PowerOn

The Roland Magazine

Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

  TOP STORY

Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

Find Out More

With just hours to go until showtime at Prague’s Eden Arena, Peter Gordeno of Depeche Mode slipped an Access All Areas pass around Roland’s neck and invited us to soundcheck. Armed with tunes that span from 1989’s Personal Jesus to this year’s Where’s The Revolution, the Essex trio are the dark lords of British synth-pop – so it’s no surprise that their live rig is a treasure-trove of Roland gear. “We’re a very electronic band,” explains Peter in this behind-the-scenes video interview, “and sometimes we even have three keyboard players playing.”     Now, you’ll get right into the heart…

Boz Boorer, Boss pedals and life on the road with Morrissey

  Artists

Boz Boorer, Boss pedals and life on the road with Morrissey

Find Out More

As musical director for Morrissey, co-founder of British rockabilly kingpins The Polecats, and constant collaborator with artists including Adam Ant, Edwyn Collins, and Kirsty MacColl, Boz Boorer is a man of many talents. We caught up with the influential guitarist for a series of exclusive videos, including a candid interview in which Boz reveals his…

Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

  Artists

Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

These days, we all know that looping is a great tool for live performance. But it’s far more than that. Right now, some of the scene’s best songwriters are using loop pedals to spark their most adventurous material. As Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets reveals in this video tutorial, it was his decision to pick…

Find Out More
Johnny Marr – Guitar Antihero

  Artists

Johnny Marr – Guitar Antihero

One of the finest guitarists and composers to emerge from the early days of alternative rock, Johnny Marr’s virtuosic yet understated approach has indelibly influenced an entire generation of modern bands. After his seminal work with The Smiths in the 1980s, his career has taken him through a diverse range of successful collaborations that include…

Find Out More
Moats – Exclusive Performance of Hungry

  Artists

Moats – Exclusive Performance of Hungry

Sometimes, a band stops you in your tracks. Today, Moats are that band. If you only listen to one new track this week, make it Hungry: the whip-cracking latest single from the fast-rising alt-rock quartet, performed exclusively for BOSS at the boys’ north London rehearsal space. Hailing from the sleepy market town of Biggleswade, Matthew…

Find Out More
Royal Blood – Setup Secrets

  Artists

Royal Blood – Setup Secrets

Right now, everybody wants a piece of Royal Blood. On a given day, Mike Kerr (vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) might be hanging with superfan Jimmy Page. On another, they might be supporting the Foo Fighters at the personal request of Dave Grohl. Then there’s the daily business of blowing the planet’s eardrums, with the…

Find Out More
Star Man – exclusive interview with Bowie wingman, Gerry Leonard

  Artists

Star Man – exclusive interview with Bowie wingman, Gerry Leonard

  As David Bowie’s guitarist, wingman and musical director, Dublin-born ace Gerry Leonard was present at the birth of last year’s top-secret comeback album, The Next Day. He told PowerOn! how he went from “a little brat with dirty fingernails” to the most envied sideman on the scene… It all happened on the morning of…

Find Out More
Xander and the Peace Pirates – rise to stardom via YouTube and Boss

  Artists

Xander and the Peace Pirates – rise to stardom via YouTube and Boss

From YouTube to Las Vegas By Stu from Xander and the Peace Pirates On arriving home from one of our regular pub gigs in Liverpool, we noticed a video of ours had shot up to 14 thousand views on YouTube. We discovered that Roland and Boss pedals had uploaded a video of ours to YouTube…

Find Out More
Passionflower played live for Boss UK by Jon Gomm

  Artists

Passionflower played live for Boss UK by Jon Gomm

  On his YouTube channel, Passionflower has had almost 6 million views, and Jon was kind enough to give Boss UK a live performance of this stunning song about a plant that he grew in his backyard. Enjoy! You can also see the video where Jon Gomm explains the secrets of his guitar sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ECPsHpI_Q Or…

Find Out More
Jon Gomm Guitar Pedal Board Overview

  Artists

Jon Gomm Guitar Pedal Board Overview

When a guy turns down a place at Oxford University to play guitar he’s either really good, or there was a mix up with the application in the first place. Luckily for Jon Gomm it was the former. His love for the guitar started at just 2 years old with his first Ukulele, and he…

Find Out More
Johnny Marr Talks About His Guitar Sound With Boss UK

  Artists

Johnny Marr Talks About His Guitar Sound With Boss UK

  Johnny Marr invited us down to the last festival of the season, Festival Number 6 in the beautiful, Portmeirion. After battling with a storm on the way, we arrived to be told part of the festival was closed due to safety fears due to the weather. Not the best start to a video. As…

Find Out More