BACK FROM A YEAR IN IBIZA, BACK FROM CANCER, BACK FROM CHILLIN, BACK FROM A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND- HAVING BUILT A NEW STUDIO UP ON NORFOLK COAST- BACK TO WORK !
Rollo was born in London to an Irish publisher and English poet. He studied Philosophy at York University. In 1992 he made his first record; Felix’s ‘Don’t U Want Me’, in a garden shed in Packington Street, Islington. He charged £300 for his production skills and the use of his (very little) studio – he thought this was a good deal. The record went top 3 pretty much everywhere in world (selling millions of copies in the process ) allowing him to give up his day job as a gardener and make music.
The 1990’s was a decade of dance music and Rollo was involved in some of its finest moments: Felix, Usura, Kristine W, Sister Bliss, the Rollo Goes series, Gloworm, O.T. Quartet and Frankë – creating hits here and in Europe.
In 1996 he teamed up with Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz to form the electronic act Faithless. ‘Insomnia’, ‘Salva Mea’, ‘God is a DJ’, ‘We Come One’, ‘Mass Destruction’ followed- 7 albums released and over 20 million records sold.
In 2011, Faithless released the album ‘The Dance’,and over the next year sold 600,000 records and played to 2 million people.
Now, a decade later, into a whole new world of streaming, comes a new Faithless album, ‘All Blessed’.
The band are very proud of it ( they took their sweet time bloody making it) and it seems to be going down very well too: the album itself being streamed well over a million times each month since it’s release (in October).
(btw Rollo’s productions and co/writes – about a million of those get streamed every day. Yup, every day. Pretty tidy.)
In 2018, Rollo went back in the studio with his sister Dido ( first time in a longwhile) .The resulting album ,Still on my Mind ( Rollo on production and co-writing duties) was the bestselling album by a UK female in 2019.
It’s been a good run. To do what you love and have others love it (well, at least listen to it) too. Very blessed.
His new project is Rplus. This he is very excited about.