From left to right: Luke Foley (Combustion writer), Chris Van Belkom (Combustion), Freeman Wizer (Sea Gayle), Tony Livadas (Brass Knuckles), Anthony Pisano (Brass Knuckles), AJ Burton (Nettwerk/Revelry), Neil Mason (Nettwerk/Revelry writer) and Danny D’Brito (Brass Knuckles)
Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music, Combustion Music, Sea Gayle Music and Complete Control Management recently came together to host a 2-day writing camp combining Nashville writers with two EDM artists: Tritonal and Brass Knuckles. Writing sessions took place from 10am – 7pm at Blackbird Studios and Combustion Music offices, with performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI providing daily lunch.
Participating writers included: NW1/Revelry clients Neil Mason, Mike Fiorentino and Tammi Kidd Hutton, Combustion client Luke Foley, and Sea Gayle clients Bryan Simpson and Ingrid Andress.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “The idea of organizing an outside- the-box writing camp in Nashville intrigued me and my colleague Melissa Emert-Hutner, and after discussing the idea with our friends at Combustion, Sea Gayle and Complete Control Management, we decided to give it a shot. Combining forces between two thriving genres and pushing the limits and EDM artists’ ability to feature various artists on their records, it just made sense to us.”
Complete Control Management's head of A&R Joseph Pepin says, "I've toyed around with the idea of sending dance acts from Complete Control's roster to Nashville for a while now. When I began discussing the idea with my friends over at Nettwerk, Combustion and Sea Gayle, I found that they shared an equal amount of excitement for the idea, so we moved forward with it. I've always had the utmost respect for the songwriting that takes place in Nashville and the ability that the writers in this city have to tell a story in a unique way. I think it is safe to say that we are all really happy with the results of the camp, and we hope to have more outside the box collaborations of this type in the near future.”
The new music video for the haunting “Hold On,” available on The Best of Me Soundtrack, from singer/songwriter’s (and NW1 publishing clients) SHEL & Gareth Dunlop is now available for fans to view.
“Hold On,” a song that USA Today calls “twinkling” and “pining” appears on the soundtrack for the Nicholas Sparks penned film, The Best of Me, which hit stores on Oct. 7 via EMI Nashville in conjunction with Relativity Music. Relativity Studios’ film, The Best of Me, is now playing in theaters nationwide.
“Hold On” was written and performed by Gareth Dunlop and Eva Holbrook from SHEL.
1916 MGMT, Nettwerk One Music and Black Box Music host the first annual Merge Songwriting Camp to showcase some of the most successful international songwriters and producers from around the world (including Monsters & Strangerz, Jason Evignan and Chantal Kreviazuk).
The Merge Songwriting Camp vision is to showcase and provide Canadian talent with the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s best in a week of writing sessions guided by major record executives (includingAtlantic Records, Interscope Records and Capitol Records UK). The invite only sessions will be held from October 19 -25, at Revolution Recording in Toronto (36 Laing Street) with workshops running from 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. daily.
Music executives from various top worldwide music labels will be offering their expertise to writers and producers who were exclusively chosen to participate in the Merge Songwriting Camp. Each day the writers and producers will be given writing tasks via video conference calls with music executives to discuss label priorities and what major artist(s) they will be crafting for each day.
Media members are invited to attend a session to experience and chat with writers and producers. Please email Chrissy Newton at Chrissy@vocabcommunications.com to confirm a date and time.
“...melancholy yet propulsive soft rock that sounds like the midpoint between Dave Longstreth and Donald Fagen. You’d do well to listen to it.” — Stereogum
"It’s a polished, ambitious effort that puts melody and layered arrangements (created with composer Stefan Udell) at the forefront…” — Tiny Mix Tapes
Music savant (and NW1 client) Nicholas Krgovich, mostly known for his work with No Kids, Gigi and P:ano, will self-release his debut solo album On Sunset on October 7, 2014.
Having lived in Los Angeles for the past four years, On Sunset stands as a rich, widescreen tribute to a lost Los Angeles. Produced and mixed by John Collins (Destroyer, New Pornographers) and recorded by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers), the album is a sweeping Technicolor extravaganza. In the tradition of experimental music masquerading as pop (Avalon, Cupid & Psyche '85, Steve McQueen), On Sunset is a lonely, glamorous, late-night answer to a city's seductive and endless sprawl.
Watch The Video For “Along The PCH On Oscar Night” Here:
Pictured (L-R) Mark Mason (BMI), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Tammi Kidd Hutton, AJ Burton (Nettwerk)
Nettwerk One Music has signed songwriter Tammi Kidd Hutton to its expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three), Mike Fiorentino, Austin Jenckes and Archertown.
Tammi’s compositions have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Rascal Flatts,Scotty McCreery, Don Williams, Joe Nichols, Chris Cagle, Kellie Pickler and Leann Rimes. Her songs have been featured in the hit ABC series Nashville and in the movie Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “After meeting with Tammi and listening to her songs, I immediately knew she was someone I wanted to work with! I’m honored she’s entrusted myself and the Nettwerk staff with her songs.”
Maurico’s debut EP I Am Maurico is out now via Tennessee Recording Company. All songs on the Nashville based hip-hop artist’s album are co-written and co-produced by Nettwerk One Publishing writer, Mike Fiorentino. Mike is the co-founder of the Tennessee Recording Company and is known for writing for Bubba Sparxxx and Colt Ford along with numerous other artists. The EP is available via iTunes.
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Nettwerk One publishing artist Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or hand-wringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutal-ised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quix-otic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
Chosen by Billboard as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop artists to watch in 2014,” South Korea-based GOT7 has released a new EP, GOT♡ (Got Love), which features a track from NW1 writer/producer Fredro called “Good Tonight.” The song has been performed on all major Korean music shows, including “Music Bank,” “Show! Music Core,” “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” Upon its release, GOT♡ reached number one on the Gaon Music Top Album Chart. GOT7’s debut EP, Got It? (January 2014), which also featured a track from Fredro (“Like Oh”), landed at #1 on the Billboard World Chart.
From left to right (back): Jonathan Gordon (1916), Lex Borrero (1916), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One); front: Stefan Johnson
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce a new publishing joint venture between Nettwerk’s publishing division, Nettwerk One Music (NW1) and LA-based, multi-media entertainment platform 1916 Management. Through this joint venture, NW1 and 1916 Management will together aim seek out and sign the hottest up and coming writers/producers, while bringing a management approach to publishing by working closely with these new signings to strategically develop their careers.
Writer/producer Stefan Johnson becomes the first signing under this joint venture. Johnson is one-fifth of the writing production team known as The Monsters & The Strangerz, currently one of the most in-demand pop production teams. They’ve been heavily involved in recent albums from Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and more. In the past few months alone, they’ve brought their writing and production skills to forthcoming tracks for Maroon 5, Ferras, Bebe Rexha and Chris Batson.
Says NW1’s Blair McDonald, “We’re delighted to be in business with Lex, Jonathan and the rest of the 1916 team. Their understanding and experience in the pop music business is a huge asset to our existing publishing business, and I look forward to developing a roster of the most talented writers/producers together. To start with the signing of Stefan Johnson is a statement of our intent. He is an incredible and positive creative force.”
Lex Borrero and Jonathan Gordan of 1916 add, “We are thrilled to be working with a company who has a true understanding of every facet of the entertainment business and a true independent spirit. NW1 has built a great publishing business, and we look forward to continuing to add to their already incredible and successful history.”
We are deeply saddened to learn of John Spinks' passing. Over the past 8 years, we came to know him as a passionate and inspiring songwriter, producer, guitar player and all-around artist. He was an immeasurable talent whose songs brought joy to many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his many fans. We'll miss you John. -- Your Nettwerk Family