By Jack Barnes
After crafting Desiigner‘s booming breakout hit “Panda,” which soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100this week, Manchester, UK-based producer Menace is now soaring new heights by inking a publishing deal with Tim Blacksmith‘s Stellar Songs, who also works with Sam Smith, Emili Sandé, Keizer, Labyrinth, Fetty Wap, and many more. The 22 year-old has been honing his craft for the past 10 years before finding his production co-opted on Kanye West‘s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2” and being in the middle of bidding wars from music’s biggest publishing companies. “We obtained one of the best co-pub deals in history and we’re happy that Menace is now under the wings of [Stellar Songs] who has a great track record, working with everyone from Neyo to Rihanna to Sam Smith, and more,” Menace’s manager, Daniel “Bird” Desir details. Tim Blacksmith adds, “I’m extremely excited and happy to be working with Menace. I think his talent as a producer is going to be born out even further from what he’s already accomplished with Panda. This is just the beginning of his success.”
Menace, born Adnan Khan, came from humble beginnings. He worked as a mobile phone repairman to hold his own while churning out tune after tune, posting new beats made from scratch to YouTube every two to three days. “My strengths are that I can make a beat within an hour or so… I work fast,” the beatmaker explains. “My production reflects The Joker and DC Comics—those type of characters. I make it really gritty sounding. On my YouTube page, I normally place Joker on my videos because my music reflects that type of character,” he told Genius in an interview, adding, “I can make R&B, club, dance, hip-hop, but this is my signature sound. Like Scott Storch is known for the synth bands, the Arabic strings. I want to be known for this type of sound. Gritty and gory.”
Following his newfound international success, Menace has been blowing up the Manchester music scene – making it into his hometown newspaper and hearing “Panda” constantly blasting from people’s cars and homes. With the attention of hip-hop giants, critical praise from the likes of XXL, Red Bull, and FACT Mag, along with his Stellar Songs publishing deal on lock, Menace is ready to take his career to the next level.
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