Ron Allen DJ set at Parlour, Toronto – June 22, 2017
Ron Allen is a Toronto based JUNO Nominated music producer/songwrite/DJ and founder of legendary dance music label Strobe Records that was instrumental in developing the house and techno genres in the early 90’s. Ron began his musical career as a DJ who later transformed his love for music into a talented producer and songwriter working with countless artists in Pop/Urban. Dance music, Hip-hop, R&B Rock and Country.
After moving to Toronto in 1988 for University, Ron signed to Bigshot Records, owned by Gerry Fumo, Andrew Komis and Nick Fiorucci (Hi Bias). “My first meeting was with Andrew Komis (RIP) AKA (KOMIX). I played Andrew my demo that i had only been heard by Derek May (Transmat) who gave me my inspiration to do this music thing. Andrew signed me to Bigshot and I became a studio rat from that point on.”
Time To Feel The Rhythm” was Ron’s first recording project. “The track was made basically with a JUNO 106 and an SP1200 sampler recorded to 1/2″ tape and then edited with a razor blade to the final product. I will never forget walking into TRAX and Carnival records in Toronto to buy records for my next DJ set when i saw it on the shelves – talked about hooked!.” Time To Feel The Rhythm” went on and hit the UK dance charts in a big way and was eventually licensed to Outer Rhythm in the UK.
In 1991, producer/DJ’s Ron Allen and Hayden Andre fused their talents and formed Strobe Records, one of the most influential house music labels of its time. The popularity of Strobe grew very quickly and its unique sound spread through North America, Europe South America and Asia. With classic releases such as Subculture The Voyage, Helen Sharpe Got 2 Have Your Love, Hayden Andre Tribal Life The R.A.S.E. Get On Up and Afterglow- Come Back 2 Me, Strobe was one of the hottest selling house music labels around. Strobe’s vision even gave birth to producer and label owner Nick Holder DNH Records with the Release of “Digital Age” EP.
Ron has had countless Soulful House, Deep House and Techno releases on Strobe Records since 1991 and also has many features on labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Plus 8, Stickman, Definative, DNH, Poker Flat, ClubStar, Soul Candi, Tresor, T’s Box, Crosstown Rebels and Defected (Nikki Beach Compilation, Bargrooves Ibiza 2014, Glitterbox 2017). Ron also made the 2013 Traxsource TOP 200 Afro House and Soulful House Charts for 2013 with Ron Allen Featuring Chach “Wunder Y” (Dino and Terry Remix) and Ron Allen Featuring Affrica “Words” (Steve Bug Remix).
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