A perennial presence in music since the early 90’s, Ron Trent is considered to be one of the architects of the Chicago music scene. Ron studied and collected various types of music as a young boy, taking cues from his father who ran a record pool in the late seventies. His father was a vice president of one of the biggest record pools in Chicago called NADJA. Music was always a part of his household from playing instruments to actually playing records in the basement with his dad who was also a percussionist. Ron & his dad used listen to music and play along with the percussion instruments in the music. The experience shaped the fabric of his existence.
By 1987, Ron hit the professional DJ circuit, and started to play at mobile parties and high schools in Chicago and became known for his musical taste and DJ ability. “At the time we were using a lot of music that was being created locally in Chicago and also some New York and European influences such as Capricorn and the New York City Peach Boys.” Ron was also playing a lot of rare classic disco and soul 12″s and albums that made him stand out from the crowd. During this time, Ron started making music and experimenting with it around 1986 by messing around with beat machines and a small keyboard. This led to his first release, the highly recognized classic “Altered States” in 1990, giving him international acclaim at age of 14. Altered States, is a raw and beautiful track that catapulted him into the hall of fame of house and techno.
In 1993, Ron established his own record label, Prescription Records, alongside Chez Damier. “We were mainly putting out our own material but producers such as Abacus, GU and others from around the world got involved,” says Ron. Together they defined an era, creating some of the brightest moments in the history of house music – producing seminal singles for Detroit’s KMS imprint and later working with Berlin’s Maurizio/Basic Channel. Prescription is widely regarded as one of the most influential Deep House imprints of the period. Ron continued to produce 12″ releases for four years, and then moved to New York in 1998 where he re-established his company from his new base in Brooklyn.
Around this time, Ron put out a string of remarkable 12 inches with Anthony Nicholson for Ron’s Clairaudience label and two heavily underrated full-length albums. In 1999 Ron Trent joined forces with Giant Step, becoming a producer, DJ and doing A&R work for the company. In 2000 Ron became the resident DJ for Giant Step’s weekly party at Shine Nightclub in the Tribeca section of NYC until about 2003. In New York, Ron developed a strong relationship with Giant Step producing original tracks with Inner City, the Groove Collective, Amel Larrieux, Anastacia, Tony Allen and 4Hero. Ron has also produced and remixed the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jody Watley, Goapele, N’Dambi and Zaki to name a few.
Still travelling the world as an in demand DJ, Ron Trent is based in Chicago once more, having re-launched Prescription Records, and his newest label, Future Vision Records. Ron has notched up an extensive back catalogue of his own productions and introduced several key players to the industry.