John Rollett began his music career as the principle guitarist of the Calgary, AB band “Secondhand” – a small indie pop outfit started by his brother. Being the youngest member of the band had Rollett sneaking into bars and clubs across Alberta to perform underage. The group released a full length album titled “The Blank Album,” as well as two self titled EP’s. The recording offered Rollett his first in-studio experience and shaped his decision to self produce future albums.
Next, in 2011 John would move to Long Beach, CA to explore the SoCal music scene where he produced his first solo work “John Rollett EP” followed by a Californian tour. The tour had stops at legendary venues such as “the Doll House,” Anaheim and “TRIP,” Santa Monica. After a year the SoCal lifestyle grew tired and Rollett returned back to Calgary to reengage in the Canadian music scene.
Rollett met YYC musician Nick Boettcher at Calgary’s “Cafe Koi” open mic night and the two promptly started working together eventually starting the band “Sheard Hollow.” Originally a 2 piece, acoustic outfit, SH would add “Panda Attack” bassist Kyle Tenove and drummer Taylor Cullen for a full band, indie-folk sound. SH released two EP’s in 2012, “Rollett Manor Sessions,” a stripped down, acoustic album, and “Paint My Picture,” a full band album that reflected the new additions to the band. The band played all across souther Alberta, including a performance at the East Coulee Folk Festival.
In 2013, Rollett split off from SH and started a new project with drummer Cullen called “Classic 30s.” The title was taken from Rollett’s small, workhorse tube amp that, unlike other tube amps took no time to heat up and was always ready to rock. C30s was a loud and sporadic blues duo that focused on improvisational songwriting and wild performances. The duo released an EP titled “Cafe Music” with shows all across Alberta, including notable performances at Calgary’s “Palomino” and Edmonton’s “Filthy McNasty’s.”
in 2015, after C30s had run it’s course Rollett moved to Toronto, ON where he released “The First Five Years,” a compilation of his favourite self-produced work from 2011 – 2015. The tracks were re-mastered and released in CD and digital format.
In 2016 Rollett would draw inspiration from the isolation and loneliness of winter in Toronto and write his next EP “Depressing Songs (I wrote in My Apartment Alone”. The songs were written on one particularity depressing day, (January 4th, 2016,) and recorded over the next month. The tracks honoured a simple, stripped down, lo-fi aesthetic, meant to ease the bouts of insomnia suffered by Rollett at the time. The EP was released on cassette, CD and digital with an album length video to accompany the tracks. Rollett followed the release with shows in Toronto and an East Coast tour.
Rollett released his first full band LP “City 3” in March of 2017. All of the instruments on the album were played John and the production, mixing and mastering were fully independent. The album was released on both digital and CD format and celebrated by headline shows at Toronto’s “Handlebar” and “Monarch Tavern.”
Rollett is now working with former “Kyote” drummer Sean Abercrombie and bassist Ally Jed on a new full length studio album to be recorded in early 2018.