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Ron Carroll Bio

Starting off his career in the early 1980’s spinning at his own dance club The Bangin’ Enterprize on the South Side of Chicago, Ron Carroll, just two years into the game, was opening for Lil’ Louis, Mike Dunn, and the legendary Ron Hardy.

From his beginnings in House Music he wanted to use his experience singing in the church choir and sing Gospel lyrics over House tracks. From this desire came his early work on Clubhouse Records in collaboration with Ron Trent, Big ED, Hula & K. Fingers on tracks like “My Prayer” and “A New Day”.

Wanting to branch out on his own, he headed to the 1994 WMC and crossed paths with none other than his musical mentor, Little Louie Vega. This working friendship gave him the chance to write a Billboard #1 Dance Hit “I Get Lifted” for Barbara Tucker.

He then teamed up with Mike Dunn and Byron Stingily as the Deep Soul Production Company and went on to write six songs on Byron’s “The Purist” full-length on Nervous Records working alongside such producers as Frankie Knuckles, Mousse T. & Boris Dlugosh, Marc Kitchen, and Maurice Joshua. In that same production company he worked with Destiny’s Child, Adeva, Kim English, Kathy Brown, and many others.

An introduction to UC/Afterhours began a longstanding outlet for his songwriting skills as well as giving him the chance to be not only the writer, but also the artist as well on cuts like “Sounds” and “Stronger”. This also brought about the production team Ministers of Sound (Mr. Carroll in cahoots with Spero Pagos).

Another fellow UC/Afterhours employee Mazi introduced Ron to Fiat Lux Records in France and from that introduction came the double platinum single Superfunk “Lucky Star” with Ron on vocals.

2001 brings Ron to Dust Traxx, Inc. and the dawn of his new imprint ''Body Music'' where we can count on him to knock out hit after hit with the greatest of ease. Ron consistently boosts his musical success and continues to be the embodiment of House Music.

Discography :
Ron Carroll - Come Into My Life (G-high)
Ron Carroll - Can't Give Up (Yellorange)
Ron Carroll - A New Day (Af-ryth-mix Sounds)
Ron Carroll - My Prayer (Af-ryth-mix Sounds)
Ron Carroll - Pressing On (Chicago Style Records)
Ron Carroll - Stronger (Afterhours)
Ron Carroll - Angel (Afterhours)
Ron Carroll - Get With Him (Dialogue)
Ron Carroll - Natural (Music 101)
Ron Carroll - Soundz (Strictly Hype Recordings)
The RC Connection Featuring Jackie Haywood - Wait (Dialogue)
Ron Carroll - World Celebration (Afterhours)
Rochelle Fleming - It's Not Over (Afterhours)
Ron Carroll - Big Sexy (Body Music)
Ron Carroll - Nothing But Funk (Body Music)

Vocal Production :
Kluster - My Love (Scorpio Music)
Superfunk - Lucky Star (Fiat Lux)
Audio Soul Project - Community (NRK Sound Division)
DJ Pope - Waymaker (Look At You)
Testament - Work It Out (Afterhours)
Rick Garcia Versus Disco Kidz - Dancefloor (Riviera)
Mazi - Retrofuturism EP (Rique Music)
Testament - We Need Love (Soulgroove Records)
Hardsoul - Back Together (Soulfuric)
King's Of Underground - I'll Be There (Bodymusic)
Bob Sinclar - World of Love (Yellow)
Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll - Promised Land (Kontor)

Remixes :
Brothers In The Struggle - Holdin' On (Ron Carroll's Body Music Vocal Mix) (Silk Entertainment)
Brothers In The Struggle - Holdin' On (Ron's Dub) (Silk Entertainment)
Mazi feat. Donna Blakely - Could It Be You? (Ron Carroll's Divine Horny Feeling) (Afterhours)
Ground Level feat. Rheji - Someday (Ron Carroll's Dark Mood Vocal) (Afterhours)
The RC Groove Project - The Sermon (Ron's Chigaco Style Vibe Mix) (?)
Poetry & Rhythm - Making Love on Making Love (Body Music)
Ron Carroll - Can't Give Up (Ron Carroll's Body Music Original) (Yellorange)
Nathan Drew Larsen - Standing Still (Audio Soul Project Dub & Vocal) (Airtight)
Paul Johnson feat. Candi Staton - Doo Doo Wop (Dust Traxx)

Roy Davis Jr "Chicago Forever"

With recent DJ gigs racking-up airmiles between Russia, France, Canada and all over the USA, a steady stream of production work for Warners, and a potential radio show in the works, a newly invigorated Roy Davis Jr. is finally ready to drop his musical "thank you" to the city he grew up in.

"Chicago Forever" was originally slated for release in the fall of 2003. But Roy Davis Jr. lost his mother, went through a divorce, and moved away from family to Los Angeles. The events from the past two or three years have made this the most difficult album he has ever produced. "I almost lost inspiration, and felt like I was wasting time making music," explains Davis Jr. "But the last thing my Mom had said was "don't you ever stop making your music!" Thinking about her, all the things I have in my life, and my faith has kept me going," he adds.

As if a mothers last words weren't enough motivation to get him in the studio he has also become determined to elevate the current perception of dance music from novelty status back to a genre that's as popular as any other black music, back to the days when Chicago house ruled the dance floor and set him out on his own career.

"The soulless dance music that most people have access to is so commercialized and sugar coated. The best tunes are so often underground now - it's time to take this black music from the hoods of Chicago, Detroit, LA, etc, back over the top," explains Davis Jr. "My approach is to merge aspects of more popular genres like soul and hip hop into my sound because there's a younger generation that may not have grown up on dance music like I did. And it's important to have better songs at varied tempos so the tracks are not always at 127 or 125 bpm."

Prior to the album release two singles have dropped on Ubiquity. Featuring vocals by Ubiquity label mate Jeremy "Ayro" Ellis and another Detroit native Terry Dexter, the latter single spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Dance Chart. It's a hugely uplifting dance floor production complete with strings and keys by Tomi (of Babyface fame). Terry Dexter (not to be confused with Julie Dexter or Terry Walker!) has worked with Eric Benet, Jaheim, The Black Eyed Peas and Raphael Saadiq and recently had her acting debut in Focus Features "Deliver Us From Eva" playing the part of Natalie and performing a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace". The two met years ago when Roy remixed a single for Dexter that ended up going Top 5 at Billboard. The album also features plenty of exclusive unreleased tracks - cameo interlude appearances from Common and Roy's son Caleb, co-production with Platinum Pied Pipers Waajeed, an uplifting gospel tinged "Heavenly Father" a dance floor bound "My Soul is Electric", two unreleased tracks featuring Terry Dexter and a tribute to the Chicago Steppers genre.

Davis Jr. also appeared on Rewind II - producing and singing a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" - an apt way to start a project inspired by the music of Chicago. Expect a slew of live and DJ dates around the world to follow.

Born in Van Nuys California he moved at the age of 1 to the southern suburbs of Chicago. Apart from 3 years in Tennessee Davis Jr. lived there until his move to Los Angeles in 2003.

He was introduced to dance music by late 1980s legends DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, and Lil' Louis, ”I’ve always been into Music but these were the DJs that really inspired me. I went to all their parties and just danced all night. Lil’ Louis was always my favorite DJ because he knew how to play it all, from mellow, club, classics, he was so diverse - he taught me how to mix it up, that’s how I got my style, ” says Davis Jr. “I started DJing myself when I was 12 or 13, spinning break dance music, Italian disco, then house,” he adds.

His first real taste of the music industry was as a lowly shrink wrapper at Trax. He brushed shoulders with the likes of Glenn Underground, Ron Kell, Steve Poindexter, and DJ Rush, who all worked in the same building, boxing records, doing the day-to-day stuff at one of the most happening labels of the era. Of course they all had musical aspirations, “None of us were singing, we were just making track, we were just happy to own 303s and 909s, says Davis Jr. “But I played keys so I got hired for a lot of other peoples productions.”

Eventually Marshall Jefferson put out the first Davis Jr. tracks under the name Umosia. “I was still a lil’ kid but attending a music awards ceremony in Chicago I knew I had to take a chance when I saw Marshall Jefferson come on stage with his big posse. I gave him a cd of my tunes and Jefferson called me next morning to sign me up – he said he couldn’t stop listening!” says Davis Jr.

The big turning point for Roy Davis Jr. was in 1993. As a junior in college he was asked to work as an A+R scout for Strictly Rhythm in NYC. He went out to the East Coast weekly by train (he hated flying at the time!), and was subsequently hired to start his own sub-label called Red Cat records. The label lasted for about a year and half and Roy Davis Jr. became more in-demand as an artist and as a DJ career.

You can't mention Roy Davis Jr. without mentioning "Gabriel." Released in 1998 on Large, "Gabriel" was hailed "Dance Tune Of The Year" by countless publications worldwide and sold by the truckload. Produced with vocalist and multi-talented musician Peven Everett, "Gabriel" is a certified soulful house music anthem that sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Credited by some with kick-starting the UK garage scene it was a tune that would change Roy's musical direction and take him back to his spiritual roots. It’s well known that Davis Jr. has deep religious grounding; in fact his honesty about his beliefs has set him up for criticism from his audience.

“I’ve had to learn different ways to communicate about my religious beliefs through music without being too preachy. I sit back and think about how people might want to talk to me if I had no faith. Sometimes you can’t hold back, and sometimes you can. I just need to know that when I leave this place I did the best job I could,” explains Davis Jr.

After “Gabriel” he diversified his production work with critically acclaimed remixes for Gus Gus, Eric Benet & Faith Evans, Terry Dexter, and Hip-Hop queen Mary J. Blige, slowly letting his more soulful side rise to the top. “When I grew up I listened to Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder – the records my parents played- that was music that set you straight,” he says. “That’s how I came up with my sound. It shouldn’t just be about beats and instrumentation. Amp Fiddler and Peven Everett have opened up the doors for people to come through and show what soulful music can and should be.”

Davis has recorded for Thomas Bangalter's Roule imprint, Peacefrog, NRK, and Bombay Records; he is undoubtedly one of the hardest working producers on the dance music circuit. Aside from producing, Davis also runs Undaground Therapy records and has a busy DJ schedule. His label has released works from Men From The Nile, Earth Boys, Paul Johnson, Jay Juniel, Louie Maldonado, Brian Harden, and DJ Skull.


Marshall Jefferson biography

There are a handful of men who have the title of “Godfather” of house music, and while many have legitimate claims to the title, because of seniority and being there at the beginning, one stands out from the crowd as being the one that actually defined not only House music, but dance music itself as we know it today.
His name is Marshall Jefferson, and when in 1986 he played piano on a house record for the first time ever, the idea was so innovative that record companies told him that it wasn’t even house music. That record was the platinum “House Music Anthem”, and today you rarely hear a house record without piano.

Since then, Marshall’s list of accomplishments in House music read like no one else; in 1987 he produced the first ever “Acid House” record “Acid Tracks” using the TB 303, and simultaneously launching the successful career of DJ Pierre. He also produced the first house records incorporating old time soulful spiritual vocals, launching the successful careers of Ten City, Kim Mazelle, and CeCe Rogers. All those early songs are blueprints for what we recognise today as deep house, garage music, techno music, and the TB 303 is the most sought after instrument for techno artists and producers.
It seems like almost every song Marshall produced turned into another form of music, but he was often oblivious to this at the time; “I just wanted my songs to sound different from each other,” he says. Marshall also became A and R of Trax records in its “golden years” signing some of dance music’s most influential Artists alongside whom he was also the headline act in the worlds first ever House music tour stopping in Europe and the UK in 1987. The list of careers that Marshall has helped or launched reads like a who’s who of dance music; Roy Davis Jnr, Felix Da Housecat, Lil Louise, Frankie Knuckles, Steve “Silk” Hurley, and many others, not including the thousands of producers and DJs that have been influenced by him.

The most impressive thing about Marshall however is what separated him from all the others; his ability to consistently write the classic song combining emotional lyrics and timeless melodies. He is far and away the most covered songwriter in the history of dance, with his back catalog containing more than two hundred covers and sample licenses.

Despite his meteoric rise to success he was not without his setbacks. In 1990 after over half a decade of global hits Marshall was to receive what at the time seemed like the greatest opportunity of his career. Big beat records offered him an unprecedented million-dollar budget to produce an album on singer Vikki Ryan who was tipped to be the next big thing in dance music. The project gave him the chance to work with some of the greatest musicians the world had to offer including full orchestral backing by the entire Chicago symphony orchestra on every track. But sadly in a strange twist of fate half way through the monumental project the A and R man at big beat was fired and all works in progress on the entire label were shelved. Having spent over a year of his life recording putting his heart and soul into the project Marshall became depressed and despondent losing all faith in the music industry and its messy politics. In that moment he decided to retire on the fortune his success had granted him and Marshall slipped out of the limelight to live a quiet life with his close friends and family. To this day that unfinished album has never been released or even heard by anyone other than Marshall and his production team


In early spring of 1993 however after a 3yr absence Marshall Jefferson was coaxed back to the roots of Djing in which he had left behind in the early eighties to perform a charity gig in London’s Café de Paris in a special surprise performance. Such was the response that night and the massive demand that followed to bring him back he felt some of his passion and love for the music return and soon after decided to come out of retirement. That as they say is history and now nearly ten years on he is one of the most prolific DJs to come out of Chicago having played at every major club and event across Europe and the world.

His sets subtle blend of deep house, tribal beats and New York style Garage Music have seen him in constant demand ever since. He capped off a five-year residency for the tribal gathering and big love events with a Major CD release. Joining forces with co residents Gayle san and James Lavelle to blend their differing styles charting the events diverse roots and history the 3 collaborated to make the album a solid gold 50,000 selling success!
Off the back of this his constant touring of the world continued but it was not until a collaboration in 2001 with milk and two sugars at London’s “The End” yielded his next DJ album. This release “Welcome to the world of Marshall Jefferson” coincided with a major UK Network television documentary “Pump up the volume” on Channel four, which charted the history of house music from its earliest beginnings. Marshall’s major contribution to this program and the recognition it gave him on screen strengthened his legacy to the younger generation and created a fabulous new wave of young fans for Marshall who cherished the new Album and its inclusion of rare house music classics that many of them had never heard. 

This new demand for retrospectives and a growing trend towards retro club nights across Europe eventually led Marshall to spawn a project that would give this new generation a chance to learn about the music that led to the creation of this “house music” that seems to have changed the worlds youth culture so much. In October 2003 he will release a double album spanning the key years that inspired the birth of this global phenomenon showing the links between such early artists as Isaac Hayes, The Pockets and Inner Life and how they had a direct effect to pioneering house legends such as Fingers inc, Jamie principle, Joe smooth and of course Marshall himself. “Move your Body <The Evolution of Chicago House>“ will become a memorable and collectable artefact from one of dance music’s most enduring and durable movements!
Althrough this period since his return to Djing still scarred by the experience of the Vikki Ryan fiasco his producing has taken an almost non-existent back seat in this phase of his career. In fact he has rarely recorded any lone Marshall Jefferson Productions in the past ten years except perhaps less than a handful of underground offerings usually known only to specialist collectors and other DJs. Despite this all is not as it seems. Marshall is finally preparing a return to producing some time in the near future as his long sabbatical has given him time to collect new ideas and inspiration to begin the writing phase of what will become a monumental return for one of House music’s most revered living legends. Whatever way dance music has progressed through the years you can be sure he has been part of that, so we ask one question? In what direction will he take it now?


Could you tell us what was it like back in the eighties when it all started and, perhaps, compare it with how it is today? 
There are too many records coming out now. Back then, there were only about 15-20 new dance records a week coming out, so if there was something special, EVERYBODY played it. Now, if something great comes out, it gets lost in the crowd of bullshit that comes out the same week. A record could be a hit one week, and then nothing the next now. Back then, hits would play for more than a year. With that in mind, there were a lot more songs that people could connect to and fall in love with. We knew the names and artists of all the records we loved. 

It is well known that it was your track, «Move Your Body» that was the first house hit ever and that you were the first to make acid and deep house tracks. Back then, did you at any stop and think to yourself: «These tracks could be big.» ? 
I thought move your body was going to be the biggest thing since sliced bread soon as i finished it. No, i KNEW it. I took it to the Music Box the same night and Ron hardy played it on cassette-6 times in a row. But Move Your Body wasn't the 1st house hit ever. "Music Is the Key" By Jm Silk hit and sold about 100,000 copies, "Like This" By Chip E, "MInd Games" by Qwest, all came out on record before Move Your Body. "No Way Back" by Adonis also was big. I also had songs out before Move Your body, at least 15 of my records were playing in the clubs, some have never come out to this day. "Move your body was playing in the clubs almost a year before it finally came out on wax, and was so huge before it came out that i was doing regular interviews with European reporters before it even came out. 

Since we live in era of vast technical posibilities when it comes to electronic music making, there will be more and more artists and more and more music. Do you think it could effect the scene in a negative way? 

If they make crap, yes. We don't need more bullshit cluttering up the market hiding the good records, we need special songs and hits that mean something, or everything is going to die.

Of all of the electronic music genres, house is definitely the one that has more than any other made its way into mainstream. What do you think of it? 

I feel house has never truly made the mainstream in its pure form. 

I think house has moved away from vocals and concentrated more on instrumentation, and that's slowly killing the scene. It's not really the producers intention, but they're at fault. See, no matter how good the instrumentation is, someone somewhere is going to copy it. A good song with good vocals will somehow find a life and lift the scene.

When it comes to all of the genres, we know that European electronic music is somewhat different than American, in general. What about the crowds at the parties? Do you see or feel the difference? 

Well, the American scene is pretty different because they don't exactly know what's going on. There are some pretty weak American DJ's because they don't know what's going on either. They read about it, but they don't hear it. It's a shame because technically, a lot of them blow the European Dj's totally out the water. On the other hand, European Dj's blow the Americans out of the water musically. Back to the crowds, the Americans are certainly more energetic than their European counterparts(when they hear the good stuff) because they're less jaded. 

How important is the role of clubs for the promotion of electronic music? 

It's very important. If the clubs don't play a certain genre, that genre will die. Clubs however, need to get together and have a summit of some sort. They need unity and organisation or they'll all die. All genres need to play on one dance floor.

We heard that video games are a great passion of yours. Is that true? 


Is it true that you'd like to make movies? 

Yes, I would like to direct. Maybe just 3 movies or so and stop, but make those movies special. 

What is house music all about? 

House music in the beginning meant the BEST underground that britney Spears would never sing, but was absolutely the hippest shit possible. House music didn't have a set 4 on the floor beat. "Hip Hop Be Bop" by Man Parrish was House. "Sweet Dreams" By Eurythmics was house. "Walk The Night" by the Scatt Brothers was house, and they was pretty techno sounding. It was never supposed to be a certain beat or a certain groove. When I 1st did "Move Your Body", everyone was so screwed up at that point that they said it wasn't house music, even though it was playing in all the house clubs. The problem was the piano. What they didn't realise was what I had connected to---the fact that anything that was hip enough was going to be played in the house clubs, and I proved that time and again after that with records like Acid tracks and Open Our Eyes, as well as the Ten City stuff. If clubs went by this philosophy, the scene would get new life. 


I Got Da Feeling - Strawberry rec 
Move Your Body - Essential Dance Music 
Mushrooms - Soap rec 
Music Makes Me Happy - Cleveland City rec 
One More Chance / 12" Of Love - UCA rec 
Ride The Rhythm remix - Trax rec 
The House Music Anthem - Trax rec 
Dancing Flutes - Underground Chicago 
Move Your Body '90 Remix - Radical rec 
Move Your Body - Trax rec 
I Found You - Centrestage rec 
Sunshine n'Your Eyes - Interstate 
This Is Other Side rec - Other Side rec 
Jump On It / Find The Groove - KTM 
Step By Step - Freetown Inc 
Day Of The Onion / Floating - KTM 
Move Your Body - Adonis remixes - Trax 
Touch The Sky - Fifty First rec 
Animals EP - KTM 
Move Your Body - Simply Vinyl (S12) 
Sampler 6 'Music Makes Me Happy' - Cleveland City rec 
Welcome to the World of Marshall Jefferson - A Testament To House Music - W
elcome to the World of MJ 
69% - Traffic rec 
Move Your Body - The Evolution Of Chicago House - Unisex 

Dattera til Hagen Soulmovement live with Ray Coker Aug 21 2004

Mikkel juggles with musical genres inspired by his love of black music. He creates music through his feelings, and writes about things that moves him. Every song is a musical journey from dirty funk, to smooth soul through reggae to jazz. A fresh sound produced with 4 quality musicians and a singer with an edge in an Oslo studio. The band has had several concerts with great response. 

Mikkel Åkervik: Vocals
Lasse Weeden: Bass
Andreas Bratli: drums
Andre Viervoll: keys
Eirik Askerøy: Guitar

Intimate concert with Mikkel Saturday 21st August at 21.00 at Dattera til Hagen 50 kroner, Dj Ray Coker plays soulful house music after the concert. Be prepared for a soulful evening with the soulmovement family.

We are pleased to announce the Soulmovement Tour in Florida for the month of July. This is the true meaning when the house community comes together to promote house music. On July 2nd, soulmovement will be in Miami at Club Opium with the lust4house crew (Sheldon,Soulfuric&Lust) & Vaughn(lust4house). 

 On July 3rd. Soulmovement will be at Club Blue in Miami. For more info visit.

On July 4th. Celebrating Independence Day at The Treehouse, Naples Florida. This is arranged by the Meisters and is private and invite only. Past guest for the Meisters have been Micheal Proctor, Brian Tappert, John Julius Knight, David Reyero. These guys have been supporting house for many years and i am very proud to say there are part my family.

On July 9th, Soulmovemnt will be in Orlando at club Annie on Orange Ave. This is night is arranged by Jay Oliva and 1017productions crew. Jay has been a true supported of the Orlando House scene for many years. Djs for the night will be Ray Coker, Mannny Cuevas(KCP 4x4 nation), and Quest one(Soul Elevation). For more info go  or

On July 13th, Soulmovement will be in Tampa, Florida at the infamous Jackshouse night. I will be throwing down with my True Thaisoul brother Jask (Soulfuric,large, step ahead records). Its going to be deep that night.

On July 16th, I will be spending the weekend in NYC with Alfredo Carrero and the NYC House  family from the Sunshine State. This  trip will be monumental in more ways than one. Thanks again Alfredo for being a true friend and making it possible.

Soulmovement was honored to be part of the Södra Massemote 2004 collection  inconjunction with Loreal on June 3rd 2004.  It was an unbelievable atmosphere where the combination of deep and soulful house music was fused with a great collection of outfits and models. This collection was very unique due to fact that all the outfits were  made of  100 percent paper. Due to the positive response,  Soulmovement  has been invited to comeback to be part of the collaboration in the future. Big thanks go out to Eduard (Art Director of Loreal/Norway) for making it possible and believing in the musical direction.












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