Interview with Jonathan Borden (@i_am_dr._b)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Here’s my bio, this might be better: Dr. B (formerly known as Tha Madd Scientist) has been in the industry for almost 20 years now. In early 2003, Dr. B began to work with super producers Cool & Dre, Tony Touch, Boogie Blind (USA Champion), and reggae sensation Elephant Man. He has also produced with Swizz Beatz. In 2019, Dr. B released his first dance record independently. His debut solo album, “I NEED A DR.” will be released in 2022. As if he needed more talent, he is currently learning the piano and he’s obsessed with finger-drumming. He also loves staying busy! He has released 16 singles in the past year and a half and has over 10 thousand listeners on Spotify. A worldwide sensation, with fans from North America to Asia to Europe, Dr. B is going to start touring next year. First in his home country Canada, then France, Germany, Italy & South Korea. Stay tuned and pay attention. Dr. B is coming your way!

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The day I met Swizz Beatz was really cool. He is a real gentleman and down to earth. After spending 5 mins with him, I felt like I knew him for years. We got together at Sony Studios in NYC with his new prodigy Cassidy (at the time). I saw the whole creative process to their 1st street record “Hold That”. The crazy thing is we left the studio at 5 am and by 7:30 am, it was already on Hot 97. When I was leaving, Swizz and his wife Mashonda (1st marriage) offered to drive me back to my hotel. This was so crazy because Swizz said, “Yo, gotta check out my new Benz G5. It’s black on black.” He drove me down 8th avenue going 110mph! It was so crazy! After that I was hooked and 6 months later I bought the G5 in platinum silver.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I strongly recommended having other interests and take a break. A lot of producers suggest making beats every day/all day. I strongly disagree with that mentality. I always found that you should create when you really are inspired and try to use what’s around you to make music. I believe some personal life experiences can only be expressed through music.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

One of my best experiences was learning from Mista Sinista (X-Executioners). Joey and I developed a really good friendship and the time we spent together scratching and making beats together is something I wouldn’t change for all the vinyl in Fat Beats! About 2 years later (2002), I became friends with Evil Dee from Blackmoon and Da Beatminerz. I learned a lot from Evil on how to really make those classic hip hop sounds. He spent a lot of time with me when he didn’t have to and that’s something I never forgot. We’re still friends to this day. Tony Touch is another great DJ I learned from. I worked with Tony on a couple of mixtapes. One of them, he provided the voice-over. It was so crazy to hear the legend talk over my mixes and scratches. He gave me a lot of props. A little while later, I made a whole scratch song with boogie blind (USA Champion). That was a real ego boost because I was scratching with a real champion and I never won anything. It was really dope!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I walked away from the music business in 2005. In the end, it wasn’t for me. Currently, my wife and I own several mental health clinics in Toronto, Canada. I’m in University to be a Forensic Psychologist.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Stay true to yourself. At the end of the day, you know who you are so don’t lie to yourself. Screw what everyone else thinks!

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram – i_am_dr._b

Twitter – @iamdrb6

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