Ron Maney AKA DJ Skull from Chicago, USA can be counted as one of the strongest identities fronting the vanguard sound of Chicago’s underground. His stylistic nonpareil is reflected in his ability to ebb and flow between harder techno and windy city, house music soul. A DJ’s DJ also, Skull’s skill set comes through his arc of playing basements parties and lofts to working through Chicago’s clubs to become iconography, during house music’s most epochal times, of legendary venues Power Plant and Musik Box.
DJ Skull started his musical adventure during the summer of 1986 when he began honing his craft and at the age of 15. Ron shopped his first demo at Trax Records meeting their A&R man, Chicago’s legendary DJ Ron Hardy in the process. Two years and a new alias (DJ Skull) later while at the Power Plant, Chicago’s own Steve Poindexter, who was A&R at Saber Records, heard a DJ playing one of Ron’s tracks and rapidly invited him to release some tracks with them.
In 1991 DJ Skull’s first record “N.R.G. Music” was released with seminal “The Stomping Grounds” on Djax-Up-Beats a couple years later which was more noted than his first release. Over the years that followed DJ Skull released lots of EP’s on several amazing labels and has become one of the most well-respected and legendary producers and DJs in the global techno scene.
Still criss-crossing Europe and the U.S. today, the American DJ is a seasoned professional with over 30 years-experience, internationally demonstrating why he remains an absolute weapon in the booth. Thundering a sound that reinterprets the musical tropes of his Chi-Wax releases, Djax-Up-Beat bombs, and funk semantics heard elsewhere (Sect, Mentha, Majestic), DJ Skull brings a deep-rooted knowledge and command to the live realm.
A luminary behind the controls, and an artist who measures in notoriety alongside mentors and contemporaries Ron Hardy, Phuture’s Roy Davis Jnr to Steve Poindexter and Mike Dearborn. Not only is DJ Skull pure essence of the future sound of Chicago, but its true embodiment.