Roland Lamb

Founder & CEO, ROLI
Roland Lamb

Roland Lamb is the founder and CEO of ROLI, a London-based music technology company that “makes fascinating music products” (TechCrunch).

Roland has reinvented the piano keyboard twice, in the process winning numerous design and innovation awards as well as fans including Grimes, Hans Zimmer, Kelly Clarkson, Finneas, and Stevie Wonder.

He created the Seaboard, ROLI’s iconically black-on-black keyboard made of pressure-responsive silicone, while a design graduate student. His latest invention is the brightly colorful LUMI, a hit product that TIME magazine and CES named one of the most innovative products of 2020.

LUMI helps musical beginners learn the piano by playing pop and classical songs they already love — made easy by following light-up keys that sync with colors in a companion app. LUMI culminates Roland’s decade-long mission to extend the joy of making music to everyone, regardless of age or stage.

Roland is a skilled jazz pianist who comes from a musical family in New Hampshire. Prior to founding ROLI in 2009 he travelled the world and lived for a time at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan. At Harvard he studied philosophy, specialising in thought systems in China and India.

He was on course to become a philosopher before enrolling in a Master’s Degree program in design at the Royal College of Art. It was there that he considered the limitations of the piano from a design perspective, and how it might evolve to allow the expressivity of string, brass, and digital instruments all in one. This was the genesis of the Seaboard — and all of the physical instruments as well as desktop and mobile apps that ROLI now sells worldwide.

Roland Lamb
Roland has mentored

Misfits Music

We provide community music projects that aim to bring adults together through music. Our projects have a focus on improving health and wellbeing through social connections and the power of group music making activity.

  • Misfits Music
  • Genuine Solutions Group
  • Maymessy CIC

Roland provided great, targeted advice on branding, logo design and our charity website. His insight was invaluable and I can’t wait to implement his suggestions!  

Rob Jones, Founder, Misfits Music

Roland has mentored

Genuine Solutions Group

We exist to reduce the impact of the mobile industry on the environment, one recycled product at at a time.

  • Misfits Music
  • Genuine Solutions Group
  • Maymessy CIC

Roland provided valuable advice and insight which was really impactful and has helped me shape my thinking. He was clear, concise, provided objective feedback to the questions I posed and provided good insights.  

Chris McBride, Founder, Genuine Solutions Group

Roland has mentored

Maymessy CIC

Maymessy is an empowering cookery school and wellness centre supporting disadvantaged groups to gain greater wellbeing and life skills.

  • Misfits Music
  • Genuine Solutions Group
  • Maymessy CIC

Roland was a brilliant mentor – a perfect match as I wanted an entrepreneur with creative vision. I have come away with some great ways of how I can grow, who I could reach out to, and who to collaborate and partner with.  

Anna Richards, Founder, Maymessy CIC

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