Friday, November 20, 2015

Traveling again, Roland, LA and Hello World!

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I have been a Roland artist all my life, from dreaming about them when I just had Casio keyboards as a small kid to the day I first became an official Roland artist and featured in their print magazines (back when that was a thing), it’s been an amazing journey for me as a fan of keyboards and as an artist and composer using their gear over the years on my projects.

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Some of my first professional keyboards were the Roland XP-30 and all the expansion cards for it. The Roland JP-8000 was also one of my go-to synths of the time. The last few years I’ve been using the Roland Jupiter-80 which is seriously one of the most beautiful sounding keyboards I have ever played. Roland keeps upping their game and continuing to craft some inspiring hardware to work with. I am the proud owner of a Roland JDXA and it’s little brother the Roland JD-Xi.

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I think as a travel keyboard, the JD-Xi is perfect for me because it packs a ton of amazing drum kits for modern music, awesome synth design. It’s light enough to take with me on adventures and a great writing companion for new ideas. It doubles as an audio interface so I can record directly into my laptop right away. Up above in the picture you can see what I’m traveling with (more on that later!) I have a packed year of events and performances coming up!

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I’ve been working on presets for both the JDXA and JD-Xi and have been having a blast with both of these synths. However, I’m on the road again traveling once more so I’ll get back to the JDXA for live shows, touring and stick to my trusty new best friend, the JD-Xi for the adventures coming up for me in Los Angeles and beyond.