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How to Craft an Engaging DJ Set That Will Wow Your Crowd

So, you’ve got the basics of DJing down and are looking to record a set. You want to do this to promote yourself and get gigs, or you’re about to play your first show. Here are a few tips to help you create an engaging DJ set and nail it. There are no absolute rights or wrongs with DJ sets and they will differ depending on what genre or kind of event you are playing. A good set is like a story. It has its ups and downs and its twists and turns, while taking your listener through a journey.…

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An Interview with Dorothy

Dorothy on their Freedom Tour, new album and partnering with BOSS   Los Angeles rock group Dorothy made a stop in Vancouver, BC as part of their 2018 Freedom Tour to promote their upcoming album, 28 Days in the Valley. The band, comprised of Dorothy Martin, Jason Ganberg, Eliot Lorango, Nick Maybury and Eli Wulfmeier,…

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THE AMBiENT PiNG: 18th Anniversary

We sat down with Scott and Jamie of THE AMBiENT PiNG to chat music, influences, and the history of one of the oldest drone music collectives in Toronto. This year the Toronto based creative community of audio artists, performers, musicians and visual artists celebrates its 18th anniversary. Scott: THE AMBiENT PiNG is all about supporting…

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An Interview with Daniel Lanois

Interview with Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Daniel Lanois Hey Daniel, let’s jump right into it. Your latest album ‘Goodbye to Language’ is out now with Rocco Deluca – can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the album, the artwork and the title? The inspiration was a duality I had…

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How I Used Roland Noise Eaters – Gary Steeves

Contributed by Canadian musician Gary Steeves for Roland Canada I’ve been using Roland V-Drums since I bought my Roland TD-12 about seven years ago.  I had used other electronic drums before this, but I was starting to play more jazz and needed electronic drums with better sensitivity and feel.  When I bought the TD-12, I…

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Dánae Olano Live at Roland Canada

Dánae Olano performed at our Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto for an evening of Afro Cuban Piano. A pianist and composer, Dánae has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by saxophinst and composer Jane Bunnett. Born in 1992 in Havana, Cuba, Dánae began her…

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How I used a Roland TR-8 and Effectors as Drums – Robbie Grunwald

Contributed by Canadian musician Robbie Grunwald for Roland Canada This past summer my band DoubleTooth was asked to be a part of the Dusk Dances festival (Aug 1 – 7, 2016).  This festival has been going on for over 20 years;  it takes place in parks in cities around Canada every summer and involves 4…

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ES-8 Effects Switcher and DD-500 Delay Explained by Guitarist Sef

Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band, Your Favourite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a simpler effects switcher with the BOSS ES-8, and he was blown away by all the amazing things he…

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Robbie Grunwald: My Time at Hillside Festival

Hillside is a truly special little bubble that has few parallels in the world of summer folk festivals. This past July, I had the pleasure of playing the Hillside Festival for the first time in my 10 plus years of being a professional touring musician. I can’t believe it has taken this long for me to…

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Toronto duo Darcys on gear, influences and how they met

  Darcys on the Roland JU-06 Sound Module   Darcys on the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo & BC-1X Bass Comp   Darcys on the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad   Darcys on the BOSS VO-1 Vocoder   Darcys on the Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier

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Gear Talk with Toronto Producers

We caught up with some of Toronto’s most progressive musicians to talk about how gear and technology influences their music. Check out their answers below. How does technology influence your writing process? Keita Juma: It is the beginning, its starts with what program or equipment I’m going to use, and I choose that based on what…