17-01-2013 | 15.23
It’s almost 12 years ago that I discovered Rolando and heard him play for the first time at a big party in Amsterdam. I had heard his record The Aztec Mystic a few years earlier in one of Jeff Mills' dj-sets and was blown away by it. While I never heard him dj-ing before, I expected a set in the style of that particular record: full with bleeps and beats. But what a surprise, it was so much more than that: it was the first time I could actually see the music!
His whole set was an adventurous journey: beautiful melodies driven by raw beats and bleeps, caught in a spiderweb of green laserbeams. I saw myself in a tunnel searching for the perfect beat and trying to catch it when it appeared. When Rolando ended his set, it was like waking up after a really pleasant dream. That given night is still one of my favourites and hopefully, I can relive that dream.
Text: Dave Hukom