DJ Rolando

DJ Rolando

Real Name:
Rolando Ray Rocha
Rolando grew up in south west Detroit, a Hispanic district, he was heavily influenced by his cultural Latin rhythms and percussion. Inspired 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 in 1985 as "The Wizard" that he discovered the innovative sounds of Techno. Through a mutual friend he was introduced to Mike Banks and joined Underground Resistance in 1994.

In 1999 '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 DJs such as Tenaglia, Morillo, Oakenfold, and Gilles Peterson. The track has a long legacy of reworking and lives on fifteen years later inspiring audiences from all genres.

As of November 2004, Rolando left both Underground Resistance and his Los Hermanos project behind.
2014 Rolando has launched his own label R3 ( Roland Rocha Records) and will exclusively release his own music on his label.
Rolando now a Dj for almost thirty years continues to work internationally as a Dj and continues to hold a residency at the notorious and enigmatic Berlin club Berghain.

DJ Rolando Discography

Singles & EPs

UR-035 DJ Rolando The Aztec Mystic(12") Underground Resistance UR-035 US 1997 Sell This Version
Mad Mike* And DJ Rolando The Aztec Mystic* / Octave One Mad Mike* And DJ Rolando The Aztec Mystic* / Octave One - Aztlan / DayStar Rising Underground Resistance, 430 West US 1998 Sell This Version
The Aztec Mystic A.K.A DJ Rolando The Aztec Mystic A.K.A DJ Rolando - Knights Of The Jaguar EP (EP) Underground Resistance US 1999 Sell This Version
DJ Rolando A.K.A The Aztec Mystic DJ Rolando A.K.A The Aztec Mystic - Revenge Of The Jaguar - The Mixes (Single, Maxi) Underground Resistance Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Rolando* Hiatus EP (EP) Delsin Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
Rolando* The Afterlife EP (EP) Saved Records UK 2009 Sell This Version
Nic Fanciulli & Rolando* Nic Fanciulli & Rolando* - The Test Saved Records UK 2011 Sell This Version
Rolando* 5 To 9 EP (EP) Ostgut Ton Germany 2010 Sell This Version
SAVEDLTD005 Nic Fanciulli & Rolando* Nic Fanciulli & Rolando* - The Lost Mixes Part 2 EP(12", Ltd, EP) Saved Records SAVEDLTD005 UK 2012 Sell This Version
Rolando* D & N's EP (EP) Ostgut Ton Germany 2013 Sell This Version
R3001 Rolando* Juu EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) R3 Roland Rocha Records R3001 2014
R3002 Rolando* Wheesht EP(2xFile, MP3, EP, 320) R3 Roland Rocha Records R3002 UK 2014
R3006 DJ Rolando Time To Jack EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) R3 Roland Rocha Records R3006 UK 2017
KKM0011 DJ Rolando Jaguar Rmx Break Beat(12", W/Lbl) Not on label KKM0011 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

SVECS-1 DJ Rolando Somewhere In Detroit Presents Techno(Cass, Mixed) Submerge (3) SVECS-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
HSCS-1, CS-001 DJ Rolando The Mix Of Happy Soul - It's A House Thang(Cass, Mixed) Happy Soul, Happy Soul HSCS-1, CS-001 US 1995 Sell This Version
URCD-049 DJ Rolando The Aztec Mystic Mix(CD, Mixed) Underground Resistance URCD-049 US 1999 Sell This Version
UR-3000 CD DJ Rolando Vibrations(CD, Comp, Mixed) Underground Resistance UR-3000 CD US 2002 Sell This Version
Rolando* Nite:Life 016 (Comp) NRK Sound Division UK 2003 Sell This Version
URLE 001 DJ Rolando Live @ UR Party 2002(CD, Mixed) Underground Resistance URLE 001 US 2003 Sell This Version
SWEATCD-01 DJ Rolando Sweat Volume One(CD, Mixed) Sweat Records SWEATCD-01 US 2003 Sell This Version
Rolando* From There To Here And Now (Comp) NRK Sound Division UK 2006 Sell This Version
FR018-6 Rolando* Field Recording 018(File, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Field Records (3) FR018-6 Netherlands 2010
none Rolando* Podcast 206(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) XLR8R none US 2011
FACT 220 Rolando* FACT Mix 220(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) FACT Magazine FACT 220 UK 2011

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June 22, 2015
Waiting for "Knights of the Jaguar" part 2
- Penina Mezei


June 26, 2003
Rolando will probably always be known for his "Knights of the Jaguar", which is definitely a good track. All of his other work on/as Los Hermanos is very good as well. Check out his remix he did for Kraftwerk's "Expo 2000" for a good example of his sparse, lush, melodic sound.

But can he DJ?

Hell f---ing yes... I was lucky enough to catch his set at the last Detroit Electronic Music Festival and I can't say enough good things about this guy. After being into this scene almost twelve years I've seen hundreds of DJ's, and I'd easily place him in the top five, easy... he played tons of classics, doubled up two copies of "Strings of Life" and staggered the piano break perfectly before dropping in all sorts of minimal techno classics - "French Kiss", "Red 2", etc. Only a skipping record towards the end marred this otherwise perfect set. 90% of DJ's who try to mix on more than two turntables have no business doing so. This guy is in the other 10%... if he continues to throw down like this I don't think there's much stopping him in the years to come. Highly recommended for either techno or house fans.


April 26, 2017
edited over 16 years ago
First time i heard about DJ Rolando, i just felt in love with what this guy does. There's for one time poetry, harmony, force and conviction in that music.
This is a celestial song : you close the eyes at the beginning, you let the music penetrate in your head... ; you open it at the end of the song, and you have changed, trust me :D

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