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Cincinnati, OH
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Artist Biography
Born Donald Moore Jr. on October 19, 1988 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Swavay fell in love with music at an early age and began playing the piano and organ at 6 years old. His first performance was at the age of 7, where he played the organ in concert at the New Friendship Baptist Church. Although he names Eminem, TI, Bootsy Collins, James Brown, Prince and Ludacris as his predominant musical influences, Swavay's earliest inspiration was his cousin Akil Kontar. It was Kontar who first introduced Swavay to the imaginative and ever-changing world of hip-hop music production. Traveling to and from Kontars studio in Dayton, Swavay soon taught himself how to write bars, create beats and produce his own music.
At the age of 14 Swavay was introduced to bass legend and funk icon Bootsy Collins through a youth music program called R.O.O.T.S. (Realizing Our Own Talents and Skills), created by Collins himself. Since meeting, Bootsy and Swavay have worked together on a variety of musical projects and have formed a lasting relationship which has enabled Swavay to work alongside other artists such as Buckethead, Freakbass, Snoop Dogg and DJ Hi-Tek. Swavay has also worked on production projects for Pepsi, Playstation, and the Cincinnati Bengals. More recently, Swavay was featured on Bootsy Collins 2011 song, Hip Hop @ Funk U, alongside rap legends Ice Cube and Chuck D.
In 2009, Swavay put his entrepreneurial skills to work, launching his own production company, TAHP NOTCH Productions. According to Swavay, launching his own music production company was the most effective way to deliver his creative vision. TAHP NOTCH provides artists a full range of services from track production, writing, arranging, mixing and mastering.
A truly original artist, Swavay is working harder than ever to combine his extensive musical experience, industry connections and growing fan base, to achieve his life-long dream of becoming an international musical sensation and entrepreneur.
To stay up to date on Swavay's latest projects and appearances, including his new single, Save the Dance, featuring Bootsy Collins, visit: