About us

Rick Haayen founded Music at Work in May 2014, he grew up on both sides of the Atlantic, 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. Rick has worked over 30 years in the international entertainment industry both in Europe and the United States.

Having worked at major labels (Universal Music Group in USA + Europe) as well as independent labels (CNR + V2 Benelux in Europe) and management firms (The Entertainment Group & Montana ECI), Haayen decided to set up his own firm, Music at Work – a management & consultancy firm that represents successful Artists & Producers in the global pop and dance music scene, singer/songwriters from all genres, and also provides label services, legal services & publishing options for the entertainment industry at large.

Music at Work operates both in Amsterdam & Los Angeles, creating an international music hub for her clients. 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

Cimo Fränkel

In the diverse world of music, there are singers, songwriters, producers and the rare multi-talents who combine all three roles into one, like Cimo Fränkel. He has many big hits on his name such as the smash single ‘Sex‘ by Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam, which has 600+ million streams on Spotify and has gone platinum in multiple countries. Cimo also worked with many established names such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Conor Maynard, Lucas & Steve, R3HAB, Skrillex and Yellow Claw. He has had many asian cuts too with hits like ‘Rainbow‘ by NCT Dream and ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop‘ by T.U.B.S. Currently Cimo is focusing on his own artist carreer and this year, he’ll be releasing music under his alter ego Mikel Franco and an EP with the first tracks being ‘Dancing On My Own‘ and ‘Any Longer‘.

Websites: www.cimofrankel.com – www.mikelfranco.com

R3HAB + CYB3RPVNK label

Fadil El Ghoul, professionally known as R3HAB, is number #13 in the DJ Mag Top 100 and is from Dutch-Moroccan heritage. The last few years R3HAB collaborated with Zayn, HRVY, Andy Grammar, Sofia Carson, Clara Mae & Russian pop-star Elena Temnikova. In 2019, he had a world succes with ‘All Around The World (La La La)’ featuring A Touch Of Class. The song gained more than 500 million streams cross-platforms, went platinum in the Netherlands and Switzerland and went gold in Denmark, Canada, Norway, Poland and Finland! 

Websites: www.r3hab.com – www.cyb3rpvnk.com

Jonas Kröper

With his songs and songwriting contributions, multi- instrumentalist, songwriter and artist Jonasu has seen himself accumulate hundereds of millions of streams. Jonasu boasts an innate ability to make people move. It’s something he learned early on when he first started making music, “The reason I loved playing drums was that people started dancing”, an undeniable and true musician whose training and influence were born during his decade long stay in Amsterdam. He now resides in Berlin, but spends his time recording in studios out of London, Stockholm & L.A creating his next anthem. His latest single ‘Black Magic‘ which received massive radio support and was playlsited in many Spotify playlists, is #4 in the Official UK Dance Charts for over 6 weeks now. More recently, he contributed to the banger ‘Don’t Be Shy‘ by Tiësto & Karol G which has already accumulated over 150 million streams on Spotify!

Website: www.jonasu.com

Rik Annema

Karma Nine is an acronym for singer-songwriter Rik Annema, former front man of the Dutch indie-pop band, A Silent Express. He has over 1,8 billion streams all combined and has co-written and co-produced for an array of national and international artists such as Armin van Buuren, Conor Maynard, Damon Sharpe, Hardwell, Gatüsso, Brennan Heart, HRVY and James Arthur. He notably co-wrote and co-produced the massive hit ‘Sex‘ by Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam, which has 600+ million streams on Spotify and has gone platinum in multiple countries. Rik has also co-written the tracks ‘As Long As I’m With You‘ by the Jamaican artist OMI, ”Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)’ by Lucas & Steve and ‘All Around The World (La La La)‘ by R3HAB & A Touch of Class. Equally, he has some remarkable cuts in the asian market with the hits ‘Made to Love‘ by Xiao Zhan, ‘Rainbow‘ by NCT DREAM and ‘The Beauty of Following Our Hearts‘  by T.U.B.S. 

 

Website: www.karmanine.com

Yoshi Breen

Yoshi Breen is an award winning Dutch songwriter. He has a rich history playing in indie-bands and is now entirely focused on his songwriting career. He started writing songs at the age of 9 and has been around the globe to collaborate with and work for internationally recognised artists. Being an all rounder and multi-instrumentalist, he has co-written and co-produced songs for Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Hardwell, Snoop Dogg, Sam Feldt and Monsta X. Also Martin Garrix’s hit ’Burn Out’ and the smash single ‘On & On‘ by Alok & Dynoro which both have over 100 million streams on Spotify. Additionally, his music has been used for syncs by brands such as AXE, Samsung and San Miguel Beer. More recently, he contributed to the banger ‘Don’t Be Shy‘ by Tiësto & Karol G and the #1 Airplay NL hit ‘Hard To Say Goodbye‘ by RONDÉ.

 

Website: www.dearmusic.nl

Catalina Schweighauser

Catalina aka CATALI, is a 26 year old Amsterdam based artist and platinum rewarded topliner. Pop, dance and house music are Catalina’s main genres with lyrics being one of her main strengths. Her mixed background (American, Dutch, Swiss and Italian) gives her the ability to write in multiple languages fluently. Recently she had a number 1 hit with ‘Ze Huilt Maar Ze Lacht‘ by Dutch artist Maan. She co-wrote for artists such as David Puentez, Emma Heesters, Kes, Gil Glaze and YUQI. Internationally, Catalina wrote songs for the The Voice candidates in various countries and for the NBC series ‘I Feel Bad’. She also worked with artists such as Ava Max and the Eurovision Song Contest contesters. More recently, she wrote music for the Netflix movie ‘Just Say Yes‘ and for the Dutch musical ‘Diana & Zonen‘.

ANNNA

ANNNA (Madara Perkone) is a Latvian/Dutch producer and singer from Amsterdam. Sustainability, burnouts and equality are some of the topics she covers in her ‘sus-pop’ aka ‘sustainable pop’ music, developping a bold story line with each track she writes. Her career started to bloom when she released ‘The One That Got Away‘ which was n°1 played track on one of the biggest radio stations in Latvia. Later on, she won the Amsterdam Dance Event’s Demolition with ‘Stardom/Hater‘, followed by the single ‘19‘ which was premiered on BBC Radio 1 and released on Defected records.  In 2021, ANNNA was announced to be one of the Dutch magazine’s OOR Talent 2021 and has toured across Germany and the Netherlands these last months.

 

Website: www.annnaofficial.com 

Guus Mulder

Guus Mulder is an artist, singer and songwriter based in Amsterdam. After being finalist in the Voice of Holland 2015, Guus started writing Pop & Dance hits for internationally recognized artists as well as Dutch acts. His writings include various chart topping songs such as Dutch popstar Emma Heester’s hit ‘Waar Ga Je Heen‘ and Alok & Dynoro’s smash hit ‘On & On‘, on which his vocals are also showcased. Aside from writing for others, he also releases music under the name ‘Guusje‘ including the hit ‘Balkon‘ and ‘Beter Alleen‘. Having shaped his own unique & innovative Dutch Pop sound, he recently released a new single ‘Glittersokken‘ and is working on an album to be released early 2022 featuring artists such as Roxanne Hazes.

 

Hailey Collier

Hailey is born & raised in Nashville, and is currently in between Los Angeles and Berlin. She is a songwriter and vocalist and is especially great with melodies. She co-wrote many hits such as J Balvin’s single ‘Bola Rebola’, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs David Guetta’s single ‘Complicated’, Betty Who’s ‘I Remember’ song and Icona Pop & Hayden James single ‘Right Time’. Even though Hailey mostly writes music for others, she recently released a song called ‘Everything About You’ under her artist pseudonym your friend polly together with Sam Feldt.

 

MDL BEAST

Music at Work is providing legal services to MDLBEAST, an entertainment company anchored in the Middle East and rooted in music culture. From MDLBEAST Records and MDLBEAST Frequencies to MDLBEAST XP, the company has continuously expanded across different business lines. A couple years ago, they also launched MDLBEAST Soundstorm, the largest music festival in the region which will reunite in 2021 over 400K visitors and over 150 artists including David Guetta, Afrojack, Adam Beyer, Benny Benassi, Deadmau5, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto and many more.  

 

Website: www.mdlbeast.com

 

JOON

JOON is also enjoying Music at Work’s advisory & legal services as they are currently developing the first legal music streaming platform for the global Farsi-speaking market. Founded by Farshid Rafe Rafahi and Siavash Davarnia, the platform aims to give millions of music lovers a place where they can find a complete catalog of their favorite music to stream and/or download. But also, to solve  the most crippling insufficiency of the Persian music industry: the lack of a royalty system that fairly compensates music creators, artists, and labels who’ve until now had very limited paths to reach mass audiences as a result. 

 

Website: www.joon.fm



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Services

100th Meridian Music (aka 100MM)

Music at Work is experienced in global rollouts of repertoire, while promoting and marketing successfully throughout. This service, called 100th Meridian Music including top-line Global Distribution, is available to labels and artists that want to release independently and are looking for a more boutique approach than being 1 of 100 acts on a label. Music at Work has been providing Label Services for years, most notably for R3HAB’s very successful CYB3RPVNK label, having helped R3HAB gain over 23 million monthly listeners and achieve over 1 billion streams on his independent label alone.

LAAMS Publishing

LAAMS Music Group is the trans-continental Publishing & A&R consultancy firm that is a collaboration between Prim8 Music in Los Angeles & Music at Work that operates both in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Manager and lawyer Amit Krispin has been leading Prim8 Music for over 6 years while Rick Haayen has done the same with Music At Work. Developing songs for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, while also signing LA rising star Hailey Collier and newcomer Michael Abundes, LAAMS Music Group and LAAMS Publishing are becoming a great hotbed for new talent and a source of songs and repertoire for all genres.

Legal department

Music at Work has a full-fledged Legal department available for anybody in the entertainment business looking for expert consultation. The legal department is experienced in all fields of music, film, international trade law, rights and registrations.
Email sjoerd@musicatwork.biz for more information and/or a free consultation.

Management

Music at Work provides career management services for its artists, writers & producers. Full management clients include Cimo Fränkel, Rik Annema, Yoshi Breen, Jonasu, Catalina Schweighauser, Guus Mulder and Madara Perkone. These clients also enjoy the benefits of the other departments, getting high end legal services, label services if required, and song pitching to a global database of A-level artists, managements & labels.

The Song Machine

Music at Work’s Song Machine is a recurring list of the top songs & productions available across all clients, writers and artists we represent. This service includes pitching to a global database of A-level artists and is tailor-made to all people in the industry – A&R’s, Artists, Labels, Publishers etc. Subscribe to the newsletter by sending an email to songmachine@musicatwork.biz.

100MM labels

MONO Records

Max Krul aka MACKS is the former frontman of the DJ group Dante Klein and has now launched his independent label for upcoming artists and producers in the house scene, MONO Records. With soulful deep house type of records, featuring catchy vocals and dreamy loops, MACKS has released several records from which ‘Come On Home‘ reached over 3,5 million streams cross platform and over 4000 Shazam’s. His latest release is a tropical deep house track with relaxing beats called ‘All The Same‘.

 

www.itsmacks.com

Hill Valley Productions

As a singer, songwriter and producer, Cimo Fränkel set up his label ‘Hill Valley Productions’, to release his music independently and show who he really is as a solo pop artist. His debut album called ‘Cimo Fränkel‘ released in April 2020 reached over 10 million streams. This year, he’s releasing an EP which will showcase his range from ear-candy pop to honest & raw tracks and from which ‘Dancing On My Own‘ and ‘Any Longer’ are the first singles.

 

 

www.cimofrankel.com

23rd Letter Records

23rd Letter Records is the label of the Rotterdam based artist 23rd Letter, a raw rapper and musician from that is bursting onto the HipHop/RnB scene in 2021. His soulful and heartfelt approach creates both an intimate and gritty atmosphere in his songs. As with many of his compatriots, he is releasing his music in a rapid tempo on his own independent label. In a few months time, he released an EP ‘Pleasure and Desire’ with notably the singles, ‘Gimme Some‘ and ‘Dessert‘. His latest single ‘Wait For Me‘ is a hyping, exciting and a heartfelt record.

Langhewood Records

Italian DJ/producer Francesco Dogliani gained an affinity for the digital movement and developed a passion for all things electronica early on. Under the musical alias “AYKO,” Francesco went from small gigs in his hometown of Turin, Italy, to playing in the mecca of underground music and clubs at the time in London, UK and then Ibiza. He has now shifted to producing and launched his own independent label ‘Langhewood Records’. In 2021, he’ll be focusing on producing and releasing, with the first releases being ‘Original Sin‘, ‘Home‘ and ‘Life‘.

 

New Breed Records

Julian Cross launched New Breed Records, as a home for his own modern and infectious sounds while also providing a platform for up and coming artists and producers. Julian enters the fray in 2020 with a wonderful collection of emotions and astrology-themed songs ‘Molecule‘ and ‘Asteroids‘.

 

www.newbreedrec.com

Indieshake

Indieshake is founded by Håkan Persson and Louise Lindenger, this duo is also the mind behind the artists I Don’t Speak French, Stranded Mermaid and Swedish Red Elephant. Their first release ‘Blow The Speakers Up’, featured as the soundtrack of the global Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phone commercial in 2020, gaining over 600.000 streams.

 

www.indieshake.com

Fully Completely

Vertigo is a rock band from The Hague founded by the singer & guitarist Denny Haayen and guitarist Joris Hogewind. Their American oriented guitar rock shows influences from groups such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and the Golden Earring. In February 2020, they released their ‘Moments of Clarity‘ album on their own label called ‘Fully Completely’.

 

www.vertigotheband.nl

News

“Hard To Say Goodbye” by RONDÉ – N°1 Airplay Top 40 (NL)

November 25

It’s official, “Hard To Say Goodbye” by RONDÉ is n°1 Airplay in the Netherlands! Co-written & co-produced by the talented Yoshi Breen & Jason Ok! Listen here!

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150 million streams on Spotify for “Don’t Be Shy” !

November 25

  “Don’t Be Shy” by Karol G & Tiësto and co-written by our talented Jonas Kröper aka Jonasu and Yoshi Breen, has over 150 million streams on Spotify alone! Listen here and check out the official video here!

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BLACK MAGIC is an offical UK Top 5 Single!

August 4

Jonasu‘s hit “Black Magic” is an official UK Top 5 single (currently #4)! Listen here and check out the official video here!  

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Music at Work’s 7 Year Anniversary!

June 1

On 28th May, Music at Work celebrated their 7th Year Anniversary! Very excited for the future! @music.at.work

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PUBG Mobile Official Soundtracks!

March 30

PUBG Mobile Game recently celebrated their 3rd Anniversary Party. To celebrate this, world renowed musicians, Alesso, Lost Frequencies & R3HAB teamed up for an epic livestream party both in-game and on Youtube for battle royale fans and dance music listeners alike!   Lost Frequencies performed his latest single ‘Rise‘ co-written by Jonas Kröper & Yoshi Breen. R3HAB […]

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New Music Friday! “Rise” – Lost Frequencies

March 19

Happy Fridays! We are very excited to announce today’s release: ‘Rise’ by Lost Frequencies, co-written by our songwriters, Jonas Kroper & Yoshi Breen. Check out the song here!

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