Showing posts with label dj rolando. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dj rolando. Show all posts

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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Rolando at "for those who know II" in Detroit





Roland Rocha 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 enthusiastic father, also a well known local musician and as a young teenager he pursued his own interest in 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 turntable proficiency; skilfully 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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Rolando liveset at Content Manchester [02.10.2009]




Roland Rocha 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 enthusiastic father, also a well known local musician and as a young teenager he pursued his own interest in 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 turntable proficiency; skilfully 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.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Rolando's (back in the D) mix



Roland Rocha 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 enthusiastic father, also a well known local musician and as a young teenager he pursued his own interest in 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 turntable proficiency; skilfully 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.