The story behind D A G O B A H…
In May of 2011, I was offered a studio room at Campus Recordings fka ‘Fyre Factory’ by Frank Liu (guitarist) which famously housed producer Cy Fyre. Dustin Prestige had a room,Hollywood Floss, and John Dew also had rooms there. It was an interesting time for myself and the “crew”. I was a few months removed from releasing ‘Relationsh*t’ and months away from releasing ‘Break Something’ in the same year. Upon getting keys to my studio room I went to Best Buy & Guitar Center to upgrade my production/recording setup. There’s nothing like buying a fresh new laptop and knowing you production process is going to run smoother, better, faster. The beats I made that month poured out at an alarming rate. Some were intended for artists’ projects (Doughbeezy, Delo, Tim Ned, Jack Freeman, Killa Kyleon, Thurogood Wordsmith & more), while others just came from me being creative. Frank’s initial vision was to get as many creative types under the same roof, partner with songwriters, artists, videographers and build something… that idea involving “us” (Me/John/Floss) dissolved for differences in philosophies.
2011 was my breaking point musically, I had been living in Pearland, driving to Galveston everyday for work, and then most nights driving into Houston for music events, studio time, etc. Not to mention I was let go from my job that summer, One night in early August I went to “FACES” where my good friend DJ DON bka Donnie Houston was resident DJ. I was there for maybe 20 minutes, just wanted to pop in to holler at him and then get back to the studio. Within that time someone had broke into my car and took my backpack which contained my laptop, midi controller, my ipod, my iPhone, basically everything. I nearly lost my mind, actually I’m quite sure that I did. Ask anyone that was there, I was seeing red. No one could calm me down. All I was thinking is “oh s&#%!, I’ve lost all my production, everything, every session, every idea”…Fortunately for me all my work prior to May of 2011 was backed up on an external and since my new setup was so “new” I hadn’t had a chance to back up the beats I made that May or the rest of the Summer for that matter. I only had mp3 one tracked un-mixed versions of the beats I was making. I made almost 30 beats during May of 2011. Most of those beats stayed on a playlist in my iTunes under “Lost Beats”. I couldn’t sell these, or let an artist use them for projects without the actual sessions. They were just there…until now.
Almost 3 years later, I present to you my latest instrumental album D A G O B A H.