DJ Roland | Miami’s Top DJs

DJ Roland
DJ Roland

Where are you from?
Miami, Florida.

Currently Nocturnal’s “Local Celebrity” Friday after hours on the Terrace. Previously, Club Space for five years.

Number of years spinning:
Twenty years.

How did you get started spinning?
I’ve always been passionate about music. As a kid, I used to enjoy listening to old Disco and ’80s mixes on the radio. My interest grew and I started to do that on my own. To this day, I still feel the same way about music and spinning in general.

Who are your musical influences?
I would say the ’80s played a big part in my musical taste. I remember growing up listening to Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and The Cure, just to name a few.

Describe your current sound.

What equipment do you use?
The club’s equipment.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had (as a DJ or otherwise)?
Licking envelopes for eight hours a day at a bank when I was 16 years old ? seriously.

What’s your most memorable night in a Miami club (working or not working)?
When I got my first gig at a club back in 1994. The house DJ got sick and had to leave, so I got my records from my car and played the rest of the night—without headphones. I was so eager to play, I didn’t mention to the club owner I’d forgotten my headphones. When the night ended, I told him…and the rest was history.

What makes your DJ style unique?
I think what makes me different from other DJs is that I have total freedom to play what I enjoy playing. The crowd recognizes when you play from the heart, and they realize that what they hear is something special they can’t get anywhere else. It took me a long time to be able to say that, but I think that is the reason I enjoy playing now more than ever.

What have you done recently to make the world a better place?
I really enjoy helping others no matter what the situation is. You have to leave your mark in this world, and that is the best way I know how.

Describe who you are in three words.
Never look back.

Where can we learn more about you?
At my web site, – the site will have a complete new look very soon.

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