All this musical activity in high school led to a music scholarship at the University of Memphis. After leaving college in 1989 he relocated to California, and it was there, in the San Francisco Bay Area, that he began using his musical skills to make his own music. Subsequently he became a keyboardist for prolific Jamaican reggae artists such as Pablo Moses, The Mighty Diamonds, Frankie Paul, The Itals, and Foundation. He also accompanied them on extensive tours of the U.S, Canada, and Europe.
It was in the Bay Area that he first experienced house music and other forms of electronic dance music. He was greatly influenced by what he heard and by the mid ‘90s had started his own label, Crisp Records, initially releasing material with fellow San Francisco musician and dj, Chris Lum. He put out three EPS on the imprint before moving on to other projects. The label had been quiet since the late ‘90s, but in the summer of 2011 Don revived it, renaming it Crisp Recordings, and began a collaboration with legendary Bay Area producer, Guy Nado AKA DJ Rasoul.