Roland was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and is the son of renowned percussionist/teacher/inventor, Richie Gajate-Garcia. Roland has performed worldwide with such artists as Diana Ross, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce Knowles, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Kirk Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Frankie Valli, 50 Cent and international pop singer, Googoosh.
Roland earned his bachelor's degree in music at California State University at Northridge and was mentored there by LP artist, Gregg Bissonette. Roland has also studied with his father, Richie Gajate-Garcia, and Alex Acuna. Roland occasionally teaches at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena.