Rolan Bolan Records Debut Album
Being the son of a rock legend has its highs and lows, but for Rolan Bolan, son of the late glam-rocker and T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan, one of the coolest things is hanging out with other members of his unique fraternity. He's jammed on the beach with Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr. and Alex, hung out with Zoey Bonham(daughter of John Bonham and sister of Jason) and has had Planet and Sierra Swan, daughters of '70s pop singer Billy Swan, do backup vocals for him.
Rolan was also excited a few years back when "Born to Boogie," the Magical Mystery tour-like 1972 concert film of his dad, T-Rex and Ringo Starr at Wembley Empire Pool directed by the ex-Beatle himself, was released for the first time onDVD by Sanctuary Records. Ringo said he wouldn't approve the project, originally released on The Beatles' Apple Films, unless Rolan was involved. Rolan helped restore the film and presented many of the special features on the new release, which went to #1 on the DVD charts in the UK.
Currently emerging as a rock/soul artist in his own right, the Los Angeles-based Rolan-whose father died in a car accident in London in 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday-has forged an exciting studio chemistry over the past few years with veteran producer Dito Godwin, whose vast resume includes Black Sabbath, No Doubt, Great White and members of KISS and Motley Crue.
The two are taking the extraordinary step (for a new artist) in recording electric and acoustic versions of Rolan's upcoming debut album, with Bolan getting out and playing acoustic shows with Godwin's son Bernie and ultimately forming a band to play the electric versions live. Thus far, Bolan and Bernie Godwin have done several performances in L.A., including one at Footsies in Highland Park for a DJ Modern Kicks and Ghetto Blasters Presents event.
Rolan, who thinks Interview Magazine was spot on when they described his "laid back with a kick" vibe as "Pina Colada Gasoline," has released several singles toiTunes in recent months, including "Should I Forget To Mention," "Once In My Life" and "Up To Me," a soulful rocker recorded in a live session a few years ago. There are also YouTube videos available of earlier tracks Rolan recorded, including "Fire In The City" and "Missing Me." Rolan and Godwin are currently remixing his upcoming single "Trust."
Rolan formed and fronted his first band of note, The Brothers Bounce, in 1998 with friends from Loyola Marymount University. The group, which toured the UK and France, included members of the Black Eyed Peas' first backing band. The singer later toured as a duo with Kyle Mullarkey of the band The Shore.
"The magic Dito and I have is based on the fact that he knows my voice and knows me as a person," says Rolan. "If I'm having a hard day and not performing just right, he doesn't make me hurt myself just to get the take. We have developed a great friendship and a mutual trust and I am a big fan of his many previous endeavors. He is open to my input. We're working on some newer songs as well as developed versions of others that I wrote in the past for other bands and projects I was previously involved with. Dito took some of those tunes and helped me create a more relevant, contemporary sound. My dad still has a huge multi-generational fan base, and I get a lot of pressure from people to sound like him. But I'm here standing on my own, creating my own sound and I'm ready to start getting more material out there."
Rolan's passion for eclectic music serves him well as host of the internet radio show whose name, "The Electric Boogie Lounge: Live From The Pump House," draws inspiration from his father's well known song "Electric Boogie."The host station, Transcend Pop Culture Radio, is an offshoot ofTranscendental Music (TMusic), the premier charity record label founded by filmmaker David Lynch-which draws on its connections to the music community in an effort to raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation's six charitable programs. The proceeds from Bolan's show go to help inner city kids.