Check out the man responsible for the DANCE SCENE as we know it today.. the HEAD of the biggest record pool in the world…. THE DJ HQ…. STARFLEET MUSIC RECORD POOL A Legacy of Firsts
With over 176 thousand djs registered STARFLEET MUSIC RECORD POOL is the world’s largest and oldest record pool in existence. Headed by DJ CAPTAIN KIRK aka Ronnie Matthews, labels big and small from around the world come to him to get their artists songs in hands of some of the top djs in the world; from the clubs of NYC, LONDON and Ibiza, down to the dance club in Columbus Ohio, to the DECKS of 120 Billboard Reporting DJ’s . For over 25 years Ronnie Matthews has been the “Go to Guy” helping make recording artist known! Starting as a DJ over 40 years ago Ronnie initiated a tonne of firsts… He was the first DJ in the 70’s to do a MIXSHOW, he also was the one that created and coined the “crossover” music genre being the first Record Pool to send the Urban sound to Dance Club DJ’s to being the first in the Record Pools to send the new Digital Music Format MP3 out to his DJ’s, Ronnie Matthews is the Dance Scene Music Trailblazer.
How did it all start? Ronnie puts it best himself: “I was a high performance mechanic working on a customer’s car & asked him what he did for a living. He said he was a mobile DJs, which was back around 1974. I asked what that was & he got me to go with him 1 night where I helped him setup his equipment in a college gymnasium. I watched him as he was play music as a radio DJ would talking to the crowd as he segwayed between songs. I noticed the girls hanging around him throughout the night. At the end of the night I asked him, do you make any money doing this? He said I made $500 tonight, much to my surprise. From that point on I started to travel with him on the weekends then totally leaving the mechanic’s world. We travelled from Virginia Beach to Memphis Tenn., to Lakeland Florida for the next couple of years, till I got my 1st full time club gig, where the party began. Later in the early 80’s the general manager at Camelot Music can to me to see if I’d be he’s 12”, CD-5 & Maxi-Cassette buyer. He frequented my clubs, so he knew I knew about new music. I started doing mix shows back in the late 70’s at an AM radio station, WRPL, then moved onto WPEG, which back at that time was a Disco radio station, now it’s a big time Urban station. After that came WCKZ, then came WNKS where I decided to get out of radio.”
Spinning Vinyl at the clubs under the name DJ Captain Kirk and to the founding of STARFLEET MUSIC record pool, both names he received the blessings on from Gene Roddenberry’s son. “Well, I’m an old Trekkie. I saw the original Star Trek back in the 60’s & I always wanted to be Captain Kirk. Throughout my early DJing career I had not given a thought to having a DJ name/handle, so when one of the radio stations, WCKZ Kiss-102, asked to do their mix shows, the PD asked what my DJ name was, “DING”, the light went off in my head & DJ Captain Kirk was born. I’ve had a ton of fun with that name, plus it helped spawn my company name as well, Starfleet Music Pool. I have all sorts of items given to me from companies associated with Paramount/Universal, even have a drop by Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry, who is in charge of the franchise now, saying thanks to Starfleet Music Pool DJs. You’ve gotta love it.”
Pick a name, any name of any big recording artist of the 70’s up to the most recent POP STAR, CHANCES are Ronnie has met and worked with them; from Sylvester, Michael Jackson, P Diddy, Taylor Dane, The Village People, Kristine W, Vanilla Ice and Cece Penniston just to name a few and he continues to do so and has a story to go along with all of them. Ronnie is well respected amongst the other record pools, Record Label A&R Reps from the big 3 to the small along with recording artist alike. For further bio info on Ronnie Matthews and Starfleet Music please send an enquiry to the publicist via the contact info below.