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Ron Trent releases his latest Music And Power online exclusive track, 'Melting Pot Presents: The Master Plan Re-Edit 2017'. I sat down with the producer to talk about this new release.
"Back in 2009, I released 'The Master Plan - Tribute to Obama' as a celebratory tribute to the man,", says Ron Trent. "It was a time of elation, a time for change." The release of the original tribute track came after the tumultuous 8 years of George W Bush in office that had seen the second Iraq war and the financial crisis. Obama's victory signified a new beginning, that a charismatic African-American man of integrity, known for his community activism, had become the Chief-In-Command. In his 8 years at the White House, Obama has proven his track record by bringing the US economy back from the red, establish the Affordable Healthcare Act and, with his wife Michelle, become role models whom people from all backgrounds aspires to around the world.
As we see the Obamas leave the White House gracefully and enter a new life as civilians, what is the reason behind re-editing a track that harked back to the beginning of the Obama era? "I re-edited this track to symbolize the ending of Obama's two terms in office and leaving in grace", says Ron, "however our current president begins his term in chaos. Where he has been a successful businessman, I've never looked at him as a political figure. Coming from a Pan-Africanist background, I know that anything is possible when it comes to the world's politics and history not being on the right side of things. This piece of music represents a staff of historical pertinence and legacy, since art is supposed to be a representation of the pulse of the times and tell stories. I wanted to re-approach the track sonically with new elements to signify the revival of the track, and also represent elements of a march echoing the protests that we are seeing today".
'Master Plan Presents: Melting Pot Re-Edit 2017' is exclusively available through Music And Power online digital music store on Gumroad, to purchase the track in WAV format click here.
(Interview by Hsiao-Lan Liu)
Listen to one of the unreleased tracks "Black Magic Woman" featuring Harry Dennis, part of the Prescription Anthology from Rush Hour.
For further information and pre-ordering, visit the Rush Hour page below:
I am writing to you today to thank you greatly for sharing such inspirational words on your CDR interview. I have been very moved by all the advice you shared on this and its given me countless encouragement to follow my heart and to create music with all the challenges life throws at you.
Ron Trent CDR Berlin - https://vimeo.com/95441094
“What fuels this is the emotion, the emotional content”
If I was a writer,
I would have a pen.
I would write down what I feel,
I would try to communicate and articulate with the best words that I could possibly use to get you to understand exactly where I’m coming from.
Same things happens when you're creating.
You find the best sound that will articulate where your coming from emotionally and you write that down with whatever instrument you have.
That is the focus.
And wanting to see it all the way through.
If I was a painter,
I would have paint,
Have colours .
My idea would be to communicate with these colours, my message or what I’m feeling at that time.
The things is …. is to get back into yourself…
Use that as the driving force
Using your skill level as in terms of techonogly to be able to articulate that.
Thats my process.
I have something in my head, something in my heart and I put it down.
May 5th 2014
Thank you kindly for all the inspiration,
Long awaited "Ron Trent presents – Prescription : Word, Sound & Power" is now available to pre-order from Rush Hour Store, a 6-LP box set celebrating the highlights of Prescription Records with classics such as 'Choice' and 'Morning Factory' aside some unreleased gems. Watch the below short film to discover more about the project in Ron Trent's own words and follow the link here for more information on the box set.
New release on Music And Power, the remastered digital version of Liquid Love, available exclusively to MusicAndPower.com. Click below to get your copy now:
In April we lost one of my greatest all time inspirations....
On that I day i had to create something for myself to release the emptiness that was numbing me.
On that day I made "IN THE LIGHT" Purple Dust....
Young Prince and his early days in Minneapolis recordings with 94 East had a big influence on this piece along with a long line of other Prince productions.
I can not say enough about Prince and his influences on my prospective on music especially as a fellow Gemini and how we deal with creativity.
Been playing this out lately and getting a lot of feedback.
Currently Supported by the likes of Danny Krivit, Ge Ology, Zernell Gillie, Enrico Crivellaro and Elvis Leon Armstrong.
Until the dawn abundant Respect for our Genius that touched us...