Matt attended Sarah Lawrence College for music theory and composition, where he also headed the live sound tech team. After school, Matt began an internship in the audio department of Shooters Post &Transfer where he assisted on notable films “The Carter”, and “On The Inside.” Soon after he landed an assistant’s position with renown NY producer Mark Marshall where he worked with artists Abby Ahmad, Jenna Torres, and Vanessa Bley. While assisting Mark, Matt picked up a second assistant’s position with Denise Barabarita (Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, SWV). Matt was eventually hired as an in-house engineer by multi-platinum producer Bobby Eli (The Spinners, MFSB, The O-Jays). At Bobby’s studio, Matt engineered many notable projects including Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector, and world renown jazz pianist Uri Caine. Matt became head engineer, and head of the internship program. Weiss-Sound opened in 2009 as an independent resource for music and film projects.
4/19 10PM EST BLAP On The Radio will sit down with VP of A&R and Artist Development at Atlantic Records: Riggs Morales. Riggs is a vet in biz and has years of experience under his belt. Tune in and hear the valuable info Riggs has to offer.
For 15 years Riggs has been a fixture in urban music. First as a writer documenting the culture for publications like The Source, XXL, Vibe and The Fader and later as an accomplished music executive overseeing records to the tune of 27 million in sales. Riggs penchant for spotting talent was cultivated during his tenure as a music editor at The Source magazine. Between 1995 and 2001, Riggs wrote and edited innovative stories while overseeing columns such as the Unsigned Hype where he discovered young acts such as David Banner, Kardinal Official, Juelz Santana and Grammy-Award Winning phenom, Eminem.
Riggs has worked with corporations such as Pepsi Inc., Sony, Adidas and has served as on-air correspondent for MTV and VH1. Riggs has also remained a freelance writer for several major websites and has written biographies for dozens of artists including Eminem, Mobb Deep, the late Big Pun and producers such as The Alchemist, Muggs of Cypress Hill. Additionally, he co-wrote the book Angry Blonde with Eminem. Riggs most recently won 2011 Grammy acknowledgement for his work on Eminem’s comeback album, Recovery, where he provided the smash single, “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rhianna. Riggs is also a member of the Grammy Career Committee, where he works with The Grammys’ members to instill music education through out schools in New York City.