Growing up in the Washington DC suburb of Sterling, Virginia, Quinones recalls that his earliest musical motives were driven by two decisive factors: "I could sing, and there were a lot of girls in the choir." At Shenandoah College, he pursued music education and opera studies before enrolling at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied engineering and production.
DQ considers his educational background and experience as a vocalist are invaluable in helping him to coax superb performances from singers as he supports them with energy and enthusiasm. "It feels almost like teaching on a smaller scale with the intimacy that I like. I will stand up and direct or dance in the studio. I feel like I can break the barriers because I can actually sing it and explore the depth of what I want. I give positive feedback, I don't want singers to get down on themselves. If they get stuck on a part we can always come back to it." As a songwriter, Quinones is proficient in creating all of the integral elements, but he notes that his strongest suit is melody. "Plus tweaking lyrics. I'm always looking for different ways to say the same things. I ask, 'How can we push the lyric to be less on the nose and a little more clever?'" Among DQ's recent songwriting credits is the signature song, "Hello" recorded by Beyonce on her best-selling release I Am Sasha Fierce.
DQ believes relationships and honesty are keys to his acceptance in the upper echelons of modern music. "I'm genuinely happy for people's successes. If I don't like something I'm honest. People can come to me for a true opinion. I believe in surrounding myself with people who are successful, not just professionally, but in life with strong family morale. I love people with a hustle and a hunger who look out for family and friends."
SINGLES written by The Writing Camp
2004: "Don't Worry" Chingy featuring Janet Jackson
2006: "SOS" (Rihanna) - #1 on Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks
2007: "When I See U" (Fantasia) - #1 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hops Songs for several weeks.
2007: "Fuego" (The Cheetah Girls)
2007/2008: "He Said She Said" (Ashley Tisdale) - #1 on MTV for 16 weeks
2007/2008: "Take You There" (Sean Kingston) - Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks
2008: "Homegirlz" (Lala)
2008: "Give You the World" (The D.E.Y.)
2008: "There's Nothin' (Remix)" (Sean Kingston featuring Elan & Juelz Santana)
2008: "Karma" (NLT)
2008: "Future Love" (Varsity Fanclub)
2008: "Too Good For Me" (Rigo Luna)
2008: "Right Here (Departed)" (Brandy) - #1 on Billboard Dance Chart
2008: "Reach Out" (Hilary Duff) - #1 on Billboard Dance Chart
2009: "Halo" (Beyoncé) - Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, #1 on UK Radio for 5 weeks
2009: "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" (The Pussycat Dolls) from Slumdog Millionaire
2009: "Sabotage" (Kristinia Debarge)
2009: "Happy" (Leona Lewis)
2009: "Future Love" (Kristinia Debarge)
2010: "Automatik" (Livvi Franc)
Enrique Iglesias "Dirty Dancer" f: Lil Wayne & Usher
Enrique Iglesias "Why Not Me"
Lil Wayne " Start a Fire" f: Christina Milian
Jake Miller " Selfish Girls"
David Guetta "Turn Me On" f: Nicki Minaj
Demi Lovato "Fire starter" "Where is The Love"
Olly Murs "Up" f: Demi Lovato
Icona Pop "Never been in love" "Better Than This"
Goapele "Hey Boy" f: Snoop
Jlo "Goin In" f: Flo Rida
Yellow Claw "Till it Hurts" f: Ayden
Yellow Claw "Made It" & "Higher" f: lil Eddie
Yellow Claw "For the Trill" & "Wild Mustang" f: Becky G
Executive Producer on Bravo's "Hitmakers"
Producer on Hub networks "Majors and Minors"
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