Ron Like Hell will be taking the decks along with Nita Aviance on Friday, May 30th at Occupy The Disco at Le Bain. Many of you know him well from spinning at parties like Wrecked, Spank and even The Saint at Large’s Black Party. Ron sat down with us in anticipation of Friday night, giving us his take on the current state of nightlife and his perspective on music.
OXD: What inspired you to become a DJ?
Ron: My desire to unite all kinds of people together on the dancefloor with a unique blend of different genres not limited to just dance music tracks is my goal. I strived to achieve that for so long so once I finally accomplished that goal in the middle of my dj career, I felt at home with deejaying. As long as I am successful in making people dance and happy with the diverse styles of music I present, I am inspired and will keep it going for as long as I live.
OXD: What’s your favorite venue in NYC currently?
Ron: There are more than just one for me. Output, Baby’s All Right, Starvue and Bossa Nova Civic Club are committed to featuring great music on really good sound systems. As an eclectic music fan, I like the diversity in the talent that they host. Plus the range of age and ethnicity of people who attend these venues is mixed which I also love.
“As long as I am successful in making people dance and happy with the diverse styles of music I present, I am inspired and will keep it going for as long as I live.”
OXD: Who is the DJ you admire the most?
Ron: Francois Kevorkian still continues to amaze me with his detailed approach to programming music and the journey it takes you on. He has worked with Larry Levan (Paradise Garage), Thomas Dolby and Derrick May to name a few and has remixed so many incredible disco, new wave, rock, house, jazz and funk tracks for years which I truly admire. I was so happy when I finally got to hear him dj at Body & Soul back in 1998 and I still try and make it out to his weekly Deep Space parties whenever possible.
OXD: We live in a time where gay house and disco fans like ourselves are going to non gay venues to discover fresh and new music. What do you think this means for the future of NYC’s nightlife?
Ron: For those like myself who have been deejaying to 50/50 or 100% straight or gay crowds their entire careers, I think it’s great that it is becoming less unusual to see all kinds of people dancing together. As long as people continue to seek out more diverse music styles at venues where all kinds of people are welcome, the future looks good for nightlife every where in the world.
Ron also shared his current top 5 tracks with us – check them out in the Soundcloud playlist below – and maybe you’ll even hear Ron them spin them on Friday!