Ron Scalzo is the owner & CEO of New York independent record label & production house Bald Freak Music. Ron released three albums and various digital singles under the pseudonym Q*Ball from 2002-2012. Ron is also the vocalist in progressive metal band Return To Earth. From 2005-2012, in addition to Ron’s own releases, Bald Freak released albums from influential guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, New Jersey pirate metal band Swashbuckle, Brooklyn experimental act Black Pig, and NYC modern rock outfit The Head Set.

In 2012, Ron’s house – including the studio, office and warehouse that comprised Bald Freak Music – was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. In the years that followed, Ron reinvented himself as a solo artist, releasing The Last Q*Ball Album in 2014 and You Deserve The Best in 2015.

Ron has been a producer for the syndicated Elvis Duran & the Morning Show since 2008. Ron hosts and produces the Independent Minded podcast, championing the work of independent artists and musicians from around the world. He is an avid runner, writer, foodie, music and movie fanatic. He lives in Jersey City with his crazy Westie dog Buttons.


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