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Music First: Ron Trent (Chicago) Auckland Show Announced

Music First: Ron Trent (Chicago) Auckland Show Announced

Chris Cudby / Thursday 8th February, 2024 1:13PM

Motivated to "re-centre what makes a party a party," Music First is the paradigm-shifting new dancefloor initiative helmed by Tāmaki Makaurau's Samuel Harmony (Friendly Potential) and Frank Booker. They're making waves with the announcement of Music First's inaugural international special guest, legendary Chicago DJ and producer Ron Trent. Making his mark with 1990's club classic 'Altered States' (via Warehouse Records), Trent went on to co-found the hugely influential Prescription Records imprint with Chez Damier, credited as defining the Chicago deep house sound of the mid-'90s. Trent's smooth-grooving new project WARM includes collaborations with such notables as Ivan Conti (Azymuth), Jean-Luc Ponty, Khurangbin and François Kevorkian on 2022's acclaimed What Do the Stars Say to You. Do not miss his history-making first Aotearoa appearance at Hollywood Avondale on 8th March — get warmed up at Music First's debut outing this Saturday at Leigh Sawmill Cafe...

Music First : Ron Trent [Chicago]
with MF residents Booker and Harmony
Friday 8th March - Hollywood Cinema, Auckland
Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Music First w/ Frank Booker & Samuel Harmony
Saturday 10th February — Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here's Ron Trent's set for Boiler Room Festival: New York City 2021...

Watch the video for Ron Trent presents WARM's 'Flos Potentia (Sugar, Cotton, Tabacco)' featuring Khruangbin...

Hit play on Ron Trent's 1990 club hit 'Altered States'...

Press release:

Music First is about putting the music first - and it gives us an incredible amount of pleasure to invite the one and only RON TRENT to Aotearoa for the very first time for a very special show at the Hollywood Avondale this March. We could not have asked for a more perfect guest to set the tone - A perennial presence in the dance world since the early 90's, Ron Trent is considered to be one of the architects of the Chicago house music scene. He began the journey through studying and collecting records from a young age, taking cues from his father who ran a record pool in the late 70's. This upbringing provided the strong foundations which not only enabled him to become a respected DJ in his early teens, but also gave him the confidence to embark on his own productions in the mid 80s, culminating in his first release, the highly recognized and internationally acclaimed classic "Altered States", in 1990.

His seminal record label Prescription Records - which he co-founded with Chez Damier - is widely regarded as one of the most influential dance record labels of all time.

Outside of running record labels Prescription, Future Vision, Electric Blue Recordings and Music And Power, the last few years has seen Ron Trent making his presence known internationally: from regularly gracing the decks at Berghain in Berlin and making appearances at ADE in Amsterdam, to playing for music connoisseurs in both London (Need2Soul, Boiler Room, Brilliant Corners) and Japan (Air, Circus)....just to name a few.

Released in 2022 - his new project WARM showcases the diverse and accomplished sound that Ron has become so well known and beloved for, featuring a host of collaborations from luminaries Ivan Conti (Azymuth) & Jean-Luc Ponty alongside Khurangbin. His productions are as timeless now as those early records that really laid the foundations of a sound that would become known as “Deep House”.

Join us on Friday the March the 8th for an historical occasion as we invite Ron Trent to Tāmaki Makaurau for his first and only New Zealand show. It will be as legendary as the man himself.


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Music First w/ Frank Booker & Samuel Harmony
Sat 10th Feb 8:00pm
Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh
Music First : Ron Trent [Chicago]
Fri 8th Mar 7:30pm
Hollywood Cinema, Auckland