While I was composing my previous article about some big names in the music industry using young producers’ bootlegs of their songs as “inspiration” to create a new remix which is essentially the same and publish it (which I would like to invite you to read if you didn’t already), I stumbled upon very interesting information about a “famous” ghostproducer from the Netherlands.
Do you know the name Maarten Vorwerk? Probably not, he is the guy in the studio producing the latest house music songs you hear on the radio or the ones your favorite DJ plays while you think the guy jumping up and down on stage is the one that created it. Some artists like Benny Benassi, don’t hide the fact that his brother/cousin is the one producing and he is the “dj”, however, others don’t want people to know they hire people to produce for them, David Guetta for example. Just look at his latest album “Nothing But the Beat” and look at how many writers are in the credits. Joachim Garraud also admitted in an interview with Ready2Move.be that he was behind some of David Guetta’s productions and he said: “David is not a musician, [he] is not a technician, so he comes over with ideas, ideas samples, textures and sounds, etc., after they performs together, and it is true that it is I who am behind the machines, because they are my machines and my studio.” Enough Guetta, back to our hero “Maarten Vorwerk”.
[Let’s make something clear right away, I never say/said explicitly “Maarten Vorwerk” ghostproduced this or this track, he might have been “helping” or “collaborating” with the artists, however I do believe that he is the man behind these titles whether or not it is advertised that way but this is my opinion and the result of the digging I’ve done on the interwebz]
We asked Maarten for an interview with us and (no surprise there!) he said no :'(
Here’s what he is behind (at least what I found):
He is in the credits as a composer for
Swedish House Mafia’s album “Until Now” [source]
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda [Source] [Extra Source]
Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic [Source]
Quintino – We Gonna Rock [Source]
Yves V, Felguk – WOW (Original Mix)[Source]
Yves V – Arkadia (Original Mix) [Source]
Jacob Van Hage & Oliver Heldens – Thumper (Original Mix) [Source]
Jacob van Hage – Spotfire Written-By, Composed By – M. Vorwerk [Source]
Ruthless – Gers [Source]
Even Cloud9 mentions Maarten as being one of their ghostproducers:
“Our ghost producer Maarten Vorwerk was involved in Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s ‘Wakanda’, which premiered during the final tour from Swedish House Mafia in 2012.” [Source] and his “job” on his twitter account clearly says “Ghost Producer. Professor in Gadgets. Shrimp & Vodka Lover”. Need more facts/proof?
I would like to invite you to follow Maarten on Twitter to stay up to date with his (ghost)productions https://twitter.com/MaartenVorwerk
You want to know more about ghostproducing?
“A TranceAddict.com forum post attempted to list the artists who do this. The most notable, out of those listed include Tiesto, Dave Dresden of Gabriel & Dresden, Paul Oakenfold (who, apparently, can’t even write a melody), Sasha, and Paul Van Dyk. But because ghost producing hasn’t been confirmed for any of these performers, the statements don’t go beyond rumors.” –crossfdr.com
Here’s another interesting article on Mixmag
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