2007 has been an incredible year for DJ Ron Slomowicz. Marking both his 15th year on WRVU and his 10th year performing at the Artrageous charity event, 2007 is also the year that Ron led the charge into mixing music video. With cutting-edge technology on his Mac Book Pro and specialized MIDI controllers, Ron seamlessly beatmixes and blends the music and video for a new experience. As the first ever DJ at the Swan Ball fundraiser for Cheekwood, DJ Ron brought live music video mixing to Nashville for his buzzworthy debut. The Vintners fundraiser for Comprehensive Care Center was another spectacular event highlighted by a live mix of classic disco music videos.
DJ Ron Slomowicz has been spinning on Vanderbilt University's radio station WRVU for 15 years; his show remains the preeminent venue for new dance music in Nashville. The city's first exposure to the emerging rave scene was through his weekly show, and as styles evolved from euro to happy house to trance to electro, Ron has always been the source for diverse playlists and the most cutting edge of vocal songs and tracks on the air.
Ron has spun at afterhours clubs in Nashville since 1996, first Ohm, then the Zone and eXceSs (a resident from open to close), and then Velvet - as a way to bring new sounds to clubland and keep the floors filled and the people dancing into the daylight. Ron spins weekly at Tribe (cutting-edge video club voted Best Bar That Makes You Feel Like You Are Not in Nashville in the Nashville Scene's Readers Choice awards.) Ron has also spun various clubs and parties around the country including Arena (Seattle), Our Place (Indianapolis), Axis (Columbus), Odyssey (Columbus), 735 (New Orleans), Spiral (Lansing), Hunters (Chicago), Eagle (Pittsburgh), Boneshakers (Athens), Tracks (Denver), Amnesia (Memphis), Connection (Louisville), Pride (San Diego), and Upscale (Huntsville). Following his 1998 debut at the San Diego Pride Festival, he was invited by the San Diego Pride Committee to spin at their Pride Festival for the following 3 years. Ron has spun the Nashville Cares Artrageous party every year since 1997.
In 2003, Ron was chosen as guide for dancemusic.about.com. About.com is one of the top 10 sites on the web and the dance music page is ranked #1 in just about every search engine for Dance Music. Google it and see. As guide, Ron has interviewed everyone from Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, and Frankie Knuckles, to Kelis, Erasure, Cyndi Lauper, and Yoko Ono. Annual trips to conference in Miami (Winter Music Conference), Las Vegas (Billboard Dance Music Summit) and Amsterdam (Amsterdam Dance Event) keep Ron up to date on what is going on in dance music around the world.
In 2004, Ron was added to the Billboard Club Chart panel. This panel of 170 DJs' feedback and charts are used to compile the Dance Club Play chart that is published weekly in Billboard Magazine. Ron is often quoted as an expert voice in dance music articles in Billboard magazine as well.
As part of the remix and production team Piper, Ron has joined with Tommy Dorsey and Lenny Bertoldo to remix songs by Kylie Minogue, Kimberley Locke, LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd. The Piper remix of Wynonna's "I Want to Know What Love Is" was a dance radio smash leading to the its inclusion on her rereleased CD "What the World Needs Now," which was certified Gold. The Piper remix of Kimberley Locke's "Band of Gold" reached number one on the Billboard Club Chart.
DJ Ron has his own domain - www.djron.com - where he posts his playlists, charts, and upcoming events. The site receives over 20,000 hits per day. You can listen to DJ Ron live every Saturday from 5pm - 7pm; spinning the best of club dance music on WRVU 91.1 FM, via the web at www.wrvu.org, and archived shows at www.djron.com/listen.html.
Working tirelessly on the radio, in the club, and at events of all possible social strata, Ron is helping to move the concept of the DJ to a new level: instead of music or video, the next step involves working with both in a way that equalizes the media- thus, the Me-J (or Media Jockey). With an expanding tour schedule, TV work, and a possible mixed-DVD compilation all looming in the near future, the next level is here and the only way is up.
Selected Press Quotes
"In Nashville's dance scene, few have led the charge toward mainstream acceptance longer or more vigorously than Slomowicz."
"He's continuing to promote and push dance and DJ culture into uncharted territory."
-- All the Rage - Thursday, June 7, 2007
"one of Nashville's top DJ's"
-- City at Night Magazine, August 2007
"Nashville has its fair share of recognizable DJs, but none of them are as well-rounded and visible in the club community as Ron Slomowicz... chances are you've been entertained by the ubiquitous DJ Ron."
-- City at Night Magazine, February 2007
Best DJ - 2005, 2006
-- Church Street Freedom Press
Favorite Radio DJ - 2005, 2006
-- Out and About
Finalist - Best DJ / Electronica - 2005
-- Nashville Scene
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