The Monsters & Strangerz

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The Monsters & Strangerz
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation(s)
Years active2010–present
MembersThe Monsters:
Alexander Izquierdo
Stefan Johnson
Jordan K. Johnson
The Strangerz:
Marcus "MarcLo" Lomax
Clarence Coffee Jr

The Monsters & Strangerz are an American production and songwriting team from Miami, Florida. The team features The Monsters: Alexander "Eskeerdo" Izquierdo, Stefan Johnson, and Jordan K. Johnson and The Strangerz: Marcus "Marc Lo" Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr.[1]

In 2011, The Monsters & Strangerz moved their operation to Los Angeles and have produced and written for artists including Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Zedd, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Kanye West, Big Sean, Bebe Rexha, and many others.

History[edit]

The Monsters originated as a team in 2008, when Stefan Johnson began to engineer for Miami artist and songwriter Alexander "Eskeerdo" Izquierdo. At the time Johnson was an in-demand engineer working with major artists like Rick Ross, Pitbull, and Diddy. Shortly after meeting Eskeerdo and Johnson along with his brother and producer Jordan Johnson formed The Monsters.

The Strangerz met through a mutual friend in high school in early 2005. Marcus "MarcLo" Lomax is the son of a pastor and a multi-instrumentalist; he began his musical career in his father's church band. Clarence Coffee Jr. is the son of a gospel singer; he grew up perfecting his vocals and melodies after being inspired by his family's passion for music.

The Monsters & Strangerz were introduced to each other in late 2010.

The group frequently collaborates on songwriting and production with American singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Jon Bellion, who they started working with in 2018.[2]

Production discography[edit]

These tracks are produced credited under The Monsters & Strangerz.

Title Year Artist(s) Album Member(s)
"Big Nut Bust" 2010 Big Sean Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big Production only
"Million Dollar Girl"
(featuring Keri Hilson and Diddy)
Trina Amazin' Production only
"Showing Out" Production only
"Louder" 2012 Flo Rida Wild Ones
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Never Been Hurt" 2013 Demi Lovato Demi
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Forget Forever" Selena Gomez Stars Dance
  • Coffee Jr.
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Butterflies" Zendaya Zendaya
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Heaven Lost an Angel"
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Only When You're Close"
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Leave My Heart Out of This" Fifth Harmony Better Together
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"One Wish"
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"On My Way" 2014 Lea Michele Louder
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Sexercise" Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Champagne" Ferras Ferras Production only
"It Was Always You" Maroon 5 V
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Coming Back for You"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Already Gone" Boyz II Men Collide
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Contigo Quiero Estar" Thalía Amore Mio
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Fun"
(featuring Chris Brown)
2015 Pitbull Globalization
  • Coffee Jr.
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Do What You Like" Taio Cruz Non-album single
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Pray" Bebe Rexha I Don't Wanna Grow Up
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"I Can't Stop Drinking About You"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Cheyenne" Jason Derulo Everything Is 4
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Levels" Nick Jonas Nick Jonas X2
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Lipstick"
(featuring Tyga)
Isac Elliott Faith
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Dirty Work" Austin Mahone Dirty Work – The Album
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Body on Me"
(featuring Chris Brown)
Rita Ora Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"El mismo sol"
(featuring Jennifer Lopez)
Alvaro Soler Eterno Agosto Production only
"Hey Everybody!" 5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Castaway"
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Heart Drop" Inna Inna
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Fine by Me" Chris Brown Royalty Production only
"If It Ain't Love" 2016 Jason Derulo Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Thank You"
(featuring R. City)
Meghan Trainor Thank You
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Great Escape" Tini Tini
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Love Make the World Go Round" Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"I Lied" Fifth Harmony 7/27
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Voicemail"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Someday"
(featuring Meghan Trainor)
Michael Bublé Nobody but Me Production only
"I Would Like" Zara Larsson So Good
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Educate Ya"
(featuring Jason Derulo)
2017 Pitbull Climate Change
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"I'm a Lady" Meghan Trainor Non-single album Production only
"Pretend You're Missing Me" Betty Who The Valley
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Remember I Told You"
(featuring Anne-Marie and Mike Posner)
Nick Jonas Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Never Let Me Let You Go" Shawn Hook My Side of Your Story
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Lonely Night" Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Lay Your Head On Me" Juanes Ferdinand
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"The Middle" 2018 Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"HeartLess" Madison Beer As She Pleases
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Better Man" 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Sad" Bebe Rexha Expectations
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"So Real (Warriors)"
(featuring Jess Glynne)
Too Many Zooz vs. KDA Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"8 Letters" Why Don't We 8 Letters
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Back Together" Loote Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Ruin My Life" Zara Larsson Poster Girl
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"We're Not Friends" Jacob Sartorius Better with You
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Mona Lisa" Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act I
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Do With It" 2019 Betty Who Betty
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Ugly" Anitta UglyDolls
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Nostalgic" A R I Z O N A Asylum
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Hate Me" Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Hurt for Long" In Real Life She Do
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Queen of the Night" Hey Violet Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"In Your Arms"
(with X Ambassadors)
Illenium Ascend
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Not 20 Anymore" Bebe Rexha Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Doing to Me" Astrid S Doing to Me
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Graveyard" Halsey Manic
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"What Do I Do?" Georgia Ku REAL
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Slow Dance"
(featuring Ava Max)
AJ Mitchell SKYVIEW
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Do It to Myself" Nova Miller The Phases Production only
"Shameless" Camila Cabello Romance
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Liar"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Bad Kind of Butterflies"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Remember" Liam Payne LP1
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Hips Don't Lie"
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Down"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Vulnerable" 2020 Selena Gomez Rare
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"For Your Love" Gunnar old shit
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Lonely Eyes" Lauv How I'm Feeling
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Billy"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Tell My Mama"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Invisible Things"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Break My Heart" Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Worse" New Hope Club Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Daisies" Katy Perry Smile
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Exhale"
(featuring Sia)
Kenzie Non-album single Lomax
"Play W/ Me" Bailey Bryan Fresh Start
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Funny" Zedd and Jasmine Thompson Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Difficult" Amy Allen Non-album singles
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Heaven"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Prisoner"
(featuring Dua Lipa)
Miley Cyrus Plastic Hearts
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Things Are Different" 2021 Picture This Life In Colour
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Overdrive" Conan Gray Superache
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Selfish"
(featuring Jonas Brothers)
Nick Jonas Spaceman
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"As I Am"
(featuring Khalid)
Justin Bieber Justice
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Ghost"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Love You Different"
(featuring Beam)
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Anyone"
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Name"
(featuring Tori Kelly)
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"All Your Exes" Julia Michaels Not in Chronological Order
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Love Is Weird"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Pessimist"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Little Did I Know" Production only
"Lie Like This"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Wrapped Around"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Undertone"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"That's the Kind of Woman"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Electric" Katy Perry Pokémon 25: The Album
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Remember This" Jonas Brothers Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Lost" Maroon 5 Jordi
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Nobody's Love"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Memories"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Mercy" Jonas Brothers Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"I Wanna Love You But I Don't" Ben Platt Reverie
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Imagine"
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Chasing Stars"
(featuring James Bay)
Alesso and Marshmello Non-album single
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Out of Focus" Urban Cone West Coast
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Marry Me" 2022 Jennifer Lopez and Maluma Marry Me
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Wild Dreams"
(featuring Khalid)
Burna Boy Love, Damini
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Birthday Girl" Lizzo Special
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"In the Kitchen" Reneé Rapp Everything to Everyone
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"All She Wanna Do" John Legend Legend
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Somebody" Sam Ryder There's Nothing but Space, Man!
  • Coffee Jr.
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Mind Games" 88rising and Milli TBA
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"My Mind & Me" Selena Gomez Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"That's What I Get" 2023 charlieonnafriday TBA
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Gone" Noa Kirel Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
  • Lomax
"Miracle" Jonas Brothers The Album
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Montana Sky"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Wings"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Sail Away"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Americana"
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Celebrate"
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Vacation Eyes" Additional production only
"Summer Baby"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Little Bird"
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Minute" Kim Petras Feed the Beast
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Tiziana" Glaive I Care So Much That I Don't Care at All
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Love Like This" Zayn TBA
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Jeans"
(featuring Miguel)
Jessie Reyez Non-single album
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Not Done Yet" Quavo Rocket Power
  • Izquierdo
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Raindance"
(featuring Native Soul)
Jon Batiste World Music Radio
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson
"Holy Moly" Ive I've Mine Clarence Coffee Jr
"Love On" 2024 Selena Gomez Non-album single
  • J. Johnson
  • S. Johnson


Top 10 Singles[edit]

Year Album Artist Details Member
2016 Work From Home Fifth Harmony Top 40 Radio #1, Rhythmic Radio #1, Billboard Hot 100 #4 Alexander Izquierdo
2017 Slow Hands Niall Horan Top 40 Radio #1 , Adult Top 40 Radio #1, Billboard Hot 100 #11 Alexander Izquierdo
2018 The Middle Zedd featuring Maren Morris & Grey Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Contemporary Radio #1, Hot Dance/Electric Songs #1, Billboard Hot 100 #5, Grammy nominated Song of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax
2019 Graveyard Halsey Top 40 Radio #7 , US Dance Club Songs #1 Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson
2019 Memories Maroon 5 Top 40 Radio #1 , Adult Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Contemporary Radio #1, Billboard Hot 100 #2 Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson
2020 Break My Heart Dua Lipa Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Top 40 Radio #2, Adult Contemporary Radio #6, Billboard Hot 100 #13 Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson
2020 Be Like That Kane Brown featuring Khalid & Swae Lee Top 40 Radio #8 Alexander Izquierdo
2020 Levitating Dua Lipa Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Top 40 Radio #1, Billboard Hot 100 #2 Clarence Coffee
2021 Anyone Justin Bieber Billboard Hot 100 #6 Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson
2022 Ghost Justin Bieber Top 40 Radio #1, Billboard Hot 100 #5, Adult Top 40 Radio #1, Adult Contemporary Radio #5 Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Do You Make Hits For Pop A-Listers? Jon Bellion and The Monsters & Strangerz Explain Their Formula". Billboard.
  2. ^ Spruch, Kirsten (February 11, 2020). "How Do You Make Hits For Pop A-Listers? Jon Bellion and The Monsters & Strangerz Explain Their Formula". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2023.