Friday, June 20, 2014

ROLANDO 'the spirit of Detroit'




With this post we want to celebrate one of the Dj/Producer that has indelibly marked the techno scene in Detroit.

ROLAND ROCHA AKA ROLANDO WAS BORN IN 1970’S SOUTHWEST DETROIT. HE GREW UP IN THE MAINLY HISPANIC DISTRICT OF THE CITY, WHICH TO THIS DAY IS DOMINATED BY MEXICAN MIGRANTS LOOKING FOR WORK IN THE HEAVILY INDUSTRIAL CITY.



FROM AN EARLY AGE HE WAS INFLUENCED BY HIS MUSICAL CULTURE WITH IT’S ROOTS IN LATIN AMERICAN RHYTHMS AND PERCUSSION. HE WAS GREATLY ENCOURAGED BY HIS FATHER’S PASSION FOR MUSIC, (ALSO A WELL KNOWN LOCAL MUSICIAN). AS A YOUNG TEENAGER ROLANDO PURSUED HIS OWN INTERESTS IN DJ-ING AND MUSIC AND BECAME A WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED DJ WITHIN HIS OWN RIGHT.
IT WAS IN THE MID EIGHTIES THAT HE WAS SO INSPIRED WHEN HE HEARD JEFF MILLS SPIN (AT THE TIME HE WAS KNOWN AS “THE WIZARD”) THAT HE QUICKLY UNEARTHED THE NEW RADICAL AND GROUND BREAKING SOUNDS OF TECHNO. THEN BY CHANCE, THROUGH A MUTUAL FRIEND RUBEN GONZALEZ, HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE FORMIDABLE “MAD”MIKE BANKS AND WAS PROMPTLY (TO HIS DELIGHT) ASKED TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE INFAMOUS AND ENIGMATIC UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE CREW.
SOON AFTERWARDS CAME HIS FIRST EVER OPPORTUNITY TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC AND WOW AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE WITH HIS MILD MANNER AND NOW INFAMOUS SPEEDY RAMBUNCTIOUS TURNTABLE PROFICIENCY; SKILLFULLY MEANDERING FROM FUNKY HOUSE, GUT VIBRATING ELECTRO, THE GREAT TECHNO CLASSICS AND NEW SOULFUL MELODIC TECHNO - EARNING HIM RESPECT AND NOTORIETY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE.

JAGUAR BROKE THE ICE CRITICALLY, ALTHOUGH NOT ROLANDO’S FIRST RELEASE ON UR, IT TURNED ARCHAIC PERCEPTIONS OF TECHNO ON THEIR HEAD. IT BROKE THROUGH INTO ALL OTHER GENRES OF DANCE MUSIC AND BECAME A CLASSIC IN THE BOXES OF MANY NOTEWORTHY DJ’S; SUCH AS KEVORKIAN, GARNIER, MORILLO, TENAGLIA - EVEN OAKENFOLD AND GILES PETERSON.
THE HEADLINING ENSUING BATTLE AGAINST CORPORATE GOLIATH’S SONY, WAS EVENTUALLY WON (EVEN IF ONLY MORALLY ) BY THE SHEAR DETERMINATION OF THE SMALL INDEPENDENT LABEL (UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE) AND WITH THE STEADFAST SUPPORT OF ANGRY ACTIVIST FANS WORLWIDE; PROVING THEMSELVES ONCE AGAIN TO BE A MUCH LOVED AND RESPECTED FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
THEN IN 2002 ROLANDO LAUNCHED HIS OWN LABEL “LOS HERMANOS” WITH THEN PARTNERS GERALD MITCHELL AND MIKE BANKS . ALREADY THE LABEL HAS A NUMBER OF MUCH ACCLAIMED RELEASES UNDER IT’S BELT WITH ROLANDO IT’S AMBASSADOR AT IT’S FOREFRONT. ROLANDO (NOW A VETERAN MEMBER OF UR) HE CONTINUES SOLO, AS A DJ, PRODUCER AND REMIXER NOW IN AN EXCITING PHASE OF HIS 20YR LONG CAREER WITH HIS MOST RECENT PROJECT “CROSSROADS” CREATED PURELY TO HOST HIS OWN WORK PRIOR TO LICENSING . “ I FELT IT NECESSARY TO HAVE SOMETHING I COULD CALL MY OWN AND PROTECT MY MUSIC WITH AND THE ANSWER WAS CROSSROADS; IT IS A PLATFORM FROM WHICH I CAN RELEASE MY OWN MUSIC TO OTHER LABELS.”


DJ Rolando on the decks for 3 hours, closing 'One Night In Detroit' at Studio 80, right after fellow Detroit-native Anonym.


More info:
www.facebook.com/rolando000 
www.facebook.com/OneNightInDetroit


This mix, recorded in Spain in 1996, shows why he had earned that rep and how he was an inspiration for us.
Music from: DJ Sneak, Suburban Knight, Kenny Larkin, Robert Hood, DJ Rush, Derrick May, Scan Seven and loads more.

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