Progressive Underground Show 214 feat. RON TRENT and ZAC BRUNELL (DSO)

Ron Trent Music

On tonight’s we interview deep house legend RON TRENT and dip into his catalog along with interview Zac Brunell of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in advance of their performance of the Techno D’Sound performance coming up this week.  We also brach new material from Emily McClean, Stimulator Jones, Amp Fiddler & Neco Redd, Jamie Isaac, Sevdaliza, B. Lewis & Mar and many more.  And we also have two ticket giveaways for weekend day pass to the Movement Electronic Music Festival along with a pass to a special pre-Detroit Jazz Fest performance taking place at the Dirty Dawg.  

You’ve reached the 4th dimension of sound as we explore the outer reaches of electronica by way of deep house, techno, future soul, nu-jazz, b-sides and rare groove.  You are locked into the Progressive Underground on 101.9 WDET and, music with no limits for you on a Sunday night!


DJ/Producer Ron Trent, rooted in the dance music world for over 29 years, is largely regarded for producing and playing an eclectic range of music. Raised in Chicago’s early underground music scene in the 1980s, which transitioned from Disco into House music, Ron Trent began his career early as a DJ and releasing his first production in 1990 “Altered States”. Today he remains one of the leading forces of music culture today.

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. He began the journey through studying and collecting records from a young age, taking cues from his father who ran a record pool in the late 70’s. This upbringing provided the strong foundations which not only enabled him to become a respected DJ in his early teens, but also gave him the confidence to embark on his own productions in the mid 80s, culminating in his first release, the highly recognized and international acclaimed classic “Altered States”, in 1990.

Through his legendary Prescription Records, Ron has notched up an extensive back catalogue of his own productions and introduced several key players. Prescription Records is widely regarded as one of the most influential Deep House imprints of the period. In the early 90’s, Ron collaborated with House/R&B team Hula & Fingers, producers for Jive records and production credits with Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Kool Mo D, High Five, Lidell Townsend and MTF. Under the direction of Hula & Fingers, Ron began to develop his skills as producer and musician by incorporating his training as a percussionist along with developing skills on the keyboards. After several releases on Club Records, Hula & Fingers classic imprint, Ron went own to form his own label with renowned vocalist/producer Chez Damier. In 1993, Ron and Chez began creating the template for what would become the signature Prescription sound, eventually finding its way into various remix and writing production hits, and implementing the conception of Prescription Records. Prescription Records, together with it’s sister label Balance, introduced the likes of Anthony Nicholson, Abacus, Glenn Underground (CVO), Moody Man, Norma Jean Bell, Joshua, Peven Everett, Rob Mello, and Luke Solomon to the world. During its course, Prescription became known for issuing superbly produced, often epic dance music by drawing influences from all over the globe and delighting club goers, as well as DJs with its highly unique sound.

Ron’s sound expanded in 1997 with the release of the dance classic “Ncame U.” With writing partner Anthony Nicholson, famed vocalist D’bora, and Peven Everett on trumpet, this record launched Ron onto the NYC dance scene. After moving to NYC in the early 90’s, Ron Trent quickly gained respect as a DJ/Producer by playing for Body and Soul at Shelter and hosting his own events at the legendary night club Vinyl in downtown Manhattan. Ron’s DJ and production skills would eventually lead to collaborating with giant step records, creating a new sound that would lead the way for the future of Giant Step the club and Giant Step the label. In 2000, Ron started his highly popular weekly residency with Giant Step at Shine, bringing forth a fusion of Neo Soul, Jazz Funk and World music whilst merging it into a dance formula. With Ron’s vast knowledge of music and Giant Step’s thirst for the cutting edge, the event became one of the most top rated nights in NYC. Ron’s in-house productions on the Giant Step/Sony label, featured artists such as Amel Larrieux, Jody Watley, Anastacia, Donnie, Carl Hancock Rux, Lina, just to name a few. His productions have lead to work with other greats including Tony Allen, Chucho Valdes, Papa Weba, 4Hero, Amp Fiddler, Groove Collective, as well as various other world artists. DJ compilations include: “Giant Step Sessions” (Giant Step), “Musical Reflections (R2 BBE), “Afro Blues” (Kings Street), “Deep&Sexy 2” (Wave music), “Abstract Afro Journey” (King Street).

In addition to prescription, Ron Trent created two further imprints which broadened the scope of his music production spectrum. Electric Blue recordings features more experimental sound, pushing the envelope and complementing the already established prescription sound. Future Vision Records was created as a platform to combine various artists with the signature Ron Trent production. Ron has also built up a quite a reputation within the music industry circles with his unique interpretations and reformulations of commercially popular tracks on his remixes, such as ‘Honey’ by Erykah Badu and ‘Spring Summer Feeling’ by Jill Scott.

Outside of running record labels Prescription, Future Vision, Electric Blue Recordings and Music And Power, the last few years has seen Ron Trent making his presence known internationally: from regularly gracing the decks at Berghain in Berlin and making appearances at ADE in Amsterdam, to playing for serious audiophile and music connoisseurs in both London (Need2Soul, Boiler Room, Brilliant Corners) and Japan (Air, Circus)….just to name a few. Now based back in Chicago, Ron Trent’s musical quest for knowledge and tones continues. Having been featured on Red Bull Music Academy numerous times and co-curating the multimedia exhibit ‘Move Your Body - the Evolution of House Music’ at the Chicago cultural centre in summer 2015, ‘SODA’ is an organisation Ron Trent founded in 2016 with the aim of perpetuating and preserving the legacy of underground music through cultural and educational events for future generations ahead.

Song Artist Album
Conscious Verzache 12" single
I Never Thought I'd See the Day (Kiko Navarro Mix) Sade 12" single
Lack of Afro Coco Music For Adverts
Blackbird Fat Freddy's Drop feat. Jordan Rakei 12" single
Simple Emily McClean 12" single
This Can't Be Good (Nick Pacoli re-work) Janet Jackson 12" single
Cnt U See Jamie Isaac Couch Baby
Holy Thursday David Axelrod Song of Innocence
Feel Like Makin' Love Radio Bounce 12" single
Leitmotiv Dauwd 12" single
Good Life Inner City Paradise
Strings of Life Derrick May 12" single
Black Water Octave One 12" single
Song Artist Album
See With Me Jesse Boykins Her Throne
Traveler Ron Trent Dance Floor Boogie Delites
Regard Ron Trent 12" single
Waiting In Vain (Ron Trent Mix) Ron Trent The Makeover
Easy To Love Sister Sledge We Are Family
In Time Ron Trent presents Tkumah Sudeek 12" single
Welcome Ron Trent 12" single
Teach Me, Keep Me Ron Trent & Chez Damier Noni The Gift
Average Fruit Quadron Quadron
Spring Summer Feeling (Ron Trent Mix) Jill Scott 12" single
Hooked On Your Love Ron Trent Dance Classic
Sao Paulo Sound Systems Ron Trent Spaces and Places
Song Artist Album
Funky Bones Paloma Sometimes We Love You Truly
Sun Rays Stimulator Jones 12" single
Nightgowns Tom Misch feat. Loyle Carner 12" single
Last Drip Jamie Isaac Couch Baby
Clear Air (Jarreau Vandahl Remix) Sevdaliza 12" single
Vitess Swindle 12" single
Navaro Masejo 12" single
Left You Maesu feat. Koyo 12" single
Fantastic Vampire Sa-Ra Creative Partners feat. Erykah Badu & Herbie Hancock 12" single
Wey U Chante Moore Waiting To Exhale Original Music Soundtrack
No Politics Amp Fiddler feat. Neco Redd Amp Dog Nights
Gaze Sweetback feat. Amel Larrieux Sweetback
Be Free (Instrumental Mix) Jovonn 12" single
First Of You B. Lewis & Mar 12" single
Bozza Gerry Read Yeh Come Dance
About the Author

Chris Campbell

Host/Producer, The Progressive Underground

Host/journalist/DJ/producer with a deep interest in curating Detroit’s rich music scene and presenting it to the world-at-large.   Follow @cambeaux

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