Artist Interview: Samuel Roland – The Song of Rolandhood
Tell us about yourself and your music
Samuel Roland is a singer/songwriter originally from NYC but a bay area denizen for over twenty five years. Drawing on the folk, folk-rock,and classic rock influences of the 1960’s and 1970’s, his style incorporates the protest or topical songs of Phil Ochs, as well as the introspection of the Moody Blues and the poignancy and rebelliousness of the Who.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Rolandhood Mon is the followup to my initial release simply entitled The Song of Rolandhood. I utilize the percussion missing in my initial release to punch up the sound. On both releases, I am the sole composer, arranger, and performer, with the exception on Completely Healed from the initial release in which Sam Goldman plays the violin and on my latest Rolandhood Mon, I am accompanied by a full band (Melissa Mandell on vocals, Ron Restanio on bass, and Charles Horowitz on lead guitar and vocals) on the track entitled Kindred Spirits.
What inspired you to write this release?
The release includes songs written over many years and I view it as a snapshot of the many concerns I have had over the years.
Any plans to release a video?
Something to consider for the future
Any plans to hit the road?
My next show will be at the Bazaar Cafe on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7-9:30 PM located at 5927 California Street in San Francisco and I will be accompanied by Ryan Voss AKA RyVo and another act to be arranged.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
A work in progress
Who have you been listening to lately?
Quiles & Cloud, Essence Goldman, Ziva, Sweet HayaH, Paul Collins Band, Alan Monasch, Amy Obenski
Tell us about your passions
Knowing that there is much healing to be done,both for myself and in the world.
What else is happening next in your world?
Thanks for an awesome interview, Samuel!