Kelly Clarkson, Usher option local producer’s musicWritten by Brian Pauline | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo producer Matt “Mighty Wyte” Feher recently signed a three-year national contract and has been making tracks for major label acts, such as Usher and Kelly Clarkson.
Feher runs his own production company and recording studio equipped with two Macintosh computers and has been inundated with projects. As an independent contractor, he was discovered on his MySpace page, (http://www.myspace.com/unfeheradvantage), by rap innovators the Beat Bullies, who work directly with “Big Boi” of the Grammy award-winning group Outkast. The Beat Bullies contacted Feher two years ago and have been sending him work ever since.
“The tracks ultimately did not end up getting placed on the record, at first I was upset, but I was up against the best in the music business, plus they know who Mighty Wyte is now,” Feher said.
Feher signed a three-year, nonexclusive contract with Electric City in August, making construction loops and refills for Big Fish Audio. The tracks have loops broken down into individual tracks which can be downloaded into the user’s computer for use in songs. Feher receives a percentage of gross sales once the project is released to the market.
“The whole thing about resale is it is a numbers game, because people are going to take bits and pieces to make their own songs,” Feher said.
Feher said he can compose 40 songs in one month pulling 12-to-16 hour sessions in his studio. He works at times under unrealistic time restraints, but persistence and luck are important to making it in the music business. By selling nonexclusive beats online, he is able to buy new equipment and update his studio. Feher recently tried out for the “ghetto-metal” group Limp Bizkit. Feher uses the phrase “ghetto-metal” referring to bands such as Korn and Linkin Park that appeal to hard rock and rap fans.
Feher is also working with Intrinsic Film and Iron Core Entertainment, making soundtracks for sitcoms and movies. Feher receives a script and writes background music for scenes and trailers.
Feher said he would love to work with hip-hop heavyweights such as Busta Rhymes and Ludacris, but has gotten pigeonholed doing pop because that is what is selling.
“I’m really into people that don’t just rap about rims and going to the club. I’m into people that are clever and witty. Everyone that I would like to work with has something really special about them,” Feher said.
Brian “Tobi” Tobianski, a fellow composer and producer, met Feher while the two worked at the same studio, Audiomatrix. Tobianski took Feher under his wing and showed him the ropes while he was an intern. Tobianski said Feher caught on quick and was able to understand recording concepts.
“He absorbed everything I showed him in the recording sessions, he got it, and he knew what I was going for. He had the desire to learn all of the old techniques, the stuff that is missing in music today,” Tobianski said.
According to Feher, he is absorbed in his studio when recording; he does not chat online, instant message or answer the phone.
“I am more of an instrument than a writer. Music is out there and floating, and I am just a conduit to get it into a medium that other people can listen to,” Feher said.
Tracks by Matt Feher:
1. “King of the Floor”:
2. “Moochie (Final Mix)”:
3. “Que Pasa”: