How did you get started? Tell us everything!
My name is Dysfunctional Ron and I was born in New London, Connecticut where my family is originally from. My Dad was in the Coast Guard, and because of this, we moved every few years. This blessing exposed me to so many new cultures and music at a very young age. Growing up I listened to just about everything I could get my hands on. From 90s hip-hop groups like the Pharcycde to heavy metal bands like Slipknot, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffet, Blink 182; I really loved it all. I started making music after I wrote a rap for a 7th grade extra credit project. Rap music was always the coolest. I was the person who always paid attention to the lyrics the most and felt a connection to artists like Kid Cudi and Mac for there ability to be vulnerable and say things that felt honest.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I got into the music industry as an intern and engineer. While in college in Charlotte, NC I started hanging around studios and was really interested in how to record myself because I was broke and could not afford to pay for studio time. I believed in investing in myself and seeing the growth. So to have an opportunity to help out, get free studio time, and learn the sauce felt like the right thing to do. After graduating I moved to Atlanta in 2018 where I started working at Astro Studios as an intern. From there I started assisting and was asked to work for some of the best artists in the city. This allowed me to not only study greats but continue to mold my sound in a multi-million dollar recording studio.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I work pretty closely on my music with producers Emilio, Jzrl, and Erich Gutzler and collaborate often with some of the homies like Daylan Gideon, Aayanna, KeyDeaux, CDZ, Astro Big J and the guys in Dolo Records. I also have mixing credits for Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Z Money, SwaVay, Aayanna, Daylan Gideon, and few others.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
Some of my biggest influences growing up were Kid Cudi, Mac, and Wiz. Those guys just knew what they were doing and really shaped my musical sound today. Now I like to listen to a lot of different stuff. On my playlist, I have a bunch of King Crule and Crumb. I'm also listening to a lot of Bob Marley. I've been wanting a lot of peaceful music. It helps with the vibe especially when it seems like the world is falling apart.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The biggest obstacle I have faced in the music industry is proving that I am more than just a recording and mixing engineer. I am one of the best artists in the game and I truly believe that. The tragic flaw of my path to get there however is that once you sit and the chair and press the red button, it's hard to change others' perspectives of you.
How would you describe your style?
My sound is pretty much alternative hip hop. I like singing to!
What are some of your goals this year?
My goals this year are just to continue to make good music and focus on being an artist full time.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I'd love to work with the Alchemist, Schoolboy Q, and Medhane.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process is pretty dodgy. I move quickly and start a bunch of ideas daily but finish songs sporadically when it feels right.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
My favorite order is the Salmon Alfredo with Pesto from Little Azios.