Amadeus Thompson (US)
#Trey Songz, Producer, Music Director/Tour Drummer
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A significant line exists which separates recording industry professionals from the roster of recording artists they represent. Its purpose is to divide decision makers from the performers who ultimately carry out their charges for financial results. This is the music business.
Producer/Music Director/Executive Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson has built his success-filled, multi-platinum selling career productively manipulating the music business line. He learned to grasp it, fashion the line into a circle, and placed himself securely in the middle. Inside he is surrounded by infinite creative opportunities and industry elite. Thompson understands the necessity of bringing all pertinent connections together, the reason he is one of the most sought-after producers in the recording industry today. “Creating music for the world is one of the most exciting accomplishments for me, and just seeing people love and appreciate your music,” he says. The best artists and companies today make a line to be in Thompson’s circle.
Emmy-winning sports television network ESPN enlisted his service to produce the theme for their acclaimed daytime program First Take which stars popular analysts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Maybach Music Group recording artists Wale & Stalley perform the lyrics to Thompson’s score. In addition to First Take, he also produced the theme to Grammy-winning singer Keyshia Cole’s hit reality television series Keyshia & Daniel: Family First which airs on cable network BET (Black Entertainment Television); both the lyrics and vocals for Cole’s series by Platinum Boy Music recording artist “Angel of R&B” Tiffany Mynon.
“I appreciate the fact that [the artists] appreciate my gift and the music that I create,” Thompson says. “It starts with [all of] them. If they never liked what they heard you wouldn't have any songs produced by Amadeus.” Born in Bronx, New York, Thompson was enticed by music at an early age. It whispered in both his ears, infatuating him, courting him. Their relationship grew into a marriage of sounds. He committed his talent and got style in return, his signature production and its current stature were born from this union. Thompson showed music care and devotion; he took it on dates, they played catch, and he learned timing and to not fear taking hits.
Raised in church, Thompson absorbed the seismic energy of handclapping and foot stomping. Percussion became his calling. He answered with drum lessons and natural ability; engaging the instrument caused his earth to quake. “All of my musical gifts and talents are God-given, it’s up to me to nurture it and practice in order to enhance my abilities as a producer and musician,” he says. “In everything you do there will be trial and error. In order for you to succeed you must make a few mistakes before you get it right.”
Right for Thompson was becoming a professional drummer and music producer, being of sound business savvy is where he would begin to shake things up. In 2000 he launched his own production and recording imprint – Platinum Boy Music Inc. As Chief Executive Officer his behind the scenes goals for his brand were simple: “Make great music and make great shows so everyone recognizes the passion I have for creating and playing music.” Since 2007 Thompson has been Music Director and lead drummer for R&B superstar Trey Songz, a position which exponentially expands his reach from within the circle. Touring nationally and internationally his role requires quite a degree more than simply a producer’s flair for meshing sounds using rhythmic timing.
Thompson’s extensive list of production credits reads much like closing credits of a major cinematic release. Popularly known as Amadeus, his globally recognized pseudonym (reminiscent of late Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) is further representation of his creative and artistic musical merit. In 2008 Thompson was signed as a member of The Hitmen - the elite production team for mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment. A number of notable recording artists – including Justin Bieber, Talib Kweli, Tyga, and The Game - find his work attractive. |Mr. Joe Walker
PRODUCTION CREDITS [Summary]
(2013) “I Can’t Win” Chris Brown
(2012) ESPN’s First Take Theme featuring Maybach Music Group’s Wale & Stalley; BET’s Keyshia & Daniel: Family First Theme – lyrics written and performed by Platinum Boy Music recording artist Tiffany Mynon; “Freedom,” The Game featuring Elijah Blake; “Earnest Potential” Talib Kweli featuring Mac Miller
(2011) “Christmas Eve” Justin Bieber; “Bury The Hatchet” DJ Kayslay featuring The Outlawz and Lil Cease; “Wonder Woman” Tyga featuring Chris Brown; “Rock Wit Us” Keith Murray and Canibus featuring Planet Asia; “Lost” The Game featuring K. Young; “Where Would We Go” Keyshia Cole
(2010) “I’m Raw” Fabolous; “Ill’In” Young Jeezy featuring The Clipse; “Whether You Like It Or Not” T.I.
(2009) “Anything You Can Do” Bow Wow; “Fly” Paul Wall featuring Young Joc and Gorilla Zoe; “Truth Hurts” Lloyd Banks
(2008) “Welcome To The Dollhouse Intro” Danity Kane
(2007) “What Should I Do” Fabolous; “Excited” Marques Houston; “Waiting” Cheri Dennis; “Sumtimes I” Lil Mo featuring Jim Jones
(2006) “Go Off” DJ Kayslay featuring Busta Rhymes
(2005) “Get Off Me” Foxy Brown; “My Diary” Jim Jones; “It Is What It Is” 50 Cent (2004) “Take Em To Church” Cam’Ron featuring Juelz Santana and Un Casa; “A Game” Talib Kweli
(2003) “Cradle to the Grave (My Life)” Foxy Brown
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