“Baby It’s Over” by Mani Hoffman feat Matt Hartke

I rarely have the opportunity to work with good friends on a song just for the fun of it. The song posted below is one of those. Written by Mani Hoffman and Matt Hartke (two well established artists already on the indie front), this song came about with no purpose, no hidden agenda. Really just goofing around. Kind of the best way songs are written in my mind. Just writing a song because you want too. Knowing you won’t have some political minefield to go through if you were trying to shop it to a major label artist.

The beat is one of my favorite instrumentals I’ve ever done with Ken Lewis as a Katalyst production. It’s got that old soul vibe that I love so much. Almost reminds me of something Gnarls Barkley would do. Produced and mixed both by us.



One Republic “All These Things”

One Republic "All These Things"

One Republic “All These Things”

I am MASSIVELY proud to have done additional production on the latest One Republic album for the song “All These Things “. Was by far my favorite song I’ve been a part of all year. It’s a bucket list moment for me. Always loved One Republic since the first time I heard “Apologize” in the car radio and have been a bit of a fanboy of Ryan Tedder for a hot minute. Very grateful for this opportunity. Want to shout out Noel Zancanella the main producer on the song. Super talented guy.

Skrizzly Adams “Tipping Point” Blend Remix Contest

Skrizzly Adams "Tipping Point" Blend Remix ContestAtlantic recording artist Skrizzly Adams is doing a remix contest with Blend for his single “Tipping Point”  that I produced and mixed with Ken Lewis.   1st and 2nd place winners get a free mix from me and an exclusive Blend release. I’ll be judging it along with Skrizzly. I’m excited to hear want the Blend community of remixers can come up with. If you think you have the chops for it, click here.

No Platinum albums in 2014? Just Shake it off.

Taylor Swift "Shake it off"

Until Taylor Swift’s 1989 album came out this week, there were no platinum albums to be had this entire year. That’s a first ever in the music industry and it’s unfortunately going to become the norm as music gradually becomes more singles oriented, and streaming officially takes over for good.

That CD player in your computer. Kiss it goodbye. Apple already did.

I do applaud Taylor Swift’s camp for taking all her albums off of Spotify, I’m sure it helped contribute to some of the big sales (though the marketing and single behind that album has been brilliant) but I honestly think Spotify isn’t the recording artists biggest enemy. Youtube should be holding that high honor. Youtube pays artists even less of what Spotify dishes out and has an audience that dwarfs Spotify’s (by the way, Spotify claims it pays roughlt 0.6 cents per stream to artists, which really isn’t all that bad compared to Pandora ,which is a house of horrors and whole another post in itself).  If I wanted to right now, I could probably find Swift’s whole 1989 album streaming on Youtube in about 5 minutes. EVERYONE still goes to Youtube first for music. Yes, Spotify has been making strides in streaming every year, but Youtube is still the biggest baddest streaming website out there. It just is. And that’s where the real fight for artists royalties should began. Because the money clearly isn’t going to becoming from album sales. Soon, the gold record will become obsolete as well.

If you’re a  recording artist, you have to be aware of this. Radio still dominates for singles. Pop culture doesn’t care about your masterpiece 10 song album. I do

The internet killed the CD, which doubled back and killed the itunes store for good measure. Streaming is here and it’s the future. Or you can just shake it off like Ms. Swift.