How did you come by your stage brand name?
I was born with it, though I have shortened my stage name to RW Roldan cause I believe it looks better in print.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. My grand Pa put me on to the drums at about 12 but that didn’t quite stick. I started on guitar and harmonica at about 19, and I started writing (first with poetry) at about 30.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
First to my Grandfather who was a drummer in the ’30s and my Grand Mother and Great Aunt who were dancers on and off Broadway. My Great grandmother was a dance instructor who immigrated from London near the turn of the century.
On your upcoming current, how did you come up with the concept?
Well, I reconnected with a long-lost love a few years ago, then moved up to Topanga where she was living and married her after waiting about 37 years! The new albums called “Can You Feel This”. And all the tunes were inspired and or written while under her intoxication.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Trying not to get overly creative with the story I’m attempting to tell. And trying to express the story that’s being laid upon my mind in a way that will communicate it’s feelings and meanings in the best possible way.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Oh, hell no, but I am the best at telling my stories as I’m the first recipient of them. I ain’t perfect but what I do is real and original.
What are your plans for the near future?
Well, I’ve been approached by a small and new label out of Nashville and they really seem to dig what I’m doing these days. I’ve been working with my producer Max Allen whom I met through my wife up here in Topanga and we really work well together.
We’ve got some new videos coming’ out soon and I’ve got an acting agent too. Who knows? Hell, I’m only 60 and in love, the possibilities are endless.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Oh yeah! My wife Lauryn Carolla, my Son Travis (Lil 6OZ.) Roldan, Max Allen from Outpost Recording, Eamonn Ryland, Jason Wade and so many more.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Work hard, be true to your art and learn to listen.
Thanks for this opportunity to tell my story.
Ray William Roldan
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