Lemongrass (Roland Voss)
Lemongrass (electronic ambient lounge music)
Lemongrass is the alias of Roland Voss, a German electronic music producer, musician, composer, and multimedia artist. Mr. Voss has released nineteen records under the Lemongrass alias, which have, since 2005, been published under his eponymous label, Lemongrass Music. The Lemongrass sound is primarily a synthesis of electronic ambient and lounge. The label, run by Mr. Voss and his brother, Daniel Voss, describes its imprint as specializing in Chillout, Ambient, NuJazz, TripHop, Electronic World Music, Deep House, and Soul.
The first Lemongrass release, Drumatic Universe, was released in 1998 and featured a primarily drum and bass sound. It was well received by the niche’s critical press and was particularly well received in France. The second record, Lumiere Obscure, contained Lemonrass’s first notable single, Comme Toujours, which found heavy rotation in nightclubs. As Lemongrass evolved, it developed a more distinctive lounge heavy sound, perhaps best illustrated by its 2004 single, Journey to a Star, off the Time Tunnel record. Journey to a Star was also featured in the Buddha Bar record series and released in the Buddha Bar Presents Chill Out in Paris.
Mr. Voss was interviewed by the music media company MOG in 2007, where he discussed a wide variety of topics, including his work as Lemongrass, as well as his involvement in the projects Weathertunes and Jasmon. At the time, Mr. Voss was concerned primarily with remixing work by other artists, as well as transitioning the Lemongrass alias from a dancefloor beat project to a more ambient jazz based project.
Mr. Voss lives and produces his music in Bielefeld, Germany. The latest Lemongrass record, Sirius, was released in 2011.