Roslan Aziz

Roslan Aziz is Malaysia's prominent music producer/engineer and the man behind the unrivaled Malaysian acts such as Sheila Majid and Zainal Abidin, Amir Yusoff, Prema, Zubir Ali,Raja Atilia and 'aLi (a duo comprising Roslan Aziz and Mukhlis Nor). Co-founder of the renowned Roslan Aziz Productions label (R.A.P), the first local recording label to generate interest from abroad, R.A.P. took the local music industry one step further by not only stirring up the regional music scene, but also the entertainment arenas in Indonesia, Japan, Europe and South America.Commanding quality over quantity in every production, the music house managed to gain favourable recognition and veneration nationwide and beyond, for their uniquely eclectic sounds and originality.

Roslan Aziz was born Roslan Abdul Aziz Saad Ismail on the 23rd Oct 1961 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.His father Abdul Aziz Saad Ismail who was a barber and mother Sharifah Aishah bte Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Attas a housewife live in Kampong Datok Keramat Kuala Lumpur. Roslan was married to Shaheila Abd Majid and has two children Wan Nur Khaleda Aziz and Megat Abdul Majid Aziz.They divorced in 2000 and Roslan later married Sopphilea Abd Hamid in 2001 and has two children Megat Ali Aziz and Megat Zayn-ul Hamza Aziz. He then married Hana Jamaluddin in 2002 and has a daughter Wan Aisha Aziz.

Roslan's talent had his musical awakening at the age of five. Seeing his enthusiasm, his grandfather, Abdul Majid Abdul Ghani, bought him his first drumset. The prodigy was a regular member of his uncle's 'Kugiran' (band) named ‘The Dukes’ and the band gained huge attention mainly because of his unprecedented talent.

Roslan did his primary education at Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Padang Tembak and was later sent to the prestigious Mara Junior Science College in Kuantan Pahang. He then pursued his actuarial studies in University Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam, Selangor. Roslan was already very actively involved in playing music forming a band with college mates called Mr Natural back in 1974 and continued playing music while schooling.

Roslan embarked on his career in music at Showmasters in 1980 and took later was at the legendary Booty Boys Studios in 1982 where he had been an engineer. Since his debut into the world of music the then-engineer-cum-producer had recorded hundreds of albums including the groundbreaking Sheila Majid's album ‘Dimensi Baru’ and ‘Emosi’.

He then formed Roslan Aziz Productions (R.A.P) with longtime close friend Datuk Kamarudin Meranun in 1988 with the signing Zubir Ali as their first artiste under the R.A.P. label.

Among the numerous awards garnered by Roslan were Best Album award for the album Gamal from AIM in 1995,best album AIM awards ratu (1996) Best Album award for the album Emosi at BASF Awards, Indonesia in 1987. He had also been bestowed the Most Promising Producer title at the Music Producers Awards 2002 held in the United States.

Roslan took a leap of faith breaking away from the illustrious world of music. But after an absence of 5 years the music guru came back, all fired up with renewed passion. Since his return, Roslan has been involved in a spectrum of projects, not limiting himself to just producing records.

His roles include being one of three judges for the reality talent competition, Malaysian Idol season I and II, speaking of reality programs, he had also taken on the most coveted post as "Principal" for the fifth installment of the Akademi Fantasia marvel.

In the area of live staged performances, Roslan had been the driving force behind the success of the historical Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza's Live Concert at the London Royal Albert Hall. He had also took on the role as Musical Director for the staging of the phenomenal sold-out ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang - The Musical’, a role he had reprised well into the musical’s third season, the same role he took on for the sensational production of ‘P.Ramlee – The Musical’. Roslan also tried his hand at acting by making his debut appearance on screen on Malaysia’s first ever web drama called ‘Kerana Karina’ produced by TV3.

Not ignoring his first passion, amongst the most recent albums marked by Roslan’s sleight of hand are Raja Atilia's debut album ‘Sangkar’, the original soundtrack for the motion picture ‘Haru Biru’, Mawi’s ‘Qasida’ album, and the milestone compilation R.A.P Twenty Years album.

Closer to heart, Roslan had geared much of his effort towards his latest endeavour, ‘aLi’, comprising the joint forces of Roslan himself and his long-time collaborator Mukhlis Nor, the silent songwriter responsible for Sheila Majid’s and Zainal Abidin’s multiple successes and an acclaimed musician in his own right.

The duo’s inaugural self-titled album which was released online on the 08-08-08, features a musical potpourri of slick rhythm and blues, as well as jazz and pop vibes, tuned to the theme of Unity, Faith and Relationships. The tracks found on the ‘aLi’ album contain explicit moral-rich narratives that promote deep-rooted values of Malaysian heritage and tradition. Roslan’s risqué versatility and sophisticated modern-styling, fused with the mesmerizing lyrics and vocals of Mukhlis, puts ‘aLi’ in a class of its own. The epitome of music virtuoso, ‘aLi’ is bound to revolutionize the local music scene, escalating it to even greater heights.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008


1. What is the big picture for aLi and what are the long term plans like?
Continue to make what we make for a long time to come hopefully.. finish the second album and work on the following soon after. We reckon we will be doing this all our lives in some form or other, who knows where aLi will take us in the future. With passion and excitement as the driving force we figure can go on forever.

2. What is the common bond that holds you guys together as a working unit?
Music. We share ideals, philosophy and principles in finding solutions to our equations. Equilibrium of the sciences and arts. Creative processes not bound by convention. So we can continue to reinterpret and redefine the work we do.

3. How did this collaboration begin?
What continued for us as a routine day to day exercise of songwriting and music producing "took a turn for the purse". Our collaboration has gone through at least 4 or 5 incarnations over the last 22 years. Same approach, different concept each time.

4. What does this collection of songs represent?
Unity. Faith and Relationships (So as to be optimistic). It's actually mostly about sex and politics but don't tell anyone this. We always love versatility and modern styling, where they're deep-rooted in traditions yet sophisticated. A narrative rich in moral values and judgments not unlike what we as humans make, keep and adhere by everyday.

5. How do you hope the listening audience would view this?
As the farthest visible point to date. We get very serious when we prepare our presentations. Therefore we stretch and compress our resources limitlessly. Most often we come up with the most brilliant templates, master plans and blueprints for the strong and faint-hearted alike.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

inaugural release

Debut aLbum
produced and mixed by roslan aziz
all songs written by mukhlis nor
presented by
roslan aziz productions
universal music malaysia

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