Roland Clark is known as House Music’s Songsmith, Producer, DJ, and Vocalist, all in one. He was born in New Jersey however hails in New York City for his musical upbringing. Some of Roland Clark’s early recordings helped to define the underground house scene in NYC in the 90s. Under the alias South Street Player he had a big hit in 1993 with “Who Keeps Changing Your Mind” released on Strictly Rhythm.
His latest alter ego Jesus Jackson pegged the 3rd season opening of the show Grey’s Anatomy with his song “Running On Sunshine.” Roland’s voice is often described as wildly erotic, soulful, loving, and deep. His voice penetrates throughout the different realms and sub genres of House Music and his vocal touch is consistent; he is considered by many to the “Voice of House.” His lyrics are powerful and political, and his voice is instantly recognised by everyone in the electronic dance music culture. Roland has written and sang vocals for many top producers, and his voice gives the tracks their soul and meaning. He is a featured vocalist on many Fatboy Slim releases, including the hit “Star 69 (What The F**k)” and Armand Van Helden’s gorgeous “Flowerz.” As Roland (under the alias Urban Soul) says himself on King Street Sounds’ 2003 hit “President House”… “If House is a nation, I Wanna be President.”
Roland has also made a name for himself with his phenomenal DJing and production skills. In 2000 he scored a huge hit with “I Get Deep” and had another massive hit in 2003 with “Resist.” His production contributions fuse together many artists’ best works, and he has worked together with other producers such as Todd Terry, Kenny Dope, Mark Knight, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bob Sinclair, and many others. Roland has had his share number one tracks on both Beatport and Traxsource, and is one of the only artist to have a number one track at both sites at the same time.
Roland’s sound can be described like a chameleon that goes from a raw deep bass drive to a ceremonial tribal explosion as well as some hypnotic techno. In 2006, Roland started his own record label, Delete Records, which brought out the 2012 hit “All Of Me” featuring the legendary Robin S, and the 2015 full-length album Afromation that contained the smash hit “Whuup,” which was the top selling track on Traxsource and the most played track at Miami Music Week that year.
In 2014, Roland was inducted into Pete Tong’s BBC Hall Of Fame and received the BBC Radio 1 Legend Award for all of his vocal, production, and DJ accomplishments. Roland is the official spokesperson for Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox and has a weekly radio show on Pioneer Radio called “I’m With The DJ” that is airs every Monday and features mixes from himself and guest mixes from other notable deejays.
In summer of 2016, Roland took Ibiza by storm and DJed in all of the biggest clubs, including Amnesia, Cafe Mambo, Cafe Del Mar, and Pikes Hotel. His set at Cafe Mambo was broadcast live and had biggest live viewership in their history, with over half a million views. In late 2016 Roland was also hand picked by the owner of Strictly Rhythm Records to bring Strictly Rhythm into the millennia, and to help revive the legendary label and to sign new music and artists to the label.
Roland Clark is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the underground electronic music world and has a lot of new productions and collaborations coming out in the end of 2017 and throughout 2018.