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Roland Pain


Roland’s musical interests revolve mostly around synthesizers and their place at the glistening end of the 4/4 spectrum. Starting life (for better or worse) as a Blog House DJ named Turbosaurus, the tentacles of disco inevitably snatched him relatively early on from the jaws of hastily downloaded 128kbps MP3s. Bearing witness to an incandescent all-Italo set at a Bourgeois Bogan afterafterparty one morning was the catalytic moment in his transition into the electronic disco enthusiast/tragic he is today.

In his spare time Roland writes time travel science fiction and operates Really Real Records as a taxation maneuver.

How did you become involved in the station?

Semi-frequently DJ’ing around town in a tolerable manner whilst attempting to promote a club night eventually landed me a spot in the first wave of Pocket Disco.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

  • Prince & The Revolution “Purple Rain” (OST)
  • New Order “Low-Life”
  • Cut Copy “Bright Like Neon Love”
  • Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”
  • Vangelis “Blade Runner” (OST)

What is the best thing about being involved in the station?

Working with and meeting people who significantly have a clue and subsequently getting put on to some fabulous stuff that I otherwise probably would not have heard.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?

Interviewing Alan Braxe & Kris Menace in the studio but, due to visa issues, it wasn’t actually Kris Menace but rather a German reggae producer filling in / posing as Kris Menace.

If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?

Definitely Soulsides. However the thought of presenting it terrifies me as I’d be proving myself on-air to be a Northern Soul lightweight.

What do you do in real life?

State Public Servant

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