While many may recognize his name, his story is yet to be heard. Da Realest is a local producer, engineer, and now music artist. He currently has a debut album coming out July 15th titled, “Lost Luv”. But before his major achievements, Da Realest, also known as DJ Brown, came a long way.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Ronald began bagging groceries at 12 years old. Around the same time, his mother bought him his first CD player. He listened to his CD player everyday while working. This gift from his mother, eventually led to Ronald falling deeply in love with music.
Aside from his love for music, Ronald also had a love for Basketball, and at only 16 years old he had a promising future in the sport. However, due to an ankle injury, his future plans were shattered. During his recovery, Ronald would sit at home and create beats on his computer. Though the beats were, in his opinion, “whack,” he never gave up his love for the craft. When he was 18 years old, while working at Showtime Pictures, Ronald met a woman by the name of Stacye J.
She showed him his first Recording Studio, and he instantly fell in love with it. Soon, Stacye J began letting Ronald use her studio when she was not. This opportunity allowed Ronald to teach himself how to record and mix. Eventually, as a way to earn money, he started scheduling recording sessions with various artists. Up until 2010, the studio and his work there were running smoothly, and Ronald was living his dream. Sadly, the studio was forced to close and they were ordered to be out by the end of the week.
With no where else to go, Ronald returned to his mother’s home and lived in her basement. Until 2011, he had no way of earning money. Soon, however, his situation began to change. At Greenfield Plaza, Ronald started another studio, but it didn’t last long. In 2012, he started working out of a studio on Michigan Avenue. For 2 years straight, Ronald generated more money than he had ever seen. Though the studio was successful, it came to a screeching halt when the owner of the building decided to sell it. With his back against the wall yet again, Ronald decided he was tired of working for other people and decided to open his own business. In 2015, he was able to get a building on 9 Mile.
Since the building was just an open space, he went to Home Depot and bought everything he needed to create his studio, frame by frame, and wall by wall. It took trial, error, and many set backs, but Ronald persevered through it all. Since he was just 12 years old, his love for music has been undying. Now, he uses his unwavering ability to create music from vibes and feelings, to help others in their quest to succeed in the music industry.
With an everlasting commitment, Ronald is undoubtedly the music professional that will navigate you to fulfilling your dreams.
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