Matt Schwartz

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Matt Schwartz
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Background information
Also known as
Born (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 49)
Haifa, Israel
  • Bass
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • computers
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Matt Schwartz (born 26 October 1971) is an Israeli-British record producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, programmer, sound engineer, mixing engineer and DJ.

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 Sony S2 president Muff Winwood. 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]

In 2014, Schwartz co-wrote and co-produced Madison Beer's single "Unbreakable". He produced and co-wrote Cheryl Cole's "Only Human",[22] the song 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 and won the North Vision song contest in Zurich.

In January 2018, he produced songs on Yungblud's EP, "Yungblud"[26] and Peking Duk's "Wasted" on Sony Music Australia, opening at #5 on Spotify's NMF US.[27]

In January 2019, Yungblud released "Loner" and "11 Minutes" with Halsey and Travis Barker which Matt produced and co-wrote.[28] Yungblud's second EP "The Underrated Youth", produced and co-written by Matt, entered the UK Charts at No 6.[29]

In December 2020 YUNGBLUD's Second Album, Weird! which Matt has co produced and co written[30] has topped the UK charts entering the no 1 position[31] in week 51 of the year.

In 2021 Matt Produced and co-written Patience by KSI featuring YUNGBLUD and Polo G which entered the UK Big Top 40 at number one.[32]

He resides in London and works from his state of the art production facility in the west end.[33]

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.[34]

He has since played many international gigs under his 'The Drill sound system' and 'DADA sound system' and with his Deepest Blue Project.[35]

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 #1 UK Indie charts, 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)
2018 Peking Duk Wasted Writer/Producer #1 Lithuania iTunes
2019 Yungblud with Halsey and Travis Barker 11 Minutes Writer/Producer #1 New music Friday UK&AU Spotify[36] Platinum Aus/Gold US
2020 YUNGBLUD Writer/Producer #1 Album #1 UK Official Album Charts[37] Silver
2021 KSI featuring YUNGBLUD & Polo G Writer/Producer #1 UK Big Top 40[38]

Other singles/Album tracks[]

2013 Bo Bruce "Save Me" 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 "Darkest Ocean" Writer/Producer
2016 Lawson "Money" Writer
2016 Joe and Jake "You're Not Alone" Writer/Producer
2016 NCT (band) "Without You" Writer/Production
2016 M.O "Too Good" Writer/Production[39]
2016 All Tvvins "IIVV" (Album) Production/Writer #2 Album (Ireland)[40]
2017 Yungblud "I Love You, Will You Marry Me" Production/Writer[41]
2018 "Pull Up" Production/Writer
2018 Yungblud feat. Charlotte Lawrence "Falling Skies" from 13 Reasons Why Season 2 13 Reasons Why - S2 soundtrack Production/Writer[42]
2018 Bullet for My Valentine "Letting You Go" and "Under Again" Gravity Writer[43]
2018 Yungblud "Medication", "Machine Gun (F**k The NRA)", "Psychotic Kids", "Anarchist", "I Love You, Will You Marry Me", "Polygraph Eyes", "Kill Somebody" and "21st Century Liability" 21st Century Liability Producer/writer[44]
2019 Yungblud "Braindead!" and "Casual Sabotage" The Underrated Youth EP Producer/writer[45]
2020 JC Stewart "I need you to hate me" Producer/Writer[46]

Selected Discography[]

  • 1997 Remix 'King of my castle' – Wamdue project Eruption records UK charts No. 1
  • 1998 Remix 'South of the border'- (Angels release) Robbie Williams 'EMI'
  • 1998 Co-write 'Dissolved girl' – Massive attack (featured on The Matrix) Virgin records UK Charts No. 1 album (Mezzanine)
  • 1999 Production, co-writer, Instruments – 'A bigger picture' – JTQ Gut Records
  • 2000 Artist 'Something about you' – TBC Echo records
  • 2001 Production, co-write 'Intuition' – Dj Encore ft. Engelina Universal Scandinavian chart topping act
  • 2002 Artist with 'Dancing in the dark – 4Tune500 Blackgold recordings
  • 2002 Matt Schwartz Pres. Sholan – "Can You Feel (What I'm Going Through)"
  • 2003 Nova – "All This Love" – Multiply Records[47]
  • 2003 Artist With Grant Nelson 'Bodyswerve – M-Gee Ft. Mica Paris Swing City Club chart No. 1
  • 2003 Deepest Blue – "Deepest Blue"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Give it Away"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Is It A Sin"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue – "Shooting Star"
  • 2004 Deepest Blue Album- 'Late September' – Open Records, UK Charts No. 22 Silver Certificate
  • 2004 Remix 'I Like It {featuring Yvonne John Lewis} Free2Air Recordings UK Charts No. 10
  • 2005 'The Drill' – "The Drill"
  • 2005 'The Drill' – "One More Night"
  • 2006 Matt Schwartz & MJ Cole 'Earthlift' – Matt Schwartz and Matt Cole
  • 2007 Dada feat. Sandy Rivera & Trix – "Lollipop"
  • 2007 Klark- 'Do Disco'
  • 2008 Deepest blue-'Miracle'
  • 2008 'Fall Down' – Nicol Destined Records Feat on ABC's show Army Wives
  • 2008 'Piano Mano' – The Drill Ft. Firetruck and Antarctica – No 2 Buzz Charts, No 5 Cool Cuts No'1 Download charts
  • 2008 'Dancing in the dark 08' – 4tune500 4' buzz no' 1 dj download charts
  • 2008 Producer, co-write, Nicol 'how does it feel now'- ABC Drama Army Wives
  • 2009 Remixer – Robbie Williams – Bodies
  • 2009 Dada, Obernik & Harris – "Stereo Flo"
  • 2009 Co-Writer Lol Cream & Robbie Williams – A million more years
  • 2010 Producer, co-Writer, Instruments, Mixing – Hyper Crush – 'Flip the Switch' and 'Keep Up' (Mixing, additional instruments co-production)
  • 2010 Olly Murs – A million More years
  • 2010 M'Black – Heartbreak Destined Records/Robbins Ent., No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay, No. 2 Airplay (Internet radio), No. 9 Radio airplay (Dance)
  • 2011 Dada & Mastiksoul Ft. Akon – 'Bang It All'
  • 2011 Dada & Rui Da Silva ft One – Crazy Love (Destined Records)
  • 2012 Dada & Mastiksoul – Forever ft. Nani (Manchester United) No. 1 iTunes Portugal
  • 2012 Clement Marfo–Mayhem & Champion (Warner) No. 38 UK
  • 2012 Kylie Minogue-"Timebomb" (EMI) No. 1 in 10 countries including US & UK iTunes (inc video downloads) top 10 in 23 countries
  • 2012 Dada-Metals
  • 2012 M'Black – Crush
  • 2015 Dada, Paul Harris and Dragonette-Red Heart Black [Spinning/Source]

Location timeline[]

  • 1981–1984 – Haifa youth philharmonic orchestra
  • 1990–1993 – Signal Studios, Israel
  • 1993–1995 – Kingston university Gateway school of music, Kingston upon themes, UK
  • 1995–1996 – Hit house production house, Hammersmith, UK
  • 1996–1998 – Beatfarm studios, Waterloo UK
  • 1998–2001 – Personal Studio, Golders Green, UK
  • 2009 - Sarm Studios
  • 2001– present – Destined Studios, Soho recording Studios, West end, UK.


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