Born to Produce: A Fireside Chat with Dallas Austin
It’s not everyone whose Grade 11 teacher tells his mom to let him quit school and follow his dream. But even as a teenager who carried his keyboard everywhere, the Atlanta-based Dallas Austin turned heads in the music world. While still in school, he produced Klymaxx member Joyce Irby’s Motown debut. The Motown work got him a gig producing Boyz II Men’s debut, which led to recruitment by L.A. Reid and Baby face. The founder of three record labels, Austin has gone on to work with TLC, Gwen Stefani and Madonna among others. In this special Fireside Chat, a producing talent who could not be ignored offers up life lessons on how to get noticed and get results.