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Neuroscientist drummer hunk chooses Houston for his CD launch, reveals secret reality TV plans

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David Eagleman, from left, Don Vaughn and Sarah Eagleman at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
David Eagleman, from left, Don Vaughn and Sarah Eagleman. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Swati Narayan, left, and Afsheen Tejani at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Swati Narayan, left, and Afsheen Tejani. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Philippe Schmit and Tonja Oria at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Phillipe Schmit and Tonja Oria. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Jean Wilson and Chris Rose at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Jean Wilson and Chris Rose. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Tammy Nguyen, left, and Chris Cardenas at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Wayne Nguyen, left, and Chris Cardenas. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Madmoiselle Moni, from eft, Don Vaughn and Angel Crawford at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Madmoiselle Moni, from left, Don Vaughn and Angel Crawford. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
News, Shelby, Don Vaughn DC party, Kim Dunn, Reyne Hirsch, August 2014
Kim Dunn, left, and Reyne Hirsch. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Meena Haque, left, and Stephanie Becker at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Meena Haque, left, and Stephanie Becker. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
The crowd at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
More than 250 of the party host's BFFs filled the de Gaulle for the CD launch party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Don Vaughn performing at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Don Vaughn performing tunes from his premiere CD. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Diane Nguyen at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Diane Nguyen. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Aaron Kaufman at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Aaron Kaufman. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Don Vaughn and his mother Kathryn Vaughn at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Don Vaughn and his mother, Kathryn Vaughn. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
David Eagleman, from left, Don Vaughn and Sarah Eagleman at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Swati Narayan, left, and Afsheen Tejani at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Philippe Schmit and Tonja Oria at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Jean Wilson and Chris Rose at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Tammy Nguyen, left, and Chris Cardenas at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Madmoiselle Moni, from eft, Don Vaughn and Angel Crawford at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
News, Shelby, Don Vaughn DC party, Kim Dunn, Reyne Hirsch, August 2014
Meena Haque, left, and Stephanie Becker at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
The crowd at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Don Vaughn performing at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Diane Nguyen at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Aaron Kaufman at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014
Don Vaughn and his mother Kathryn Vaughn at the Don Vaughn CD Launch Party August 2014

Don Vaughn is talking 90 miles an hour, exceptionally revved on this early evening just hours before the launch party for his first CD gets underway at The De Gaulle. But then this self-admitted ADD type is revved pretty much all of the time. 

How else could you explain his multi-dimensional, fierce burn rate that combines earning his Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA with his nighttime gig as drummer, DJ and occasional guitarist and his part-time stint as a professional model?

We first got to know Vaughn when he was studying at Baylor College of Medicine and was named the Texas contestant for Cosmopolitan Magazine's Bachelor of the Year. (For the record, he is now engaged to a doctor he worked with in a neuroscience lab here. No wedding date set.)

We also bumped into him at parties and clubs across the city where he regularly performed. Although he moved back to his native California, the uber-energized Vaughn continues to hit the Houston night scene every couple of months performing for special events and with friends.

"I can't wait until some of my super science-y friends come up and are chatting with my model musicians, like tattooed friends. It should be quite a party." 

So why Houston for the release of The Don Vaughn Experiment? "Houston's always been the most supportive, wonderful place," he says, pearly whites gleaming through his Hollywood smile. "I still wear a Texas necklace because Houston never left my heart."

H-Town is the first stop on a nationwide tour with the CD, dates already include Dallas, his hometown San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Once the album drops, "It's just going to all explode," Vaughn enthuses, planning on a worldwide adventure with the CD.

He describes the sound as a fusion, "It's me in its rawest form. It has a very technical, rational scientific-almost production value but then it has just all the emotions I've been feeling over the last two years about  having to leave Houston and doing this venture."

For the 27-year-old, the CD launch is just the beginning of a future that might not involve daily turns in the science lab. He just signed with a large production company in LA and several options are on the drawing board. "We have a couple of show concepts fused together — a little bit of neuroscience and psychology and my music and my touring sort of all mashed up into one reality show — a lot of  what it's like to travel in these two completely different worlds and the chaos that comes out at sometime."

It was far from chaos in the swank interiors of the champagne bar where Vaughn was readying his performance that would include not only drumming but a bit of singing. Soon 250 of his nearest and dearest would be arriving for the launch party hosted by Yellow Cab, which not only helped with the swag bags but also was the designated driver for those might have just too much fun. 

It was an eclectic mix readying for the party. "They're some of my best friends actually, from scientists to actors and models and musicians," Vaughn said. "I can't wait until some of my super science-y friends come up and are chatting with my model musicians, like tattooed friends. It should be quite a party."

Best-selling author and Baylor neuroscientist David Eagleman was in the mix as was award winning producer Loren Johnson, who flew in from Nashville for the party.

Publicity on The Don Vaughn Experiment goes worldwide on Aug. 19 with a feature in Beatport, the ultimate magazine for electronic dance music artists.

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