I've independently toured and shared stages with the likes of The Roots, Jurassic 5, The Zac Brown Band, O.A.R, etc. I write/produce pop, hip hop, country, rock and adult contemporary. With 17 years of experience, I specialize in creating beats, melodies, lyrics and an overall vibe.
My name is David "DJ" Lee aka Rockababyrock and i'm a beatboxer, singer, songwriter, producer, and artist manager. I spent 12 years touring in the indie guitar/beatbox band Scratch Track that toured full-time between 2003-2014. We had a "ghost feature" on Trick Daddy's 2005 hit song "Sugar (Gimme Some)" featuring Cee-Lo & Ludacris. Our songs have appeared on CBS's hit show CSI:NY, Sony Playstation’s MLB: the Show, MTV, and various independent films. Even recently had a song sync'd on "The Young and the Restless".
I live in Nashville, TN where I write, produce, engineer and mix on a full-time basis. My main strengths are in vocal performance, beatmaking and production. I work in LogicPro and have skills in mixing, comping and editing. I'm flexible and super easy to work with. I love good music and I love good people. Lets make some music!
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7 ReviewsEndorse Rockababyrock
David is a brilliant talent in every way...
DJ was amazing to work with. Dedicated, talented and going out of his way to make sure he delivers the best possible result.
Communication with him was pleasant and focused on achieving together what I had in mind.
DJ was great to work with and easy to communicate with! Looking forward to us working together again soon! Highly recommended.
I've worked with DJ Lee off and on for 15+ years and it's always a pleasure.
DJ is a constant professional with one of the absolute best attitudes I've ever been around. He has an incredible singing voice and his ability to see the potential of a song before anyone else is a rare talent.
I can't recommend DJ enough.
I have worked with DJ for for several years and his level of professionalism is top notch. He brings heart and passion to every project whether it be vocals, production, or songwriting. His voice has such a velvety tone and it sounds just as good throughout his entire range. I highly recommend working with him if you want to bring your project to the next level.
Working with DJ is just a real treat. He has great ideas and is quick with editing super basic tracks into really rad song structures. He’s got a great ear for tones and harmonies as well.
DJ brings groove-centric and earthy fire each time. His instincts are great and he is the best person around to work with. His style, his work and his person are one of a kind.
Interview with Rockababyrock
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: i just finished a project called "Music to Rob Banks to" by DJ and EvanJohn that i co-wrote, produced, engineered and mixed all myself. It was the first full project that i did all the production side by myself. very proud.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: producing an Americana EP by a brand new artist. Working on my band The Magi's new record. Also working on co-writes for sync for film and t.v. Building a publishing song catalog myself that i hope to partner with someone soon.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: i'm never gonna force a client to do things "my way". i'm here to serve and give what's best for the project and the client.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: digital. because its 2021.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what are you goals and how are you going to reach them?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: macbook pro laptop. focusrite interface headphones my telefunken m80 my akai mpk mini
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: let the groove tell the story musically. And more isn't always better, sometimes its just more.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: i typically bring the groove, melody or just a great feel to the song. I specialize in rhythm, percussion, flow and good vibes and energy and bring that into every session.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: With Songwriting: i typically either start a beatboxing loop or make a beat in logic or some sort of combination of them both. then hammer out a bass line or some sort of keys part and then begin to sing melodies or vocal riffs that feel good and compliment the groove. With Mixing: I bring all the files into the session and then listen to the example of the tune and start feeling my way through the track. With Vocal Tracking: I try to get SUPER familiar with the song and learn it extremely well, then i get my body loose and dig into singing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: i worked on a macbook pro with a focusrite interface, an akai MPK mini, mackie HR 824 speakers and harmony 8 speakers, and a Blue Spark Vocal Mic, Telefunken M80 vocal mic, 2 Sennheisser e835s.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: i'm so inspired by folks like pharrell, timbaland, theo katzman, lauv, janelle monae, Questlove, jon bellion, kevin garrett, brittany howard, emily king, wyclef jean, lenny kravitz.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: i write. i sing. I make beats. i produce. i mix. i am able and willing to do whatever it takes to help a song reach its max potential. I typically do a lot of co-writing, beatmaking and song production. creatively helping creative people.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: i promise i will work extremely hard on their songs. my work ethic is unparalleled. i communicate well. very well.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: i love being creative. love it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: make sure you have similiar vibes with whoever you're working with.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i've been doing music professionally for 17 years. toured managed in there as well. Started right out of college in my band Scratch Track and haven't looked back.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: alternative soul/pop
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: jon bellion, wyclef, lenny kravitz and sting. because the 5 of us would make such a dope sounding song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop/hip hop/soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: other than my positive and fun attitude. Vocal melodies and grooves.