Matt Ward (record producer)

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Matt Ward is a Grammy and Brit Award-nominated UK based songwriter, record producer and remixer. He has worked under the following aliases: Full Phatt,[1] Hotsnax,[2] 23 Deluxe,[3] The MDs, Perfect Storm, FP, Global State,[4] Boom Squad,[5] Instant Flava,[6] Secret Agents, Switch,[7] Mush[8] Shake Ya Cookie,[9] and Patrolla.

Career[edit]

Ward has been producing and releasing records since the age of 18. Having built a solid reputation on the pop/RnB scene for his remixes for acts such as Jodeci, he went on to score early hits with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and The Black Eyed Peas. Full Phatt remixes started to become a pre-requisite for US acts wanting to win a spot on UK and European radio with artists such as Ashanti, Lindsay Lohan, Shaggy, Usher, Nelly, JoJo, Outkast, Mario and Rihanna.

In 2003, as part of Full Phatt, Ward was one of the first official remixers (alongside FatBoy Slim and The Neptunes) of the Rolling Stones track "Sympathy For the Devil". Since the success of this remix, he has gone on to remix other classic songs such as Bill Withers' "Lovely Day", Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown", Marvin Gaye's "I heard It Through the Grapevine", Sergio Mendes' "Mas Que Nada" and Bob Marley's "I Know a Place" and "Soul Shakedown Party".

Christina Milian's "Dip It Low", which Ward additionally produced, received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005. The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in early January 2005 and reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as the top five in the United Kingdom and the top ten in the Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway.

In 2007, Ward co-wrote and produced Mutya Buena's hit single "Real Girl" which was nominated for a Brit Award the same year. The record charted at Number 2 in the UK and was featured in the film Sex and the City as a theme for Jennifer Hudson. "Real Girl" was a Number 1 airplay record in the UK and Europe, achieving A list rotation on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Capital amongst other stations.

He also produced the original version of Ironik's "Tiny Dancer" featuring Elton John which went on to become a Top Three record in the UK.

In 2008, Ward released singles with EMI / Positiva under the name of Hotsnax and RCA under the name 23 Deluxe. He then signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV.

In the same year, he worked with UK girl band, The Saturdays, co-writing a track on their Top Ten hit album Chasing Lights with the song "Vulnerable".[10] The album has sold over 400,000 copies.

His work adding additional production on several tracks for Taylor Swift has brought him recognition on the country circuit and led to additional productions for Darius Rucker, The Band Perry and Sugaland. Following Ward's involvement, all the records were play-listed at Radio 2.

Ward has also done many radio edits for artists such as Jay Z, Sting, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Plan B, Gym Class Heroes, Ed Sheeran, Lionel Richie, FUN, Wale, Afrojack, Tiesto, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

In 2012, Ward mixed all the international duet vocals for Lionel Richie's Tuskagee album.

In March 2012, Ward's remix of "Hit the Lights" by Selena Gomez received over 1.5 million YouTube hits in under a week.

In April 2013 Ward co-produced seven tracks on the self-titled album for the Japanese artist Miyavi. The album entered the Japanese rock charts at No.1.

In November 2013 Ward produced and mixed "Red Lights" by Tiesto which has sold over 600,00 copies to date and spent eleven weeks at the top of the Billboard dance charts.

In April 2014 Ward co-wrote and mixed "Can't Forget" on Tiesto's album A Town Called Paradise and ended up mixing eight tracks overall across the album. In its first week of release the album entered the Top 10 in over forty different countries.

Credits[edit]

Matt Ward productions and additional productions

Productions

  • Mush - EP (1990)
  • Switch - Afterlife EP (1991)
  • Global State - Almost There (1993)
  • Global State - Don't Need It (Don't Want It) (1993)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers - I Know A Place (2001)
  • Christina Milian - Dip It Low (2004)
  • Keisha White Feat Bob Marley - I've Got Love (2005)
  • Mutya Buena - Real Girl (2007)
  • Mutya Buena - Not Your Baby (2007)
  • Hotsnax - Magic (2008)
  • The Saturdays - Vulnerable (2008)
  • Show Me Happiness - 23 Deluxe (2008)
  • Ironik feat Elton John - Tiny Dancer (2009)
  • Zarif - Can't Do Nothing (2010)
  • Miyavi - Justice (2013)
  • Miyavi - Horizon (2013)
  • Miyavi - Chase It (2013)
  • Miyavi - Secret (2013)
  • Miyavi - Guard You (2013)
  • Miyavi - No One Knows My Name (2013)
  • Miyavi - Hell No (2013)
  • Patrolla Feat Rakim - Groovy (2014)
  • Debbie Clarke - Have It All (2014)
  • Debbie Clarke - Rising Up (2014)
  • Debbie Clarke - Firing Line (2014)
  • Patrolla - Tales From The Lab Album (2015)
  • Pencil People - Press This Button To Activate (2014)
  • Pencil People - For The People In The Middle (2014)
  • GS Allstars - Don't Need It Don't Want It (2014)
  • Luminaries - Mirrors (2015)
  • Patrolla Vs Adamski - Killer Ft Seal (2016)

Additional remixes

  • Usher - Moving Mountains (2008)
  • Sugarland - All I Wanna Do (2008)
  • Taylor Swift - Fifteen (2009)
  • Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me (2009)
  • Taylor Swift - Fairytale (2010)
  • Taylor Swift - Mine (2010)
  • Taylor Swift - Back To December (2010)
  • Taylor Swift - The Story Of Us (2011)
  • Sugarland - Stuck Like Glue (2010)
  • Sugarland - Tonight (2011)
  • The Band Perry - If I Die Young (2011)
  • Darius Rucker - This (2011)
  • Redlight King - Old Man (2012)
  • Anjulie - Stand Behind The Music (2012)
  • Kate Ryan - Robots (2012)
  • The Band Perry - Done (2013)
  • The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2013)
  • Emin - Amor (2013)
  • Toby Keith - Drinks After Work (2013)
  • Tiesto - Red Lights (2014)
  • Lucy Hale - You Sound Good To Me (2014)
  • Marina Kaye - Homeless (2014)
  • SoMo - Ride (2014)

Matt Ward mixes on Tiesto's A Town Called Paradise Album

  • Red Lights (2014)
  • Footprints (2014)
  • A Town Called Paradise (2014)
  • Written In Reverse (2014)
  • Echoes (2014)
  • Shimmer (2014)
  • Set Yourself Free (2014)
  • Can't Forget (2014)

Patrolla remixes and additional productions

  • Paulina Rubio - Boys Will Be Boys (2012)
  • Wisin & Yandel Feat Jennifer Lopez - Follow The Leader (2012)
  • The Killing End Theme - Frans Bak (2012)
  • Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)
  • Enrique Iglesias - Finally Found You (2012)
  • Agnetha Fältskog - Dance Your Pain Away (2013)
  • Enrique Iglesias - Heart Attack (2014)

Full Phatt remixes and additional productions

  • Alsou - He Loves Me (2001)
  • Nelly - Batter Up (2001)
  • Mary J Blige - Rainy Dayz (2002)
  • Sandy & Junior - Love Never Fails (2002)
  • Ashanti - Rain On Me (2003)
  • Shaggy - Get My Party On (2003)
  • The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (2003)
  • Usher - Burn (2004)
  • Lindsay Lohan - Rumors (2004)
  • Lindsay Lohan - Over (2004)
  • Nina Sky - Turnin' Me On (2004)
  • Nelly - Flap Your Wings (2004)
  • Nelly - My Place (2004)
  • JoJo - Baby It's You (2004)
  • Outkast - The Way You Move (2004)
  • Michael McDonald Feat Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (2005)
  • Houston - Ain't Nothing Wrong (2005)
  • Good Charlotte - I Just Wanna Live (2005)
  • Stevie Wonder - So What The Fuss (2005)
  • Nelly - N Dey Say (2005)
  • Bill Withers - Lovely Day (2006)
  • Beverley Knight - Keep This Fire Burning (2006)
  • Rihanna - Pon De Replay (2006)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime (2006)
  • Sergio Mendes Feat The Black Eyed Peas - Mas Que Nada (2006)
  • Sergio Mendes Feat Erykah Badu and Will.I.Am- That Heat (2006)
  • Juanes - La Camisa Negra (2006)
  • Juanes - A Dios Le Pido
  • Janet Jackson & Nelly - Call On Me (2006)
  • JoJo - Too Little Too Late (2006)
  • Audio Club (Sumthin' Serious) (2007)
  • Simon Webbe - My Soul Pleads For You (2007)
  • Juanes - Me Enamore (2007)
  • Mario - How Do I Breathe (2007)
  • Teriyaki Boyz - Heartbreaker (2007)
  • Mutya Buena - Real Girl (2007)

FP remixes and additional productions

  • Usher - Moving Mountains (2008)
  • Chris Brown - Kiss Kiss (2008)
  • Anastacia Vs Chaka Khan - I Can Feel For You (2008)
  • Lemar - If She Knew (2008)
  • Usher - Trading Places (2009)
  • T Pain Feat Lil Wayne - Can't Believe It (2009)
  • Jay Sean - Tonight (2009)
  • Lemar Feat Mz Bratt - The Way Love Goes (2010)

The MD's remixes and additional productions

  • Sugaland - Stuck Like Glue (2010)
  • Sugaland - Tonight (2011)
  • Emin - Just For One Night (2011)
  • JLS Feat Tinie Tempah - Eyes Wide Shut (2011)
  • Joe Jonas - See No More (2011)
  • Selena Gomez - Hit The Lights (2012)
  • StooShe - Love Me (2012)
  • Kate Ryan - Robots (2012)

Hotsnax remixes and additional productions

  • New Radicals - Mama (1999)
  • Bloodhound Gang - The Ballad Of Chasey Lain (1999)
  • Killer - All I Want (2001)
  • Candice Alley - Falling (2003)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soul Shake Down Party (2004)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tears Of A Clown (2005)
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime (2006)

Global State Remixes & Additional Productions

  • London Jones - Joi (1994)
  • Jodeci - You Got It (1994)
  • Heavy D & The Boyz - This Is Your Night (1994)
  • E.Y.C - Everyday (1995)
  • Jodeci - Freek'N You (1995)

Boom Squad remixes and additional productions

  • Erykah Badu - On & On (1997)
  • Bloodhound Gang - Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me (1997)
  • Rachid - Pride (1998)

Instant Flava remixes and additional productions

  • Jodeci - Get On Up (1996)
  • Mary J Blige - Love Is All We Need (1997)
  • Mary J Blige - Everything (1997)
  • Lorraine Cato - Mighty Love (1997)
  • Tyrese - Nobody Else (1998)
  • Black Eyed Peas - Joints And Jam (1998)
  • Mytown - Party All Night (1998)
  • A+ - Bet She Don't Love You (1999)

Secret Agent remixes and additional productions

  • K-Ci & JoJo - Crazy (2000)
  • Alsou - 100% Natural (2001)
  • Alsou - Before You Love Me (2001)

Shake Ya Cookie remixes and additional productions

  • Pras Michel - Haven't Found (2005)
  • Nelly - N Dey Say (2005)
  • Stacie Orrico - I'm Not Missing You (2006)

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