Drol.

Drol. (FR)

French producer Drol. makes demented melodic techno from his new homebase of Montréal, where he has also insinuated himself into the “total art” collective Nebulae, known for devising underground electronic music and art events with an immersive, era spanning edge. A prolific mix maker for years as well as a classically trained pianist and jazz percussionist, the man behind Drol, Romain Gouillart, poured this background into the tracks on his debut Aurora EP in 2013, released on German label Traum Schallplatten’s Zaubernuss imprint. With an arsenal of arpeggiated melodies, synth washes and syncopated beats inspired as much by nature as by movie scores and electrojazz, Drol.’s live set unfolds like an intricate mystery novel set in the near future, each chapter diving deeper into its wired, moody world and propelling us on a mad chase towards a frenzied conclusion.

NOCTURNO 2
MUTEK 2015, bogota

Solar Restobar
27/09/2015

Drol. is a producer and DJ whose soundscape is as unusual as it is eclectic.

His work is the product of multiple musical influences (mainly electro jazz) and of a very unique interpretation of nature’s mysterious manifestation, that captures both its dark and lighthearted moods.

Drol.’s music is a place where the mystical, soothing and lively character of the forest meets the magnetism of electronic music. This results in an epic atmosphere straight out of a heroic-fantasy universe, where the arpeggio-sprinkled melodies follow nature’s movements and mood swings. Upon listening you might picture yourself in a clearing lying on moss, lulled by the sun’s rays as they are filtered through the leaves above. The energetic, positive and relaxing ambiance created by this music is meant to reconnect you with the earth.

Live, Drol. mainly crafts a melodic and progressive techno with swing grooves that carries out the main themes of his musical universe. His influences include artists such as Alex Under, Audio Werner, Stimming, MoonBeam…

Romain Gouillart, a.k.a. Drol., is native to the South of France. As a child, he is immersed in jazz, attending concerts and festivals with his parents. The strongest influences he takes away from this period are jazz samba, batucada and African percussions.

After studying music theory, piano and jazz drums at a music school, he discovers electronic music through artists like Laurent Garnier, Scan X, Yves Deruiter, Jeff Mills, Phunky Data, or even Carl Cox with his compilation F.A.C.T. These inspirations, together with the rising techno scene in the 90’s in France, pushed him to follow this budding passion.

He travels around and it is in London, the cradle of Drum n’ Bass, that he finds himself submerged by the underground scene’s dark universe. There, he starts performing at parties and producing minimal techno under the alias Roman Höff.

His work as a graphic designer leads him to move to Glasgow and then Madrid. But it is during a one-year road trip in the Canadian wilderness that he develops his musical concept: inspired by nature, he decides to create a musical cocoon designed to foster dreaming and creation. He changes his name to Drol. and publishes his first EP in 2013 with the German record label Traumschallplatten. In 2014 he returns to Canada, moves to Montreal, and quickly breaks into the local music scene. Various projects are in the making, including several EPs.

EXPÉRIENCE 1
MUTEK 2015, montreal


28/05/2015

French producer Drol. makes demented melodic techno from his new homebase of Montréal, where he has also insinuated himself into the “total art” collective Nebulae, known for devising underground electronic music and art events with an immersive, era spanning edge. A prolific mix maker for years as well as a classically trained pianist and jazz percussionist, the man behind Drol, Romain Gouillart, poured this background into the tracks on his debut Aurora EP in 2013, released on German label Traum Schallplatten’s Zaubernuss imprint. With an arsenal of arpeggiated melodies, synth washes and syncopated beats inspired as much by nature as by movie scores and electrojazz, Drol.’s live set unfolds like an intricate mystery novel set in the near future, each chapter diving deeper into its wired, moody world and propelling us on a mad chase towards a frenzied conclusion.

MUTEK NUIT BLANCHE

Espace Réunion
01/03/2015

French producer Drol. makes his demented, rolling, melodic techno from his new homebase of Montréal, and counts himself among “total art” collective Nebulae, known for devising underground electronic music and art events with an immersive, era spanning edge. A prolific mix maker for years, Drol. crafted the tracks for his debut Aurora EP in 2013, released on German label Traum Schallplatten’s Zaubernuss imprint. With an arsenal of arpeggiated melodies, synth washes and syncopated beats inspired as much by nature as by movie scores and electrojazz, Drol.’s live set unfolds like an intricate mystery novel set in the near future, each chapter diving deeper into its wired, moody world and propelling us on a mad chase towards a frenzied conclusion.

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