|2:15PM - 2:45PM||Saturday, July 12||Sandbar Stage|
Guitar and vocal melodies slap the basement walls and echo up on to East Hastings Street as Canadian singer-songwriter Rolla Olak writes for his new record.
Leaving his home on Vancouver Island at a young age, Rolla joined a band in Toronto to pursue a career in music; extensive touring throughout North America and Japan followed. Returning to Canada, he quickly began exploring the studio and songwriting with fellow bandmate-turned-superstar-producer Stephen Kozmeniuk, which led to the recording of his first solo album.
Meeting up with producer Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan) to record at The Hive Creative Labs, Rolla’s self-titled debut is full of spacious experimentation and heavy vintage guitar tones. The album ended up being used for the soundtrack to VICE TV’s motorcycle documentary ‘Doin it Baja’.
Upon moving back to the West Coast, Rolla transformed a shed in his backyard into a recording studio for ‘WESTERN HEART’. Inspired by great singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young; the completed album features eight pop-rock songs including a psychedelic country duet with Louise Burns. The Peak 102.7 in Vancouver featured single ‘Magic Spell’ when Rolla was selected for the 2013 Peak Performance Project.
Credited as a songwriter and musician on over a dozen releases in Canada and the UK, Rolla has established himself as songwriter and musician. Back in the studio, Rolla is working on his most ambitious album to date.