Role Model

Johan Kotlinski a.k.a. Role Model, the spider in the web of the
Scandinavian chip music scene, was born 1979 in Sweden on an island in
the Baltic Sea. His first introduction to computers was when his dad
brought home a Commodore 64 in the mid eighties. As many others, he
developed a deep interest in music during the teenage years. He learned
to play the piano and also started using an Amiga to compose own tracks,
which at the time (about 1992) was state of the art technology for
hobbyists.

In 1996, Johan took the name Role Model and started to make his own
electronic music on the Amiga, which was released on demo tapes. The
music had a very raw and unpolished sound, compared to contemporary
electronic music, and had a hard time getting much acceptance from the
house and techno scene at that time. But there was still much positive
feedback from friends and strangers.

In 2000, Johan started to develop Little Sound Dj (LSDj), a music editor
for the Game Boy. The goal was to create a tool for making music during
long subway commutes. When LSDj v1.0 was finished in end of 2000, he
started to sell it on home-made cartridges. Many hundred cartridges were
sold over the coming years, that were used by artists such as Puss,
Nullsleep, Covox, and even Beck… but most importantly it helped giving
chip music a revival, building a new scene with artists and people
loving music built with basic analog waveforms.

Musically, Role Model’s breakthrough started when he started to upload
tracks on the site micromusic.net around 2000, which soon reached a
global audience. Attention followed and soon Role Model started to get
live gigs all over Europe. Eventually the music was acclaimed by the
likes of Malcolm McLaren, Sven Väth and Kraftwerk, and one Role Model
track was even featured on Cocoon Compilation D. It gave him inspiration
to make more music, and also made him go further with his record label
Bleep Street. A string of 7” records were released, including best
seller “Papaya EP” by goto80. Later, Rebel Pet Set was launched, a
record label explicitly focused on releasing chip music style. So far
records by Covox and goto80 have been issued on Rebel Pet Set.

www.littlesounddj.com
myspace.com/rebelpetset

Johan Kotlinski a.k.a. Role Model, la araña en la red de la escena
escandinava de música chip, nació en 1979 en una isla sueca del mar
Báltico. Su primera toma de contacto con ordenadores tuvo lugar cuando
su padre trajo a casa una Commodore 64 a mediados de los años 80.
Como muchos otros, desarrolló un profundo interés musical durante la
adolescencia aprendiendo a tocar el piano y a usar una Amiga para
componer sus propias canciones. Por aquel entonces (1992) era como un
hobby.

En 1996 Johan adoptó el nombre de Role Model y comenzó a crear su propia
música electrónica en la Amiga, publicándola en cintas demo. La música
tenía un sonido poco pulido y muy primitivo comparado con el de la
música electrónica contemporánea, lo que provocaba que costara más de
aceptar que el house o el techno del momento. Aún así existía una
respuesta muy positiva de amigos y de desconocidos.

En el año 2000, Johan empezó a desarrollar Little Sound Dj (LSDj), con
el objetivo de crear una herramienta para hacer música durante los
largos viajes de metro. Finalmente LSDj v1.0, un editor musical para la
Game Boy fue completado a finales del 2000 y Johan comenzó a venderlo
desde casa en cartuchos. Cientos de cartuchos fueron vendidos con el
paso de los años usados por artistas de la talla de Puss, Nullsleep,
Covox o incluso Beck… pero sobretodo ayudó a reactivar la música chip,
creando una nueva escena con artistas y público que amaba la música
creada con formas de onda analógicas básicas.

Musicalmente, Role Model comenzó su carrera subiendo canciones en
micromusic.net en el año 2000, alcanzando rápidamente una audiencia
global. Lo que provocó que Role Model empezara a dar conciertos por toda
europa, llamando la atención de gente como Malcolm McLaren, Sven Väth o
Kraftwerk e incluso consiguiendo que una canción suya fuera publicada en
Cocoon Compilation D. Esto le dio inspiración para hacer más música y
para crecer con su sello discográfico Bleep Street. Publicando así una
serie de vinilos de 7″, incluyendo el exitoso “Papaya EP” de goto80. Más
adelante, lanzó Rebel Pet Set como un nuevo sello discográfico centrado
en la música chip publicando álbums de artistas como Covox o goto80.

One Comment

  1. Posted 20 febrero, 2012 at 14:00 | Permalink

    we love you dad , thank you !

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