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Past Shows

07 Apr 2017 Yac House & Guest Philadelphia, PA Bourbon and Branch Bourbon and Branch
18 Mar 2017 Porta Rich & Guest Philadelphia, PA B-Side Complex B-Side Complex
15 Mar 2017 SXSW Music Festival Austin, Texas Club 512 Rooftop Club 512 Rooftop
11 Mar 2017 Breakfast with Bars Bordentown, New Jersey Ramada Inn Ramada Inn

Don Michael Jr. is diving head first into the music industry for the second time. Yes, second time. He has left behind a long resume of work under his producer/songwriter alias Traxx Trigga to resurrect his career under his birth name Don Michael Jr.. This time around, Don will come from behind the scenes to hit the main stage with an album symbolically titled “The Man Behind the Curtain”.

For Don’s entire life he has been consumed by music. He grew up with the influence of his father who was DJ prior to Don’s birth and thereafter working for RCA Records, A&M Records, MCA Records, and Interscope Records. His father, prominent in the industry, and therefore pulling in an above average income, gave him the ability to treat Don to things other kids in Camden, New Jersey couldn’t necessarily afford (game systems, fresh kicks, new clothes, etc.). These were all things likely to provoke jealous behavior from friends and classmates. Despite being thankful for all that his father could provide for him, Don became uncertain by reading the energy of the kids around him. After a personal attack occurred when his “friend”, at the time, robbed Don’s room (and only his room), Don started to lose confidence and a sense of security around him.

Luckily for Don he still had music; he poured his heart into learning the ins and outs with a keyboard gifted to him at the age of 9 and a creative mind that was lyrically inclined by the age of 12. With the help of his father who developed Don’s collection of production equipment one birthday after the other, a studio would soon blossom and Don would begin to record artists in the area.

While building a rapport in the area a life behind the scenes spiraled quickly into a foreseeable future. Producing, engineering, and songwriting all started to pay and take him places he had never been before. During this period Don enjoyed working for artists like Red Café, Rick Ross, Cassie, Veronica V, Busta Rhymes, and Ashley Ring (to name only a few), but as he grew older and his career in the industry started to unravel and become stagnant, due to no fault of his own, Don took a step back by leaving his contract and heading back home to his old stomping grounds. 

Rightfully so Don decided now was time for him to step into the limelight. In the grand scheme of things, he was always the artist, writing for others while he stayed behind the scene. For years in the industry it was clear Don had the talent, but because of his humble demeanor he never felt comfortable selling himself to the powerful people he was constantly around, so in turn he sold others and made a living out it, but something remained missing for him.   

Don doesn’t regret the path he chose in the grand scheme of things music has been a success for him no matter which way it’s chopped up, but he couldn’t continue to move forward without trying his hand once again. He would first complete an origional project titled “Threeday”, an album that had his biggest response to date. Don would continue with yet another project where he solely piloted all aspects of the creative assembly on a collection of work that he released as “The White Rabbit Experience(TWRE) under the label ScrewFace. Both projects an commendable start under his new title, but as Don described the “TWRE” as more of a collection of singles, not the full story. Thus, “The Man Behind the Curtain” was born; a living musical metaphor for what makes it to the forefront. A perfect explanation of a humble man with a dream to shine.

This latest album is a rebirth of this always talented artist. It gives intense insight into him as a person, as Don Michael Jr. No longer will Don record lyrics under his alias, Traxx Trigga, he is starting fresh, raw, and uncut; telling the story and journey that molded him into the artist he is today. By giving fans his full vulnerability through his lyrical storytelling and matching it with precise and clean sounds, a skill he has mastered flawlessly for almost two decades of self taught production training, Don’s latest album is nothing sort of a professional masterpiece. 

Without the help of his past endeavors, Don has broken back into the industry and captured the attention of many. With a set lined up at SXSW this week, Don is sure to take “The Man Behind the Curtain” nationally and shine in the light he has always deserved.