HOW WE STARTED | OUR STORY

Russell Howard, David Lasman and Adam Malka have been friends since they attended elementary school together in Lower Merion Township, a suburb of Philadelphia. After graduating high school, one of their childhood friends, basketball star Kobe Bryant, decided he wanted to create a rap album and flew Russell, a longtime music producer, to L.A. to record his EP, which was signed to Sony. David flew to L.A. when Kobe asked him to write the treatment for his first music video, starring Tyra Banks and directed by Hype Williams. Through this experience, Russell met pop icon Jay-Z who immediately loved his music. On the spot, Jay-Z purchased from Russell two tracks for his album Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter, jumpstarting Russell’s music career.

David went on to work in television, ultimately becoming a co-executive producer, and Adam pursued a career in rock, producing for the Billboard chart-topping band Trapt, best known for its single Headstrong.

In 2008, David got tired of listening to music that was dated and didn’t add production value. He decided to start a music company with Russell and Adam, specializing in delivering the most current sounds to picture.

During its first week in business, Signature Tracks was hired to compose original music for the CW series Hitched or Ditched. Since then, Signature Tracks has brought current sounds to more than 500 TV series.

Our mission has never changed. We still pride ourselves on having the most updated music and best customer service in the industry. We challenge production companies and networks to compare our music to that of any competitor and see which works better for their series. Because most of our clients come to us from word-of-mouth recommendations, we believe “Our Music is Our Marketing.”

Russell Howard co-founder

As co-founder and head composer of Signature Tracks, Russell Howard has produced themes and scores for Dish Nation, Duck Dynasty, Guiliana & Bill, The Price Is Right, Vanderpump Rules, and many others.

Russell started producing music when he was 12 years old. Years later, after he’d honed his craft, he was signed to Sony to produce Kobe Bryant’s album, which included a song with Destiny’s Child starring Beyoncé and a single with Tyra Banks. While Russell was producing the album, Jay-Z stopped by the studio and listened to Russell’s music. On the spot, Jay-Z decided that he wanted to buy two tracks – S. Carter and There’s Been a Murder – that later featured on his album Vol. 3 Life and Times of S. Carter, making Russell a Grammy-nominated producer.

With that success, Russell signed a deal with Babyface Edmonds’ label as an in-house producer. He then produced for DMX, Lupe Fiasco, Paris Hilton, Paul Wall and Seal.

After collaborating with his childhood friends, David Lasman and Adam Malka, Russell realized there is a need for quality music in television, and he decided to start Signature Tracks with them in 2008.

  • Grammy nominated for S. Carter and There’s Been A Murder on Jay-Z’s Vol. 3…The Life and Times of S. Carter
  • Producer, Paul Wall’s Bangin Screw
  • Producer, Seal’s I Wish
  • Sold tracks to Lupe Fiasco
  • Co-wrote and co-produced Black Rose for Trapt’s album Only Through The Pain
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm for Trapt’s album Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Going Under on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Signed record deal with Mike Lynn, who most notably found Eminem and Bruno Mars and is credited for influencing 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eve and Game
  • Co-wrote and produced the film Who’s Your Caddy
  • Head composer on more than 25 series
  • Placed music on more than 500 TV series

Adam Malka Co-Founder

Before Adam founded Signature Tracks in 2008, he was co-writing and co-producing for the multiplatinum American rock band Trapt, known for their No. 1 single Headstrong. He then spent time in the studio co-writing and co-producing I Wish for Grammy Award-winning artist Seal. Shortly after that, Adam started Signature Tracks with childhood friends David Lasman and Russell Howard.

Adam thought his experience producing for successful rock and pop artists would translate well to creating current sounds for TV programs. The industry agreed, and Adam went on to compose for more than 500 TV series and commercials.

Adam’s experience working closely with executives, showrunners and editors, earned him his first music supervisor title for the CW series Hitched or Ditched. Since then, he’s been music supervisor for more than 30 series, providing Signature Tracks clients with round-the-clock support.

Adam’s experience includes:

  • Sitting in the editing bays picking spot-on cues.
  • Replacing existing music to elevate the tone of a series.
  • Dealing with network notes.
  • Licensing songs from artists worldwide.

Adam’s goal is to bring the highest quality music to picture, raising the emotional impact and production value of each project.

Writing and production credits

  • Co-wrote and Co-Produced Black Rose on Trapt’s album Only Through The Pain
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm on Trapt’s album Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close on Reborn
  • Co-wrote on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote and co-produced I Wish with Seal

Music supervisor credits

  • Game of Crowns - Bravo
  • Courtney Loves Dallas - Bravo
  • Wild Bucks - Nat Geo
  • The Last Huntsmen - Discovery
  • Backwoods Guardians - Nat Geo
  • Find Me My Man - Oxygen
  • Starring Adam West - Documentary
  • Bar Hunters - Discovery
  • Sin City Rules - TLC
  • The Amandas - Style
  • Miss Advised - Bravo
  • Most Eligible Dallas - Bravo
  • Dirty Soap - E!
  • Glam Fairy (Seasons 1 and 2) - Style
  • Pretty Wild - E!
  • GT Academy - Speed
  • Asia's Next Top Model - FOX International
  • Thicker Than Water: The Marinos - Bravo
  • Kidnapped By the Kids - OWN
  • Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash - TLC
  • Hair Battle Spectacular - Oxygen
  • Plastic Wives - TLC
  • Shaq Vs. - ABC
  • Jersey Couture - Oxygen
  • Parental Selection - Oxygen
  • Badass - Playboy
  • Playboy's Beach House - Playboy
  • Elle & Tito: The Married Life - SiTV
  • Ultimate Cake Off (Seasons 1 and 2) - TLC
  • Cake Boss - Ultimate Cake Off Special - TLC
  • Chocolate Wars Special - TLC
  • Ultimate Proposal (Seasons 1 and 2) - Yahoo!
  • Style Studio with Rebecca Minkoff - Yahoo!
  • Married On MySpace
  • One Big Happy Family - TLC
  • Addicted To Beauty - Oxygen
  • Hitched Or Ditched - CW

David Lasman co-founder

David Lasman started in TV as a production assistant in 2006 and worked his way up to co-executive producer. While sitting in editing bays listening to countless boring loops and tragic displays of so-called music, he decided to stop giving music notes and start creating a music company.

Understanding that music is an essential part of telling a compelling story, David teamed with Grammy-nominated producer Russell Howard, who had just came off Jay-Z’s Vol. 3…The Life and Times of S. Carter album, and Adam Malka, who was producing for Trapt, a band that topped rock Billboard charts, to form Signature Tracks. The idea was to bring a current, cutting-edge sound to TV.

David's more than 20,000 hours in editing bays helped shape how Signature Tracks composes and organizes its collection. His goal is to offer modern music that is easy for TV editors to access.

  • Co-executive producer, Jerseylicious - Endemol USA/ Style
  • Co-executive producer, Lone Star Legend - Lighthearted Entertainment /Animal Planet
  • Co-executive producer, Alpha Dogs - Schweet Entertainment / Nat Geo Wild
  • Supervising producer, Airport 24/7: Miami - 2C Media / Travel Channel
  • Supervising producer, Most Eligible: Dallas - Pink Sneakers / Bravo
  • Supervising producer, Wakebrothers (pilot) - Pink Sneakers / MTV
  • Supervising producer, Is She Really Going Out With Him - Tijuana Entertainment / MTV
  • Supervising producer, Obsessed - Tijuana Entertainment / A&E

Aaron Batugo Composer

  • Composed the theme for MTV’s The Challenge: 25.
  • Degree in recording arts at Los Angeles Film School.

In 2004, when he was 14, Aaron Batugo found a fiery passion for writing beats, thanks to influential artists such as Madlib and J Dilla. The art of sampling became an obsession, which led him to start doing original compositions, gaining the rightful name of A-FRAME.

Aaron decided to turn his hobby into a career and enrolled at the Los Angeles Film School, where he received a recording arts degree.

His work has been showcased in many local dance competitions. In late 2013, Aaron had the opportunity to make a business connection with Grammy-nominated producer Russell Howard, who believed in his music and his skills as a producer. Since Aaron started working with Signature Tracks, he has placed music on more than 50 TV series and co-produced the main theme for MTV’s The Challenge: 25.

Tony Gatlin Composer

Music runs through Tony Gatlin’s veins. His mother, June Gatlin, was the first African American woman to open at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. His godmother is Patti LaBelle, and he’s related to Lauryn Hill. A lover of theater since childhood, Tony studied motion picture sound tracking .

Tony started his producing career in 1998 by landing a track on Ivan Neville’s album Saturday Morning Music. He joined Signature Tracks through co-founder Russell Howard, with whom Tony has co-produced, written lyrics and performed hip hop.

Alaina Alexander Vocalist

  • Finalist on American Idol
  • Recording artist for Interscope
  • Mentored by Babyface Edmonds and Andre Harrell

Alaina Alexander was a recording artist from 2001 to 2003 for Interscope Records and was mentored by 10-time Grammy Award winner Babyface Edmonds and Andre Harrell, formerly of Uptown Records and Motown Records. In 2007, she was a finalist on American Idol, where she rediscovered her passion for writing and creating music.

Chris “Dirty Rice” Mackey Composer

  • Grammy Award Winner
  • Stellar Award Winner
  • Dove Award Winner
  • Won first place in multiple Beat Battle Championships
  • Composed for more than 200 TV series
  • Helped KB, Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Derek Minor land on the Billboard and iTunes top 10 charts

Chris “Dirty Rice” Mackey is known by many as the Beat Battle Champion because he has won first place trophies at competitions across the South. But he’s also known as a Grammy, Stellar and Dove award-winning producer, helping artists such as KB, Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Derek Minor land on the Billboard and iTunes top 10 charts. He’s also produced music for Love and Hip Hop, The Bachelor, Last Call with Carson Daly, Sweet 16, Jerseylicious and many more. Dirty Rice teamed with Signature Tracks to help provide one of the freshest libraries of music in the TV, film and commercial industries.

Eddie Grey Indie Artist | Signature Tracks

  • Music placements on Dish Nation, Vanderpump Rules and The Young and the Restless
  • Composed music for the films American Justice, Gone Hollywood and Grooming Giselle
  • Press release in Music Connection magazine (February 2014)

Independent artist and sound designer Eddie Grey has played at every major venue in L.A., including Hotel Cafe, House of Blues and Room 5 Lounge . He was the resident artist at the Witzend Restaurant Bar Live Music Venue in September 2013 when his sophomore album Metamorphoses was released. His work in sound design has reaped numerous music placements in films and on television. Driven, focused, professional and a true team player, Signature Tracks is excited for more to come from Eddie.

Jeff Fishman Composer

  • Performed live on The Merv Griffin Show at age 15
  • Placed compositions on The Karate Kid
  • Shared stages with E.L.O. and Great White
  • Wrote music for Carnal Crimes on HBO and Reunion

Jeff Fishman’s talents are many. He can compose and sing and play the keyboard and guitar. He was playing showcases and clubs when he was 13 years old, and he sang live on The Merv Griffin Show when he was 15. Fishman also produced music for L.A. shows such as the Not Too Young for Prime Time Players at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard.

After being signed to A&M (Almo/Irving Publishing) as a staff writer, Jeff continued to grow as a musician and performer. He has formed many pop rock groups including the SunLions, with whom he recorded two albums, and he’s performed at numerous venues, opening for classic rock artists such as E.L.O. and Great White. Fishman has also made several film and TV appearances, including in feature films Hot Moves and The Karate Kid.

As a singer, Jeff studied privately with Nate Lam for six years and Everett Gordon, Boston Philharmonic conductor and musical director for the Carpenters, for eight years.

When Jeff is not in the studio, he is performing. He has worked with John Novello (Niacin and past musical director for Donna Summer) and producer Mikal Reid (Wang Chung), and produced multimedia for Eddie Izzard's Stripped tour and 2009 DVD. Jeff has written music for dozens of independent productions, including feature films such as Reunion and HBO’s Carnal Crimes.

Michael Bizar Composer

  • Performed with Santana, The Dead and John Popper
  • Composed music for commercials for companies including, Adidas, Asus, Coca-Cola, Converse, Macy’s and Nissan
  • Compositions on more than 75 TV series including The Bachelor, Duck Dynasty and The Price Is Right

Michael Bizar composes, arranges, performs, records, produces, eats, sleeps and plays music. He is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin and banjo in addition to full orchestral arranging.

Born and raised in Chicago, Michael began playing guitar at age 7 and piano at age 12. During high school, he studied music theory and performed with several bands. Michael later attended Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied jazz guitar, piano, arranging and composition under the instruction of such great composers and musicians as Orbert Davis, jazz guitar wizard Frank Dawson and Bill Russo.

After graduating in 1995, Michael recruited several of Chicago’s finest musicians to form Citrus, a seven-piece band that featured improvisation while playing a hybrid of rock, jazz and bluegrass. Citrus had a good four-year run of touring and recording before dying a death worthy of an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music.

At age 26, Michael moved to San Francisco and started touring and recording with singer/songwriter and piano great A.J. Croce. While there, Michael started the band Bizar Bazaar and became a staple in the Bay Area music scene with weekly shows at the famous Boom Boom Room. As band leader of Bizar Bazaar, he got to perform with Jeff Coffin, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Paul Hanson, Phil Lesh, Mark Karan and John Popper as well as with members of Santana, The Dead, the David Grisman Quintet and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones.

In 2004, in an effort to get off the tour bus, Michael started composing music for TV, film and commercials. After working with TV composers Tree Adams and John Swihart, Michael went out on his own, scoring three seasons of Disney’s Zeke and Luther, and he recently finished a Disney musical pilot called Zombies & Cheerleaders. He composed music featured in commercials for Adidas, Asus, Coca-Cola, Converse, Macy’s and Nissan.

In 2008, just after the birth of his daughter, Izzie, Michael met Adam Malka and started working with Signature Tracks. Through that relationship, Michael has gotten his music placed on more than 75 TV series, including The Bachelor, Duck Dynasty and The Price Is Right.

Michael continues to tour with Croce, and their new record, Twelve Tales, came out in February 2014. While making Twelve Tales, Michael got to work with famed producers Tony Berg, Sun Records house producer Cowboy Jack Clement, Mitchell Froom and New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint. In addition to performing concerts worldwide with Croce, Michael continues composing, producing and performing as a session multi-instrumentalist at studios across Los Angeles.

Aaron McLain Composer | Producer

  • Lead guitarist for Air Supply, Marc Anthony, Oleta Adams
  • Composed music for Fox Sports, Oakley Sun Glasses, Convincing Clooney (Film)
  • Latin Grammy for guitar work on Beto Cuevas CD “Transformacion” in the category of “Best Pop/Rock Album” 2013

Aaron Mclain is a multi talented musician, singer, songwriter, producer and composer who studied at Dick Groove School of Music in Los Angeles. He is an L.A. native who has worked with some of the hottest names in the business.

Aaron has electrified audiences as a guitarist traveling the world with and recorded for the likes of Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Tears for Fears singer Oleta Adams, Patti LaBelle, Terrance Trent Darby, Boys Don’t Cry, Beto Cuevas, music director for Rebbie Jackson and currently lead guitarist for the hit pop group Air Supply, among others.

Mclain has performed with artist on many TV shows including, Marc Anthony Live at Madison Garden HBO Special, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Today Show 07’, Latin Billboard Awards 2006, Victoria Secret Fashion Awards 2003, Winter Olympics 2002, Marc Anthony CBS Special 2002, Grammy Awards 2002, Miss Universe 2002, Billboard Awards 2002, Blockbuster Awards 2000, Gloria Estefan Special, Mad TV, Rosie O’Donell, The View, Craig Kilborn, and many more.

Because of Aaron’s experience in working with and producing artist in so many genres including rock, pop, blues, and orchestral, he’s able to transition from style to style with ease as a composer and musician. While traveling the world with Air Supply, Aaron takes his mobile recording rig everywhere he goes, drawing in musical inspiration as well as creating electrifying tracks in his home recording studio.

With endorsements from many companies including Framus Guitars, Godin Guitars, GBA Guitars, Egnater Amps, VHT Amps, Wampler Pedals, Ultrasone Headphones, and more, Aaron is surrounded by quality gear to give him the sound he needs.

After an introduction from Tony Gatlin and Russell Howard, Aaron began composing for Signature Tracks in early 2014.

Chad Turner Composer

  • Composed music for more than 50 TV series
  • Graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts

Born in Phoenix, Chad Turner grew up with a passion for music, teaching himself to play several instruments and eventually writing his own music. This led him to audio engineering, and he graduated with a degree in the field from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Shortly after that, his client base grew, enabling Chad to open his own recording studio in Ahwatukee, Ariz. As his catalog of clients continued to expand, he ventured into licensing for TV and film. Chad has placed music on networks including BET, MTV and VH1.

Through a fellow composer, Zach Burke, Chad was introduced to the Signature Tracks team. With their mutual love for music and common ambition to bring great music to television, films and commercials, Chad knew it was a great fit. He strives to bring a current sound to picture as part of the Signature Tracks team.

Jaime Villalvazo Music Supervisor | Composer | Signature Tracks

  • Music placements on Vanderpump Rules, Dish Nation Seasons, Find Me My Man, Jerseylicious, 19 Kids And Counting, Lonestar Legend, The Last Huntsman, Rachel Zoe Project, LA Shrinks, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Total Divas

Jaime Villalvazo studied piano, musical theory, orchestration and composition before working with Signature Tracks. Within just a few years with the company, he has become a one of Signature Tracks’ most prolific composers, placing music on more than 25 series. Jaime has created a unique, cutting-edge sound in a medley of genres, ranging from hip-hop to expressive orchestral scores. His determination and skilled musical ear also made him Signature Tracks’ first official music coordinator, helping with round-the-clock assistance to all Signature Tracks projects.

Russell Steedle Composer

  • Endorsed by Fender and Dean Markley
  • Opened for Buckcherry, Lifehouse and Metro Station

Russell Steedle is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music producer who was born and raised in Las Vegas. As a child, he immediately became absorbed in the arts and has studied nearly every genre of music, including blues, classical, hip-hop, jazz, pop, R&B and rock.

In 2012, Russ became a member of production company Mach 1 Music, which has sold more than 19 million records worldwide. A few months later, he began work with Signature Tracks.

Through Signature Tracks he has produced songs for TV networks such as ABC, Bravo, CBS, CMT, Discovery, E!, Fox, MTV, NBC, Oxygen and VH1.

With endorsements and support from major music companies such as Fender and Dean Markley strings, Russell has toured the United States, opening for national artists such as Buckcherry, Lifehouse, and Metro Station.

Brian Watson Composer

  • Wrote music for the Watts Ensemble, a 15-member jazz and classical hybrid
  • Music placements on The Bachelor
  • Music placements on The Millionaire Matchmaker

Brian began playing drums at age 12. He was raised on bands such as the Stooges, Devo and Rocket from the Crypt. After Brian’s father taught him how to play guitar and bass, Brian played in countless punk and rock ’n’ roll bands throughout his teens and 20s.

In 2008, Brian wrote music for a 15-member group called the Watts Ensemble that infused jazz and classical music in a unique hybrid.

Brian specializes in dark, moody music in addition to light and quirky comedic cues, most with a jazz influence. Since joining Signature Tracks, his music has been heard on a number of series and networks including The Bachelor and The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Danni Rouge Vocalist

  • Vocals on dubstep legend DJ Rusko’s single Dirty Sexy off his album Songs
  • Vocals on charting single Like Satellites by Manufactured Superstars
  • Praised by major artists such as Lupe Fiasco and Travie McCoy

Danni Rouge is an American vocalist and songwriter best known for her work on dubstep legend DJ Rusko's single Dirty Sexy off his album Songs. She also performed vocals on the single Like Satellites, which hit the charts with electronic dance music artists Manufactured Superstars. Danni is also known for her fluid vocals and racy, piercing lyrics on her single Dance for the Devil from her critically acclaimed EP Create Yourself.

Chris Taylor Brown Vocalist

  • Lead Singer of the multi-platinum American rock band Trapt
  • Hit Single Headstrong #1 on modern & mainstream Rock Charts
  • Headstrong was #16 on Billboard Hot 100
  • Single Still Frame #1 on Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart.
  • Single Echo appeared #10 on
  • Worked with Avril Lavigne
  • Worked with Don Gilmore
  • Worked with Garth Richardson

Chris Taylor Brown in the lead singer and principal songwriter for the American rock band Trapt. Four studio albums have been released to date: Trapt (2003), Someone in control (2005), Only through the Pain(2008) and No Apologies (2010), with a cumulative total of almost 3 million records sold throughout the world. All Four albums were co-produced by Chris with such notable producers as GGGarth Richardson (Rage against the Machine, Mudvayne), Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne) and Johnny K (Disturbed, Finger 11).

In 2003 "Headstrong" was the band's first single to reach #1 on both the modern rock tracks and mainstream rock charts, as well as #3 on the CHR/Pop chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single from the album, "Still Frame," also managed to achieve the #1 spot on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and a respectable #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The third single, "echo" (whose video had an appearance from actress Michelle Trachtenburg) peaked at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Their debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA in January of 2004. The songs "Stand up" (Someone in Control), "Who's going home with you tonight" (Only through the Pain) and "Sound Off"(No Apologies) garnered Chris three more top 10 rock hits over his career.

Chris attended University of California at Santa Barbara and studied mechanical engineering for 2 years before leaving to Los Angeles to sign with Warner Bros. records. Throughout his career, Chris produced the debut album for the indie rock band "Down Down Down." He also discovered and signed Universal Motown pop artist "Damato" to his production company 'Everything Entertainment, as well as having co-written songs for Damato's debut album to be released in August of 2011. He has also co written rock tracks for numerous indie rock bands and Christian rock bands. Chris is also a writer for Film and T.V. and has had numerous placements in movies such as "The Punisher," "Tears of the Sun," and "Never Back Down," as well as television shows like Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," Vh1's "What Chilli Wants," MTV's "Jersey Shore," and ABC's "The Bachelor" just to name a few.

Josh Walters Bio

  • Built the Signature Tracks’ online music player to fit needs of producers and editors

Josh Walters is a business and technology project leader with vast experience in marketing and business development, communications and technology solution development. He has successfully led teams and organizations through projects’ exploration, development and implementation stages. Josh enjoys learning through solution identification and sharing his experiences through professional and online communities. Working as part of the Signature Tracks team, he led the development of the online application program and various technology support projects.

London Shover Vocalist

  • Co-wrote Sorrows in the Halle Berry film Dark Tide
  • Opened for Tony Lucca from The Voice
  • Shared the stage with Clay Aiken and Elliot Yamin
  • Performed at the Hotel Café, the Roxy Theatre and the Viper Room

London Shover began his musical career at age 9, studying the cello and guitar. Eventually, the guitar became his main interest and his cello was stored in his father’s closet, where it remains today.

London earned a bachelor’s degree in theater at Temple University and studied jazz guitar and composition privately with award-winning jazz guitarist Chuck Anderson. Feeling a strong sense of wanderlust, he toured the East Coast with his band London File, but later went out on his own and moved to Los Angeles. He is pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter and actor. He has played at major L.A. venues such as the Hotel Café, the Roxy Theater and the Viper Room. He also co-wrote the song Sorrows, which is featured in the Halle Berry film Dark Tide. He has appeared on stage alongside American Idol stars Clay Aiken and Elliot Yamin and has opened for Tony Lucca of NBC’s The Voice.

Marcel Dios Engineer | Composer

Marcel Dios is a music industry expert and engineer who has worked with indie rock label Takeover Records alongside Ben Harper in his punk/pop band Yellowcard . In 2010, Marcel opened a management firm, offering full-time services such as artist development, production, publishing and record deals. One client, Danni Rouge, earned the No. 15 spot on the U.S. dance Billboard chart for her collaboration with electronic dance music DJ group Manufactured Superstars on their single Like Satellites. She also had a hit single titled Dirty Sexy for her vocals with dubstep legend Rusko.

Marcel has been instrumental in helping obtain major publishing deals for producers and songwriters. He manages up–and-coming artist iLati, who is featured in Far East Movement's urban single The Illest. Having a keen understanding of the music industry landscape and a killer ear for talent, Marcel helps his network of indie artists gain international recognition while working with Signature Tracks.

Mark Kragen Composer

  • Co-produced Loyal by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, French Montana and Too Short
  • Produced Watermelon by D.Willz, which was nominated for an MTV O Music Award
  • Co-produced Beat It by Sean Kingston ft. Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa
  • Co-produced Hold That by Sean Kingston ft. Yo Gotti
  • Co-produced Seasonal Love by Sean Kingston ft. Wale
  • Co-produced Wake Up in It by Mally Mall ft. Tyga, Sean Kingston, Pusha T and French Montana

Mark Kragen has been too busy composing hits to write a bio. Recently he’s produced for Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Kingston, Lil Wayne, Mally Mall, Tyga, Wale and Yo Gotti. Since composing for Signature Tracks, he’s placed music on more than 150 series.

Nate Tite Composer

Since beginning his professional career in 2009, Nate Tite has composed music for several TV ads on networks such as ABC Family, Discovery and Fox. With influences ranging from Rob Thomas to Deadmau5 and from film composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer, Nate writes vocal and instrumental music in the electronic dramatic, pop and rock genres. Nate began his formal music education at Webster University in St. Louis before moving to Los Angeles to finish his studies at the SAE Institute in Hollywood, where he was valedictorian.

Tone Def Producer | Songwriter | Engineer | Mixer

  • Engineered and programmed Green Day’s platinum album Warning
  • Engineered Carlos Santana’s albums Shaman and All That I Am
  • Helped secure Fingertight a deal at Colombia Records
  • Developed Monte Negro and signed them to Epic/Sony Records
  • Worked with Outkast, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Jordyn Taylor, Third Eye Blind and Will.I.Am

Tone Def is a songwriter and producer from San Francisco who has worked with Michelle Branch, Green Day, Buddy Guy, Chris Isaak, Los Amigos Invisibles, Los Lonely Boys, Outkast, Sean Paul, Robert Randolph, Santana, Third Eye Blind and Will.I.Am.

Tone is a classically trained pianist and fluent in guitar and drum programming. He also sings many background vocals on various projects. In 2000, Tone engineered and programmed Green Day's platinum-selling album Warning. From 2001 to 2005, Tone engineered and programmed two Santana albums: Shaman, which included the Grammy Award-winning song Game of Love, and All That I Am.

Also during this time, he started developing acts such as rock band Fingertight and helped secure them a record deal with Columbia Records. He then worked on tracks for rock band Dredg that led to a deal with Interscope. In 2006, Tone developed and produced the Los Angeles bilingual band Monte Negro and signed them to Epic/Sony Records. From 2006 to 2008, Tone worked on numerous artists signed to Interscope, such as Audio Club, Balay, Chantelle Paige, Nicole Scherzinger and Jordyn Taylor, and to help develop and take their music to the next level.

Tone likes to be considered as a one-stop shop because he can write, produce, engineer, mix, edit and play. He is able to produce all genres of music, including hip-hop, rock, pop, electronic dance music and Latin. He’s worked with some of the most successful producers in the business including Rob Cavallo, Chris Lord-Alge, Manny Marriquin, Lester Mendez, Mark Needham, Jack Joseph Puig, John Shanks, Allen Sides and Will.I.Am.

In 2012 Tone worked and helped develop singer/songwriter Kady Z. Her song Beautiful Disaster, which Tone co-wrote and produced, reached No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Zach Burke Composer

  • Engineered for Justin Timberlake and Cristina Milan
  • Co-produced Bangin’ Screw on Get Money Stay True for Paul Wall
  • Co-produced and Music Man for Lupe Fiasco
  • Produced tracks that sold to DMX and Seal

Zach Burke started as an audio engineer at Paramount Studios in 2004. While working there, Zach met Russell Howard. They went on to co-produce music for television, selling songs to recording artists on Sony and Atlantic Records labels while signed to Babyface Edmonds’ label. In 2007, they scored a feature film soundtrack for the Weinstein Company. Today Zach has several hundred placements on TV, film and radio and plans on growing his repertoire with Signature Tracks.

How we started | Our story

Russell Howard, David Lasman and Adam Malka have been friends since they attended elementary school together in Lower Merion Township, a suburb of Philadelphia. After graduating high school, one of their childhood friends, basketball star Kobe Bryant, decided he wanted to create a rap album and flew Russell, a longtime music producer, to L.A. to record his EP, which was signed to Sony. David flew to L.A. when Kobe asked him to write the treatment for his first music video, starring Tyra Banks and directed by Hype Williams. Through this experience, Russell met pop icon Jay-Z who immediately loved his music. On the spot, Jay-Z purchased from Russell two tracks for his album Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter, jumpstarting Russell’s music career.

David went on to work in television, ultimately becoming a co-executive producer, and Adam pursued a career in rock, producing for the Billboard chart-topping band Trapt, best known for its single Headstrong.

In 2008, David got tired of listening to music that was dated and didn’t add production value. He decided to start a music company with Russell and Adam, specializing in delivering the most current sounds to picture.

During its first week in business, Signature Tracks was hired to compose original music for the CW series Hitched or Ditched. Since then, Signature Tracks has brought current sounds to more than 500 TV series.

Our mission has never changed. We still pride ourselves on having the most updated music and best customer service in the industry. We challenge production companies and networks to compare our music to that of any competitor and see which works better for their series. Because most of our clients come to us from word-of-mouth recommendations, we believe “Our Music is Our Marketing.”

Russell Howard co-founder

As co-founder and head composer of Signature Tracks, Russell Howard has produced themes and scores for Dish Nation, Duck Dynasty, Guiliana & Bill, The Price Is Right, Vanderpump Rules, and many others.

Russell started producing music when he was 12 years old. Years later, after he’d honed his craft, he was signed to Sony to produce Kobe Bryant’s album, which included a song with Destiny’s Child starring Beyoncé and a single with Tyra Banks. While Russell was producing the album, Jay-Z stopped by the studio and listened to Russell’s music. On the spot, Jay-Z decided that he wanted to buy two tracks – S. Carter and There’s Been a Murder – that later featured on his album Vol. 3 Life and Times of S. Carter, making Russell a Grammy-nominated producer.

With that success, Russell signed a deal with Babyface Edmonds’ label as an in-house producer. He then produced for DMX, Lupe Fiasco, Paris Hilton, Paul Wall and Seal.

After collaborating with his childhood friends, David Lasman and Adam Malka, Russell realized there is a need for quality music in television, and he decided to start Signature Tracks with them in 2008.

  • Grammy nominated for S. Carter and There’s Been A Murder on Jay-Z’s Vol. 3…The Life and Times of S. Carter
  • Producer, Paul Wall’s Bangin Screw
  • Producer, Seal’s I Wish
  • Sold tracks to Lupe Fiasco
  • Co-wrote and co-produced Black Rose for Trapt’s album Only Through The Pain
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm for Trapt’s album Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Going Under on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Signed record deal with Mike Lynn, who most notably found Eminem and Bruno Mars and is credited for influencing 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eve and Game
  • Co-wrote and produced the film Who’s Your Caddy
  • Head composer on more than 25 series
  • Placed music on more than 500 TV series

Adam Malka Co-Founder

Before Adam founded Signature Tracks in 2008, he was co-writing and co-producing for the multiplatinum American rock band Trapt, known for their No. 1 single Headstrong. He then spent time in the studio co-writing and co-producing I Wish for Grammy Award-winning artist Seal. Shortly after that, Adam started Signature Tracks with childhood friends David Lasman and Russell Howard.

Adam thought his experience producing for successful rock and pop artists would translate well to creating current sounds for TV programs. The industry agreed, and Adam went on to compose for more than 500 TV series and commercials.

Adam’s experience working closely with executives, showrunners and editors, earned him his first music supervisor title for the CW series Hitched or Ditched. Since then, he’s been music supervisor for more than 30 series, providing Signature Tracks clients with round-the-clock support.

Adam’s experience includes:

  • Sitting in the editing bays picking spot-on cues.
  • Replacing existing music to elevate the tone of a series.
  • Dealing with network notes.
  • Licensing songs from artists worldwide.

Adam’s goal is to bring the highest quality music to picture, raising the emotional impact and production value of each project.

Writing and production credits

  • Co-wrote and Co-Produced Black Roseon Trapt’s album Only Through The Pain
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm on Trapt’s album Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close on Reborn
  • Co-wrote on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Too Close (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote Living in the Eye of the Storm (Acoustic) on Reborn
  • Co-wrote and co-produced I Wish with Seal

Music supervisor credits

  • Game of Crowns - Bravo
  • Courtney Loves Dallas - Bravo
  • Wild Bucks - Nat Geo
  • The Last Huntsmen - Discovery
  • Backwoods Guardians - Nat Geo
  • Find Me My Man - Oxygen
  • Starring Adam West - Documentary
  • Bar Hunters - Discovery
  • Sin City Rules - TLC
  • The Amandas - Style
  • Miss Advised - Bravo
  • Most Eligible Dallas - Bravo
  • Dirty Soap - E!
  • Glam Fairy (Seasons 1 and 2) - Style
  • Pretty Wild - E!
  • GT Academy - Speed
  • Asia's Next Top Model - FOX International
  • Thicker Than Water: The Marinos - Bravo
  • Kidnapped By the Kids - OWN
  • Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash - TLC
  • Hair Battle Spectacular - Oxygen
  • Plastic Wives - TLC
  • Shaq Vs. - ABC
  • Jersey Couture - Oxygen
  • Parental Selection - Oxygen
  • Badass - Playboy
  • Playboy's Beach House - Playboy
  • Elle & Tito: The Married Life - SiTV
  • Ultimate Cake Off (Seasons 1 and 2) - TLC
  • Cake Boss - Ultimate Cake Off Special - TLC
  • Chocolate Wars Special - TLC
  • Ultimate Proposal (Seasons 1 and 2) - Yahoo!
  • Style Studio with Rebecca Minkoff - Yahoo!
  • Married On MySpace
  • One Big Happy Family - TLC
  • Addicted To Beauty - Oxygen
  • Hitched Or Ditched - CW

David Lasman co-founder

David Lasman started in TV as a production assistant in 2006 and worked his way up to co-executive producer. While sitting in editing bays listening to countless boring loops and tragic displays of so-called music, he decided to stop giving music notes and start creating a music company.

Understanding that music is an essential part of telling a compelling story, David teamed with Grammy-nominated producer Russell Howard, who had just came off Jay-Z’s Vol. 3…The Life and Times of S. Carter album, and Adam Malka, who was producing for Trapt, a band that topped rock Billboard charts, to form Signature Tracks. The idea was to bring a current, cutting-edge sound to TV.

David's more than 20,000 hours in editing bays helped shape how Signature Tracks composes and organizes its collection. His goal is to offer modern music that is easy for TV editors to access.

  • Co-executive producer, Jerseylicious - Endemol USA/ Style
  • Co-executive producer, Lone Star Legend - Lighthearted Entertainment /Animal Planet
  • Co-executive producer, Alpha Dogs - Schweet Entertainment / Nat Geo Wild
  • Supervising producer, Airport 24/7: Miami - 2C Media / Travel Channel
  • Supervising producer, Most Eligible: Dallas - Pink Sneakers / Bravo
  • Supervising producer, Wakebrothers (pilot) - Pink Sneakers / MTV
  • Supervising producer, Is She Really Going Out With Him - Tijuana Entertainment / MTV
  • Supervising producer, Obsessed - Tijuana Entertainment / A&E