“Overall, Journey is a diamond of a project, with Dawkins’ attention and enthusiastic devotion to detail this is a testimony of an incredibly well-done project compiled by one man. This marvelous, almost surrealistic musical journey, pulls you into a musical celebration of sounds and grooves. With sprawling compositions glued together by gorgeously intricate playing and programming, the technicality of creating such a natural sounding collection of tunes is inspired. When the Journey dips, it strolls lightly, but where it grows, it is a rapturous ride of smooth.”
— Icrom Bigrad, JazzSensibilities.com
“...Each composition will remind you of so many different types of music at the same time--jazz, funk, Middle Eastern music, pop, techno, whatever you can think of. While the one-man band approach to composition can occasionally lack both variety and a sense of synergy, Dawkins takes a different approach by thinking of each layer of music as a "contribution" from a musician with unique experiences and influences. As you listen to Journey, it sounds like it was performed by a group of musicians who love playing together. . . Perhaps it's because today's studio technologies can provide a more seamless feel between the layers, but a lot of it has to do with Dawkin's ability to make this sound like a great jazz-funk-techno band all by himself. ”
RK Dawkins' JOURNEY
RK Dawkins grew up in Saginaw, Michigan listening to the likes of Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Earth Wind and Fire, Grover Washington, Jr. and the plethora of funk bands which dominated the '70s. First learning the guitar while in college, by the time he graduated he had begun composing songs and laying tracks in Bernard Terry's studio in Flint, Michigan. The new found passion for recording resulted in RK building his own studio shortly after graduating from law school in 1985. Originally a rhythm guitarist, RK evolved into a full-fledged producer of various genres, even writing and producing radio and TV commercials from the late '80s to 2006. After working with artists such as rappers MC Breed, Awesome Dre and Dangerous D, artist/producer Kenny Finnel (Bobby Brown, Shaq,) blues artist Larry McCray and his drummer extraordinaire, Steve McCray, and producers Gary Spaniola (Ready for the World, Insane Clown Posse) and MC Burton III (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Dawkins walked away from the music business in 2006. He then moved to Atlanta to concentrate on a law career, which had also begun in 1986. Retiring from the practice of law in 2016, he designed and built a new recording studio. Spurred by 10 years of pinned-up creativity, he immediately began work on Journey, releasing it in July 2017.