Today we’d like to introduce you to Donnie B. GotDaBeats.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Donnie So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began recording music while in high school with a couple of friends that were in the marching band with me. We would make beats and write to them in our free time during school or after school when we had a break in our activities. From there, we would record at a recording studio around the corner from where I lived. After graduating from high school, I went to Hampton University to study Music Engineering Technology and double major in Graphic Design.
After spending 5-6 years in Hampton Roads, I moved back to Washington, D.C. worked in a recording studio while engineering sessions with Dru Hill, Mya Harrison, Ruff Endz, and other credible industry artists. This was the springboard that catapulted me into trying to get into the business side of the entertainment business. in 2011, I started working with local recording artists and created a record label in the coming years called D.O.P.E. After disbanding the label between 2012 and 2013, I focused more on personal life and focusing on my own personal growth. I began to shoot music videos, film events, and provide cover art to local artists who were on a shoestring budget. I did this up until 2015 when I decided to bring my talents to the West Coast.
Immediately after moving to LA, I began working at Ohm, through a good friend Joseph Harrison, as a videographer filming his events and creating promo videos for him to promote with. I began to record again during this time and pursue my own career as a recording artist. Now, I have launched 2 apparel brands (HELLA & We Are All Celebrities), just released a new single, “Fine By Me”, on the 4th of July, and will be opening doors to my record label, “The Eights”, in January 2020.
Congrats on all the progress and the upcoming launch of your record label. Let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, there were plenty of obstacles. I have three kids who live with their mother in Washington, D.C. First of all, after their mom and I separated, I left my kids to move to Los Angeles to pursue better opportunities and possibilities to provide for them. As a parent, it’s always hard to be away from them, ESPECIALLY for the amount of time that I’m away from them. Secondly, Moving across the country is not for the weak of heart.
I had to “couch it” for the first 6-8 months of me moving here, then live out of a hotel for another 3-4 months, and then gradually made my way up to having my own apartment in NoHo. Lastly, navigating social circles are different when you don’t move like everyone else does. Not being from here, I had to start all over again in order to get established and it is hard to “suck it up” and take a back seat in situations when you’ve already experienced them but are in a new locale. It has been a struggle, but I’ve learned to make the best of it. In life, there are many peaks and valleys, and I’ve definitely experienced both peaks and valleys more times than I care to speak of.
Couch surfing and living out of hotels is tough, but it’s also inspiring to see how you didn’t let those circumstances block you from pursuing your passion. Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
D. Christopher Communications is a growing videography, photography, and graphic design company in Los Angeles. We serve the greater D. Christopher Communications is a growing videography, photography, and graphic design company in Los Angeles. We serve the greater Los Angeles areas and also service the greater Washington D.C. areas such as Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as Northern Virginia and all of Washington, DC. We are willing to provide services to national events and projects as well.
We are are proud partner of Military Fresh Network at www.militaryfreshnetwork.com and provide exclusive media content (video editing, music, etc.) specifically for the Military Fresh brand. All of our photography services are offered on-location in order to help you feel as much like you as possible. We provide high-quality logo design and offer flyer/poster printing and shipping for your business. D. Christopher Communications is also the umbrella corporation for HELLA LA Urban Apparel, We Are All Celebrities Apparel, The Eights recording imprint, and Donnie B. GotDaBeats’ music business.
What sets the company apart from others is that it is a one-stop-shop for entertainment. Knowledgeable in most aspects of the entertainment field, there isn’t much that I feel the company can’t do.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance is the main quality that drives my success. I have been through a lot and have been told that I can’t do certain things at every level of my success and I’ve always pushed forward and achieved at every level. Honestly, there isn’t much that I feel that I can’t do. I just need the resources and opportunity to get it done.
- Music Video Production / Prices starting at $1500
- Music Production (Tracks/Beats) / Prices starting at $100
- Logo, Cover Design, E-Flyers, etc. / Prices starting at $35
- Music Mixing & Mastering Services / Prices starting at $150
- Consulting Services / Prices start at $50hr
- Website: http://www.donniebgotdabeats.com and/or http://www.dchristophercommunications.com
- Phone: 4242725248
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/donniebgotdabeats or http://www.instagram.com/dchristophercom
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donniebgotdabeats
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/donbgotdabeats or http://www.twitter.com/dchristopherbrand
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uMUqbE6l0TmnC6FdX8Atm
Sara Lee Saleh