|Genres||Latin, Pop, Rock, R&B|
|Occupations||Producer, film maker, song-writer, musician, composer, philanthropist, arranger, guitarist|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, programming|
|Associated acts||Yerba Buena, Cucu Diamantes, Chaka Khan, John Legend, Natalie Merchant, David Byrne, D'Angelo, Caetano Veloso|
Andrés Levin ( ) is a Venezuelan-born American record producer, band leader, film maker, recording engineer and philanthropist. Levin won a Grammy award in 2009 for his production of the In The Heights Cast Recording. His Grammy nominated Latin fusion band Yerba Buena was founded along with Cuban-American singer Cucu Diamantes.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Yerba Buena
- 3 Music Has No Enemies
- 4 Content-OS
- 5 Film
- 6 Advertising
- 7 Discography
- 8 Red Hot and Cuba
- 9 References
Levin was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Since his father is a musician and producer as well, Levin was surrounded by music. He began playing guitar at age 10 and was soon immersed in the musical world. In 1988, Levin took advantage of a full scholarship at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before studying composition at Juilliard in New York City. While in New York, Levin worked at Skyline studios and was soon hired by producer Nile Rodgers as a full-time Synclavier programmer and arranger. With Rodgers, Levin worked with artists such as the B-52's, Diana Ross, INXS, and The Vaughan Brothers.
Together with Diamantes, Levin formed the band Yerba Buena. Before Yerba Buena, Levin had worked in several disparate genres, including R&B, soul, and Latin. Levin said that the same year the band was founded, he and "CuCu were in Nigeria, Cuba, and Bahia... [and] those influences combined to form the Yerba Buena sound." Levin has also said that even though Yerba Buena "experiments with many influences, the basis of the group is inspired by the African and Cuban diaspora, where both worlds meet. The music is a bridge between the two cultures."
Music Has No Enemies
Founded by Levin and Diamantes, Music Has No Enemies is a non-profit organization that is designed "to usher the entertainment industry in a new direction toward the widespread promotion of philanthropy." The organization has worked on several projects to promote social justice and political activism:
- Red Hot and Cuba at Brooklyn Academy of Music-World Aids Day 2012
- Grammy Foundation-Grammy Career Day at Pace University
- Orphaned Star Fish
- Innocence in Danger
- Life is Precious
- Plastic Pollution Coalition
Field of Dreams Festival
On July 24, 2010, Levin and the Bruce High Quality Foundation produced and curated Celebrate Brooklyn! Presents Field of Dreams (Un Mundo Nuevo) in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York as a production of Music Has No Enemies. The festival showcased DIY artists and performing artists from around the world, including Luis Guzmán, Keziah Jones, Cucu Diamantes, Pablo Picasso, K-SISE, and Janka Nabay.
Podemos Con Obama
In 2008, Levin brought together many prominent Latin musicians to make a video inspired by his work on will.i.am's "Yes We Can" video in support of Democratic party presidential candidate Barack Obama. Celebrities such as Luis Guzman, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jessica Alba, Paulina Rubio, Alejandro Sanz, John Leguizamo, Don Omar and many others participated. The video currently has more than 350,000 views on YouTube.
The Price of Silence
In 2008, Music Has No Enemies produced Amnesty International's "The Price of Silence", a commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many international artists and activists such as Stephen Marley, Aterciopelados, Natalie Merchant, Yerba Buena and Hugh Masekala filmed a video of their collaborative song set in the UN.
Content-OS, founded by Levin, is a full service creative content company that brings high art to social impact. Founded as a strategic partner of Music Has No Enemies, Content-OS designs and manages projects at every scale that strengthens the core values of its partners through music and other forms of media. Paying close attention to the specific goals of clients, Content-OS is focused on producing and promoting superlative content that directly benefits the needs and mission of its partners.
In a unique collaboration produced by Andres Levin, world-renowned musical artists Caetano Veloso and Lenine, Criolo, Emicida, Pretinho da Serrinha and Sistah Mo Respect along with many other celebrated Brazilian musicians and filmmakers spent three days in Rio de Janeiro's Floresta da Tijuca, part of Parque Nacional da Tijuca (that supported the project by offering its landscapes to film) creating "I'm Alive" a multimedia expression of our relationship to nature filmed, composed and recorded in the rainforest.
In 2012, Levin and the Content-OS team brought Music Heals to the Texas Children’s Hospital for a day of musical healing through collaborative songwriting and recording. Levin's team consisted of "Gustavo Galindo, blues/country singer Marsha Hancock, guitarist David Garza of Austin, composer/arranger Stephen Barber, drummer Brannen Temple of Austin and vocalist Suzanna Choffel."This was done in collaboration with Lopez Negrete and Purple Songs Can Fly.
Farm to Turntable
In August of 2013, Levin and his team brought inner-city kids to McEnroe Organic Farm to learn about food production. A week later, they attended a freestyle workshop at El Museo del Barrio where they learned about turntablism and traditional farming music, and used what they experienced out in nature to write and record an original hip hop song about sustainable agricultural practices and healthy living.
In 2012, MHNE and Content-OS in conjunction with Grammy in the Schools, led an inspiring workshop at Pace University for Grammy Career Day empowering NYC high school students through an impromptu songwriting workshop.
In 2012, Levin produced his fist film alongside Sarah Green, Amor Cronico. Directed by Jorge Perugorria, the film follows flamboyant Cuban-born / New York based singer-songwriter Cucu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film interweaves footage of live music performances and a fictional love story narrative. An energetic display of Cucu's glamorous performance style with a fresh Latin pop soundtrack and a comical twist, Amor Cronico is a unique portrait of a Cuban artist traveling back to her roots.
Levin has been involved in the music for advertising industry since 1995. In the fall of 2009 he launched Pirata (with Canadian partner Pirate) to provide sonic branding and audio post production for all aspects of broadcast audio, such as original music and licensing, sound design, full service radio production and 5.1 mixing. Since its creation, Pirata has provided work for Dr. Pepper, Verizon, Miller, Heineken, Cablevision, Kraft, Ritz, and Kohl's.
|2012||Miguel Bosé, Papitwo||Co-producer|
|2012||John Legend, Red Hot and Rio 2||Producer, Co-writer|
|2011||Fonseca, Ilusión||Producer||Winner of 2012 Grammy: Best Tropical Fusion Album / Nominated 2013 Latin Pop Grammy|
|2010||Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep||Co-producer|
|2010||Ana Torroja, Sonrisa||Producer|
|2010||Aleks Syntek, Métodos de Placer Instantáneo||Co-producer|
|2009||In The Heights Cast Album||Producer||Winner of 2009 Grammy: Best Cast Album|
|2009||Paulina Rubio, Gran City Pop||Producer|
|2007||Miguel Bosé, Papito||Co-producer||Nominated for 2007 Latin Grammy|
|2007||Yerba Buena, Follow Me||Producer/ Writer|
|2007||Orishas, Antiodiotico||Producer||Produced five songs; three 2007 Latin Grammy Nominations|
|2006||Marisa Monte, Universo Ao Meu Redor||Producer|
|2006||Eliane Elias, Around The City||Producer/ Writer|
|2005||Yerba Buena, Island Life||Producer/ Writer|
|2005||Orishas, El Kilo||Producer||Nominated for 2005 and 2006 Latin Grammy: Best Latin Alternative Album|
|2004||Ana Torroja, Essential||Producer/ Writer||Produced and wrote four songs|
|2004||Paulina Rubio, Pau-Latino||Writer||Wrote one song, "My Friend, My Amigo"|
|2003||Yerba Buena, President Alien||Producer/ Writer||Nominated for 2003 Grammy: Best Latin Alternative Album|
|2002||Lenine, Falange Canibal||Writer||Wrote one song, "Dolores." Won 2002 Latin Grammy|
|2002||Red Hot and Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti||Co-producer||Produced nine songs|
|2001||Bilal, 1st Born Second||Producer||Produced one song|
|2000||Daniela Mercury, Sol Da Liberdade||Producer|
|2000||Ana Torroja, Pasajes de un Sueño||Producer/ Writer|
|1999||Ana Torroja, Pasajes de un Sueño||Producer/ Writer|
|1996-1999||Arto Lindsay, The Prize, Mundo Civilizado, Noon Chill, Hypercivilizado, Invoke||Producer/ Writer|
|1998||Aterciopelados, Caribe Atomico||Producer||Nominated for 1998 Grammy: Best Latin Rock|
|1998||Los Amigos Invisibles, The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera||Producer|
|1998||El Gran Silencio, Libres y Locos||Producer|
|1998||Carlinhos Brown, Omelette Man||Producer|
|1997||David Byrne, Feelings||Producer||Produced two songs, "Finite=Alright" and "The Civil Wars"|
|1997||Deborah Blando, "UnicaMente"||Producer/ Writer/ Musician||Produced songs, "Unicamente" and "Gata"|
|1997||Marta Sánchez, "Azabache"||Co-produced/ Writer/ Musician||Co-produced songs, "Moja Mi Corazón" and "Lampara Mágica"|
|1996||David Byrne and Marisa Monte, Red Hot and Rio||Producer||Produced one song, "Waters of March"|
|1995||Chaka Khan, The Woman I Am||Writer|
|1995||Doro, Machine II Machine||Producer/ Writer/ Musician||Co-produced and co-wrote four songs|
|1995||Jennifer Love Hewitt, Let's Go Bang||Writer||One song, "The Difference Between Us"|
|1994||Cece Peniston, Thought 'Ya Knew||Producer/Writer||One song, "Through Those Doors"|
|1991||Mica Paris, Contribution||Writer/Producer (with Camus Celli)|
|2013||Se Vende||Executive Music Producer, Composer|
|2012||Amor Cronico||Film Producer, Executive Music Producer, Composer|
|2007||Ladron Que Roba Ladron||Composer|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||Composer||Three songs used|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Composer||"Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)" used|
|2003||Honey||Composer||"Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)" used|
|2003||Chasing Papi||Composer||"Electric Boogaloo" used|
|1999||Red Hot and Lisbon||Producer||Produced five songs|
|2008||Heroes Original Soundtrack||Composer||One song, "Maya's Theme"|
|2006||South BEach||Composer||Wrote Theme Song|
Red Hot and Cuba