Thursday, October 19, 2017
Writer and producer of the 2016 hit song “Shut up and Dance,” Ryan McMahon ’08 will expose all sides of the ever-changing music industry, from writing and producing songs to recording contracts to music streaming services, and their effect on the bottom line for labels, songwriters, and everyone in between.
Ryan McMahon ’08 is a multi-platinum music producer and songwriter. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with an economics-accounting degree, he went on to write and produce hit songs including “Shut Up & Dance” with Walk The Moon and “I Got You” with Bebe Rexha. He has also written songs for The Chainsmokers, Halsey, and Tove Lo, among others. In 2016, he signed a record deal with LA Reid at Epic Records as an artist with his group Captain Cuts.
At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, McMahon’s "Shut up and Dance" won Top Rock Song, Top Radio Song, and Song of the Year.