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Meet Elizabeth Guilliams of Rollerpop in Mid-City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rollerpop.

Elizabeth Joy Guilliams and David Resnick have been making music together for a while. First, as members of Mikey Pauker and the Joy Machine. Then, as Flowfield.

Then we simultaneously got the desire to simplify the music we were making in order to deliver a strong, fun message musically and lyrically. We started writing with the goal of keeping it as simple and soulful as possible. It was a really enjoyable process for us, and we quickly churned our ideas that got us excited about our new approach.

We finished a few songs and started working with a producer, Itai Shapira (who produced the last Rhye record and tours with them on bass) at Revival Studios, the old Earth Wind & Fire studio in West LA. He helped us shape our sound, and it became clear that we were no longer Flowfield.

We needed to rebrand, and re-brand, ourselves. Our music was upbeat and funky, reminiscent of music you’d want to roller-skate to. Elizabeth thought of the name Rollerpop, and it stuck! We continued to work with Itai to finish our first EP.

Has it been a smooth road?
Dave is a father of a 2-year old and a 4-year old, and he also works at Hulu in product design, so he sometimes shows up to music time half asleep. Elizabeth directs viral videos for major brands, often out of the country. Between our schedules, it takes something to get into the same room. But as soon as we start writing, playing, or recording we both feel totally energized. Our music gives us crazy inspiration and vitality.

As far as Flowfield being part of our road, I guess things didn’t quite happen the way we wanted. We went for a few opportunities that didn’t pan out, plus we were both in and out of various personal things that slowed down our music-making. Did I mention that Dave has two kids?! 🙂

Things seem to have worked out, though, because now we’re making the best music of our lives. We kept going despite the struggles and found our way to the most powerful expression of our music. We experience this band as an unending well of love to give away.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Rollerpop is a band that makes upbeat, funky pop music you want to roller-skate to. We are known for having a retro-future, playful vibe. We are creating a community of sparkly, inclusive, and loving people who live to feel good and connect with everyone.

We are proud of the reactions people have to our music and how it affects them. We’ve heard that people listen to the songs over and over again, especially when they’re feeling down. We’ve heard that our music makes them feel “good,” and the people who worked with us on our music video for Love in Reverse told us how they felt instantly like our family.

We are distinct musically from lots of bands and, people often hear the influence of diverse groups like Prince, Regina Spektor, Zap Mama, Erykah Badu, Tune-Yards, Lorde, and Sade.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We are so multi-culturally influenced, both musically and as people of mixed ethnicity, we can’t think of another city that could be more perfect for us. WE LOVE LOS ANGELES.

If someone is just starting out in music, come to LA for inspiration and learning. LA is filled with the best of every big city’s musicians, models, actors, producers, etc. It could be daunting to begin here but, once you have your feet under you and you’re feeling gritty about sharing your light. Share it with us.

LA is the landing pad for brave souls, and we all need newbies to cheer on.

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Image Credit:
Paul-Michael Carr, Mike Bonifer

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