Matt Schwartz

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Matt Schwartz
Matt Schwartz (28 March 2009).jpg
Background information
Also known as DADA, The Drill, M'black
Born (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 42)
Haifa, Israel
Origin Israel
Genres House, electronica, trip-hop, pop, rock
Occupations Producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, programmer, sound engineer, mixing engineer, DJ
Instruments Bass, guitar, keyboards, computers
Years active 1995–present
Labels Destined, Sony, Universal, EMI, BMG rights, Warner Bros., Robbins Ent, Ministry of sound
Associated acts Deepest Blue 4tune500, massive attack, Robbie Williams, Trevor Horn, The Drill, Mica Paris, Elliot minor, JTQ, Wamdue Project, Jonny L
Website www.destined-records.com

Matt Schwartz is a multi-instrumentalist record producer a songwriter, an artist, DJ, and a prolific audio engineer based in the UK. He has contributed to numerous records since 1995 as an engineer, producer, composer, musician and a songwriter, working with all the UK major record labels, he also had several club chart toppers and a few top 10 chart and airplay charts records in the UK, US and Europe as an artist.

Biography and life[edit]

Born in Israel, Schwartz came to London in the early 90's. Schwartz enrolled at Kingston University, and a year later began working at the Hit-House in Hammersmith between 1994–5 with the likes of Farley Jack Master Funk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Matt Jam and Carl Brown, plus many more while producing records with James Reynolds.[1]

Schwartz worked at BeatFarm studios in 1996-8, making hundreds of records with the likes of Massive Attack,[1] Mica Paris,[2] Arthur Baker, Sara J, Tall Paul,[3] Wamdue Project,[4] JTQ[5] and a host of others while developing unsigned bands and making his own records.

In 1998 Schwartz decided to concentrate on his own career as an artist as well as a producer. In 2000 he started Destined Records for his own output and Blackgold recordings with Gil Goldberg[6] and Legendary A&R Muff Winwood from Sony, Blackgold had 4 releases amongst them 'Dancing in the dark' by 4tune500 who was an outfit for Matt and Jo Mills which went on to sell 15,000 Vinyls.[7] Destined is highly respected on the underground scene and had a few hits to date including The Drill, DADA and Deepest Blue, his composition of Shooting Star was the theme tune for Sky Sports for 3 years.[8]

As an Electronica producer and artist, Schwartz went on to top dance charts all over the world, his music and songs appearing on numerous TV programs and films (Including blockbusters such as Day of the jackal and The matrix, Sky sports, Fashion TV and most of the UK music TV channels), he cracked the top 10 in several countries and continents selling several million CD singles, Albums, Vinyl, downloads and compilations with a string of international hits under many different names such as M'black,[9] DADA,[10][11] The Drill,[12][13] 4tune500 and Deepest Blue[14][15] all starting their life on his Destined imprint, Matt usually plays all the instruments on his artist records.

In 2009 Schwartz worked with Trevor Horn,[16] Olly Murs[17] Lol Creme (10cc) and Robbie Williams.[18] The following year, Schwartz scored his first No. 1 single in the billboard dance airplay charts with M'black.[9] In 2011, Schwartz topped the Dutch Charts with 'Bang it all' as Dada & Mastiksoul featuring Akon.[19] In 2012, Schwartz was invited to lecture in the WMC in Miami on his experience as a producer and an engineer.[20] Later that year, Schwartz produced and co-wrote Kylie Minogue's "Timebomb". While working under the alias of M'black, in early 2013 he had a number 1 on the US dance charts with the song "Crush".[21]

In 2014 Matt has co-written and co produced Madison Beer's single 'Unbreakable', Producing and co-writing Cheryl Cole's Only Human[22] as well as producing and writing for Selah Sue, Bella Thorne, Ruen Brothers, Holychild and Pitbull & Sophia Del Carmen .


He currently Resides in London and works from his state of the art production facility in North West London.[23]

DJ work[edit]

In 2005 Matt took his first step as a DJ and decided to perform his first gig at the Paris Techno parade to 400,000 people as The Drill.[24]

Matt regularly plays massive international gigs and has also set up The Drill sound systems and DADA sound systems to enable him and a crew of people to spread his work all over the world, Matt also occasionally plays as Matt from Deepest blue.[25]

Number One records[edit]

Year Artist Tracks Album Role UK Chart Position Club Chart Other Charts Certificate
1997 Wamdue Project "King of My Castle" Remixer No. 1 No. 1
1998 Massive Attack "Dissolved Girl" Mezzanine Writer No. 1 (Album) No. 1 Platinum
2000 DJ Encore Album Intuition Writer, producer No. 1 Denmark
2001 4tune500 "Dancing in the Dark" Artist/Writer/Producer No. 1
2002 Matt Schwartz "Can You Feel" Artist/ Writer/Producer No. 42 No. 1
2002 M-Gee "Body Swerve" Artist/Writer/Producer #1
2003 Deepest Blue "Deepest Blue" Late September Artist/Writer/Producer #7 #1
2004 Deepest Blue "Give It Away" Late September Artist/Writer/Producer #8 #1
2005 The Drill "The Drill" Artist/Writer/Producer France No. 1
2006 DADA "Lollipop" Artist/Writer/Producer #18 #1 Spain No. 8
2008 Deepest Blue "Miracle" Artist/Writer/Producer #1
2009 DADA "Stereo Flo" Artist/Writer/Producer #1 Russia No. 5
2010 M'Black "Heartbreak" Artist/Writer/Producer Billboard airplay No. 1
2010 Olly Murs "A Million More Years" Olly Murs Writer No. 1 (Album) 2x Platinum
2011 DADA & Mastiksoul ft. Akon "Bang It All" Artist/Writer/Producer Holland No. 1
2012 Kylie Minogue "Timebomb" Writer/Producer #31 #1 Billboard airplay No. 1
2012 Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo "Turn Around" Contrast Remix/Production #8 #1

Other singles/Album tracks[edit]

2013 Bo Bruce "Save Me" Lead Single Before I Sleep Writer/Production #10 (Album)
2013 Lawson "Love Locked Out" Chapman Square Writer/Production #4 (Album)
2014 Madison Beer "Unbreakable" Writer/Production
2014 Cheryl Cole "Only Human" Only Human Writer/Production

Discography[edit]

  • 1997 Remix 'King of my castle' – Wamdue project Eruption records UK charts No. 1
  • 1998 Remix 'South of the border'- (Angels release) Robbie Williams 'EMI'
  • 1998 Co-write 'Dissolved girl' – Massive attack (featured on The Matrix) Virgin records UK Charts No. 1 album (Mezzanine)
  • 1999 Production, co-writer, Instruments – 'A bigger picture' – JTQ Gut Records
  • 2000 Artist 'Something about you' – TBC Echo records
  • 2001 Production,co-write 'Intuition' – Dj Encore ft. Engelina Universal Scandinavian chart topping act
  • 2002 Artist with Jo Mills'Dancing in the dark – 4Tune500 Blackgold recordings
  • 2002 Matt Schwartz Pres. Sholan – "Can You Feel (What I'm Going Through)"
  • 2003 Nova – "All This Love" – Multiply Records[26]
  • 2003 Artist With Grant Nelson 'Bodyswerve – M-Gee Ft. Mica Paris Swing City Club chart No. 1
  • 2003 Deepest Blue – "Deepest Blue"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Give it Away"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Is It A Sin"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Shooting Star"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue Album- 'Late September' – Open Records, UK Charts No. 22 Silver Certificate
  • 2004 Remix 'I Like It {featuring Yvonne John Lewis} Free2Air Recordings UK Charts No. 10
  • 2005 'The Drill' – "The Drill"
  • 2005 'The Drill' – "One More Night"
  • 2006 Matt Schwartz & MJ Cole 'Earthlift' – Matt Schwartz and Matt Cole
  • 2007 Dada feat. Sandy Rivera & Trix – "Lollipop"
  • 2007 Klark- 'Do Disco'
  • 2008 Deepest blue-'Miracle'
  • 2008 'Fall Down' – Nicol Destined Records Feat on ABC's show Army Wives
  • 2008 'Piano Mano' – The Drill Ft. Firetruck and Antarctica – No 2 Buzz Charts, No 5 Cool Cuts No'1 Download charts
  • 2008 'Dancing in the dark 08' – 4tune500 4' buzz no' 1 dj download charts
  • 2008 Producer, co-write, Nicol 'how does it feel now'- ABC Drama Army Wives
  • 2009 Remixer – Robbie Williams – Bodies
  • 2009 Dada, Obernik & Harris – "Stereo Flo"
  • 2009 Co-Writer Lol Cream & Robbie Williams – A million more years
  • 2010 Producer, co-Writer, Instruments, Mixing – Hyper Crush – 'Flip the Switch' and 'Keep Up' (Mixing, additional instruments co-production)
  • 2010 Olly Murs – A million More years
  • 2010 M'Black – Heartbreak Destined Records/Robbins Ent., No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay, No. 2 Airplay (Internet radio), No. 9 Radio airplay (Dance)
  • 2011 Dada & Mastiksoul Ft. Akon – 'Bang It All'
  • 2011 Dada & Rui Da Silva ft One – Crazy Love (Destined Records)
  • 2012 Dada & Mastiksoul – Forever ft. Nani (Manchester United) No. 1 iTunes Portugal
  • 2012 Clement Marfo–Mayhem & Champion (Warner) No. 38 UK
  • 2012 Kylie Minogue-"Timebomb" (EMI) No. 1 in 10 countries including US & UK iTunes (inc video downloads) top 10 in 23 countries
  • 2012 Dada-Metals
  • 2012 M'Black – Crush

Publishing deals[edit]

  • 1998–'00 Warner Chappell Publishing
  • 2001 – EMI Publishing
  • 2003 – Universal Publishing
  • 2004 – Windswept Pacific Publishing
  • 2005 – Schwartz music Publishing
  • 2009 – Schwartz music/BMG

Location timeline[edit]

  • 1981–1984 – Haifa youth philharmonic orchestra
  • 1990–1993 – Signal Studios, Israel
  • 1993–1995 – Kingston university Gateway school of music, Kingston upon themes, UK
  • 1995–1996 – Hit house production house,Hammersmith, UK
  • 1996–1998 – Beatfarm studios,Waterloo UK
  • 1998–2001 – Personal Studio,Golders Green, UK
  • 2009 May–June – Sarm Studios
  • 2001– present – Destined Studios, Soho recording Studios, West end, UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dissolved Girl". MassiveAttack.ie. 
  2. ^ "M Gee feat. Mica Paris – Bodyswerve". Discogs. 
  3. ^ "Matt Schwartz – Mix Engineer". Discogs. 
  4. ^ "King of My Castle Info". Discogs. 
  5. ^ "JTQ – A bigger Picture". AllMusic.com. 
  6. ^ "Working with Gil Goldberg". Duedil. 
  7. ^ "4Tune – 500 Dancing in the Dark". Discogs. 
  8. ^ "Theme Tune for Sky Sports". KGB Answers. 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard Artist – Mblack". Billboard. 
  10. ^ "Matt Schwartz – DanceEnergy". DanceEnergy. 
  11. ^ "DADA feat Sandy Rivera – Lollipop". BBC. 
  12. ^ "Swedish Charts Matt Schwartz". Swedish Charts. 
  13. ^ "The Drill – Firetruck". HousePlanet. 
  14. ^ "Deepest Blue – Uaudio". Uaudio. 
  15. ^ "Deepest Blue". Berube Communications. 
  16. ^ "Trevor Horn Update The Mack". PerfectSongs. 
  17. ^ "All Music – Olly Murs". All Music. 
  18. ^ "Robbie Williams Discography". RobbieWilliams.com. 
  19. ^ "DADA & Mastiksoul featuring Akon". Dutch Charts. 
  20. ^ "Winter Music Conference". Winter Music Conference. 
  21. ^ "M'black Crush track". FMQB Productions. 
  22. ^ "Cheryl Cole". Pop Justice. 
  23. ^ "New Recording Studio". Prism Sound. 
  24. ^ "The Drill – Techno Paris Parade". Melty. 
  25. ^ "The man behind The Drill, Deepest Blue and DADA". Club District. 
  26. ^ "Nova (8) – All This Love (vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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