Doc McKinney

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Martin McKinney
Birth name Martin McKinney
Also known as Doc
Born (1971-08-27) August 27, 1971 (age 42)
Canada
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupations Record producer, songwriter
Website www.docmckinney.com

Martin McKinney (born August 27, 1971) is a Canadian-born, American raised record producer and songwriter. Professionally referred to as Doc, McKinney was formerly one half of the former duet (now solo act) Esthero, alongside Jenny Bea Englishman. His work with Toronto artist The Weeknd, whose McKinney-produced mixtapes House of Balloons and Thursday.[1] were freely released in 2011, was met with widespread critical acclaim. He began working with major artists such as Drake. Due to recent tweets by Illangelo and favorited tweets by The Weeknd on Twitter, it is believed McKinney is working on a 2014 or 2015 album for The Weeknd that will be inspired by House of Balloons.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Canada and raised in Minneapolis, McKinney grew up in the heart of the Twin Cities indie scene and immersed in its ambiance.[2] During his adolescent years, McKinney played in various punk rock and hip hop based groups. While the cities' most influential contributions came out of the 1980s, McKinney was immersed in the music scene of that decade.[2]

McKinney settled in Toronto in 1994, as an aspiring producer. McKinney was introduced to Jenny Bea Englishman – now known as "Esthero"[3] – which led him to becoming one half of the then duo.[4] The introduction was headed up by then EMI Publishing President, Michael McCarty. After co-writing and producing their entire breakthrough album Breath From Another,[5] McKinney carefully transitioned Jenny-Bea into a solo act so he could return to the studio.[4] McKinney went on to produce Res – co-writing and producing her critically acclaimed album, How I Do, alongside Santi White (Santigold).[6] McKinney has since worked with Santi White (Santigold) on various projects, including her 2008 release of her Solid Gold Mixtape.[7]

Since then, McKinney has had the opportunity to work with Sting, Drake, Kelis, Dr. Dre, G-Love, Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige,[8] Sinéad O'Connor,[9][8] Alice Smith, Amanda Blank, Trouble Andrew, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest),[10] Hawksley Workman[11] as well as Latin artists Belinda, RBD and Debi Nova.

Personal life[edit]

McKinney is a supporter of War Child (charity), GEM’s – Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, and Red Hot Organization (AIDS Awareness).[12] As an appreciation of his support, he donates his work as a producer/songwriter/engineer. Doc McKinney has two children.

Production discography[edit]

Release Date Album Title Artist Song Titles Label
1995 Single k-os Rise Like The Sun Independent
1998 Breath From Another Esthero All Songs Work/Sony Music
2001 How I Do RES All Songs MCA/Universal
2002 Red Hot and Riot Kelis So Be It
Red Hot
MCA
2002 Instant Village Raphael Saadiq Tek 2
Pookie
Universal Music
2002 Sex Sells Stiffed Wathca Gonna Go
Nighttime Lovin
Coolhunter/Ryko
2003 Lover, Fighter Hawksley Workman Smoke Baby Isadora Records/Universal Records
2003 Peace Songs k-os Livin In A World Corrupt Isadora Records/Universal Music
2004 Sacred Love Sting (musician)
feat. will.i.am
Stolen Car (Remix) Interscope Records/Universal Music
2005 Wikked Lil Grrrls Esthero Wikked Lil Grrrls
If Tha Mood
Fastlane
Bad Boy Clyde
Reprise/Wea
2005 Burned Again Stiffed (band) Run Outlook
2006 Utopia Belinda (entertainer) Contigo O Sin Ti EMI/Televisa
2007 Buck The World Young Buck
feat. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
Slow Ya Roll G-Unit/Interscope Records/Universal Records
2008 Solid Gold Mixtape Santigold Guns of Brooklyn Downtown Records/Universal Records
2008 Between The Beautifuls Hawksley Workman Prettier Face
Piano Blink
Isadora Records/Universal Records
2008 Los Manlicious Hawksley Workman Pretty Girls
Lonely People
In My Blood
Fatty Wants to Dance
Prettier Face
Piano Blink
Isadora Records/Universal Records
2009 Call and Response Maroon 5 Best That We Break (Remix) Interscope Records/Universal Records
2009 Shame On Me Amanda Blank I Love You Downtown Records/Universal Records
2009 Para Olvdarte De Mi RBD Camino Al Sol EMI/Telivisa
2009 Girls Educational and Mentoring Services Mary J. Blige and Sinéad O'Connor This Is To Mother You Independent
2010 Luna Nueva Debi Nova We Were Young
Don't Wanna Forget
Decca Records/Universal Records
2010 Dreams of a Troubled Man Trouble Andrew Stop Me
Condition
Wasted
Cadillac
Flaunts It
Oh No
Virgin Records
2010 Stray Bullets Cee Lo Green "Champain" Mixtape
2011 House of Balloons The Weeknd Producer Independent
2011 Thursday The Weeknd Producer Independent
2011 Take Care Drake "The Ride" Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
2011 Shake It Out Florence and The Machine "Shake it Out" The Weeknd Remix Island Records
2011 Free Download The Weeknd "Trust Issues" The Weeknd Remix Independent[13]
2012 TBD Yadi " Guillotine Remix" Warner UK
2012 Trilogy The Weeknd Producer/Executive Producer XO,Universal Republic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Weeknd ... House of Balloons". Silencenogood.net. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Gawle, Darren. "Mis-Quote Me and I'll Kill You! - Interview". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Freebase. "Esthero". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Breath from Another: Esthero: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ All Music by Rovi. "Esthero - Biography". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Res - How I Do". Btmon.com. Retrieved 20 May 2006. 
  7. ^ "Martin McKinney". Discogs.com. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "This is to Mother You | Girls Educational & Mentoring Service (GEMS)". Gems-girls.org. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Fashion By The Finest". Fashionbythefinest.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Hawksley Workman: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  12. ^ "SINEAD O’CONNOR and MARY J. BLIGE have joined forces along with newcomer and survivor, Martha B. for a remake of O’Connor’s 1996 song, "This is To Mother You" to bring awareness to the issues of the sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of American girls". Callandresponse.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  13. ^ "Martin McKinney Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.