John Flynne Worldwide Presents Red Summer
RED SUMMER Biography Early Influence Electrical Engineer/Deejay/Songwriter/Producer Red Summer has finally arrived on the heel of Jamaica's rich musical legacy. He possesses an instantly recognizable voice and songwriting skills that demonstrate his desire to be on top of the charts. Born Donahue Dixon and raised on the island of Jamaica, Red Summer's taste for music came at an early age by way of his mother's modest collection of Jamaican records (mento, kumina, bluebeat, ska, dub, reggae, and dancehall). Every Saturday once chores were completed, Summer and his siblings were treated to hearing their voices echo through the stereo speakers over a pair of microphones. This excitement would only last for a short moment before his mother would get annoyed and stash the microphones away. It was these sessions that began to fuel the musical thirst within Red Summer. Musical Development At the age of nine, Red Summer and his family immigrated to the United States. The move afforded him the opportunity to study music and learn several instruments including the drums, timpani, and keyboards. At age 16, he wrote and performed his first song for a few close friends. They liked it so much that it gave him the encouragement to write even more tapping into his songwriting skills. Soon after, Summer and a schoolmate founded a sound system and began holding weekly practice sessions. It was then that he got his initial studio experience recording 'specials' for the sound system as he and his partner could not afford to pay mainstream acts. The sound system ran successfully for about a year until his partner graduated and headed off to college. With a year remaining in high school, Red Summer decided to keep the momentum going by joining forces with another friend who was also an aspiring artiste. Together they performed at various events in the New York/New Jersey area and even made several television appearances. By the end of his senior year of high school, Summer was faced with the difficult decision of whether to dedicate his time to his musical aspirations or go to college to study electrical engineering. He chose the latter knowing that a college education would not only complement his musical development, but enable him to gain stable employment to financially invest in his music. In college, Red Summer continued to explore his passion for music by booking performances at various regional colleges such as Rutgers University, Montclair State University, University of Connecticut, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Upon earning an electrical engineering degree in May 2002, Red Summer was again ready to devote more time to his music. However, things did not fall into place as he had hoped. The economy took a hard hit from the 90s 'tech bubble' fallout and the World Trade Center attacks. Securing an engineering job was quite challenging, and once again, Red Summer had to temporarily suspend his music related plans. He eventually found a job outside his field of study, and used part of his meager earnings to record a demo with a few songs. During this time, he also contacted various independent record companies in Jamaica W.I. and New York City in hopes of landing an opportunity to produce his first record. He auditioned for a number of notable producers, though none were willing to allow him the chance at recording. Frustrated but not defeated, Red Summer formulated a new strategy for realizing his dreams. He decided to build his own studio and start producing his own music. He knew that financing an independent venture meant that he had to get a job within his field, so to make himself more marketable and to strengthen his engineering background, Summer returned to school to pursue a masters' degree in engineering management. The Rebirth Through the grace of God, his plans gradually began to take shape. In the midst of completing his second degree, Red Summer was offered an electrical engineering position that relocated him to Dallas, Texas. By the end of 2007, Studio 3521 was completed and Red Summer began recording some of the many songs he had written over the years. In August 2008, he established the label John Flynne Worldwide as a means to release his music exclusively. His first CD titled 'John Flynne Worldwide Presents Red Summer' is now available online in digital and CD format. It is a maxi single of two songs and a total of six tracks, including a variety of mixes and instrumentals. The CD features a clever reworking of the 1982 roots reggae mega hit 'First Class Citizen' by Edi Fitzroy, backed by the legendary studio session band Roots Radics. The second tune, 'Am In The Club' is sure to get you dancing.