A Perrenial Architect

Ron Trent

A perennial and innovative presence in soulful music and arts, Ron Trent originally wanted to be an architect. Much as the purpose of good architecture is to improve the quality of life for the people around and in it, the musical career that Ron has led as an architect of house music takes that ethos to the dancefloor. 

Taking cues from his father, who ran a record pool in the late 1970s, diligently studying and collecting records provided the foundations and confidence to start DJing and producing music as a teenager. The ecstatic and driving Altered States, released aged 14, remains a landmark in the history of electronic music.

Under the direction of the noted house & RnB production team of Hula & Fingers - canonical figures in the modern Chicago music scene - Ron developed his skills as a producer and musician, incorporating his training as a percussionist into developing his keyboard skills. His partnership with Chez Damier in the early 1990s created the template for Prescription, a label with a signature palette indicative of its nature - a soulful house sound with organic electronics and emotive grooves.

Moving to New York soon after, Ron quickly gained respect playing for Body & Soul at Shelter, and hosting his own events at the legendary downtown Manhattan nightclubs Vinyl and Shine. His Giant Step residency at Shine fused neo-soul, jazz-funk, and diverse international influences into a similarly signature dance formula.

Along with his own extensive back catalog, Ron has produced and introduced several key players across soulful music of all genres and borders, including Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Moodymann, Tony Allen, Amp Fiddler, Chucho Valdes, Peven Everett, Jody Watley, and 4hero among others. His labels Electric Blue and Future Vision provide outlets for more experimental productions and commercial reinterpretations that all still bear his unique imprint.

 A continual champion of his home city, Ron founded SODA in 2016 to “perpetuate and preserve the legacy of underground music through cultural and educational events for future generations ahead.” SODA was instrumental in the creation of the Silver Room block party and the Move Your Body house music festival, giving local artists a necessary international platform. His earlier co-curation of the Move Your Body exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Centre - about the history and effects of Chicago house - culminated in the 2019 release of a history of the legendary Music Box club.


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 90s, Ron quickly gained respect as a DJ/Producer by playing for Body and Soul at Shelter and Hosting his own events at the Legendary Nightclub Vinyl in Downtown Manhattan.

Ron's DJ and Production skills would eventually lead to his collaboration 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 Giat Step at the venue "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 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, and Lina, just to name a few. 

His Productions lead to working with other greats including Tony Allen, Chuco Valdes, Papa Weba, 4Hero, Amp Fiddler, Groover Collective as well as various other World Artists. DJ Compilations include: "Giant Step Sessions" (Giant Step), "Music Reflections (R2 BBE), "Afro Blues" (King Street), "Deep&Sexy 2" (Wave Music), "Abstract Afro Journey" (King Street).