In 2004 Rolanoid was featured on the soundtrack of the stylish BBC TV series Dreamspaces alongside Daft Punk, U2 and The Chemical Brothers.
In 2006 "Freaky Drum" exploded on MySpace with Rolanoid racing into the top 5 alongside major dance artists Paul Van Dyk, Basement Jaxx and Moby. Attracting over 16 000 fans and rave comments (including from Utah Saints, Mark Moore, Etienne De Crecy & Mike Koglin) soon brought the attention of several record labels offering to sign Rolanoid which he declined preferring instead to remain independent at the time.
Rolanoid has also had five genre number ones on the major US site for independent artists Broadjam and was also awarded Pop Song of the Month.
"Locked In" which was co-written with Melbourne's Scott Nunan was one of 15 finalists in the Dance category of the 2007 International Songwriting Competition which received over 15 000 entries. Michael was also shortlisted for the Australian Songwriting Contest in 2008 and also received an honourable mention from the Billboard Song Contest.
Early Beginnings: The explosion of electronic acts Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and New Order onto the scene in his early teens sparked an instant desire in Michael Dodds to start making electronic music. He soon immersed himself in an ever-growing collection of second-hand synthesizers as well as the now legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine, later adopting the name Rolanoid in reverence to to it as well as his Roland System-100 synthesizer.
Perhaps the diversity of what he creates owes something to his globe trotting. Leaving his birthplace of Edinburgh in Scotland at age 4 and emigrating with his parents to Durban in South Africa where he grew up, he has since lived in Los Angeles, Manchester, London, Melbourne, Perth and currently calls the Australian tropical paradise of Cairns home.