With a strong musical background of hip hop, blues, rock, ‘80’s, techno, classical and ambient, Donald Wilborn’s passion for all genres of music evoke the same feeling as his productions and dj sets: sweeping melodic affairs, taking listeners on a journey with tight drum patterns, emotional breakdowns, and spectacular finishes.
He is the founder of the Embarcadero Records label group, which has captured a dedicated fanbase that stretches across the globe. In addition to running the Embarcadero brand, Donald Wilborn is also the producer behind numerous projects including The Annual, Seal Rocks, 808 Lounge, Presidio Kings, and False Angel, as well as many others.
He is the originator of the melodic, washed sound of Embarcadero, and has discovered several acclaimed artists such as Vibe Shock, Ruffault, Geovane Darabas, Darin Carter, Shaun Valentine, Pavilion, and Idforma.In addition, Mr. Wilborn is credited with redeveloping the career of Simon Huxtable, the man behind Aural Imbalance, a stable of the brand and one of the label's best-selling artists.
In 2003, at Spundae Records in his native San Francisco, after listening to Simon's track 'Zephyr', under his Inspired Mindz alias, Donald Wilborn became an instant lifelong fan of Simon's work and began laying the framework for the sound that would become Embarcadero in 2006.
And now, after building his label and establishing his sound, Donald Wilborn is now focusing on his next endeavors, including solo albums, film and media work, artist development and brand consulting.
In his own words: "Been producing since '96, Djing since '03, and am a pretty unbalanced music fanatic. Yes, I'm the guy who can spend an entire day if not consecutive days in an old dusty record shop listening to obscure records in search of THAT tune." - Donald Wilborn