Ron Trent started spinning records in 1982. Hailing from Chicago, Ron's music career began at the early age of 14 when he produced a house-techno track called "Altered State" that later went on to become an underground classic in the dance scene in the UK and the States.
By 1987, Ron hit the professional 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. "We were trying to introduce classics into the house blend that was prevalent at that time," shares Ron.
Unable to find music that embraced the new trend, he started to build a name for himself as a producer creating his own original material for parties. Ron focused on instrumental music combining drum programming and keyboard to create a unique sound. "I was greatly influenced by Larry Heard, Roy Ayers and even Pat Metheny," reveals Ron, "and was able to release an EP with the Chicago based label, Warehouse Records in 1990." The release brought Ron a lot of attention resulting in a new career in record production and local hero status in the underground club scene.
In 1993, Ron established his own record label, Prescription. "We were mainly putting out our own material but producers such as Abacus, GU and others from around the world got involved," says Ron. 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.
In New York, Ron has developed a strong relationship with Giant Step producing original tracks with Inner City, the Groove Collective, Amel Larrieux, Anastacia, Tony Allen and 4Hero. Giant Step has also made Trent their resident DJ playing weekly at Giant Step Thursdays in New York.