After college, I continued with music, working on local projects in the DC area. This brought me to the Winter Music Conference where I met a lot of nice people in the industry. One of them was Dwayne Alexander who worked for ASCAP. He loved my style and wanted me to write with some other writers in New York.
So, In the early part of 1993, I moved to New York. Dwayne had moved from ASCAP over to Polygram Publishing and continued to pair me up with different writers. Eventually, I had a developer publishing deal with Polygram all ready for contract, but there was a reorganization in the company and Dwayne was let go, along with all of his deals.
I started doing keyboard work and songwriting around town. I fell into a remixing project which started me along that path. That early part of my career culminated doing work directly for Phil Ramone. I did serval remixes for him. My favorite part of working for Phil was when we would meet to go over my mixes. He would listen all the way through, then go back to certain parts and ask me what chords I used and how I was able to go back into the key. We were two musicians talking craft. His label, N2K Encoded Music, was sold off to another company and many of the acts were dropped from the label. Some of my mixes were release on promotional pressings.
At that point, I took a break from music. It was hard finding enough work to pay for all my expenses, so I went to get a “real” job. I landed in a good position at a good company. I got to use my other talents with computers and have been very happy there.
in 2012, I received sad news that my friend Dwayne had been savagely killed. This upset me so much and I didn’t know how to settle my feelings. I decided to do a mix for him in the style that first attracted him to my sound, believing that his spirit would hear it. I really enjoyed working on it and was pleased with the outcome. After posting it online, I started receiving a lot of positive comments, which encouraged me to continue with another mix… and another mix...