Robert Conley (music producer)

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Robert Conley
Robert Conley 2013.jpg
Conley in 2013
Background information
Born (1973-03-13) March 13, 1973 (age 44)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, Record producer, Songwriter
Instruments Synthesizer
Years active 1999 - Present
Labels Specific Music

Robert Conley (dp13) is an American songwriter, record producer, programmer, engineer, mixer and music publisher. Throughout his varied career over the last decade, he has worked across all genres of music and has collaborated with and / or programmed / mixed / produced / written with, and for, many artists, including KISS, Destiny's Child, Carlos Santana, Justin Timberlake, Josh Groban, Darren Hayes, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Darren Hayes.,[1] Jessica Mauboy, Okenyo, Tina Arena, The Delta Riggs,[2] The Walking Who,[3] Ilan Kidron, Grinspoon, Georgi Kay, Thelma Plum, Lisa Mitchell, Bluejuice and many more.

Early life[edit]

Robert Conley was born March 13, 1973 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States. He grew up in Harrison, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, the eldest of three boys. When he was in the tenth grade, his father bought him an Ensoniq VFX sd II, and he began to create his own sequences and songs.[4] Conley graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1991, and briefly went to the University of Dayton, before dropping out to make music.Conley moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1992 and started an 'industrial' band called 'Darius Pogue' (the inspiration behind the 'dp' and 'dp13' aliases).[4] The band played shows in and around Chicago. He then moved to Phoenix in 1997, where he started electronica band 'Specificus' with Matt Kelly (aka K. Roxwell, aka MK Ultra), making music influenced by The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher.[4]

Career[edit]

Conley and Kelly moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in engineering/programming in 1999. They both worked at 'Tone King' recording studio where the KISSAlive III album was mixed.[4] While working on the KISS album, the studio was visited by producer Walter Afanasieff and songwriter Robi 'Draco' Rosa who were working on some new music for Ricky Martin. Conley's boss gave him the job of being programmer/engineer for Afanasieff and Rosa for the day. Afanasieff was so impressed with Conley that he hired him on the spot and moved him to San Rafael, CA to work in his world class recording studio 'Wally World'. Ricky Martin's She Bangs was the first song they worked on together.[4]

During his time with Afanasieff, Robert Conley worked with many artists, one of whom was Darren Hayes. After working on the Spin album together, Hayes invited Conley's band 'Specificus' to support him on his Too Close For Comfort world tour.[4] Upon returning from the tour, Conley and Hayes got together in San Francisco to work on Hayes' second solo album, The Tension and the Spark. The album was mixed by Mark Stent, and when it was completed, Conley and Hayes moved to the UK to promote the album, which was well received.[4] After 18 months in the UK, Robert Conley returned to the US, moving to Phoenix, Arizona. While here, he reconnected with Matt Kelly and worked on some new tracks for 'Specificus'. He also teamed up with Australian songwriter and producer Vince Pizzinga to form another electronica duo, which they named The Beautiful Left.[5] Conley also started on some new tracks, which would become the central theme to Darren Hayes' album This Delicate Thing We've Made.[5]

In May 2007, Conley signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in Australia, and moved to Sydney. He has worked as songwriter and producer for several up and coming Australian acts, including Axle Whitehead.[5] Conley was instrumental in the development of Sydney band, Amy Meredith, co-producing their debut album Restless, and co-writing six songs from the album, including their breakthrough single Pornstar, and their ARIA Top Ten hit, Lying. Conley also worked with Brian McFadden co-writing and co-producing much of the Wall of Soundz album, including the ARIA Number One hit single Just Say So, the Christian Lo Russo/Brian McFadden collaboration Not Now, and the Delta Goodrem/Brian McFadden collaboration, Mistakes.[6] He has also collaborated with Australian hip-hop artist, Phrase, co-writing and co-producing the Triple J staple, and APRA nominated single, ‘Spaceship’.Robert also worked with Penelope Austin co-writing and co-producing several tracks,including "Smoke into Flames[7]" (October 2012), "A Place to Call Home[8]" (March 2013), and "Don't Rescue Me". During 2013 "A Place to Call Home[8]" was used for the Australian TV series of the same name.Robert and Penelope Austin co-wrote "The Dark Collide[9]" with J. J. Abrams and Charles Scott. Which was used on the Australian version of the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack (April 2013).He has also co-written and produced Penelope’s upcoming debut album which will be out through Beautiful Dark / Mercury Records (Universal Music).He also features heavily as a co-writer and producer on Georgi’s upcoming debut album release through Parlophone in the UK.Robert has also lent his producing skills to a number of independent artists including up and coming Triple J favourites The Delta Riggs[2] (Talupo House Mountain Music Volume 1) and world busking band, Set Sail[10] (The Riley Moore EP). Along with co-writing with a number of Aussie artists including Delta Goodrem, Marvin Priest and Tim omaji.He has taken on mixing duties for new artists, ‘The Walking Who[3]’ and ‘Okenyo.[11] Robert has also set up his own recording studio in Redfern and is currently developing new artists for his label, as well as developing an independent film and a new Children’s television show.

Other work[edit]

Robert is the CEO of Specific Music[12] which is a boutique music publishing and production company based in Sydney, Australia.They specialize in finding new talent and developing ‘up and coming’ songwriters, producers, and artists and introducing them into the music industry. Specific Music[12] is sub-published through Kobalt, and they work closely with the Kobalt team to help songwriters, producers, and artists get the opportunities they need to continue to grow. His first signings to the fledgling label was songwriter and producer Alex Hope who was part of the Specific Music stable of writers and worked with a variety of artists including ;Tina Arena and ;Bluejuice. Penelope Austin, was also signed to Specific Music and teamed up with Conley to work on the tracks "A Place to Call Home,[8]"Smoke into the flames[7]","The Dark Collide[13]" to name a few.His latest signing to Specific Music is up and coming artist and songwriter, Dean Lewis.[14][15]

Robert is also the co-founder, along with Leonie Conley, of Australia’s biggest songwriting camp, held annually in Sydney - 50 Songs In 5 Days.[16][17] Specific Music's - '50 Songs In 5 Days',[16] in partnership with APRA AMCOS, is an invitational songwriting camp for Australia's best songwriters and artists. Artists and writers to have taken part in the camp include Joel Little (Lorde), 5 Seconds of Summer, Jarryd James, Art Vs Science, Jessica Mauboy, Kim Churchill, Jon Hume from Evermore(band), Tina Arena, Bonnie Anderson, M-Phazes, Louis Schoorl, Lisa Mitchell, Penelope Austin, Reigan Derry, Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Erij J(Producer), The Thundamentals, Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe) to name a few. 2015 is the 4th year that 50 Songs In 5 Days[16] will be running.Many songs cut and released from the camp, including Jai Waetford’s ‘Get To Know You’, Taylor Henderson's ‘Burnt Letters’, Benny Tipene ‘Lonely’. The camp has discovered many new talented songwriters and helped create new songwriting and producing partnerships.

On April 22, 2015, Robert and Leonie Conley launched The Brilliant Building[18][19] in Sydney.The building incorporates office space, a television and photographic studio and a gorgeous intimate live performance space and lounge.The building was launched by International Grammy award nominated artist and performer, Aloe Blacc.Aloe performed his three hits, Wake Me Up, I Need a Dollar, and I’m The Man.On May 16th was the launch of the first in a series of monthly music nights, ‘A Brilliant Secret'[19] that are very small and strictly invitation only. Up and coming artist, Thief, was the first Brilliant Secret headliner artist followed by Thelma Plum, Rai Thistlewaight, Emma Birdsall, Kahlo, Nathan Hawes, Taylor Henderson, Martha Marlow, Georgi Kay, Sahara Beck, Adam Martin & Dean Lewis, among others.

In 2015 Robert was voted in by the APRA board as the new Musical Director for the APRA MUSIC AWARDS.The first APRA Music Awards 2015 he curated as the Musical Director was held at The Carriageworks in Sydney on March 24, 2015 and he retained the position in 2016 & 2017. Robert is also an APRA AMCOS Ambassador[20] and regularly travels around Australia mentoring students at various high schools as part of the Song makers Workshop.[21] 

Awards and nominations[edit]

Robert regularly writes and produces music for television and has had his songs synced for HBO, SOHO, Channel 7,[22] including the theme song to their hit drama, 'A Place To Call Home' and the national Channel 7 News spot, 'Worlds Apart' written with Ilan Kidron as Go! Comet. He has also had syncs with Channel 10 and a variety of other ads. Promo’s that he has done the music for have won the Promax Awards twice. In 2013, Robert placed 2nd in the Vander and Young songwriting competition[23] with his song, ‘Paper Thin’, co-written by Alex Hope and Roberto De Sa.[12][24] First place went to ThePreatures for ‘Is This How You Feel[25]’.He also wrote and produced the APRA Nominated, ARIA top ten Gold single for Axle Whitehead, ‘I Don’t Do Surprises[26]'.He also collaborated with JJ Abrahams and got a song into the ‘Star Trek – Into Darkness’ movie.


Discography[edit]

Year Song/Album Artist Credit
1999 "Alive III Album" KISS Assistant Engineer[1]
2000 "She Bangs" (song from Sound Loaded album) Ricky Martin Programmer/Engineer[27]
2000 "My Baby You" (song from Marc Anthony album) Marc Anthony Programmer/Engineer[1]
2000 "Dont Let Me Leave" (song from Marc Anthony album) Marc Anthony Programmer/Engineer[1]
2001 "When You Told Me You Loved Me" (song from Irresistible album) Jessica Simpson Programmer/Engineer[1]
2001 "To Fall in Love Again" (song from Irresistible album) Jessica Simpson Programmer/Engineer[1]
2001 "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" (song from Sound Loaded album) Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera Programmer/Engineer[1]
2001 "Brown Eyes" (song from Survivor album) Destiny's Child Programmer/Engineer[27]
2002 "A New Day Has Come" (song from A New Day Has Come album) Celine Dion Programmer/Engineer[1]
2002 "Nature Boy" (song from A New Day Has Come album) Celine Dion Programmer/Engineer[1]
2002 "Prayer" (song from A New Day Has Come album) Celine Dion Programmer/Engineer[1]
2002 "Novus" (song from Shaman album) Carlos Santana featuring Plácido Domingo Programmer/Engineer[27]
2002 "Spin" Album Darren Hayes Programmer/Engineer[1]
2002 "Crush(1980 Me)" (song from Spin album) Darren Hayes Co-writer/Programmer/Engineer[27]
2002 "Love with My Eyes Closed" (song from Only A Woman Like You album) Michael Bolton Programmer/Engineer[1]
2002 "The Centre of My Heart" (song from Only A Woman Like You album) Michael Bolton Programmer/Engineer[1]
2003 "You're The Only Place" (song from SoulO album) Nick Lachey Programmer/Engineer[1]
2004 "The Tension and the Spark" Album Darren Hayes Co-writer/Co-producer[1]
2005 "So Beautiful" (song from Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden album) Savage Garden Co-writer[27]
2008 "Losing Sleep" Album Axle Whitehead Co-writer/Producer[1]
2009 "I Don't Do Surprises" Single Axle Whitehead Co-writer/Producer[6]
2009 "Anywhere" Single Axle Whitehead Co-writer/Producer[6]
2009 "Spaceship" Single Phrase Co-writer/Co-producer[1]
2009 "Pornstar" Single Amy Meredith Co-writer/Co-producer[1]
2010 "Restless" Album Amy Meredith Co-writer/Co-producer[1]
2010 "Lying" Single Amy Meredith Co-writer/Co-producer[1]
2010 "Young at Heart" Single Amy Meredith Co-writer/Co-producer[6]
2010 "Just Say So" Single Brian McFadden Co-writer/Co-producer[28]
2010 "Wall of Soundz" Album Brian McFadden Co-writer/Producer[1]
2010 "Chemical Rush" Single Brian McFadden Co-producer[6]
2010 "Mistakes" Single Brian McFadden (singer) and Delta Goodrem Co-producer[6]
2011 "Accidents Happen" Single Zoe Badwi Co-producer[6]
2011 "Talupo House Music Volume 1" EP The Delta Riggs Co-producer[6]
2011 "Come Party With Me and That's How Life Goes[29]" Singles Brian McFadden Co-Writer/ Co-producer[6]
2011 "The Riley Moore EP" EP Set Sail Co-producer[6]
2012 "Wrap My Arms" Single Brian McFadden Co-producer[6]
2012 "Stupid Mistake" Single Darren Hayes Co-Writer/Co-producer[6]
2012 "Smoke Into Flames" Album Penelope Austin Co-Writer/Co-producer[13]
2013 "Let Me In" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-Writer/Co-producer[30]
2013 "Patchwork Heart" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-Writer/Co-producer[30]
2013 "It's Just What It Is" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-producer[30]
2013 "Don't Look Back" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-Writer/Co-producer[30]
2013 "Destination Unknown" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-producer[30]
2013 "Lose Myself" (Song from Reset Album) Tina Arena Co-Writer[30]
2013 "In My Mind EP" Album Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Co-producer[31]
2013 "Home" Ivan Gough, Walden,Jebu &Penelope Austin Co-Writer[32]
2013 "A Place To Call Home" Album Penelope Austin Co-Writer/Co-producer[33]
2013 "Don't Rescue Me" Penelope Austin Co-Writer[34]
2013 "The Dark Collide" (song from Star Trek into Darkness ) Penelope Austin Co-Writer[9]
2015 "Dynamite Featuring Baro" Album Penelope Austin Co-Writer/Co-producer[35]
2015 "TRIGGER" Single Penelope Austin Co-Writer/Co-producer[36]
2015 "George Constanza" Single BlueJuice Co-Writer/Producer[37]
2015 "Origins EP" Album Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Co-producer[38]
2015 "God Of A Girl" Single Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Producer[39]
2016 "Love Is Cold" Single Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Producer[40]
2016 "More Than This" Single Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Producer[41]
2016 "Circles" Single Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Producer[42]
2016 "Give Me Love" Single Georgi Kay Co-Writer/Producer[43]
2016 "I C U - feat: Thelma Plum" Single AB Original Co-Writer/Producer[44]
2016 Meant To Be" Album The Koi Boys Producer - Mix Engineer
2016 "Meant To Be - Waiata's Song" Single The Koi Boys Co-Writer/Producer[45]
2016 "Angels Have To Fly" Single The Koi Boys Co-Writer/Producer[46]
2016 "Y.E.S." Single The Koi Boys Co-Writer/Producer[47]
2016 Consolation Prize" (Song from Glorious Heights Album) Montaigne Co-Writer[48]
2016 "Warriors" Single Lisa Mitchell Co-Writer[49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Archangel Sky – Retrieved April 29, 2011
  2. ^ a b The delta riggs-Retrieved on May 29, 2015
  3. ^ a b The walking who-Retrieved on May 29, 2015
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Robert Conley MySpace – Retrieved April 29, 2011
  5. ^ a b c Robert Conley MySpace – Retrieved April 30, 2011
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Archangel Sky – Retrieved April 30, 2011
  7. ^ a b Smokeinto flames-Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  8. ^ a b c A Place to call Home Penelope - Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  9. ^ a b Youtube - Retrieved May 27, 2015
  10. ^ https://setsail.bandcamp.com/- Retrieved on May 29, 2015
  11. ^ https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/okenyo
  12. ^ a b c Specificmusic Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  13. ^ a b Youtube - Retrieved May 27, 2015
  14. ^ DeanLewis - Retrieved 28 May 2015
  15. ^ Dean I want You Back-Retrieved 28 May 2015
  16. ^ a b c 50 Songs in 5 Days - Specific Music-May 2015
  17. ^ Facebookpage 50songsin 5days-May 2015
  18. ^ The Brilliant Building – TV Studio- Retrieved 28 May 2015
  19. ^ a b The Brilliant building studio-Retrieved May 2015
  20. ^ APRA Amcos-Retrieved 28 May 2015
  21. ^ Songmakers Program workshop-Retrieved 28 May 2015
  22. ^ Channel7 news id-Retrieved on May 29, 2015
  23. ^ http://apraamcos.com.au/news/2014/september/vanda-and-young-deadline-extended/- Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  24. ^ http://www.robbydesa.com/about.html
  25. ^ Youtube- Retrieved on 28 May 2015
  26. ^ Alex whitehead "I don't do surprises"-Retrieved on 29 May 2015
  27. ^ a b c d e Discogs – Retrieved April 29, 2011
  28. ^ Discogs – Retrieved April 30, 2011
  29. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/come-party-thats-how-life/id440445829
  30. ^ a b c d e f Tina Arena - Retrieved June 01, 2015
  31. ^ Georgi Kay- Retrieved May 29, 2015
  32. ^ Home’- Ivan Gough-Retrieved on May 28, 2015
  33. ^ Youtube - Retrieved May 27, 2015
  34. ^ Don't Rescue me - Retrieved May 29, 2015
  35. ^ TripleJ - Retrieved May 27, 2015
  36. ^ Trigger single-Retrieved June 01,2015
  37. ^ George Constanza Single-Retrieved November 18,2016
  38. ^ iTunes- Retrieved November 17,2016
  39. ^ Youtube-Retrieved November 17,2016
  40. ^ Youtube-Retrieved November 17,2016
  41. ^ Youtube-Retrieved November 17,2016
  42. ^ Youtube-Retrieved November 17,2016
  43. ^ Youtube-Retrieved November 17,2016
  44. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016
  45. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016
  46. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016
  47. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016
  48. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016
  49. ^ iTunes-Retrieved November 17,2016

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