His production received underground recognition across the states; nevertheless this was not the true road DeRon wanted take. While the minor success and appreciation was gratifying, DeRon felt the limits of compromising his artistry for a commercial sound.In an attempt to show how truly universal music could be, DeRon offered the independent scene his first true solo effort in 2001 under the alias of Azariah. The album was entitled The Healing. It was an exotic mixture of jazz, rock, and world music.
This recording was the maverick for the eclectic, electric, experimental sound that DeRon now likes to call ocean music. After recording various projects under a mixture of monikers such as Azariah, Empathy In Love, Modern Kitten Theory, DJ Iceberg, Cure for Cancer, and a host of others, DeRon is finally ready to take off his mask and reveal his true talents with his latest project, "The Ministry of You". Over the years, Palisade Hills has grown into one of the most vital on-line musical alliances around. Recorded in only a matter of months, "The Ministry of You" is a project that will leave his congregation in astonishment. "From the first note to the last, "The Ministry of You" is nothing short of groundbreaking" raves writer Tracy Carter.
The comparisons here are evident and felt throughout the album. Ranging from that of the leaders of the early electronic persuasion, Kraftwerk, on the hit single "When I Want Romance", to the influence of the modern-day artistry of Massive Attack, or possibly early Björk, on tracks like "Little Blue Riddles" and "I Want To Move To London". The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Overall, DeRon offers an assortment of elements from the modern electronic scene, hip-hop, traditional Oriental music, and even New Age.
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