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.

 

Watch the introduction video here:

Introduction


“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, Conor Maynard, Lucas & Steve, R3HAB, Skrillex and Yellow Claw. As an artist Cimo featured on several Armin van Buuren tracks, ‘Strong Ones‘ and ‘All Comes Down‘ and is now focusing on his own artist carreer. This year, he’ll be releasing music under his alter ego ‘Mikel Franco‘ and will also release 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

Multi- instrumentalist, songwriter and artist Jonasu has in a short space of time seen himself climb to the forefront of the rising stars in the Pop & Dance music world. His songs and songwriting contributions have seen him 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‘ is currently #4 in the official UK Dance Charts. It also made Scott Mills ‘Tune of the Week’ on BBC Radio 1, was playlisted on Kiss FM & Capital FM, on Spotify playlists such as Massive Dance Hits and Hot Hits UK and was n°1 on Club MTV’s Big 20 Chart. 

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 1,7 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 and James Arthur. He is also a frequent collaborator with fellow Music at Work client, Cimo Fränkel. Together, they 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 Comes Back To You‘ & ‘All Around The World (La La La)‘ by R3HAB.

 

 

 

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.

 

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. Internationally, Catalina wrote songs for the NBC series ‘I Feel Bad’ and for the The Voice candidates in various countries. 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 ‘.

Anna Madara

ANNNA 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 that will continue in a country wide concert tour from September onwards. 

 

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 2014, 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‘. Having shaped his own unique & innovative Dutch Pop sound, he’ll be releasing his album later this year with Universal Music. Guusje is also the support act for Roxeanne Hazes tour in October.

 

 

Pete Philly

Having successfully toured the globe, doing sold out shows with his own projects ‘Pete Philly‘ and ‘Pete Philly & Perquisite‘, as well as supporting Kanye West and James Brown on their tours, Pete is now well known to be a unique performer as well as a conceptual writer and producer. With accolades from originators and contemporaries alike, receiving many awards and nominations (MTVE, Red Dot, Golden Harp, Dutch Mobo, Amsterdam Prize), gold albums and his latest ‘Lift‘ EP presented in a sold out Melkweg Max in Amsterdam. Pete is also solidifying his place as a writer for other artists and as a composer/producer for film/TV.

 

 

Website: www.petephilly.com

 

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.

Services

100th Meridian Music (aka 100MM)

 

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, 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.

Scroll down to find out more about our labels.

www.100thmeridianmusic.com

 

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, LA AMS Music Group and LA AMS Publishing are becoming a great hotbed for new talent and a source of songs and repertoire for all genres.

www.laamsmusicgroup.com

 

 

 

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 among others. 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.

 

100MM labels

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 songs with his astrology-themed debut album called ‘Nebula’ releasing in February 2021 with the tracks ‘Molecule‘ and ‘Asteroids‘.

www.newbreedrec.com

MONO Records

Max Krul aka MACKS is launching an independent label for upcoming artists and producers in the house scene, MONO Records. MACKS is releasing several records in the coming months, all in the soulful deep house genre, from which Come On Home & Lose It are the first releases, with a combined total of 600k streams since september 2020.

www.itsmacks.com

 

Indieshake

Indieshake is founded by Håkan Persson and Louise Lindenger aka 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.

www.indieshake.com

 

Langhewood Records

Langhewood Records is the UK based label founded in 2020 by the Italian dj & producer Francesco Dogliani aka AYKO. Having toured in Italy, the UK and Ibiza, his signature sound incorporates his love for different musical styles mixing an array of vocal tracks with diverse instrumentals, melodies and effects. In 2021, he’ll be focusing on producing music and will release an EP with the first track being ‘Original Sin‘.

 

Hill Valley Productions

Being a singer, songwriter and producer, Cimo Fränkel decided to set up his label called Hill Valley Productions, to release independently his music as a solo artist. In 2020, he released his debut album called ‘Cimo Fränkel‘ with tracks such as ‘Never Give Up‘, ‘Gamble‘ and ‘Picture of Us‘ featuring TW3LV. This year, he’ll be releasing an EP from which ‘Dancing On My Own‘ is the first single. 

www.cimofrankel.com

Fully Completely

Vertigo is a rock band from The Hague founded in 2003 by singer/guitarist Denny Haayen and guitarist Joris Hogewind. They performed a lot on Dutch stage and play American oriented guitar rock that shows influences from groups such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Golden Earring. In February 2020, we released their EP ‘Moments of Clarity‘ on their label, Fully Completely.

www.vertigotheband.nl

23rd Letter Records

W. is the record label of Sjoerd Koolwijk aka 23rd Letter, he is a raw rapper and musician from Rotterdam 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. He started releasing music at the beginning of the year with the first tracks being ‘Gimme Some‘, ‘Desert‘ and ‘Hit Me Up‘ which will combine into an EP coming out this year.

 

News

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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Catalina signs new deal with Sony Music Publishing!

March 19

We are very excited to announce that Catalina, our new talented singer-songwriter, has just signed a deal with Sony Music Publishing Benelux! Followed with a new release today, ‘Schat Ik Ben Ok’ by Emma Heesters. Check out the track here!  

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Ze Huilt Maar Ze Lacht (Maan) enters the Top 2000 NL!

January 27

One of our clients, Catalina Schweighauser (CATALI), has co-written a couple of songs of Maan‘s debut album ‘Onverstaanbaar’ such as ‘Nog Even Niet’, ‘Kom Maar’ and the hit single ‘Ze Huilt Maar Ze Lacht’ . The song  ‘Ze Huilt Maar Ze Lacht’  had a huge success and recently entered the TOP 2000 in The Netherlands in the 356th position. Check out […]

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