Dom & Roland
Dom grew up in West London and started listening to electronic music in the late 80’s. He started going to Raves in the early 90’s, when he met Nico Sykes a music engineer who introduced him to the idea of producing his own music. Soon after Dom bought a "Roland” Sampler and his name was set. It was not long before Nico set up record labels to release the steady flow of music he produced for his disciples who also included Ed Rush, Trace, RymeTyme and Fierce. No U Turn, Saigon and the “Techstep” sound was born. This sound went on to dominate the airwaves of the early nineties with big name Radio DJ’s like Fabio and Grooverider providing almost blanket coverage of their music.
Shortly afterwards in 1996 Dom signed to the legendary ‘Moving Shadow Recordings’ and signed a three album deal with them, his reputation further cemented when he was chosen to collaborate on their 100th release, along with Rob Playford, and Goldie.
Dom’s production went from strength to strength and he was soon mixing and co - producing tracks for others who didn’t have their own gear. Mutant Revisited and Sonar with Trace and Skylab and Subway with Ed Rush are now considered classics of the genre. It was for this first collaboration with Trace, that Dom created the famous ‘Tramen’ break - a break that has been sampled and used across genres by other artists ever since!
It was not long before Dom was travelling around the world Dj’ing as much as he was working in studios. He was making music for early games console releases with other electronic genre pioneers like Derek May for companies like Rockstar. The BBC and ITV regularly used clips of his music in TV shows and even for their theme music. The late John Peel was a fan and asked on a couple of occasions to record with him, although unfortunately due to their separate busy schedules this dream was never realised. He even got a congratulatory call once from David Bowie who was delighted that Dom had sampled his early classic “Lets Dance”.
In late 2005, having fulfilled his commitment to Moving Shadow, Dom started his own record label ‘Dom and Roland Productions’ to release collaborations between himself and the crème de la crème of artists he had met and mingled with over the years. He has continued to DJ around the world to this day.
With another 3 solo albums under his belt, on his own label, Dom has just signed his latest offering to Goldie’s Metalheadz label. Slated for release in October, Goldie was recently asked about his labels up and coming releases on Radio 1, and was quoted as saying “Dom’s new album…pfff well… it pretty much blows everything else away”
Dom remains to this day at the forefront of music technology and has always found himself happiest in the studio with his equipment. He is proud to have never ‘sold out’ to produce music just to be popular, and remains at the pinnacle of the underground scene. He is highly respected by his peers as a result, even outside the drum and bass circle. He now also helps music software and hardware companies with testing and ideas for new and exciting innovative studio products in his spare time.