The Undiscovered: Roland Nipp

Roland Nipp


Melodic Rock Instrumentals

By Night is Canadian guitarist Roland Nipp's all instrumental sophomore release ("The Blue Room" was recorded in 1999), and features nine tracks rooted in rock and blues, with haunting, timeless melodies. This is stuff that stands up to dozens of listens - a virtual soundtrack for a late nightlife. Compositions such as "Days Between" and the title track would be perfect for movies as they relay musical drama soaked in moody magic. Jazz influences also sneak in now and again (Nipp cites influences such as Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett in that regard). By Night was written, performed and produced by Nipp in his home studio based in Richmond, British Columbia, and serves as a great example of what one can come up with, given the time, patience and a passion to deliver a memorable work that will stand the test of time.


Born in Prince George and raised in the Greater Vancouver area, Roland began playing guitar at the age of thirteen and started playing professionally at eighteen. He played in many Top 40 and original music acts throughout the '80s, and his love of music writing and recording lead to the creation of his home studio, Blue Room Studios, in 1996. In 1999, Roland released his first CD, "The Blue Room". The self-produced album contains eleven instrumental compositions and has been played on Rock 101's Sunday Blues show, 92.9 KISM and CBC Radio 3. In addition to the guitar, Roland also plays bass, piano and harmonica. He sites as musical influences artists such as Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Robben Ford, David Gilmour, Simon Jarrett, Mark Knopfler, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Joe Satriani, Edward Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a few.

Nipp is an experienced guitar teacher who has written two instructional manuals and recorded accompanying instructional CDs. He taught guitar for the Vancouver School Board from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002.

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