Thanks again to those who came out to the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party this year, if you were one of around 30,000 people who showed up (almost double of last year's attendance of 16,000), you know that it was a very special event indeed! Click here to read more and see more of the festivities that went down at the Chicago Reader. (Click Photo for more)
One more sleep until the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party!
You can catch Ron Trent on the Harper Court Stage #1 at 8pm, there is also a special "Oyotunji Egbe Egungun" performance at 7.15pm (between Ayodele Drum Set and Ron's set), which comprises of Egungun priests and traditional Yoruba practitioners who have travelled especially to perform at the Silver Room Block Party.
An "Egbe Egungun" is a special dance and drumming ceremony to honor the ancestors, a central element in Yoruba Ifa philosophy. The Oyotunji is a special village which was set up in the 1970s as a sacred space to practise traditional Yoruba philosophy of Ifa. Read more about the Oyotunji Village here.
And don't forget to join the official After Party for the Block Party at the Promontory. Tickets are $20 on the door, click here for more event information.
'Together Forever' is another treat from the 'Romantic Flight' series, futuristic strings and pads against a backdrop of rhythmic percussion and soft vocals.
'Together Forever' is available to to pre-order now from record stores near you, including:
Let's look at Side B tracks to the 'WHATDOYOUTHINKYOUKNOWABOUTDEEPHOUSE Vol. 1 - Attitude' EP.
'Months of Mays' is a refreshing collaboration with the legendary producer Harry Dennis of the Chicago, part of the group 'The IT' which he formed with Larry Heard and Robert Owens. The track is a throwback to Dennis' signature spoken word and the mid-tempo rhythms of 80s Chicago house music.
Part of the 4th installment in the 'Spaces & Places' series, 'New Rivers' is a fitting tribute to the numerous new rivers crossed in distant lands.
From the forthcoming EP 'WHATTHEFUCKDOYOUKNOWABOUTDEEPHOUSE Vol. 1 - Attitude', 'Wet' is a hypnotic deep house track which entices you with its seductive organs, coming soon to a record store near you. Written, produced and performed by Ron Trent for MUSICANDPOWER (MAP010), additional vocals by Hsiao-Lan Liu.
Happy Friday people! Celebrate the Summer vibes with the MUSICANDPOWER Online Digital Store Summer Sampler. All tracks are available from the digital store at www.gumroad.com/musicandpower either in MP3 or WAV format.
If you can't decide and just need to have them all, you can get the 'MUSICANDPOWER Summer Digital Vol. 1', which contains all 7 tracks from the MUSICANDPOWER Online Digital Store in either MP3 or WAV formats.
Join Ron Trent in discussion following the strange trend of white dance-music DJs who pass themselves off as black artists. The European producer Guy Tavares chimes in from The Netherlands on what he sees as overhyped controversy. Piotr Orlov, who covers dance music for NPR weighs in on what this all means for music fans. Click below to listen to the show. This topic was inspired by the article from Thump Magazine 'When White Producers Co-Opt Black Identity', published 27th October 2016 and of which can be read here.
Another addition to the Dancefloor Boogie Delites album, "I Just Wanna Dance With You" first premiered on the Japanese DJ show Dommune. Now this highly sought after Jazz Funk selection is now being made available for your play exclusively from MUSICANDPOWER.
Less than a few days to go, Detroit peeps! Make sure you don't miss this very special occasion in celebrating 40th anniversary since the doors of the Warehouse opened in Chicago and changed the music world forever.
Click here for ticket and event info.
See you on the dancefloor!
THAT last Boiler Room Track from 2014 everyone has been asking for is finally out on limited digital release....
I remember Frankie>>>>
This photo of my cousin Lee Collins and Frankie Knuckles taken by me captures one of the moments I always recant. When I am interviewed most times the subject of FK or my favorite sound systems come up. This photo has both of these subjects behind it.
The time was 1991 Sound Factory NYC during the New Music Seminar...
In the booth with Frankie as he was embarking upon musical journey during his Saturday night residency.
We popped in as we were doing our club hop that night. I remember everything vividly, every moment, every song, and the different sentiments relayed through the music. Lee had to drag me out of there....
Those of us that followed Frankie knew that he was a master at creating moods and presenting his sentiment in his style. There was a level of sophistication and higher learning in the way Knuckles delivered his sound.
Nowadays I look back and I try to relate the importance of experience and content to younger artist, DJ's, and less experienced , something that seems to get lost in peoples reach for fame. When you get touched by the right moment, the right mastery, and sacred music
it aligns "YOU". The thing that keeps most from this is their own lack of openness and humility. When I was learning and coming into my own as did others, you had no choice but to be humbled in the presence of the experience, be it a person or a moment. This is where many miss the point. This is how you learn and receive the components of mastery.
Frankie Knuckles "IS" a master teacher that even in his transition teaches us
how to reach for that ethereal wonder that we call music.
Thanks for your beauty FK>>>>
Photo courtesy of Ron Trent ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
A big thank you to those to turnt up (yes...TURNT UP!!) at Robert Williams Birthday Celebration last Saturday. We all had a blast and it was an honor to host such an event for Mr. Williams who has been such an inspiration. We made sure all of the elements were in place to remind us of how he set the tone for Chicago underground clubs: from the juice bar, fresh fruit; down to the selections of Ron Trent, Lee Collins and Duane Powell. Big up to Elastic Arts also for letting us have a space to create such a special event.
Also a big shout out to Noni Michelle, who created the special portrait above for the event. Alabama State University Alumini Noni has been holding her own at recent Music And Power events, designing our flyers and creating special artwork at various MAP events. For more information of Noni Michelle's work, visit her website http://nonimichelle.com/
Last but not least, it was a historic night marked by our guest, Mr. Nicky Siano, who stayed in Chicago especially to play for Mr. Williams' birthday. Historic because it was the first time a NYC peer of Mr. Williams played for him, an event that is way overdue considering the contributions both of them gave towards the world of underground and commercial club culture.
Its all connect through rhythm and sound>>>
Like every story there is a beginning>middle>end> Knowing how to approach either on the journey is an art form. All very important. I was asked to set the vibe for the evening and I welcomed the opportunity to set the tone. It has been 3 years since my first Boiler Room in London so enjoy this edition recorded here in Chi-Town>> MUSICANDPOWER-
Special shout to my Fam for coming to hang out with me Big Bros Robert Williams( The Founder) and Larry Hope (One of Chicago's legendary stylist),@Lee Collins , Sadar Bahar along with my inner crew Hsiao Lan Magnifique ,Rob Mckay, and Augustus Taylor>>>
Energy is everthing....
Special Thanks to Gabe, Storm, and the Boiler Room Crew>>>
>>> Playlist (artist, track name) >>>
Weather Report, 'River People'
Ron Trent DFBD, 'Pop, Dip & Spin'
North End, 'Tee's Happy'
Aurra, 'Checking You Out'
Asso, 'Don't Stop'
Deodoto, 'Whistle Bump'
Exodus, 'Make It Together'
Juggy Murray, 'Inside America'
Ron Trent DFBD, 'Touch'
Patrick Cowley, 'Get A Little'
Azymuth, 'Fenix (Ron Trent Re-Edit)'
Louie Vega featuring The Winans, 'I Choose You (Mid-Tempo Mix)'
Chez & Trent, 'The Choice'
Black Man's Techno, 'Rude Boy Science (Trinidadian Deep Remix)'
Conjure ,'Pressure Release'
DJ Clock, 'Unity'
Quick, 'Zulu Man'
Bolla, 'Makusa (Joe Claussell Remix)'
Ron Trent feat. Lono, 'Man-Child'
Mateo Matos, 'New York Style'
The Pockets, 'Come Go With Me'
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.
Stay tuned for this exclusive Fireside Chat interview I did for the Red Bull Music Academy Radio, broadcasting live this Thursday 1st December @ 6am PST / 8am CST / 9am EST / 2pm GMT. Click the logo below to check out the show on the RBMA website >>>>>