Born in the 1970’s in southwest Detroit, he grew up in the Hispanic district heavily influenced by his cultural latin rhythms and percussion. Encouraged from an early age by his musician father, he pursued his own interest in music and became well known and respected within the community. It was later when he heard Jeff Mills as “The Wizard” that he discovered the innovative sounds of techno. Through a mutual friend he was introduced to “Mad” Mike Banks and promptly became a member of the enigmatic Underground Resistance crew.
Soon his first opportunity came to cross the Atlantic and his speedy proficiency on the turntables wowed audiences worldwide earning him respect and notoriety within the industry as a whole. ‘Knights of The Jaguar’ although not Rolando’s first release on UR turned perceptions of techno on their head, breaking into other genres of dance music and becoming a classic in the boxes of most DJs. Later, he and Gerald Mitchell created the label ‘Los Hermanos’ (‘The Brothers’ in Spanish). In January 2005, citing creative differences and a chance to progress, Rolando left both Underground Resistance and the Los Hermanos project. In 2014 Rolando launched his own label R3 (Roland Rocha Records) and will exclusively release his own music there.
Rolando, now a DJ for more than thirty years, continues to play internationally with a residency at the notorious and enigmatic Berlin club Berghain; as of 2016 he is also a resident at the lauded and Seminal Parisian Rex Club.
1. Anfisa Letyago – Rosso Profondo – Factory 93
2. Carlos Nilmmns – IRL (swing) – Unreleased
3. Paranoid London – Suck A Dick (inst.) – Paranoid London Records
4. Elisa Bee – Dense Metaverse – System Records
5. Michele Manzo – Around Brasilia (Waajeed remix) – Dirt Tech Reck
6. Planet People – Hyper Glidin – Planet People
7. Ben men – Morning Glory (Rolando 7am remix) – Btrax
8. R.M.K. – Out of Range – Fossil Archive
9. Reggie Dokes – West Outerdrive – Psychostasia Recordings
10. Rolando – Assignment Funk – R3
11. Terrace – Seismic Space – Delsin
12. Captain Mustache feat The Advent – Computer Monkey (Legowelt remix) – Les Yeux Orange
13. Janice – Names and Excuses – Reclaim Your City
14. Uncertain – Crush – Rekids
15. Developer – Tough Touch – Modularz
16. Evod – Campi Magnetici – 30D
17. Patrick Carrera – Vanity – Modularz
18. Lauren Flax – Sweat (electro mix ) – Super Rhythm Trax
19. Rolando – Where Were You (Rolando 2022 remix) – R3
20. Imagery – Mod 2 – Dusk Notes