New Jersey based musician Donrique is one of the few fingerstyle guitar players in the musical world. Donrique was first introduced to the indy/emo music world when one of his friends in 8th grade asked him to design a t-shirt for his band. He began to hang around with the band and was asked to design shirts for other bands around town, which is when he realized that he really liked that style of music. With his dad’s old acoustic guitar, Donrique started learning how to play bar chords, and when he discovered YouTube, he realized that he loved finger-style.
After a few years of playing finger-style and writing some of his own songs, he played for the owner of CandyRat Records, the home base of most of the finger-style players in the country. The owner recommended that he try to create something unique, which led Donrique down the path of integrating hip-hop and rap into his music and eventually into the singer-songwriter world. Now that he has found his sweet spot, he is committed to being a musician for life, constantly honing his craft and teaching others to do the same.
When it comes to recording, Donrique has found that he prefers to record in stereo, using matched pair microphones to capture sound from different angles. He has been heavily influenced by people like Jethro Tull, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, and Michael Buble, who all sing in a lower register as he does. Donrique is in the musical world for the long haul, building his brand and figuring out what works in the studio more than doing live performances, but that may change. Coming up soon, he will be launching online songwriting and recording courses for interested musicians, which he hopes will inspire and instruct aspiring artists.
First got into the NJ music scene at age 14 as a graphic designer. Started going to local indie rock shows in Freehold NJ and befriending the bands, offering to help design their merchandise. (t-shirts, websites, album artwork, etc) Began designing and printing band shirts in my garage.
Starting my own line of t-shirts called Kill The Pilot Designs, began selling at shows
Began playing the acoustic guitar. Started playing op punk/indie rock acoustic songs first but then discovered fingerstyle guitar after watching Andy McKee's video for 'Drifting' on YouTube.
Studied Fine Art at the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia and began playing shows/open mics in Phildelphia.
Began recording my guitar songs in college and discovered music production in the process. Started making hip hop beats and sending them to my highschool friend and rapper, Jonny Gorenc.
Formed an alternative hip hop duo in 2011 with Jonny Gorenc called The Pilot Kids.
Began writing original music together and put out a music video called Million Bucks that got the attention of Grammy Award Winning Songwriters and Producers, Tricky Stewart and The Dream.
Moved to Los Angeles to work with Tricky and his team. Put out our first (and only) EP as The Pilot Kids called 'Open Fire!'
Moved back to New Jersey in 2017 to reconnect with my New Jersey roots and launch my new solo project as Donrique.
Currently I’ve written over 150 songs