The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum music producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, and recording artist Teddy Riley started his career in 1984, and since then he’s become very successful: he’s best known for popularizing a new music genre called New Jack Swing, of which he is “The King”.
Through his production work with Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Keith Sweat, Heavy D., Usher, Jane Child, etc., and as a founding member of the groups Guy and Blackstreet, Riley has had a massive impact and been a seminal influence on the development of contemporary R&B, hip hop, soul and pop. Riley is one of the producers that make up the production team QDT, together with DJ Quik and Snoop Dogg.
Teddy about his experiences with the DGT 650:
"I like the warmth of it and the presence of the DGT 650. The warmth makes me feel like I’m doing a radio show – you feel the bottom in my voice. That’s what I like in most in the microphones I use: the warmth. I use it strictly in mono, because I don’t have to do anything in stereo. But I’ve tested out the stereo mode, and it’s really cool. Just like I said: the warmth of it sounds amazing!
Mary J. Blige’s new album is coming out soon, and I did a lot of the vocoder parts on it using the DGT 650. But now, my DGT 650’s been taken by Michael Jackson’s nephew Jaafar. He didn’t actually take it – I lent it to him, and he loves it so much that he doesn't wanna give it back... I have to get a couple more of them – so I have one here and one I can travel with. I’m looking forward to doing more great things, especially with LEWITT, and just making history. I think that DGT 650’s something people need to know about – people including a lot of the new producers. It’s a very special product, because they’ll be surprised what they get out of it. A lot of people will use any mic just to get the sound on, but when it comes to the DGT 650, it’s like: once you go black you’ll never go back. (laughs)"