Jack Smooth

Jack Smooth

Real Name:
Ron Wells
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RonWellsJS (previously known as Jack Smooth) is often credited as the pioneer of Jungle Techno, and certainly an early architect of Drum and Bass, in particular the 'Intelligent' or 'Liquid' variant.

Ron is the creator of Sound Entity Studios, which in the early 90's became a go-to facility for Dance Music producers.

During his career Ron has produced over 300 dance music records, spanning many genres. He usually focuses on creating his own chord structures and melodies using synthesizers, as opposed to relying on sampling the work of others.

His music embodies an electronic, ambient Techno signature with production standards that are recognisable as more 'polished' than typical underground dance music.

Ron Wells began his career at the age of 17 as a London Pirate Radio DJ in 1987 (Crystal, Medina & WLR), he then went on to form Wax Factory Productions in 1989.

Wax Factory was one of the first UK dance music labels to deal directly with record shops, by not having a distribution deal. In years to come, Wax factory would earn cult status as an underground UK House and Techno label. Many, to this day, believe that Ron's productions were from the USA, due to their authentic Techno sound.

In 1991 Ron created Sound Entity Records to concentrate on forming the Jungle Techno sound he is predominantly known for. Key artists on the label were Smooth But Hazzardous, Hedgehog Affair, Jack Smooth and 20 Hurts.

In 1992 Ron masterminded, co-wrote and produced Trip to Trumpton with Urban Hype, which became a top 6 Hit (UK National Charts).

Throughout 1992 to 1994 Ron produced (and on most occasions co-wrote) releases 3-35 on Basement Records and he quickly took this unknown label to class leading status. Differences of opinion on how the label was being managed eventually saw the demise of the relationship.

In 1993 Ron formed Fast Floor Productions with Paul Clarke where the two focused on adding more compositional structure to the Jungle Techno scene and further developing its transformation into Drum & Bass on Ron's Smooth Recordings label. In order to experiment further with Drum & Bass the two also formed Earl Grey 1995 which was signed to MCA music publishing and Carl Cox's Ultimatum label.

1996 DJ Dr S Gachet invited Ron to join him in producing a 2-hour mix for BBC Radio 1's One In The Jungle show, which was aired in December of that year.

Ron has also co-owned Dance Nation Radio, which was broadcast Europe-wide on Euronet Sky Sports Audio Channel 6.

Responsible for the production of many classic UK Hardcore records throughout the early 90's, Ron's style of production is said to be instantly recognisable.
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Jack Smooth Discography

Singles & EPs

Jack Smooth Waveforms EP (EP) Sound Entity Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
SE-03, SE 03 Jack Smooth Crowd Control(12", W/Lbl) Sound Entity Records, Sound Entity Records SE-03, SE 03 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth - Unfriendly / Rock To The Groove Basement Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth - New Direction (93 Remix) / What's Goin' On Basement Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Jack Smooth & Spencer T Jack Smooth & Spencer T - Tell Me Something / Happy Nonsense Sound Entity Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth / Bounty Killaz Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth / Bounty Killaz - Unfriendly / Brighter Future(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth - Rock To The Groove / What's Goin' On(Acetate, 10") Basement Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
DJ Aphrodite* / Phantasy* & Smooth* DJ Aphrodite* / Phantasy* & Smooth* - DJs Unite Vol. 1 Sampler Rogue Trooper UK 1994 Sell This Version
DJ Chemistry Meets Jack Smooth DJ Chemistry Meets Jack Smooth - Alchemy / Freefall Homegrown Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Phantasy* & Smooth* Phantasy* & Smooth* - Dream On Sound Entity Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth Wax Doctor & Jack Smooth - Another Direction / Unfriendly Basement Records UK 2005 Sell This Version
Jack Smooth Plight Of The Innovators Basement Records UK 2006 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Issue 01 Vol. 02 Jack Smooth Life Innovation(CD, Mixed, Promo) Eternity Magazine Issue 01 Vol. 02 UK 1996 Sell This Version

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jungle1993

jungle1993

December 11, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Everything this guy has touched is gold in my opinion, the engineering & quality in his tracks are second to none! The true meaning of pioneer

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