Self-Education is a collection of Don B songs throughout the years. Done as a hobby, now inspired to share it with the world.
"It all started when I was a young high school kid, fantasizing about being like Babyface, Jon B, Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri. They were highly sought after song writers and super producers. I'd pretend to make album credits as if I wrote songs and produced them. I'd even start to write lyrics which had no real melody or rhythm. Until I got my hands on a keyboard, and figured out how to overdub on a two-deck cassette recorder. We didn't have the affordable options of home recording that's available now, ten years ago. Not on a high school or college budget. But I was hooked and the self education began.
I pounded out beats on my keyboard, tried to learn chord theory, and painfully struggled to sing. I could not sing to save my life. Until I recorded my voice over and over, and eliminated the bad habits, emphasized the nuances that I liked, and polished the control over my voice... to the point where I accepted it as recordable. I still don't consider myself a very good, much less great vocalist, but when you are a hobbyist song-writer/producer, the cheapest available vocalist is yourself. Along the way trial and error taught me how to harmonize and record back ground vocals.
"As I'd upgrade my equipment throughout the years, and build my experience of composing musical textures & vocal arrangements, I'd finally get to the point where I was confident in my music enough to share it with friends and family. I'm happy to now share it with whomever wants to hear it. The style is distinctly R&B, but it's continuously evolved with the industry and with my own creative discoveries.
"At this point in time, I look forward to writing, producing and performing many more records and albums to share... but before that, I thought it was apropos to give you first a prologue album. My self education in music."