the honor of playing with amazing artists as M83 at Bluesfest, Metric, Small Sins, Stars, Young Galaxy, and probably 1000 other Canadian indie bands.

In 2017 Violentene was born, starting out as a dreampop-shoegaze collab with NYC vocalist Dani Mari. Producing two amazing EPs, “Denial” and “Phantom Youth”, the band connected worldwide with an adoring audience and the DJ community. In an effort to play Canadian dates, Roland sought out a local vocalist in 2019, and the stars aligned!

Roland connected with Ottawa vocalist MvriJo, growing in sound and genre – dreamy, surreal synthpop meets moody darkwave, covered in gorgeous vocals, its the most passionate project we’ve undertaken!

The “Delusions” single is out now and our new EP “Otherworld” is due October 2021.

xoxo