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Ron Carroll interviewed by Lenny Fontana for True House Stories # 067

Part 1
Ron Carroll joins us on True House Stories for a special tell all no holds bar deep interview. He is a true Chicago native and a huge contributor to the house music scene. His humble beginnings start with school dances and throwing house basement parties.

He even creates a house basement party that becomes huge in the South Side of Chicago where he was inviting guests DJ’s such as Lil Louis and Gene Hunt. Ron was destined from day one for success and you will learn how he makes it become his destiny.

Part 2
Ron Carroll’s DJ Career in the late 1980s is cut short and you can hear why in this part of the interview. The Poster Wars Begin and Ron is blackballed from being able to promote or DJ at any parties in Chicago. Because he is shut out this now forces him to find another way to earn money in the music business. He discovers music production as his saving grace.

In the productions world he hooks up with Ed Matthews and they together start to write songs. In the early 1990’s he ventures out to take a trip to Miami to go to the Winter Music Conference and meets NYC DJ Louie Vega. He asks Louie if he can write lyrics for any upcoming projects and Louie gives him the new demo music for the upcoming single with Barbara Tucker.

In this part also Ron talks deeply about battling depression and trying to find himself in the years that follow after he has his first initial commercial success. As with all great life stories there is a happy and sad moments and you can listen to him talk about one of his biggest records that he wrote and sang on back in 1999 with the group Funkstar from France. This interview is deep and real.

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Biography Ron Carroll

Vocalist, DJ and a producer, few know how to control the dance floor like Ron Carroll.
Ron Carroll is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, producer, remixer and a well respected DJ. Primarily known on the global house music circuit, He has worked with many of the world’s most famous producers such as Bob Sinclar, E-Smoove, Maurice Joshua and Hardsoul.He began his career as a local DJ in the early 80s when he performed at his own dance club called The Bangin’ Enterprize.

After two years on Chicago’s south side, Ron’s stardom began to rise and he found himself opening for noted DJs including Lil’ Louis, Mike Dunn and the legendary Ron Hardy.

In 2000 his friend and producer Mazi from Fiat Lux Records approached he to write and sing on a new track on the label. The track was Superfunk’s Lucky Star which received worldwide acclaim following its release on Fiat Lux, and eventually was licensed to dozens of compilations and several labels including Rise and Virgin France. Lucky Star eventually went on to sell over 3 000 000 copies.

He continued to produce 12” cuts, and some of his successes included Nothing But FunkTake Me Up – which Ron worked on with E-Smoove – and I’ll Be There, which was a collaboration with Kings Of The Underground. In 2001 He compiled and mixed the Sessions Volume 3 compilation album, released on Strictly Hype Recordings. In 2002 he released Natural on Music 101 and he followed it up the next year with Sexy Thing released on his own Body Music imprint.

2003 also saw the release of Hardsoul’s Back Together, on which he contributed an outstanding vocal performance. The single was hugely accepted all over the world, becoming a WMC and Ibiza anthem and later appearing on dozens of compilations. In 2004 he teamed up with Bob Sinclair to release World Of Love vs. Sexy Dancer on Yellow Music. 2005 was one of Ron’s busiest years, seeing him produce several cuts and remixes and contribute vocals on a raft of projects.

On the remix front he put his touch to Soul Rebels and Lisa Millett’s I’ll Be Good, Ben Tom’s African Music, Bob Sinclair’s Love Generation, Dawn Tallman’s You Are Why, Melba Moore’s Soulfuric-released My Heart Belongs To You and produced a beautiful gospel-tinged mix of Jay-J and Charlene Moore’s With Him, which was released on Defected.

Ron Carroll’s 2008 super hit Walking Down The Street (The Nike song) was released via Sneakerz Muzik containing mixes from Fedde le Grand, Bart-B More, Erick E and Risk Sound System; in Holland the track soared, remaining in the national charts for eight weeks. The track was also released via Hed Kandi in the UK, Tiger in Germany, Skorpio in France and Ultra in US.

Ron is currently actively producing other artists such as the female singers of the legendary CeCe Peniston, Mona Lisa (Dancin), Lex Empress (Boyz) and Swaylo (Heartbeat); all tracks were signed to major European labels. So watch out for these club bangers! Ron has also collaborated with Bob Sinclair and Axwell on What A Wonderful World which was released on Axtone and Soulfuric in 2008 and became a huge release for everyone involved.

2010 has seen Ron celebrate plenty of releases such as the Juicy Fruit EP (featuring Kima Kat and Ghettotronic), In Love With A DJ (feat. CeCe Peniston), Just Do ItTogether (feat. Lisa Kensington), My Desire (feat. Mazi) and Sexy. Carroll is a musician that never stops, and with the golden touch of his unique creativity and hugely inspiring passion, he will only continue to excel.