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  • Today’s guest is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. He currently lives in LA and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our guest has been Grammy-nominated as well as receiving multiple awards from ASCAP. He has scored multiple chart-topping albums while working with Ariana Grande on all six of her studio albums as well as executive producing Grande’s 2020 album Positions. In addition to Grande, his most recent work includes Justin Bieber’s single “Holy”, Blackpink’s “Ice Cream feat. Selena Gomez” and “Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B)”. Brown has also collected production credits for three songs on Grammy-award-winning artist Meghan Trainor's second album, Thank You. Our guest learned from production greats Roy "Royalty" Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins, while working alongside them and eventually creating a team of his own. And The Writer Is… Tommy Brown!

     

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  • Today’s guest is the co-founder, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the American folk rock band, The Lumineers. On January 22nd of 2021, our guest released his highly anticipated solo debut album, Piano Piano. Releasing through Dualtone Records in the U.S. and Canada and Mercury KX for the rest of the world, Piano Piano is a collection of gorgeous, intimate piano-centric instrumental songs that Fraites has been working on for the better part of a decade. The profoundly revealing and emotionally direct songs capture Fraites’ reflective moments from his Denver home. His songwriting reaches into deeply personal spaces with moving grace and stark elegance, retaining the folk-inspired melodicism so familiar from his work in The Lumineers, transported into a more classically sophisticated setting. In addition to piano, Fraites plays nearly every instrument on the album, including guitar, drums, synths, and programming. And The Writer Is… Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of September 20th, 2021.

     

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  • Today’s rockstar guest is a member of one of the most iconic, influential, unpredictable and vital forces in American rock music, The Flaming Lips. During their tenure, their ever-evolving, GRAMMY Award-winning sound has become a genre unto itself and contains lush, multi-layered arrangements. Lyrically, their compositions reflect the light and dark in all of us combined with bold experimental production that breathes life into their space-age-prog, punk pop and appeals to a broad spectrum of music lovers around the globe. Known for their elaborate live stage shows, THE LIPS have become the ultimate live rock experience with the likes of Q Magazine and Rolling Stone naming The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die." Their reputation as canny songwriters and great performers have made The LIPS an actively sought out collaborative entity who have participated in numerous, oddly diverse recorded and live performances that include Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Philip Glass, Bon Iver, Lightning Bolt, Coldplay, Beck, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, Grace Potter, The Chemical Brothers, Jim James, Miley Cyrus and many more. The band recently achieved yet another set of “Firsts” by being the first band to perform prophylactically for late night TV (Colbert/Fallon), and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. In January 2021, The Lips played The World’s First-Ever Space Bubble Concerts with band and audience safely encased and physically distanced within their own individual clear Space Bubbles in their hometown of Oklahoma City. And The Writer Is… Wayne Coyne!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of September 6th, 2021.

     

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  • Today’s singer, musician, songwriter, and record producing guest is a founding member of the genre defining pop punk band, blink-182 as well as the popular +44 and pop duo, Simple Creatures. He has survived three decades of alternative music - from punk clubs of Southern California to unlikely pop stardom in the TRL era to navigating the new millennium's post-genre revolution. The band is noted as bringing the genre of pop punk into the mainstream. In 1995, blink-182 released their debut album, Cheshire Cat which launched their first national tour. The group's album Enema Of The State peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, led by it's No. 6 track, "All The Small Things." The album has since been certified five-times platinum by the RIAA. The band received their first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album for their album, California in 2016 during the 59th Grammy awards. blink-182 has sold over 13 million albums in the United States, and over 50 million albums worldwide. Our guest is not only recognized as the bassist and co-vocalist of one of the most iconic bands but also as an incredibly loving father, husband and overall human. And The Writer Is… Mark Hoppus!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of August 23rd, 2021.

     

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  • Today’s Grammy Award winning guest is one of today’s most successful producers, songwriters, and DJs of this generation. He began his career as a DJ in Kansas City, producing beats for several artists before meeting Cardi B and producing her chart-topping singles, "Bodak Yellow, "I Like It” and “Money.” In 2020, our guest produced "Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as "A Lot” by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, which reached number 12 on the Hot 100. He executive produced Iggy Azalea's second studio album, In My Defense, and its lead single "Sally Walker". Our guest also produced the tracks "Started" and "Freak of the Weak” as well as “Muwop” for Mulatto and Gucci Mane, just to name a few. And The Writer Is… Anthony Jermaine White aka J White Did It!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of August 9th, 2021.

     

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  • Today’s Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, musician and record producing guest emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been called contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known venues. Known for performances that convey deep emotion, Vega’s distinctive, “clear, unwavering voice” (Rolling Stone) has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper” by The Washington Post, with NPR Music noting that she “has been making vital, inventive music” throughout the course of her decades-long career. Her songs have tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real-world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, her work is immediately recognizable—as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago. Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, our guest released her latest album, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, on September 11, 2020. And The Writer Is… Suzanne Vega!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of July 26th, 2021.

     

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  • Today’s guest is a multi instrumentalist producer, songwriter and artist who has had 6 Uk No1s, 11 Top 10s and last year was the youngest ever winner of the Brit Award for Producer of the Year. He has been called “a genius” by Brian Eno and “The White Burna Boy” by Burna Boy. A child prodigy, he wrote and produced his first album at 10 and started writing his first Symphony at 14. This was performed by a 50 piece orchestra at his high school when he was 16. His second symphony written aged 17 was performed in London by the Royal College of Music with a 60 piece of Orchestra to two sold out nights. Two years later he had his first No 1 with Clean Bandit & Demi Lovato, followed up immediately with his second with George Ezra which took his first off the top spot. The latter was the biggest selling song of that summer and has become the longest running UK Top 75 song of all time. He also became a key collaborator of Ed Sheeran, producing the bulk of his No 5 Collaboration Project including 3 more No 1s. He is presently writing Ed’s next album. At the time of writing he is not only the #1 selling pop producer in the UK of the last year but also the #1 selling rap producer as well as being nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys this year (with Jayda G). He has worked with artists including Ed Sheeran, FKA Twigs, Justin Bieber, Stormzy, George Ezra, Brian Eno, Khalid, Nicki Minaj, Maisie Peters, Headie One, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and many more. Now releasing music as an artist himself, our guest has garnered over 4mil monthly listeners on spotify. And The Writer Is… FRED!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of July 12th 2021.

     

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  • Today’s guest greets everyone by saying, “Happy Birthday.” For as unexpected as it may be, it always incites a smile. Then again, everything about the two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur is just as unpredictable. His gracious demeanor belies a downright unbelievable career. Earmarked by blockbuster smashes such as Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”, Usher’s “Caught Up,” Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours,” and Chris Brown’s “I Can Transform Ya” [feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz] as well as the 13-times platinum “Despacito (Remix)” [feat. Justin Bieber] for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, his catalog has registered sales of over 350 million records worldwide, dozens of multi-platinum certifications, and 100 billion streams and counting. Our guest has worked with artists ranging from 112 and Lupe Fiasco, to Jack Ü (Skrillex & Diplo), J Balvin, and DJ Khaled, from J-Lo, Mariah Carey and Billie Eilish, to Ed Sheeran and Zac Brown, among many others. At the same time, his entrepreneurial portfolio includes Black Star Burger, HFACTOR water, Wonderbrett dispensary, gaming team 100 Thieves, and his own Bearthday Music record label. As of late, he signed a joint venture agreement with Def Jam Recordings and released his latest single, “The Day You Left” on June 11 via BMG! And The Writer Is… Poo Bear!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • In a career spanning over 30 years, today’s guest has been the guiding force behind selling over 50 million records and instrumental to some of the most musical moments of this generation. He has written and produced many chart topping R&B and pop singles and albums such as: Rihanna’s GRAMMY winning "Umbrella"; Beyoncé’s GRAMMY winning “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"; Justin Bieber’s "Baby"; Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" and "Obsessed"; Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine"; Frank Ocean’s “Novacane”; The-Dream's "Love/Hate" and "Love vs. Money"; Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”; Beyoncé’s “4”; Ciara's "Ride"; Frank Ocean’s “Nostalgia, Ultra”; the Britney Spears and Madonna collaboration "Me Against the Music” and so many more. He has also discovered and/or developed game changing talents like: Ester Dean, Frank Ocean, Justin Tranter, Ricky Reed and writing partner The - Dream. Our guest is head of his own record label and commercial studio complex, RZ3 Recordings, based in Atlanta and he previously served as President of A&R at Epic Records. In 2012, Billboard named Stewart to the “40 under 40 list of Music Executives”. And The Writer Is… Tricky Stewart!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Today’s guests are the dynamic duo from the foothills of Boulder, CO to a household name – if we’re talking house parties.Since 2008, the American electro-pop duo has rocked sold out venues, amphitheaters, and college campuses around the world, playing shows on every major continent except Antarctica (too cold). With over 15 million singles sold worldwide and three U.S. RIAA Certified platinum songs, this duo has cemented their sound with global hits like their 3x multi-platinum single “Don’t Trust Me,” which reached #1 at Top 40 Radio and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as hugely popular songs “STARSTRUKKK” (Feat. Katy Perry) and “My First Kiss” (Feat. Kesha) and memorable performances on American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the MTV Video Music Awards. Over the past decade, they have pivoted to more behind the scenes work, having written and produced hits for other artists such as Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” Steve Aoki’s “Waste It on Me” (Feat. BTS), MAX’s “Lights Down Low,” Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart,” and Kesha’s “Blah Blah Blah” among many others. They continued to play in front of thousands of fans while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their RIAA certified Gold album WANT. Now, the duo is back with Photo Finish Records, where it all started – and they’re coming harder than ever. Their new single “LONELY MACHINES” (feat 100 gecs) is the first taste of much more music to come. And The Writers Are… Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3.

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Today’s guest boasts a more diverse catalogue and interesting journey than your average songwriter. With multi-platinum hits across genres, her own label/publishing/management company, Jinsing, and a Senior A&R position at Parlophone Records, she has achieved so much since hanging out in her Grandad’s reggae shop as a child. Recognising the early talent of the now seven times #1 artist Jess Glynne whilst hosting a song-writing masterclass at Jess’s college, our guest went on to co-write the UK No. 1’s ‘Hold My Hand’ which led to her Ivor Novello nominations and to her winning a BMI Award. She has gone on to collaborate with a host of international producers and artists and recently co-wrote the 2021 UEFA Championship x Pepsi anthem ‘Rotate’ by Burna Boy and Becky G. Other collaborators include producers such as Fraser T Smith, Toby Gad, Stephen Di Genius, Diplo and David Guetta, and artists Jax Jones, Paloma Faith & Sigala, RAYE, Madison Beer, Sean Paul, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Craig David, Gary Barlow, Jennifer Lopez & Maluma, Joel Corry and Hailee Steinfeld. In recognition of her achievements she was nominated for Songwriter Of The Year at the Music Business Worldwide Awards 2018, and won the “Music Creative” Award at Music Week's 2018 Women In Music event. She also recently won her second BMI award for Madison Beer’s ‘Home With You’ and joined the board of Directors of the prestigious Ivors Academy in 2020. And The Writer Is… Jin Jin!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White.

     

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  • Today’s guest is a songwriter, producer and musician from Long Island, NY. After playing in his own pop-rock band, ‘As Tall As Lions’ as lead vocalist and guitarist, he relocated to Los Angeles to work as a songwriter and producer. In the years since, he's worked with artists as disparate as Olivia Rodrigo, Sky Ferreira, Carly Rae Jepsen, Caroline Polachek, Empress Of, FINNEAS, Conan Gray and many more. Most notably, he co-wrote and produced the entirety of Olivia Rodrigo's debut album Sour, which broke the record for the biggest album debut week by a female artist. This record includes the record-smashing single "good 4 u", which holds the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week (passing her other record-smashing lead single "drivers license"). Our guest also enjoys a similar long term creative relationship with the singer-songwriter Conan Gray. And The Writer Is… Daniel Nigro!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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  • Today’s guest is a New York City-based indie pop band composed of brothers Adam (vocals/bass), Jack (vocals/guitar), and Ryan Met (ukulele/piano/vocals). The band is a DIY pop group who write, produce, and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment. Their music style has been described as “eclectic”, combining elements of pop, barbershop, electronic, and dubstep music. They have opened for Demi Lovato, Hoodie Allen and the Wanted. In 2013 the trio released their debut independent single, "I'm Ready." Well-received, the track peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, and appeared on an initial EP as well as the band's 2015 full-length debut album, Living Room. Today, the Multi Platinum indie pop trio have made their first Top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit single, “Bang!”. It cracked Top 10 at three radio formats—peaking at No. 6 on Pop Radio, No. 2 on Alternative Radio and No. 1 on Adult Pop Radio—and is double platinum certified, marking their sixth platinum song to date. And The Writer Is… Jack and Ryan of AJR!

    Artwork: Michael Richey White

     

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