The 64th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Roland Westlake.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
In my early years as a young clubber there were many tracks I fell in love with but the one that really changed my life was the Bedrock – Heaven Scent from 1999.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
I was 17 years old when I had my first gig. It was an open air Psy Trance festival where I played Progressive Breaks on the Chill Out stage. My last gig was in Ministry of Sound a couple months ago when I was one of the winners of their 2014’s DJ competition. I had the opportunity to play in Room 103 for two hours than straight after in the Loft and hour and a half. It was a great honor.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
My first records I purchased was the Way out West – Intensify (PMT remix) on Distinct’ive Breaks in 2001 which is still one of my favourite tracks. The last one was Nile Rodgers – Do what you wanna do (Eats everything rmx) on CR2 Records.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
As a DJ I would say being one of the winners on this year’s Ministry of Sound DJ competition was definitely a huge honor. In terms of music production, when I released my first album on Soundtribe Records in 2010 the third track called Simply Things was in the top 50 Chill out tracks for 5 months on Beatport and has also been supported by tons of top DJ’s.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Well, that might be that I left my country four years ago and moved into the UK to work harder on my international DJ and producer career.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
They are not undiscovered but I would say that Paul Mad and Snilloc should definitely get some more attention.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
There is always someone with new and unique sound who takes the lead on my list. I used to be a huge Junkie XL fan. I think probably he is still one of the most talented producers on the planet.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
That’s a hard question. Probably some of my old time favourites would be my first choices but if I only can pick one than I would way an official Depeche Mode would be a great honor to make. And I would love to be remixed by Sasha once because that would mean my track really reached the level I dreamed of.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
At the moment I’m having a really good experience with Baroque Records. Still a friendly label with brilliant communication and attention of the producers they working with. Another great one is the Aula Records. These guys are working hard to constantly improve the already high standards in the releases and promotion.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Without a doubt Sasha’s Airdrawndagger is still the best of all.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Pencake in Hortobagy style
Drink: Red wine
TV Show: American dad
Movie: Snatch, The wolf of Wall Street
Video Game: I don’t play video games.
Album: Depeche Mode – Violator
Track / Song: Depeche Mode – World in my Eyes (Devotional Tour live)
Producer / Band: Junkie XL / Depeche Mode
Record Label: CR2, Desolat
Nightclub: Fabric London
DJ: Marco Carola all the way
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Well, probably the original version of Invisible Inc. – Stars. But that would depend on the moment.
Roland’s ‘Rough Dreams’ is out now on Aurium Recordings, you can purchase the release: here