Why is Pharrell’s keyboard in this Boynton Beach music studio?

dB Studios is a professional recording studio for Palm Beach County and South Florida artists.

There’s a new music studio in Boynton Beach that is completely off radar, hidden in a modest grey building in an industrial area off I-95 and West Industrial Avenue. It opened in December of 2017.

Inside, dB studios is anything but modest. Among other equipment sits one of Pharrell Williams’s keyboards. Yes, Pharrell, as in the ‘Happy,” “Get Lucky” recording artist, fashion icon and producer.

“[It] was left at South Beach Studio for Williams to use when he was there. But when the studio shutdown in 2015, he wanted the keyboard to stay with the other gear,” said Dustin Breeden, 24, former engineer at South Beach Studios and present owner of dB Studios.

But, that’s not all. The 1,400 square foot space welcomes musicians and artists from all genres and with all levels of skill.  It’s the perfect space for collaborating, chilling and racing — Mario Kart racing, that is.

“This is an awesome place for new, up-and-coming artists that need a place where they can create,” said musician Christian Joshua Diaz. “I definitely see Boynton and Palm Beach County starting to grow.”

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Some of the collaborations at db Studios are unexpected. Artists meet in the lobby while waiting for their session, and friendships are built from there. The musical randomness and magic that comes from this waiting is, well, exactly what Breeden had in mind. 

For example, there’s pop vocalist Kyle Davis and folk guitarist Ian Snow. Together, their blended styles have made a sick track called “Okay.”

Then you have Britney Nieves, who normally does adult contemporary vocals, but she’s also collaborated with Alex Yum Drum, who normally does Electronic Dance Music, and Wilson Malek, a heavy metal artist. Together with Breeden, they created a track called “Myself.”

And if you like chill vibes, you can find it with Christian Joshua and Ian Snow on a collab called “Love Let Live.”

When different musicians vibe together, the results are rewarding. And Breeden gets to put all it together, adding his magic as the music engineer.

Beyond the music, there’s a photography studio where artists can take professional photos for marketing, albums and singles. There’s also a lounge. And, of course, there’s a recording booth where sessions are streamed live on video for Breeden who sits in the editing booth and masters the sound. 

“He’s the best engineer. He has the best equipment,” said folk guitarist, Ian Snow. “I just love the collaboration working with Dustin right here.”

After graduating from Full Sail University, Breeden started his career at The South Beach Studios in 2014 as an intern. Within two months, he was working as a full-time engineer. Breeden has worked with Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, Iggy, P. Diddy, DJ Khalid, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Timbaland — to name a few. 

“When he came [to South Beach Studios], he already had what established producers had. There is something about him,” said Hart Gunther, former manager at South Beach Studios on a March afternoon at dB Studios.

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Breeden opened dB in, of all places, Boynton Beach because it was an affordable spot in a prime location — close enough to his home in West Palm and not too far from Miami, where the music scene is always growing. To his surprise, artists from across Florida, and even out of the state, have been walking through the door. 

“Dustin is meticulous in his efforts to match the finished product with the artist’s intent,” said artist Kyle David. “He’s an expert on how sound is interpreted on every level.”

As a result, Breeden has the best kind of clientele — the kind that finds him “word of mouth.” It’s the same kind that isn’t afraid to collaborate with different people and different sounds. 

dB Studios doesn’t invest in any marketing or advertising — at least not yet. There hasn’t been a need to. So, unless you’ve been told about it or have met Breeden, you may never find the place. He’s as modest about his talents as the building’s façade. But something is certain: There’s a  special talent inside. 

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