Roland Schal was born in 1956 in GŁtersloh, Germany. When he started playing the guitar as a eleven-year-old boy, he spent many hours listening to his idols: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter. They greatly influenced Roland's style. After two years of practice, he had his first band in 1969. Later he played in several groups with George Kochbeck, Achim Meier or Steve Haggerty. The last few years he has been heard at the annual "GT smAll Stars" concerts, which have already reached cult status.