The very first recording I ever did was back in 2008 – a gospel track titled Keep On. I had initially recorded it for JProjek (remember him?) when he had just started Crossroots Records. The track never became anything more than a demo for several reasons, including my studio inexperience. In addition to being the first track I ever recorded, Keep On was also the first track I ever penned for an instrumental. Before this experience, I have only written music from my head and have musicians play when I sing live. I had zero experience with digital music.
So, what happened with the demo?
After I wrote the song, I went by Crossroots Records studios to record it. Let. Me. Tell. You… It was awful lol. My tone, notes, breathing, nothing was working. Still, I was able to lay the basic vocal framework for the song and had an ‘official’ demo on my hands.
Shortly thereafter, things started to go sideways at Crossroots Records and I was now in a position where I unable to use the instrumental for the official recording. That is when I contacted ‘3D’ a.k.a. Vermix of Vermix Records (called 3D-1 at the time). He agreed to build me a new track as well as record and produce the track. The rest, as they say, is history (man, I use this phrase a lot).
After the new instrumental was laid, I went back into the booth (for the second time ever) and recorded the vocals in about two hours. It was a lot easier the second time around.
When the time came to record my EP – Dubb Play-It Volume 1: The Reggae-Soul EP – I felt like I had come full circle. For starters, I was working and performing as Kei Dubb and was now ready to start building a catalogue of recorded music. Secondly, both Vermix and JProjek were instrumental in helping the project to come to life. It was only fitting, therefore, that as I prepared this short body of work that the very first record we worked on together be included as an unexpected bonus track.