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Goldo has made musical history again…This time by writing and producing the “Not Exactly News” theme song. This show is a hilarious new comedy featuring a news format mixed with crazy youtube videos…It’s “Jackass” meets “SNL Weekend Update” meets “Americas Funniest Home Videos”! What’s not to love? It’s on MTV2 on Wednesday nights.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with prolific, up and coming artist Barak the rapper. He’s got rhymes flowing like water in a tsunami. On this site, we have many great songs featuring Barak’s music. Check it out. Here’s a “just off the press” music video for “Be Someone”. Dig it!
Barak Nathaniel Yahud, better known by his stage name Barak The Rapper was born on August 24, 1989 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Barak moved to Los Angeles, CA at the age of nine and began speaking, reading and writing in the English language for the first time in his life. He picked up the language rather quickly and started writing poetry as well as song lyrics by the time he was twelve years old. Barak recorded his first song in a recording studio by the time he was fourteen. Hip Hop did not seem as the obvious choice of music for a fourteen year old Israeli born teenager however, artists such as Eminem, Tupac and Nas quickly inspired the poetry fanatic to start writing hip hop song lyrics. Throughout his high school years, Barak recorded different songs with various local artists however, never truly focused on his craft due to the fact that he was still preoccupied with school and sports. Sports took up most of Barak’s time growing up. He went on to run track at California State University, Northridge and graduated with a degree in Biology. Over the past few years Barak The Rapper has put together a couple mixtapes and a self titled EP which was released in June of 2012. Barak has worked with multiple artists on a number of mixtapes as well as albums. He has opened up for big name artists and performed in mainstream venues such as the El Rey Theatre, The Roxy, Whiskey A Go Go and the Key club in Hollywood. Barak has recently performed on College Campuses such as California State University, Long Beach as well as other California campuses. Now at the age of 23, Barak The Rapper has never been more poised and ready to spread his music throughout the world of Hip Hop and enlighten music fans everywhere.
Noteworthy musicians enjoy soundtrack-focused careers
By Melinda Bargreen
Early piano and guitar lessons paid off for Paul Goldowitz, though he soon figured out some musical “instruments” of his own—creating sound effects and making recordings with a reel-to-reel tape machine his electronic-engineer father brought home when Goldowitz was in the third grade at a school in the Los Angeles area.
“Goldo” went on to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he majored in film and video studies with a minor in electronic music, and emerged as a highly versatile songwriter. Sony Immortal/Epic Records signed him to produce and record an album of his songs (“Goldo”) in 1998, after which he toured with his band, playing guitar, rapping and singing.
During that same time, he began to focus more on composing. His song Boom da Boom, released in 1999, was featured in Fox TV promos and is on the 2000 CD “Disney Kid Jams 2,” alongside songs by musicians such as the Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Goldo co-wrote four songs on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s 2002 album, “Barenaked,” including the title song, which appeared on a compilation CD that sold more than two million records.
“I had been working with Meredith Brooks, who was producing Jennifer Love Hewitt’s album,” Goldo says, “and I asked her, ‘Hey, are you looking for any new songs?’ Two friends and I made a track just for fun. I gave it to Meredith. She and Jennifer wrote the lyrics.”
Most of Goldo’s soundtrack composing has been for TV. He composed music for Disney’s House of Mouse, and for the MTV shows Punk’d and Jackass, among other projects. Now he’s working on a vampire musical film, The Bloody Indulgent, starring Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys. Goldo wrote all the music and is currently involved in post-production tasks such as doing final mixes of the songs and writing any additional music that is needed.
He works from the Sonoma County, California, town of Petaluma, after moving from LA about eight years ago because he wanted a more peaceful environment.
Writing songs and soundtracks takes perseverance,” he says. “You’ve gotta be tough, because this kind of career is like a roller coaster. It’s stressful; you have not enough work and then too much work. I have friends who were in bands in school, and a lot of them aren’t doing music anymore; it’s just too hard to make money.”
But composing means too much to Goldo for him to consider life without it. “I’m constantly working to learn new things. I still love to do it, and to share my music,” he says. “To this day, I feel awe about how cool it is to make music. Honestly, I think I’m getting better all the time.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffry (guitarist/vocals/producer) from the Kimberly Trip a few weeks ago at a West Coast Songwriters song screening event. He gave me his latest CD, “Unicorns, Glitter, & Heartbreak” and I immediately loved the music. It’s kind of like a mixture of No Doubt, (with a heavy dose of Gwen Stephani) Garbage mixed with the pop punk vibe of Green Day. Something like that. They describe them selves in the modern rock genre as Upbeat Modern New Wave. I’m sold! We’ve got a few of their songs from this album for licensing opportunities. Come on down!!!
A few weeks ago in Hollywood I had the pleasure of going to the annual ASCAP conference. It was very inspiring and interesting and hectic all at the same time. I got to meet Diplo (producer of “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.) and Katy Perry for a minute. And was enthralled by listening to top producers and artists talk about one of my favorite subjects – SONGWRITING!!!!!! :-)
It would probably be boring for many people, but, if you’ve been infected by the M.U.S.I.C. virus as I have been, then it was all entertaining, inspiring and educating. Even though I’m a BMI guy myself, the ASCAP conference was very cool!
Last Friday night I had the pleasure of jamming with some old (and new) friends in West Hollywood. We played some old classics like “Little Wing” (Hendrix) and “Get Back” (Beatles) and created some new classics of our own. We spontaneously wrote a very cool song, which will be coming up in the ROCK category. It is on the Black Keys/Jack White tip. It doesn’t have a title yet, but look for it soon.
Thanks for listening.