Manicdown Productions was founded by Canadian writer / producer / engineer / multi-instrumentalist Dan Swinimer in 2010. "Manicdown" was in fact the title of the first song Swinimer wrote after relocating to Vancouver from Toronto in November of 1994. "I arrived in Vancouver and didn't see the sun or mountains for the first 11 days because of the over-cast and rain. I was struck by how much this dreary reality affected people - including myself and was inspired to write about it. This song became somewhat of a landmark early in my career, representing a considerable step up in the calibre of songs I was creating. Over time, it became a symbol to me of reaching new heights as a writer and also, because it was born from the depressed state the constant rain had left me in, the power of finding the positives in any situation. When it came time to start my own company it just seemed to fit the spirit of what I wanted to do."
Prior to Manicdown Production's inception, Dan was very active writing, producing, recording and / or touring as the drummer for several successful projects including 99.3 The Fox's Vancouver Seeds winners "Superbeing", Canadian icon "Todd Kerns", and 99.3 The Fox's Vancouver Seeds winner "Beyond The Fall". In 2007 he joined the band "Jet Black Stare" and shortly after, JBS signed an international recording deal with Island Def Jam Music Group. JBS released their album "In This Life" in 2008 and toured Canada and the US extensively, highlighted by runs with Three Doors Down, Staind, Shinedown, Theory Of A Deadman, Hinder and Seether to name a few. JBS charted #2 on US Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, and their single "Ready To Roll" reached #27 on US Billboard's Active Rock Charts. Several JBS songs have been placed in TV (Sons of Anarchy, 2008 theme song for WWE 'Summerslam', NBC Olympic coverage, NFL 2010 Play's of the year), and video games (XBOX NASCAR 2008).
Fast forward to 2010 - Dan left JBS to focus on his work as a producer/songwriter and create Manicdown Productions. In 2011, he signed his first artist - 17 year old Madeline Merlo to an artist development deal. He worked with her over the course of 2 years and then secured her a record deal with CCMA record company of the year "Open Road Recordings". Shortly after, Dan signed a publishing deal with RGK Entertainment's "Rogue 11 Publishing" in Nashville. Madeline's first two singles "Sinking Like A Stone" and "Alive", both produced and co-written by Dan and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Chad Carlson became hits in Canada and earned Swinimer and Merlo a collection of CCMA and BCCMA nominations. Dan has also landed producing and / or songwriting credits with artists Tim Hicks, Heather Longstaffe and Elizabeth Lyons and American mega star Billy Currington. Dan capped off an amazing 2014 by signing a second artist to a development deal - 24 year old Jojo Mason. Jojo's first single is scheduled to impact radio early in the spring of 2015 and will be released independently through Manicdown Productions.
Look for upcoming collaborations and productions from Manicdown Productions with Madeline Merlo, Jojo Mason, Rod Black Band, Heather Longstaffe and more.