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Donjay is a music producer and recording artist currently residing in Phoenix, AZ. Originally from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, Donjay got his start as a DJ, spinning classic and / records. He started sampling and making beats soon after, and gradually incorporated more live instrumentation into his production. Although he rarely uses samples anymore, you can sometimes hear that chopped & looped influence in his production style.

On March 22nd, 2011, Donjay released his debut album Synchromism (available on iTunes). It consists of a dozen beat-driven instrumental tracks with a , feel to them. That isn’t the only style of music Donjay creates; but that is sort of the vibe of his first album.

Unless otherwise noted, Donjay plays all instruments: guitar, bass, keyboards, turntables, & percussion. Although he is a fan of MIDI instruments and computer plug-ins, he incorporates many organic and analog elements into his music as well. For instance, he’ll generally favor plucking the strings on a real bass guitar over programming bass lines on a keyboard. He uses live hand-claps and percussion instruments to add a human touch to his music; and, because Donjay composes a lot of his music on the guitar, it’s rare for one of his tracks not to actually feature him playing guitar.

His official website: donjay.com

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