About us

Rick Haayen founded Music at Work in May 2014, Haayen 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 25 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 BV – a management & consultancy firm that represents successful DJs & Producers in the global Dance scene and singer/songwriters & artists from all genres.


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.


Watch the introduction video here:


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

The Tragically Hip, 2000


Cimo Fränkel

Born in Amsterdam, Cimo Fränkel is a singer/songwriter as well as a music producer. Cimo has co-written the monster track ‘Shotgun‘ for Dutch stars Yellow Claw and he co-wrote and co-produced the massive hit ‘Sex‘ for Kris Kross Amsterdam, which has over 500+ million streams on Spotify and has gone platinum in several countries. Cimo also worked with other established names such as Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bebe Rexha, Wildstylez, R3HAB & ARTY. As an artist Cimo featured on several Armin van Buuren tracks, ‘Strong Ones‘ and ‘All Comes Down‘ and recently released his debut album called ‘Cimo Fränkel‘ featuring ‘Happier Before‘ and ‘World Is Waking Up‘.

Website: www.cimofrankel.com

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Their unique live shows have propelled Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike into global stars and enabled them to take centre stage amongst the ever-changing musical landscape, whilst leading the duo to winning further accolades that include ‘Best Breakthrough Act’, ‘Best European DJ’s’, ‘Best European DJ’ & ‘Best Artist Group’ at the IDMA’s, also garnering 2 x ‘Best Global DJ’ at the EMPO TV awards in Mexico, as well as ‘Best Big Room’ and ‘Best Music Video’ for their star-touting anthem ‘The Hum’. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have grown to become two of the most prominent dance music figures of the modern era. In 2019 they collaborated with David Guetta and Daddy Yankee to releas their 170+ million streamed track ‘Instagram‘.

Website: dimitrivegasandlikemike.com


On the way to his studio, armed with a dictaphone, Jonasu records all of his musical ideas as he’s cycling through the streets of Amsterdam. Rhythm has always been a fascinating of Jonasu, from banging tin pots in the kitchen at 5 years old, to studying drums at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2019 he collaborated with Möwe and Eskeemo for ‘Lost In Amsterdam‘, and right after he released his first solo track ‘Wannabe‘, both got over 3 million streams on Spotify. As a songwriter and producer Jonas worked with ALOK, Weiss, Möwe & co-wrote ‘Post Malone‘ by Sam Feldt & RANI which gained over 320 million streams on Spotify. 

Website: www.jonasu.com

Rik Annema

Singer/songwriter Rik Annema is the former frontman of 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 with 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 500+ million streams on Spotify and has gone platinum in several countries. Rik has co-written the tracks ‘As Long As I’m With You‘ by the Jamaican artist Omi, ‘I Don’t Think About You‘ by HRVY, ”Where Have You Gone’ by Lucas & Steve and ‘All Comes Back To You‘ by R3HAB.



Julian Cross

Inspired by future cosmic elements from the entire electronic music spectrum, Julian Cross enters the fray in 2020 with a wonderful collection of emotions and songs that will be released in a 4 week window leading up to his debut album called ‘Nebula’ in December 2020. Simultaneously, Julian is launching 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 to show their talents. His first tracks ‘Molecule‘ and ‘Asteroids‘ are out now!

Websites: www.juliancrossmusic.comwww.newbreedrec.com



Fadil El Ghoul, professionally known as R3HAB, is number #14 in the 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 of ‘All Around The World (La La La)’ featuring A Touch Of Class. The song gained more than 250+ 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

Yoshi Breen

Yoshi Breen, went across the whole world to study music from The Netherlands to Chicago, China and the rest of the planet. He started writing songs since he was 18 years old and began to focus on a full-time songwriting career. He has co-written songs for several huge artists, such as; Martin Garrix’s ’Burn Out’, with more than 95 million streams on Spotify and ‘On & On‘ by Alok & Dynoro with more than 65 million streams on Spotify. He also co-wrote ’FLASH BACK’ by the J-pop band ‘’Monsta X’’, which sold more than 90.000 cd’s in Japan.

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 mixing ‘Cold Water‘ by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ, which became one of the biggest hits of the year 2016 and mixed the following year ‘Run Up‘ by Major Lazer, PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj. 

Website: www.fabianlenssen.com

Florian Picasso

‘Picasso’ is no stage name; Florian is the great-grandson of the mighty Pablo, adopted by the Picasso family after being born in Vietnam. Growing up between Paris, Cannes and Switzerland, Florian found his first musical love in the form of classic hip-hop, before discovering the likes of Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada. He began DJing at the age of 13, learning basic scratching techniques and honing his skills for a few years before he started messing around with beats. Florian collaborated with his good friend Martin Garrix to produce the massive ‘Make Up Your Mind

Website: www.florianpicasso.com





100th Meridian Music (aka 100MM)


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Music at Work has been providing Label Services for years, most notably 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.

LA AMS Publishing


LA AMS 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.



The songmachine


The Music at Work Song Machine is a recurring Soundcloud pitching list of the top songs and productions available across all clients, writers, publishers and artists we represent. Captained by Sjoerd Koolwijk, the service is tailor-made to all people in the industry – Artists, A&Rs, Labels, Publishers etc.



100MM labels


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.



New Breed Records

Julian Cross launched his label New Breed Records as a home for his own modern and infectious sounds while providing a platform for upcoming artists and producers. The labels first release is Julian’s own album Nebula, the first two tracks, ‘Molecule’ and ‘Asteroids’ are now available.



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 is the first which released on September 11th.




Los Angeles

Music at Work Los Angeles is a studio, office and home all in one.
A very relaxed and fully equipped location in the famous Laurel Canyon neighbourhood.


Click on the link below to view the AirBnB page.

AirBnB link


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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 commercial

August 5

Today at the ‘Unpacked’ event, Samsung launched their new Galaxy Note 20 phone and the global commercial campaign for television and social media features ‘Blow The Speakers Up’ by I Don’t Speak French! Click here to see the commercial: https://youtu.be/DWRcNpR6Kdc

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The launch of 100th Meridian Music

July 21

This month we launched 100th Meridian Music, our in house label services division! The first label cliënt ‘New Breed Records’ by Julian Cross will be a home for his own modern and infectious sounds while also providing a platform for up and coming artists and producers to show their talents. We also welcome ‘Indieshake’ a […]

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Steve Aoki Remix

February 3

Steve Aoki #10 at the DJ MAG Top 100 made a remix of R3HAB & ZAYN’s collaboration called ‘Flames’, listen to it now on Spotify and Apple Music Flames (with ZAYN) (Steve Aoki Remix)

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Flames (With ZAYN)

December 3

The new release ”Flames” by R3HAB, ZAYN and Jungleboi is R3HAB’S biggest Rollout ever! The song entered #25 in the Dutch Top 40! It achieved 2.5 million streams on Youtube in its first 11 days and is being spinned at several radio station globally! Don’t miss it! Listen to the track here:Flames (With ZAYN)

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AATW: Platinum in the Netherlands & Switzerland!

October 1

A huge achievement for R3HAB, his track ”All Around The World (La La La)” with a Touch Of Class has been certified platinum status in the Netherlands and in Switzerland.   In addition, the track is gold in Denmark, Canada, Norway, Poland and Finland!   Congratulations to R3HAB!   Don’t miss the latest remix on […]

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Debut performance by Cimo Fränkel on July 25th!

July 9

New Announcement! Cimo Fränkel will be part of the line-up for ‘‘Live Nation Source” in Old Blue Last, London on the 25th of July! Live Nation Source is featuring the best of live new music, they are a carefully curated concert series focused on showcasing exciting talent across London. The line-up will consist out of […]

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