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Toolbox Featured Composers 2019

In 2018, the Producer’s Toolbox roster surpassed 250 composers. From TV to ads, films to games, our artists span a wide range of creative capabilities. Our composers, and the music they create, make our job possible and we are grateful for their hard work. When they aren’t filling our catalogue with high quality tracks, they’re out making music for the world.

🎧 Check out some of our kick ass family of artists below 🎧

Byron Sampson

Los Angeles, CA

Byron Sampson is an artist, producer, and music supervisor. He is currently the music supervisor for WTF Baron Davis and East of La Brea on Fuse TV.

Fun Fact: Before producing music I was an award winning video director/producer.

Brian Donohoe

Austin, TX

Brian was born into a musical family in the strange, beautiful, semi-isolated, and green-chile-saturated city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was originally inspired by music from childhood cartoons and video games. Soon, he developed an interest in rock, pop, jazz, and funk music by the likes of the Police, Parliament/Funkadelic, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock. By high school he was playing guitar and bass in rock bands, piano and saxophone in jazz and funk bands, and clarinet in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

While attending the University of North Texas College of Music jazz studies program,

He recorded and toured internationally with the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. Brian won Down Beat Magazine awards as a soloist and band leader. He developed friendships within the UNT community that would eventually evolve into the Grammy-winning group Snarky Puppy, under the direction of Michael League. Brian also worked with prominent members of the Dallas music scene including Robert “Sput” Searight (Snoop Dogg/Kendrick Lamar), Bernard Wright (Roberta Flack/Wayne Shorter), Shaun Martin (Kirk Franklin/Kim Burrell), TaRon Lockett (Erykah Badu/Funk Apostles), Caleb Sean McCampbell (Beyonce/The Funky Knuckles), Wes Stephenson (Erykah Badu/The Funky Knuckles), and Bobby Sparks (Prince/Roy Hargrove/Marcus Miller).

After composing music for and performing on three Snarky Puppy albums,

Brian moved from Dallas to Austin and spent several years as a touring and session musician. While in Austin, he formed his own group, Progger. He currently serves as Progger’s band leader, saxophonist, keyboardist, and primary composer. In 2013, Brian relocated to New York City while keeping ties in Austin and Dallas strong. In 2016, Progger released its third record, “Scattering,” on Ropeadope Records. Well-loved by critics and fans upon its release, “Scattering” continues to garner praise in publications and podcasts around the world. Progger’s eagerly-anticipated fourth album, “Dystopia,” was released on March 9, 2018, also through Ropeadope Records. The album gained considerable buzz in the international jazz, funk, and fusion communities.

Brian has performed and recorded with many critically acclaimed artists including Okkervil River, Myron Butler, Levi, Nelo, Bill Laurance, The ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra, and The MK Groove Orchestra. He has performed with jazz legends including Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Pete Christlieb, Bill Holman, Jason Marsalis, and John Ellis, among many more. Brian is highly sought-after as a session musician, arranger, composer, and producer, and his compositions appear in multimedia productions around the world.

Fun Fact: Brian was sure he was going to be a fantasy author like J.R.R. Tolkien until he was bitten by the music bug in middle school!

Sam Morrison

Adelaide, Australia

Sam Morrison is a musician, composer, songwriter, and producer based in Australia. He works full time in radio and works on music freelance. He started playing guitar at ten years old, and has been stuck with the music bug ever since! His compositions can be heard on Bravo TV and Netflix, to name a few!

Fun Fact: Sam likes to surf when he’s not composing!🏄

Byron Johnson

New York, NY

Industry Renaissance man, Byron M. Johnson, loves pretty much everything about music. Harmonic structure, theory and composition, “mistakes” that sound perfect, and listening as a fan. It’s all part of one deep-rooted connection. It’s only natural he channels that love into many diverse, but related areas of the business. Composer. Engineer. Producer. DJ. Byron’s musical journey began at age 6 when he started studying guitar. Next he picked up the trumpet and soon piano followed.

Attending Mannes Music School in New York,

he absorbed lessons taught by the school’s notable teachers. However, Byron’s real education came from performing Jazz and Flamenco around the city. As his expertise on multiple instruments grew, so did his adeptness at harnessing emotion into musical expression. The calling was always in him and he dreamed about making a living in music. Now, whether he’s creating original material, turning the knobs, directing a project, or dropping the beats, Byron brings unparalleled skill and unmitigated passion to his work.

With a massive personal collection and an urge to share, the fan in Byron is constantly making mix tapes. This naturally evolved into professional DJing in many forms. On the air for Radio NYC 91.5FM, at private events, and in dozens of New York clubs. Strongly influenced by DJ Rich Medina’s genre-jumping style, Byron mixes a distinctive, seamless blend of underground beats, nu-jazz, Latin, Brazilian, house, and hip-hop.

Building on the lessons he learned as a music student,

Byron continues to grow, absorbing new styles and techniques as he develops original work. His drive to create, and to help others do the same, led him to found Harmony Music Productions in 2005. There he acts as lead composer and music supervisor. He manages a singular collective of writers, producers, and musicians. The group’s work can be heard on TV ads, film, and radio. Behind the boards, Byron is fluent at translating musicians’ concepts into sonic reality. Offering gentle, informed guidance during the process, he aims to deliver results that surpass clients’ highest expectations.

Among his professional highlights are acting as the Assistant Sound Engineer on the Robert Glasper Project with Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and Mos Def all on one stage! He was first introduced to the world of music production by Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend, Vanessa Hudgens). Since then, Byron approaches production with a balance of big picture and detail- oriented attention. A highlight in his producer career is working with Sony Latino on the album “The Dedication” for the Capoeira Foundation. In all his endeavors, Byron M. Johnson’s eclectic body of work speaks volumes, and those volumes are music to the ears.

Fun Fact: He also works as a DJ and lives in Salvador, Bahia Brazil. But NYC remains his base.

Stefan Schnabel

Kulmbach, Germany

Stefan Schnabel is composer based in Kulmbach, Germany. He mostly writes electronic, tension, gameshow, and pop for Flavorlab and others. He composes for several publishers, both in the US and Germany. His music has countless television placements in the US, Germany, and all over the world. Beyond composing for television, Stefan does a lot of work for advertising and multimedia. You can find Stefan’s work on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, Total Divas, E! News, NBC Today, Big Brother, Hair Goddess, and many more.

Pablo J Garmon

Geneva, Switzerland

“I started making music the same time he began imagining journeys: he loves a good story. Since then I’ve lived all over Europe while writing music for film, animation, documentaries, theatre, advertising, production companies, video games, art installations. I’ve also written for organizations like Greenpeace and the International Red Cross.

I have published three albums and I’m working on a fourth. Some of my latest projects are the album ‘This & That’, the score for ‘Baracoa’ and ‘Paradise Lost: First Contact’, and the musical inception of Bubo Technologies. Bubo is a new way of storytelling that brings books and music together to create a more emotional reading experience. The music is tailor-made to synchronize with the beating heart of the story. In short, my goal is simple: to make music that is worthy of your story.”

Anthony Clint Jr.

Atlanta, GA

Anthony Clint Jr. is the owner of Clint Productions and Clint Music Publishing. He prides himself on being one of the most versatile and professional producer’s in today’s industry. He has produced music for Grammy-nominated artists such as Tamar Braxton and Case, as well as various TV networks including CBS, BET, A&E, Fox Sports, VH1, Animal Planet, MTV, and more. Clint is on a mission to create timeless music for artists, TV, film, and advertising.

Fun Fact: Anthony is a multi-instrumentalist: bass player, pianist, and drummer. In junior high, he rocked the hand bells!

Samuel Lee

Bronx, NY

Born in 1987, Samuel Lee a.k.a. “SammAyOnTheBeat” was raised in Bronx, NY. Since youth, he’s had a passion for creativity, whether it be drawing or simply imagining. In middle school he put all his energy into drawing sketches to express his thoughts. Soon, his dream took a turn when his cousin introduced him to Fruityloops. This allowed him to express his creativity in a new art form. In high school, he invested more time into production, creating songs alone and with peers. Although these lacked structure and he didn’t play any instruments, it didn’t keep him from creating. “I had ears and I knew what sounded good and bad and that’s all I needed.”

Lee took a year off and started working with local artists. After a brief hiatus from music in Richmond, VA, he returned to New York to attend IAR (Institute of Audio Research) for audio engineering. Post graduation, he interned for Smash Studios and Daddy’s House Recording Studio (DHRS). In his second week at DHRS, he was booked for his first session. This led him to working with a range of artists, songwriters, and producers. Some include G-Dep, Lil Cease, Royce 5’9, Marina Chello, Cassie, Cristyle, Lashawn Daniels, Shannon, DMile, Battle Roy, Rob Holladay, Mary Brown, Dawn Richards, K Young, and Rell.

He’s earned placements with MTV’s Off The Bat, Girl Code, and Guy Code. He and two partners own Keys to Heart, a production company that curates concerts, musicals, and works on in-house and affiliate artists’ projects.

Fun Fact: He is an anime and coffee nerd!

Some projects he’s worked on:

Parker Wiksell

Columbus, OH

Parker is a composer and musician with 20+ years of experience. Together with Charles Mallory, he founded scoring company, Cut Time Music, in 2012. When he’s not writing, Parker plays guitar with progressive metal band, Stonelayer. His recent work includes a featured industrial electronic album for Velvet Green Music, released in 2018.

Craig Dodge

Stratford, PEI, Canada

Craig is an award-winning, classically trained film, television, and video game composer and audio designer. As a composer, his music is currently heard in over 120 films and television shows airing daily in over 110 countries worldwide. He has also composed music for over 35 video games and acted as the lead audio designer for the projects.

One of Craig’s greatest strengths is his ability to write in many musical styles and genres. He works closely with all of his clients to determine the exact musical needs for their respective projects. An avid music educator and guest speaker, he teaches film, television, and video game music at the University of Prince Edward Island. He also teaches “How to License Your Music in Film, Television, Advertising, and Games” at Holland College.

His company, Taris Studios Inc., provides music and audio design for video game and app development industries. He has worked for distinguished companies such as National Geographic, A&E Television, History Television, BBC, Barclay’s Premier League, New York Knicks/MSG Basketball, National Football League, National Hockey League, CTV/Bell Media, Fox, NBC, CNN, Six Flags, MTV, KAO/Jergens Skin Care Products, Discovery Channel, and Disney.

Nadeem Majdalany

Los Angeles, CA

Nadeem has been recording and producing music for twenty years. His work goes beyond scoring for film. He’s worked with multiple songwriters and performers as well as various music ensembles. Everything from small contemporary groups to large professional orchestras.

He’s an orchestral conductor, avid collector of asteroids and, lover of physics. He enjoys cooking, plays multiple instruments, and he develops innovative recording techniques. He’s happily married and a father.

Isha Erskine

Sebastopol, CA

Isha Erskine is a composer, producer, and engineer. He started his music career making punk rock records in garages at 15. Almost 20 years later, Isha has a Grammy, multiple platinum records, and music on over 200 episodes of television. When not making music you can find Isha raising his two young boys and growing food in the garden.

“I got held back a year in Junior High School band because I was not any good at the silver flute. Now I make music for a living.” – Isha

Veronika Jokel

New York, NY

Veronika Jokel’s childhood was framed by the sounds of Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. Naturally, weaves these influences into the music she makes. Amidst a blend of soulful vocal stylings, pop melodies, and honest songwriting, Veronika is her truest self. Her work includes being the voice of Ulta Beauty commercials and licensing her music to film. In 2016, taking a break from her more commercial work, Veronika posted an acapella cover of Erykah Badu’s “Hello” to Instagram.

The clip went viral, garnering her over 10k new followers across social media platforms within days of being shared. Shortly after, she teamed up with songwriter Ben Antelis along with Justin Thunstrom and Austin Zudeck (of Park Wild) to write and release her single “Tides.” Her latest single “Die By Your Side,” co-written with Ben Antelis, amassed over 70k streams on Spotify in just under two months. She continues to write and collaborate with other artists, and plans to release new material in 2019.

Fun fact: She attended circus camp for 3 summers growing up.

Tim Cilento

New York, NY

Tim was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He always loved music as a kid, but hearing the guitar solo from One by Metallica instantly made him want to learn to play the guitar.

He started playing at 11 years old. His taste in music grew into loving almost every genre and his skill level evolved throughout the years. The biggest turning point in his musical career came when he started DJing and producing music for himself in 2011 and 2012 respectively. This took his production skills to the next level.

Fun Fact: When Tim was in summer camp at age 12, he shot the nurse in the face with a water gun because she was getting too flirty with his camp counselor.

Tim’s Instagram

Yaman Palak

Queens, NY

Yaman Palak is a composer and music producer based in Queens, NY. At times electronica and other times ambient, Yaman’s music invites the listener to cinematic atmospheres seductive and liberating. Yaman composes music for film/TV and performs live as a solo artist.

Fun Fact: My cat’s name is Salami. Salami is a 3 year old black Bombay American Shorthair mix.

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