Roland Burghardt began songwriting at the age of 11 years."I received my first guitar at the age of 9 years and quickly set about learning chords. I used to take my guitar to school and wrote my first song there as an assignment. It went well....." Throughout High School Roland spent countless hours writing and attempting to record his songs on ancient recording devices. "I did the whole cassette to cassette dub thing but by the time I'd recorded about 4 instruments, the background hiss killed the recording." It was an investment by a friend that changed things."A very good friend saw the potential of what I was doing and bought a 4-track recorder for me to use. It opened up new possibilities and allowed much more creativity in the recording process. I owe that friend much gratitude." Throughout the mid to late 80's Roland wrote and recorded several songs with the help of some of his musician friends aswell as producing some of their songs. "It was a great feeling to see how happy friends were with the way their songs turned out!" In 1989 Roland joined local band 'Skoolz Out'. "It was fantastic to play live.....and to feed off the energy of the audience. The highlight was playing one of my original songs at some of our gigs. I'll never forget that buzz!"
In 1991 Skoolz Out disbanded with Roland taking a break from songwriting altogether and turning his hand to DJing. Fast forward 20 years and Roland began to get itchy feet. "Djing wasn't satisfying me anymore. I had something to say and found myself putting pen to paper to say it. Burning The Candle is the result!" Then in February 2012, Roland reaquainted himself to the excitement of performing live with a cameo appearance in his sister's Adelaide Fringe Festival production. "My sister, Simone Lee, invited me to sing a couple of duets in her Ella Fitzgerald tribute show. It was nerve wracking and exhilerating all at the same time! Simone's always pushed me to extend myself beyond the comfort zone and for that I am truly thankful".
Investing in a digital 8-track recorder, Roland set about recording Burning The Candle with the help of Dave Ross on Harmonica. "I played the song to Dave and in an instant he was playing fills and a solo that were made to be on the recording. It was a surreal experience - magic".
Roland is currently recording and writing other new material. "I like my songs to have messages.....some cryptic but others straight forward. I also like to add a touch of humour to lyrics when warranted!"
Of his hopes for the future..."I hope my songs get heard by the right people. I'm quickly learning how hard it is to break into the market. I'm hoping for someone to see the potential in my songs and be willing to invest in re-recording them professionally and marketing them successfully".
"I would like to express my thanks to my two beautiful children and my parents for their love and support, and to everyone who has helped me along the journey so far....but the journey is far from over!"