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.
Anthony Marshall co-founded “LYRICIST LOUNGE” in 1991 at the age of 16. What started out as five MCs hanging out in a rehearsal room soon turned into one of Hip Hop’s most respected brands. Over time, Mr. Marshall would establish the Lyricist Lounge as a blueprint for discovering emerging Hip Hop MCs. Through several Lyricist Lounge branded albums, DVDs, tours, and television opportunities, artists such as Mos Def, Eminem, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Notorious B.I.G., Q-Tip, Common, The Roots, and the Black Eyed Peas all became a part of its respected history. In 1999, Mr. Marshall helped to develop a Hip Hop musical/comedy sketch show called “The Lyricist Lounge Show”. The concept was brought to MTV and the show became one of their highest rated programs.
In 2005, Anthony Marshall helped to launch “CURRENT TV” (Al Gore’s TV network) and the company’s VC2 (Viewer Created Content) initiative. His job was to manage a portfolio of film producers who consistently created content for the network. In 2010, Marshall joined GTM Inc (a Marketing and Advertising company) as an Executive Producer for the company where he helped to produce Web Content for Smirnoff. Later, he helped to develop a Branded Content reality television series about DJs, also funded by Smirnoff, called MASTER OF THE MIX. The show enjoyed two seasons on both BET and is now returning for a 3rd season on VH1.
Datwon Thomas is executive editor of VIBE Magazine, where he began his career as an intern. In between his internship and his current position, Datwon was music editor and later editor-in-chief for XXL Magazine, the number one newsstand music magazine in the country; founder and editorial director of KING Magazine, the fastest growing men’s lifestyle magazine in the United States; and COO/EIC of Russell Simmons’ multicultural entertainment website, GlobalGrind.com. He also has shared his entertainment, music and lifestyle expertise as a television commentator on VH1, BET and various MTV specials, in numerous radio appearances, and as a host on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Omen is a Grammy winning American music producer from Harlem. He has produced for artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Fabolous, Vado, Memphis Bleek, Redman, Keith Murray, Jellestone, Paypa, and Amil. Omen’s production facility is currently housed in Harlem recording studio Stadium Red, recent home of producer Just Blaze.
With recent successes of Drake, Lil Wayne, Vado, Erin Christine and XV, Omen entered into a label services deal with Weerai Music Company to create Elaborate Musik Recordings. The first single, “Applause” features guest appearances from XV, 4IZE, Ashton Travis and Jigsaw the Puzzla.
3/1 Special Guest Andre Torres (1st Editor-In-Chief of Scratch Magazine and Founder, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Wax Poetic) came through Blap On The Radio for a great interview. Andre shared how he started Wax Poetics from going from the 9-5 grind, the start of Scratch Magazine and how important the digging culture has been to hiphop. We had a better segment for Blap Or Crap this week thank god, check out the stream below and tune in Every Friday 10-12 EST on GIDRadio.com.
3/1 10PM EST BLAP On The Radio has a very special guest! Andre Torres: Founder, Publisher, and Editor-In-Chief of Wax Poetics is coming through. Some of you don’t know; he was also the 1st Editor-In-Chief of Scratch Magazine when it started. Andre is definitely about the beats. Check out the show tonight and see what Andre and Wax Poetics is all about.
2.22 10PM EST BLAP On The Radio will interview Legendary Producer and Emcee, Large Professor! He is best known as a founding member of the influential underground hip hop group Main Source, and as mentor and frequent collaborator of Nas. Thats not even the half, Large Pro has been killing the production for a long time! You should already know who this man is but for the new jacks, tune in and find out why Large Pro is a staple in hiphop production