About us

Music at Work was founded in May 2014 by Rick Haayen who has worked over 20 years in the international entertainment industry both in Europe and the United States. Haayen grew up on both sides of the Atlantic as well becoming equally fluent and at home as an American in Holland or a Dutchman in the US. Combining both cultures and experiences has given him a unique International perspective.

Having worked at major labels (Universal Music Group in USA + Europe) as well as independent labels (CNR + V2 Benelux in Europe) and also management firms (The Entertainment Group & Montana ECI), Haayen decided to set up his own firm, Music at Work BV – a management & consultancy firm that represents successful DJs & Producers in the global Dance scene, singer / songwriters & artists from all genres, Mobile & Music solutions for labels, games & popular Apps alike.

Music at Work recently opened an office and a studio in the legendary Laurel Canyon LA area, creating an additional music hub for her clients in addition to the Amsterdam home. The core business will always be entertainment with Music at Work – creating a flexible and comfortable home for the creative community as a whole no matter where the talent calls home.

“I had a bird’s eye view of a bird’s eye view”

The Tragically Hip, 2000

Clients

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike

Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios, better known as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are 2 Belgian/Greek Brothers who have taken the dance world by storm over the last few years. Currently sitting at number 2 in the reknowned DJ Mag Top 100, they are enjoying worldwide success with ”Hey Baby”. This collaboration with Diplo has amassed over 10 million streams within just three weeks out from its release date and it’s still growing strong.

As residents of the world famous Tomorrowland & TomorrowWorld festivals, their global appeal will only continue to reach “Mammoth” proportions. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are performing at Tomorrowland on the 22th, 23th, 29th and 30th of July 2017.

More information: dimitrivegasandlikemike.com

Cimo Fränkel

Born in Amsterdam, Cimo Fränkel is a singer/songwriter as well as a music producer. After participating in a few televised contests, Cimo Frankel went on to cultivate his talent as a composer and singer collaborating with a variety of Dutch artists, most recently co-writing and co-producing the massive hit ”Sex” for rising stars KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM, which has over 300 million streams on Spotify, has gone platinum in several countries and has hit the #2 position in the Dutch Top 40. Cimo also co-wrote the monster track “Shotgun” for Dutch stars YELLOW CLAW and ”Mooie Dag” for JAYH JAWSON. Cimo has featured as a vocalist and co-writer on ARMIN VAN BUUREN’s track ”Strong Ones” and the Beatport #1 track “Belong” by phenom EDX.

Furthermore, Cimo has worked with astablished names such as Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Scott Storch, Bebe Rexha, Wildstylez, Bryan Kennedy, Far East Movement, Darrel Brown and many more. In addition, Cimo is featured on the Zaeden ‘’Never Let You Go’’ and ”City Of The Lonely Hearts” tracks, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. Cimo recently released a second solo track ”Occasional Love”, which is tinged with tropical and reggae vibes. This broad pallet of songs showcases Cimo’s diversity and multi-talented nature as he is capable of writing and top lining in virtually any genre. 

For more music: Cimo Soundcloud

Jantine Annika Heij

Jantine Annika Heij (26) is a pop / dance / indie oriented songwriter, vocalist and (vocal) producer, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her heart lies with 80s, pop and country music, beautiful melodies and melancholic lyrics. She worked with songwriters and artists like Skrillex, Valentino Kahn, Hardwell, Rock Mafia (Selena Gomez/Zedd/Miley Cyrus), EXO, F(x), Andrew Goldstein (Jason Derulo/Demi Lovato), DubVision, Firebeatz, Dirtcaps, and Tritonal and released tracks on labels such as Armada, Universal Music, Spinnin’ and Enhanced. Jantine is the co-writer of ”All Night Long” by Rochelle, which reached the platinum status. Jantine received a Buma award for this work. Furthermore, Jantine has featured as a vocalist and co-writer on the Lny Tnz tracks ”Burn It Down” and ”Set You Free”. These tracks both became the dance smash on the biggest Dutch radio RADIO 538.

Rochelle – All Night Long
Lny Tnz – Set You Free

Fabian Lenssen

Fabian Lenssen has been one of Holland’s most revered producers for over 20 years. Starting out in the 90’s Fabian produced for loads of R&B and pop talent around Europe before finding a niche in the electronic music scene in the 2000’s. Working with most of the top notch talent including Chuckie & R3hab – most notably co-producing key crossover tracks with Havana Brown & Enrique Iglesias – Fabian was able to showcase both his underground chops as well as his ear and talent for radio driven sounds and songs. Fabian mixed ”Cold Water” by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ, which became one of the biggest hits of the year 2016. He also produced en mixed some tracks for Cheat Codes, Florian Picasso and Yves V. Recently, Fabian mixed the new Major Lazer remix of ”Unforgettable” by the Moroccan-American hip-hop star French Montana.

Listen to Enrique’s : “Finally Found You”, Listen to Dante Klein’s : ”Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)

Dante Klein

Dante Klein is Hollands best kept secret. A 21 year old phenom that is about to hit the scene with a few big records. In 2015 he gave everyone a taste of talent with the release of “Ertesuppe“.

Now, in 2016, his huge track with LA Group Cheat Codes, “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” has exploded on Spotify & Youtube. The mega hit just hitted 200 million streams on Spotify.

Accompanied by an equally unique extended video, ‘Turn Me On’ is a dance floor mainstay and you can say that it was THE European summer anthem of 2016. The breakthrough is happening now.
Recently, Dante Klein did a remix for the great song ‘Invitation’ by Yellow Claw (ft. Yade Lauren). Furthermore, he released his single ”Harder” on the 13th of January 2017, which came out on Spinnin’ Records. Dante Klein will launch a new tune called ”Coke & Hennessy” on the 30th of June 2017. It’s a unique collabaration with Bone Thugs from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and LA based artist & production team – The 87’s.

Listen to his tracks here: ”Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)”, ”Dante Klein – Harder

Karma Nine

Karma Nine is an acronym for singer/songwriter Rik Annema, former frontman for the indie-pop band A Silent Express, which garnered a lot of success at Dutch radio between 2010 & 2014. Currently focussing on songwriting and producing for an array of national and international artists. Rik is also a frequent collaborator of fellow Music at Work client, Cimo Fränkel. Rik and Cimo co-wrote and co-produced the massive hit ”Sex” for rising stars KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM, which has over 300 million streams on Spotify, has gone platinum in several countries and has hit the #2 position in the Dutch Top 40. Rik also helped compose on the ZAEDEN tracks ‘Never Let You Go’ and ‘City Of The Lonely Hearts’. Recently, Rik has co-written ”Understand Me” by CMC$ and Conor Maynard, which came out on Martin Garrix’s label ”STMPD RCRDS”.

 

GANZ

GANZ is another new talent from the south of Holland that has already gained a large international following through his “flips” and mixes that have become Soundcloud staples. Australia has already fallen for him, and also the USA is a huge fan of his original sounds.
GANZ collaborated with What So Not, which is an electronic music project by Australian record producer Emoh Instead (Chris Emerson), and formerly a duo with record producer Flume, and they made the amazing song ”Lone” together. The song has amassed over 1,5 million plays on Soundcloud. GANZ released a new single called ”Whatever You Choose”. This amazing tune reached over more than 200K plays. Furthermore, GANZ delivered some quality work with his remix of Paces’ track ”Savage”.

Check out his latest tracks here : ”GANZ – Whatever You Choose”, ”Paces – Savage (GANZ Remix)”

Max C

Max C is The Voice, so called thanks to his peerless vocal contributions to the music of many dance icons such as Swede Axwell. Born in Louisville, Kentucky Max C is a talent with high emotion and a soulful vocal flavour now based in Helsinki, Finland.

Early in his career Max C released the smash hit single – ‘I Believe’ with Swedish talent Stonebridge, which landed in the American billboard hot 100 singles chart at #8 and made the top 10 list in many countries around the world. After that his biggest breakthrough came with Swedish DJ Axwell when the global hit ‘I Found U’ blew up on Radio 1 in the UK and shot up the official UK top10 chart to #6. Following this, Max C has performed on hundreds of big club anthems throughout the years, most notably, R3hab & Swanky Tunes’ “Sending My Love”, and the James Talk & Paul Ridney collab “One for Me”

Hear max perform on : Sending My Love

M SOLUTIONS

M Solutions is Music at Work’s multi-layered Mobile & Music service for the tech industry, entertainment industry as well as artists, writers & producers. Based in Los Angeles, M Solutions bridges the gap between the Mobile App world and the content owners creating viable solutions for both. Furthermore, on the European side, M Solutions is an admin and support system for all types of writers, producers and artists that do not have time or know how to insure all of their music rights are properly administered, checked and reported. M Solutions has International expertise in all 3 streams – royalty accounting, publishing collection & neighbouring rights administration & Optimisation.

Hannah V

You may have seen Hannah V perform and never know it. She was the keyboard player on tour for none other than RIHANNAH for 2 years. Now she has focussed on her career as a producer and songwriter. Hannah V always wanted to add a deeper level of musicality. She grew up on the masters such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye – classic songs, beautiful chords, powerful interpretations. That’s the ish right there for me! I want that depth in my own music – that timeless feel coupled with modern production techniques, knocking drums, screeching synths and a gritty bottom end. Hannah produced the title track ‘Raised under Grey Skies’ and co-wrote and produced ‘Momma’s Prayers’ feat Stormzy for the latest album of JP Cooper. Also Hannah’s new track ”Oh, The Places You’ll Go” is worth a listen.

Listen to her on Soundcloud.

News

4x Platinum “Sex”

August 15

  We can proudly announce that Cimo Fränkel and Rik Annema surprisingly received a Quadruple Platinum Award for their immensely popular track with Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam “Sex” (FOTO TOEVOEGEN VAN FACEBOOK POST). Furthermore it has passed the 430 million streams on Spotify! Stream the track here: spotify:album:180JCsfKIupc7PHG5CQfz7

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Double Platinum “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)”

August 15

After his set at Slam! Dante Klein received double platinum for his track “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” Live on Air – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnnqe4d9Yc4&t=364s  The global smash with Cheat Codes has also amassed more than 275.000.000 streams, while its now officially double platinum in The Netherlands.

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COKE & HENNESSY IS THE GRANDSLAM OF THIS WEEK!!

July 11

Our client Dante Klein recently released his track ”Coke & Hennessy” with The 87’s and Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone from the American hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony! The result is a delicious track who did really well in the polls with 93% of positive votes. This week you will hear it more often on SLAM! Because it is the […]

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Dante Klein reached 1 million streams with his ”Be Like You” Remix!

June 27

Dante Klein made a remix of ”Be Like You”, produced by the upcoming artist CVBZ. This masterpiece passed 1 million streams on Spotify within two months. Listen the remix here on spotify: spotify:track:4F47yMP9WPb2MMvOUxNHKB; or listen the track on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVsnP8qrBsA    

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Dante Klein’s new track ‘Coke & Hennessy’ will be released the 30th of June!

June 22

Dante Klein will launch a new tune called ‘Coke & Hennessy’ next week. It’s a unique collabaration with Bone Thugs from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and LA based artist & production team – The 87’s. It will come out on the newly formed CONGO Records label – an transatlantic initiative with Spinnin Records. The song is one […]

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Cimo Fränkel & Rik Annema co-write ”Understand Me” by CMC$ & Conor Maynard

June 22

Cimo Fränkel and Rik Annema have co-written the new track ”Understand Me” for Dutch DJ/Producer CMC$ and the English singer-songwriter Conor Maynard. The track is released on Martin Garrix’s new label ”STMPD RCRDS”. Check out the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw1fNNjbuA  

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