I met Outfit Dolo on the set of his music videos. He hired me through a mutual friend Chitown to shoot two music videos. After the videos Dolo shared with me that he produce, write, and record his own music and invited me to his studio. One day I pushed my wheelchair to his studio with my MPC Live on my lap to find that he is on the second floor with no elevator. I told him if he got me a belt I will get up the stairs to the studio. He gave me a belt and I put it on so I didn't leave my pants downstairs while I crawl up the stairs.
I told Dolo to take my wheelchair to the top of the stairs and I will pull myself up step by step. I am 6'4" long so I can skip a few at a time. After reaching the top of the steps, I pull myself into my wheelchair and fixed my fresh Crown Chakra gear I was rocking. He pointed to a door and said this is my studio and I rolled towards it. Through my experience I could see that my wheelchair was not going to fit through the door. We tried anyway. Luckily he had an entrance not far from that one that was accessible.
Dolo studio is pretty fly. The mixing console alone is definitely the centerpiece of the setup with all of its faders, buttons, and knobs ready for action. Off to the side on its own stand was the MPC X being controlled by the latest Akai midi keyboard along with a MPC Live sitting on the sofa. Up until that point I had never touched an MPC X. I was working on the MPC Touch until I upgraded to the live. I played with it but I saw a slight learning curve and I wasn't as fast as I am with the Live.
He played me some exclusive songs which sounded very good through the speakers. I let him look at some expansions I created for myself because I enjoy the portability of my MPC Live and I'm in standalone mode all the time. It also helps that professionally I do graphic design and Visual Effects so my covers stand out. He was impressed and asked if he could get my sounds for his MPCs. He was very encouraging and spoke about previous packs he purchased and saw a difference in the way I was putting them together. He was so encouraging that he gave me access to every sound he had in order to start my sound design business.
That night when I got home my entrepreneur mind kicked in and I figured if he was that impressed with my personal library then there must be others who feel the same way. Even after that thought I didn't take the idea too serious so I procrastinated. Dolo was very persistent checking for new packs. I told him 4 times its almost done knowing I barely started. After making an excuse one phone call with him my conscience started to eat at me. I knew he was going to call me again to check the status and I was determined to have something to show him. I kicked in gear Sampling, truncating, normalizing and mixing and came up with Outfit Dolo keygroups.
I thanked Dolo for staying on my back about completing an expansion. Through my appreciation I decided to name that batch of keygroups after him. Because his name is so unique nothing came to mind as far as artwork so I animated a picture of him for the cover. To my knowledge he is not a sound designer but that could change. I appreciate Outfit Dolo and you can hit him up on Instagram @outfitdolo
Listen to every preset inside the Outfit Dolo MPC Expansion