Ronnie Herel is a true ambassador of Urban Music so it was no surprise when Radio 1’s sister station BBC 1Xtra, snapped him up as one of their first DJ signings. Currently presenting their specialist slot ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Show’ Mondays 10pm -1am & ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra Takeover on BBC Radio 1, Sundays 1am til 3am (Saturday nights).
Ronnie is truly enjoying playing his mix of urban music to a national and international audience and is one of the most listened to DJs via the Radio 1 and 1Xtra websites.
For his specialist show he has interviewed some of the greats in the world of music from Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, Dizzee Rascal, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Estelle, JLS, Alicia Keys to name but a few, along with supporting new talent, giving them the opportunity to receive a greater audience.
He has more than paid his dues in the R&B club scene which date back to 1989 with his first DJ promotion The Kat Club at Bar Rhumba (London). Moving on from this Ronnie established himself further with two impressive London residences Club YoYo and Funk with Trevor Nelson at Sound. He also joined Trevor at the MTV Lick Parties in Ayia Napa and Leeds and on the Radio 1 stage at the Notting Hill Carnival, all this led to Ronnie being voted best club DJ by the readers of ‘Blues & Soul’ magazine in 2000. Ronnie’s success has further been recognised with two MOBO nominations in the categories of ‘Best Radio Show’ and ‘UK Best Club DJ’.
At the moment you can catch Ronnie at his London end of month Friday residency @ The Drunken Monkey and everywhere in the UK also internationally Ayia Napa, Dubai, Switzerland, Jersey, Croatia, Ibiza to Russia, also being a veteran DJ at the ‘Southport Weekenders’.
Within the field of television Ronnie appeared in the BBC’s ‘Babyfathers’ and stretched his skills further to acting with script and first onscreen kiss in ‘Holby City’. He has been interviewed on both BBC Breakfast and Sky News as an opinion former and for his depth of knowledge of urban music. MTV invited Ronnie to be one of a handful of DJs to have a one off five day slot called ‘DJ Takeover’. Showing further his versatility, Ronnie was support for the then new talent Amp Filder at the Jazz Café and ‘The Brand New Heavies on their UK tour at the Jazz Café, as well as supplying the cuts on their 2003 release. On behalf of the BBC Ronnie has brought onto stage artists like John Legend & Lemar to perform at their Maida Vale studios.
Not content with just playing the music, Ronnie’s skills include production and remixing, with his first ever record in 1989 ‘It’s Too Late’ with group Quartz hitting the UK national chart at number 8. Check in for you one stop R&B lowdown on The BBC Radio 1xtra R&B show Every Monday night 10pm – 1am.