As EP, chief collaborator, DJ, co-manager, and creative other half of GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum superstar, Doja Cat, since 2013, he has already built a catalog of mythic proportions. After piano lessons at age 11, the Santa Barbara native became obsessed with guitar and formed his first punk band, Slimer, during junior high. Signing to Cargo/Grilled Cheese Records (famous for Blink- 182) at 18, the group hit the road on Warped Tour 1999, sharing the stage with Eminem and Black Eyed Peas. Following Slimer’s breakup, Yeti continued to make music as a producer and opened his “Himalayas” studio inside Sam Spiegel’s Echo Park warehouse. He produced multiple tracks for underground hardcore hip-hop insurgents HO99O9 and contributed to three albums for award-winning reggae outfit, Rebelution, including a Grammy nomination for Falling Into Place. In 2013, he discovered Doja Cat and signed her to his production company. As Executive Producer, he oversaw her “Purrr!” EP , major label debut “Amala” , “Amala Deluxe”  and gold-selling chart-topping blockbuster “Hot Pink” , which bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. He personally co-wrote/co-produced the double-platinum “Juicy,” Doja’s first radio hit; her first viral TikTok hit, the gold “Candy”; and gold-certified singles “Go To Town”; “Tia Tamera” [feat. Rico Nasty]’ and “Cyber Sex”; as well as EP’d her first #1 hit “Say So.” He also shepherded her through high-profile deals and served as her DJ and friend on tour. In 2021 he is working on Doja Cat’s third album “Planet Her” as well as new music from BJ The Chicago Kid and more.
With widespread comparison to the vocal expertise of legendary Whitney Houston, and the piano prowess of Alicia Keys, it’s no surprise that artist and actress, Sheléa, has garnered co-signs from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary J.Blige, Missy Elliott, David Foster, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones, and more. Blending traditional pop, jazz, R&B and soul, Sheléa brings a contemporary edge to classics, and a classic touch to contemporary pop standards. With years of making a name for herself as a vocal powerhouse, having performed twice at the White House; Library of Congress; Carnegie Hall; the Kennedy Center; and more, 2020 marked her acting debut as Dorinda Clark in The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel. The Lifetime biopic drew 2.7 million viewers and “was the strongest original movie for all television for 2020 across key demos including both broadcast and cable.” With the film as the top social trend across all television, Sheléa’s name was prominently found leading the charge.
Richard Bona’s seemingly effortless voice, fierce skills on the bass, unique songwriting/arranging expertise and ability to learn just about any instrument simply from watching, position him as a rare African artist to have established an inimitable reputation on an international platform. Originally from Cameroon, Bona began touring with Pat Metheny, appeared as a guest on two of Bobby McFerrin’s albums, and garnered recognition at the Victoires du Jazz Awards where he won the trophy for “Best International Artist of 2004”. In 2005, Bona guest appeared on Mario Canonge’s album Rhyzome and contributed to the soundtrack for Pascal Plisson’s film Massai, les guerriers de la pluie. Also known for his role in the group, Steps Ahead, Bona has performed on many stages such as the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and with many luminaries such as John Legend for Bona’s album, Tiki, which was also nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for “Best Contemporary World Music Album.” He also received the prestigious SACEM Jazz Award (Grand Prix Jazz SACEM) in 2012 for the Jazz Grand Prize. Additionally, his RIAA Certified Gold album, Bonafied, catapulted him to eventually redefine his sound and release his album, Heritage, with his Afro-Cuban collective, Mandekan Cubano.
MUSIC BOX (MBX) is a music solutions company that consists of a collective of top-tier songwriters, composers, musicians, and more. MBX is ready to support creators, directors, producers, studios, and creative executives by fulfilling all types of musical needs for any type of project, at any stage. MBX has been creating music and consulting for some pretty great folks and legendary brands such as Major League Baseball, Dreamworks, Netflix, Mandalay Sports Media, Universal, Fox, Jordan Brand, and many, many more.
Started by award-winning writer/producer Stef Fink, MBX is a female-founded company that believes representation is the only way to combat the drastic inequality that has informed the entertainment industry, and works to change it with everything they do.
Traditionally, a music box contains a cylinder that plays a tune when the crank is turned; in the same way, MBX’s promise is to keep the cylinders turning at any time in order to keep the music playing!
*”The Legend of AJ1″ produced/music by MBX
As a multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, photographer, and visual artist, McClenney carefully architects every element of his vision, preserving an unparalleled level of personal integrity. As both an artist and a songwriter, One chord progression found its way to Khalid who built the GRAMMY® Award-nominated 7x-platinum smash “Location” around it with McClenney credited as a co-producer and co-writer. Signing a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, he went on to co-produce “Gone Away” from H.E.R.’s eponymous album, which garnered a 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best R&B Album.” Not to mention, he has also worked as a producer and songwriter for Boogie, Smino, Wale, Xavier Omar, The Chainsmokers, Mereba, Flatbush Zombies, Masego, CHIKA, Kyle Dion, DRAM, Joey Bada$$, and Marco McKinnis. At the same time, his solo music took flight; often performing all of the instruments, mixing, editing, and directing the accompanying videos, he personally steers every aspect. Following the success of “Us” [10.2 million Spotify streams], he established himself as a critic favorite with the independent debut, “Portrait In Two”, as he maintained his momentum with “sidetoside” [1.7 million Spotify streams], “SOS” [2.4 million Spotify streams] from the I’m Not Here EP, and more. “sidetoside” additionally served as the foundation for Wale’s “Movin’ Different, while McClenney penned a total of three tracks. he continues to pave his own path with his latest single “Give Me Time” and is set to release new music this year.
Having gained attention from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Tracy Chapman, Lennon Stella, and many other notable names worldwide, Portuguese multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, arranger, and composer, MARO, is undoubtedly one to watch. With over 3 million streams on Spotify, MARO has built an undeniable following completely on her own, in under 4 years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2017, MARO made the impossible decision to permanently leave her home country of Portugal with barely any money in her pocket, to pursue music in Los Angeles. In 2018 alone, MARO released 6 self-written and produced artist projects, yet they only scratch the surface of the melodic canvas she has yet to paint. During this time, video clips she posted on Instagram put her on the radar of 2-time Grammy winning artist, Jacob Collier, managed by Quincy Jones. After a few correspondences, MARO was invited to join Collier’s debut touring band as a featured vocalist and instrumentalist, which she currently remains a member of. She was also asked to open for Fatai on tour, as well as ¿Teo? on his first headlining Americano Columbiano tour. Newly signed to the legendary Quincy Jones’s management roster, MARO has proven to be not only a true musician, but one who also understands that good music cannot be confined to a specific genre.
KANYA is the project of Indonesian-born musician, artist, and director, Kanya Iwana. Her genre-weaving sound draws inspiration from jazz and blues classics like the late and legendary Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday, the soulful twang of Erykah Badu and Duffy, with homage to her Indonesian roots.
After completely losing his sight at age 11, due to a rare disorder called exudative retinopathy, Kauflin adjusted by learning braille/cane mobility, and after a decade of studying classical violin/piano, he switched to jazz piano in high school. In 2004, he graduated at the top of his class and received a Presidential scholarship to attend William Paterson University in NJ where he was taken under the wing of the legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry. Their relationship as mentor and student was chronicled in the documentary, Keep On Keepin’ On (KOKO), and after five years of filming, KOKO won top honors at many of the country’s most prestigious film festivals (i.e. Tribeca, Palm Springs, Seattle & more), was sold to Radius-TWC, and released in theaters nationwide. Furthermore, the film was selected for the Oscar ⓒ Documentary Feature Shortlist, and simultaneously, Kauflin’s 2015 album Dedication went to #1 on the Jazzweek charts. His latest release, Coming Home (2018), is produced by Quincy Jones and Derrick Hodge.
Jonah Nilsson, lead singer and keyboardist of the internationally acclaimed band, Dirty Loops, is a Swedish artist, composer, & producer, who also plays the voice of Dancing Machine on the Netflix series Motown Magic. Jonah’s debut single, “Coffee Break”, featuring Richard Bona, was released 2018 in two separate languages, including a popular K-pop record with LUCAS from NCT. Fans refer to Jonah’s new music as: “Michael Jackson vibes with reloaded talent and a dash of Stevie Wonder.” His fanatic followers are now highly-anticipating his self-produced solo debut EP that will be released in 2019. The music will continue to have the flirtatious and cheeky sound that Dirty Loops was notorious for, but with more R&B and pop elements.
Jeff Jackson went from aspiring artist to being a sought after mixing engineer. With an ear and passion for music, Jeff made his way to one of the biggest hubs for music, Los Angeles in 2014. That move landed him a gig at the famous Larrabee Studios as a runner. He quickly worked his way up the ranks to becoming assistant mix engineer to Manny Marroquin in only 8 months. Jeff worked alongside Manny for 3 years on countless projects. It was there that he learned how a record should sound. Jeff had a hand in albums for some of today’s biggest Pop, Alternative and Hip-Hop musicians including John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Common, Rihanna, Linkin Park and Kanye West.
It’s not often one encounters an imagination with the depth and prolificacy of Jacob Collier’s. The London-based 26-year-old is dubbed by many as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation. In 2012, Jacob’s self-made YouTube videos achieved legendary status in the music world, attracting the praise of such luminaries as Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, who manages Jacob to this day. Jacob’s debut album, In My Room, crafted entirely in his room at home, went on to win two GRAMMY’s. His success has led to musical collaborators and fans including the likes of Coldplay, Ty Dolla $ign, Tori Kelly, Daniel Caesar, Charlie Puth, Jessie Reyez, T-Pain, and SZA (to name a few).
In January of 2018, Jacob began designing and creating a recording project on an unprecedented scale – a quadruple album called DJESSE: 50 songs, divided between four volumes, with each operating within a separate musical universe of sound, style and genre. Scattered across the four volumes are 30+ collaborators from across every facet of the music world. Djesse Volumes 1 & 2 both have earned him a GRAMMY each, affirming that Jacob has never lost a Grammy in a category he’s been nominated in. Djesse Vol. 3 is currently nominated for an additional three Grammys, including Album of the Year.
Erick The Architect
The enigmatic Architect is a brilliant and prolific songwriter, musician, and artist in the traditional sense. 2020 has been a momentous year for the Architect and kicked off with The EP “Now More Than Ever” by the Brooklyn, New York trio group the Flatbush Zombies (FBZ). Continuing with the momentum, in August 2020 the hit single “Afterlife” was released by the Flatbush Zombies and produced by James Blake. As a solo artist the Architect self-released and produced all of his/Zombies projects THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED SINCE 2010. The mixtapes, Noir (2010), Almost Remembered (2011) and Renvoi (2011) respectively represent the early solo works of Erick. These three projects are symbolic and represent the essence of the innovative producer and emcee we know today. Note the European/French names of the two albums Noir and Renvoi. The Architect has desired to collaborate with European artists ten years ago but focused on the Zombies in order to propel the group. The latest release of the single “WTF” is the first of several new tracks that will incorporate various artists from the UK. Noted for his distinctive production skills, the Architect is an equally skilled rapper/lyricist. “Too many rappers and not enough painters. These are his metaphorical lyrics from the song titled Distance off of the aforementioned 2019 album by super rap group Beast Coast, “Escape From New York,” which was also executive produced by Erick.
Eli Teplin is an artist, songwriter, producer, and keyboard player based out of Los Angeles. His recent cuts include Ellie Goulding (writer/producer on ‘Woman’), Charli XCX (writer on ‘Enemy’), Gracie Abrams (writer/producer on ‘tehe’), Bon Iver (keyboards on PDLIF), Mat Kearney (writer/producer on ‘Grand Canyon’), Baauer (writer on ‘Company’, ‘Planck’, ‘Group’, writer/keys ‘Home’), Rhys Lewis (writer on ‘End Like This’, ‘Good People’), Trent Dabbs (writer on ‘The One Who Stays’), Sofi De La Torre (writer on Dimelo), with several upcoming releases slated for this year. Current collaborators include Marcus Lomax (of Monsters and Strangers), Tobias Jesso Jr., Michael Pollack, Jim-E Stack, Alec Benjamin, Kito, Zhu, Julia Lewis, and others. Eli’s debut release, “Could It Be Over”, which Eli fully wrote and produced, has accumulated over 5 million Spotify streams, and has received love worldwide and from top influencers, including Lele Pons. Currently signed to Kobalt and BMG.
Meet Dirty Loops, the Swedish band that made international waves with their twisted pop covers on YouTube. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, longtime friends and music school classmates, Jonah Nilsson (vocals/keyboards), Henrik Linder (bass), and Aron Mellergardh (drums) have garnered upwards of 41 million YouTube views to date, and their first original single, “Hit Me,” entered Top 10 in Japan. They’ve gone on to open for Maroon 5 on tour and have received endorsements from Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Adam Levine, Avicii, Dallas Austin, Rodney Jerkins, and Brian McKnight to name a few. With a new 5-track EP, Phoenix, Dirty Loops shares a new, revamped sound.
Deemed a “Breakthrough Star” by MMSCENE Magazine, English-Nigerian producer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, speaker, and model, ASHER, is one to watch. As a self-taught musician, he is taking the definition of “bedroom producer” to new heights, having already written and produced for the likes of Harmony Samuels; producing duo, Sons of Sonix; Brittany B.; Coco Jones; and Reina; before even graduating from high school. Now, at age 19, with a coveted acceptance to the Institute of Electronic Music at NYU behind him, 2021 brings forth ASHER’s debut solo project, set for a summer release. With Nigerian and English roots, his style is reflective of both elements of West African beat and introspective, English lyricism. ASHER’s ability to create music that communicates across borders is also evident through his ability to fluently speak French, and his global production style is influenced by having lived in multiple countries and traveled to five out of the seven continents. As a bi-racial artist with a strong desire to inspire the youth of his generation, he has written, produced, and performed original charity singles for the GEANCO Foundation, alongside the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Cynthia Erivo, in addition to a number of other philanthropic endeavors. In conjunction with his burgeoning music career, ASHER has walked in numerous fashion shows, including four Dolce & Gabbana runways during Milan and New York Fashion Week. With only 19 years of age, but with 8 years of experience as a producer and writer, ASHER also caught the attention of legendary Quincy Jones Productions, and signed to the company for management, shortly thereafter. Through his musical storytelling, he doesn’t shy away from sharing his struggles, whether large or trivial, but hopes that his transparency can touch hearts and souls. With plans to debut as a completely independent and self-taught artist, ASHER’s mission isn’t just to be seen, but rather to help provide a voice for the unseen.
Alfredo Rodríguez is a GRAMMY-nominated pianist, composer, arranger, & producer. After meeting Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 & receiving an offer to work together, Alfredo emigrated to the U.S. to pursue his dream of being an internationally acclaimed musician. Over the past decade, Alfredo has gone from a local Cuban artist to a globally recognized GRAMMY-nominee with five critically acclaimed releases on tastemaker imprint Mack Avenue Records: Sounds of Space (2011), The Invasion Parade (2014), Tocororo (2016), The Little Dream (2018), & Duologue (2019)