Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz
Background information
Also known as DADA, The Drill, M'black
Born (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971
Haifa, Israel
Origin Israel
Genres House, electronica, trip hop, pop, rock
Occupation(s) 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, Elliot minor, JTQ, Wamdue Project, Jonny L

Matt Schwartz (born 26 October 1971) is an Israeli-British multi-instrumentalist record producer a songwriter, an artist, DJ, and a prolific audio engineer based in London. 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

Born in Israel, Schwartz came to London in the early 90s. 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 F. Reynolds.[1]

Schwartz worked at BeatFarm studios in 1996-8, making hundreds of records with the likes of Massive Attack,[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]

2014 Schwartz has co-written and co produced Madison Beer's single 'Unbreakable', Producing and co-writing Cheryl Cole's Only Human[22] although Only Human was remixed for radio by Drum and Bass Producer Wilkinson as well as producing and writing for Selah Sue's number 1 Album, Reason, Union J, Ruen Brothers, Holychild, Pitbull & Sophia Del Carmen.

Crossing over from 2014 to 2015 his song Outlines [23] by MIke Mago Ft. Dragonette entered at #8 in the UK singles charts. Matt has been working with alternative band All Tvvins on their debut album, their first single "Thank You" becoming song of the week on XFM radio in March 2015 [24] and has been working with NERVO on their debut Album, Collateral, mixing/co-producing several records including "The Other Boys" Ft. Kylie, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers and Avicci's "You're gonna love again" [25]

On 23 January 2016 Fear Nothing by Selah Sue which was co-written and produced by Matt won the North Vision song contest in Zurich.

He currently Resides in London and works from his state of the art production facility in the west end.[26]

DJ work

In 2005 Matt took his first step as a DJ performing at the Paris Techno parade to 400,000 people as The Drill.[27]

He has since played many international gigs under his 'The Drill sound system' and 'DADA sound system' and with his Deepest Blue Project.[28]

Number One records

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
2014/15 Mike Mago & Dragonette Outlines Writer / Producer #8 #1 upfront club top 40 UK Cool Cuts No. 1 #1 commercial pop top 30 (music week) #4 (midweek charts) 2xPlatinum
2015 Cheryl Only Human Writer / Producer #7 (Album) #1 MTV (16 feb 2015) #1 Viva tv Silver
2015 (Album)/2016 (single) Selah Sue Fear Nothing Writer/Producer #1 Album Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands Gold (Bel)

Other singles/Album tracks

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 #6 (Album)
2014 Union J "Song for you and I" You Got It All Writer/Production
2014 Kylie Minogue "Sparks" Writer/Producer
2015 Lawson "Mountains" Writer
2015 All Tvvins "Darkest Ocean" Writer/Producer
2016 Lawson "Money" (single) Writer
2016 Joe and Jake "You're not alone" (single) Writer/Producer
2016 NCT (band) "Without You" (single) Writer/Production
2016 M.O "Too Good" Writer/Production [29]
2016 All Tvvins "IIVV" (Album) Production/Writer #2 Album (Ireland)[30]

Selected Discography

Publishing deals

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