Ronald Jenkees: Stay Crunchy

A friend of mine sent me a Ronald Jenkees track last week off his new album, “Disorganized Fun.” (Great name by the way, Ron) I had no idea how fuckin’ sweet it would be. I listened to his ” Stay Crunchy” track over and over until the downstairs neighbors came upstairs and told me to “Turn down the music!”  I was so wrapped up in Ronny’s new track I was unaware just how obnoxious I had become on a peaceful Sunday morning. Thanks Ron, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from you in 2012.  Keep it crispy! -T.O.

Early life

Jenkees grew up in Kentucky, where he first began playing music at the age of 4. He started when he received a toy keyboard as a Christmas gift. With it, he learned simple melodies and played with friends. While still at a young age, he received a Yamaha PSR-500. He attempted piano lessons in the seventh grade, but these were unsuccessful. Jenkees discovered how to sequence and layer music using his Yamaha keyboard, and began playing hip hop music. He joined a marching band in high school, and despite being unable to read sheet music, the band director let Jenkees create his own keyboard parts and “jam out” in state competitions. The band director encouraged Jenkees to learn to read music, but he continued to play by ear.

Musical career

Jenkees was introduced to FL Studio by a friend. From about 2003, he began releasing beats and raps online under the name “Big Cheez”. Under this name, he produced the 2005 album Straight Laced by Fish. In 2006, Jenkees started posting videos on YouTube to entertain people, but he later began posting music-related videos. These videos usually feature him wearing a hat and greeting his viewers by saying, “Hello Youtubes!”. Jenkees feels that the “goofiness” he shows helps him to “not feel like such a show-off”. His videos gradually gained popularity, and saw a boom in popularity when Bill Simmonsfrom advertised Jenkees and asked him to record his podcast theme, and again after being “thumbed up” by members of the StumbleUpon community. In 2007, Jenkees independently released his first studio album, Ronald Jenkees. In June 2009, Jenkees was featured on the STS9 album, Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes, producing a remix of “Beyond Right Now”. On July 31, 2009, Jenkees announced (via his Twitter feed) that he had released his second album, Disorganized Fun. Both are currently available for purchase from either the iTunes Store or his personal website on physical compact discs or as direct MP3 downloads.

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