Producer and songwriter Swagg R’Celious aka KiD 808 has and continues to build an innovative and creative mark on the music industry. He has had career-defining opportunities to work with artists, writers and producers such as: Baby Face, J Que Smith, Tony Dixion, K. Michelle, Gabi Wilson, Elle Varner, Tiara Thomas, Livre, Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony, Michael Mathis, Kery James, Coko of SWV, Fame, Eric Hudson, Juke Box, Dawn Richards and many more. Respected beyond the genres of hip hop and R&B music, Swagg, whose humble beginnings rooted in the church have evolved across cultural lines, from for Korean pop star Hyo Lee to writing the score for the motion picture “Stick Up Kids”.
Born David Arcelious Harris on August 27, 1986 in Manchester Georgia, Swagg R’Celious received his name in undergrad at Lagrange College studying creative music & technology when an anonymous girl wrote a letter to him about his undeniable charisma, confidence, and swag. Most recently due of his explosive and creative way of using 808’s in his production many in the industry have started to call Swagg “KiD 808”
Succeeding his experience at LaGrange he continued to follow the path to knowledge in New York City and would eventually receive his Masters at NYU. Always having the dream of becoming the best producer at the forefront of his mind coupled with his ceaseless determination within three months in a city he had never visited Swagg landed an internship at the production studio of MBK Entertainment where he caught the eye of Conrad Robinson, brother of MBK CEO Jeff Robinson). Conrad came to the studio in need of a worship record for the now top charting gospel group, Livre’. With Swagg’s musical roots in gospel, he ceased the moment volunteering a song he wrote for the chapel band back at LaGrange. Though he could not remember the verse he sang, Conrad was impressed by what he could remember and by the following week the group was recording the record. After that moment, CEO Jeff Robinson and managing partner, Suzette Williams began to notice Swagg’s writing and production skills but it was his ability to create and do multiple genres of music that allowed them to take him under their tutelage.
Swagg’s multidimensional cross genre music is changing music today and has earned him a top 5 record in France, a number 1 R&B album in the country, a top 20 gospel record and three consecutive top 1- singles on iTunes. Given his way with words it is not shocking that the ever evolving producer also enjoys speaking about his experiences and passion for music in workshops settings at the Berklee School of Music, Seoul Music Institute’s Summer Music Program, LaGrange College’s Music department, and the list continues to grow. Now, due to his explosive and creative production style many in the industry have started to call Swagg “KiD 808.”
Most recently Swagg has ventured out starting a new production company, Progressive Musik Group (PMG) whose mission statement is something he lives by daily, “Greatness is not a destination it’s a way of life: Everyday strive to be better than you were the day before.”