Hugh McIntyre

Hugh McIntyre


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Hugh McIntyre

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Words on music for Forbes, and also Huffington Post, Myspace, and BlackBook Magazine. Previously: Billboard, MTV, Mic, etc. Also editor of Pop! Bang! Boom!
Bio
Words on music for Forbes, and also Huffington Post, Myspace, and BlackBook Magazine. Previously: Billboard, MTV, Mic, etc. Also editor of Pop! Bang! Boom!
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Expertise
music industry, music tech, music writing, music writing / blogging, music journalism
Interests
indie pop, music, pop
Location
NYC (by way of Boston)

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tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. Well done on this. I wish it had done a little more, just to mix things up, but it was a neat song. 

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MLK (feat B Cally) by Rich Monii

Hugh McIntyre

I liked what you did with the sample, and overall it was a cool track. I'm not sure what exactly it was missing, but I feel it needed a little something to take it to the next level. Perhaps it's in the production, mixing, or mastering?

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Hugh McIntyre

Really good job with this one. It was catchy, well-produced, and interesting as a tune. I love that you can clearly sing, but it wasn't over-the-top. I also liked the video, even though I can tell it was made on a budget--you still created something visually appealing and interesting, which is no easy feat!

Randy Ludwig submitted media.

What I Like About You by Dizzy Box Nine

Hugh McIntyre

I have definitely heard things like this before, but I liked it. The energy was fun, and I could see a crowd dancing along to this. I would say the recording quality brought my enthusiasm down just a bit, but I can tell the song is good!

Dinny Skip submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Well, it's not something I'd listen to on my own, but I have to give you props for the production value here. The musical hook in the chorus really got it. I feel like this is really close to being a seriously solid song, though I can't put my finger on what it's missing, or what keeps me from saying it's all the way there. Sorry if that's vague, but it's almost perfect for what it is, and it sounds and looks very professional. Well done.

MIchael Onufrak submitted media.

Over Thinkin' by CARDS x Face Less

Hugh McIntyre

Very fun. I'm not sure it is unlike anything I've ever heard, but I love the indie pop sound. It fits into a new surge of artists that are making their way now. Good job! Super catchy.

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Baby Blue by The ocn

Hugh McIntyre

The song was really cute, and I enjoyed it. I thought the middle part where it fades and then returns was a bit odd, but otherwise, very fun.

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Hugh McIntyre

I really liked the beat, especially the breakdown part. Might still need to be amped up a but...or maybe it needs a smoother mixing or something. It's close, but not quite right to blow up. Good job.

Arman Asadsangabi submitted media.

4u by BADNATURE

Hugh McIntyre

I'm into it! I didn't think this really stood out too much from other similar tracks, but I did still enjoy the listen. Would love to amp up the energy just a little bit...

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

La Vie En Rose by Tiphanie Doucet

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this, though I'm not sure it stood out enough for me. Music is so crowded these days, you need to put something out there that really rises above the rest, and I think you have talent, but need to work toward being bigger, louder, or just better than others.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Very pretty, great voice, great instrumentation. I liked this a lot!

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Diesel Lullaby by Franchise

Hugh McIntyre

This was really cool. Everything, from the name to the actual execution, shows you are original and you have talent. There was a little something missing, in that it sounded a bit amateurish (as in I don't imagine I'd hear this on Top 40 radio), but that is likely just a mixing/mastering tweak. Otherwise, really good!

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Oblivion by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. I was into the vibe of this song, and you clearly know how to make your vocals work for the music you want to make.

Gina Graham submitted media.

Found You by Watchglass

Hugh McIntyre

I wasn't in love with this, but it did have certain qualities that interested me. At times the vocals were really interesting, and the video was a cool idea for something that probably didn't cost you much. 

Felix Pereda submitted media.

You Say Cover by Lauren Daigle

Hugh McIntyre

Pretty, but I'd like to see you do something, either with the video or the vocals, to make this stand out a bit more.

Aimee Jacobs submitted media.

HAISA by Belladon

Hugh McIntyre

I like the mix of electronics and indie pop-rock, and the hook got me into it. The song still sounds a bit amateurish, but there's a charm to it when you keep that. If you wanted to elevate your sound, you could go for a more expensive production or potentially a nicer studio.

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Hugh McIntyre

Always loved this song, and this is a cool rendition. It's not perfect--the ending struck me as a bit strange--but you were definitely on to something neat.

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Unreliable by Asymmetrical

Hugh McIntyre

I got really into this. It's fun and easy to like. Well done guys! It doesn't sound super high-production, but I don't think that's the point!

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Late Kiss by Octavia Romano

Hugh McIntyre

I can't say I was in love with this, but it was interesting, and you certainly have your own voice and style. I would say the audio quality could be improved just a little bit, especially if you want it to sound even more professional.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

The Christmas Song by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

This was so lovely! It's tough to do something different when it comes to xmas music as it feels like it's all been done before, but this is a great addition :-)

Billy Nilsson submitted media.

Postpone by Oxen

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. It has such a good vibe!

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Dancing In The Sky by Herling

Hugh McIntyre

A very cool indie rock track. Well done! I don't know that it really stands out from other things I've heard like this (the voice sounds very familiar), but still good!

Chris Scott submitted media.

Character Flaws (Art Heist Remix) by Art Heist, Openside

Hugh McIntyre

This was a cool tune! You definitely have an ear for a hook and a beat that really got me bopping along! Great job!

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Coat Check by Nephew Sam & Gabe Gizz

Hugh McIntyre

I think it sounded a little amateurish (just because of the recording quality), but I liked how both of your styles and voices worked together, and I can tell you two are talented.

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Sleepless Unfinished by Mr. Dreem

Hugh McIntyre

I get where this was going, but I don't know that it really achieved that goal, if only because of the recording quality. I think it all needed to be smoothed over a bit, but it was catchy!

Hamish Anderson submitted media.

No Good by Hamish Anderson from Melbourne, Australia (ROCKWOOD SHOW 11/1)

Hugh McIntyre

This is cool. You clearly have talent as a performer, songwriter, and a product overall (take that how you will). I get what this is, and I think there is an audience for it. I would say that for me, there should be just a little something extra to make your songs stand out from the crowd, but I definitely feel it's in a good place and on the right track.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Someone to Watch over Me by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

I went into this song thinking it would be just another boring cover, but it is definitely more interesting than that. I am impressed at what you were able to do with a standard, and yet it doesn't feel like you took it too far. Good job!

Dree Paterson submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Good job! This is honestly a bop. More of this!

Jason Coons submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

The best thing I've been sent in some time. A very cool song, well-written, well-performed, and the video is a prime example of how artists can create a visually-stunning, interesting piece of video art that doesn't necessarily need to cost an arm and a leg. Really good job--I'd be interested to hear more.

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Exit the Dragon by Black Bear Whisper

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. From the music itself to the lyrics to the way you made a video work with a limited budget, I think this is a job really well done. I bet if you developed your sound a bit more--made it a bit more refined and found a slightly larger budget for some visuals--you might attract a larger audience.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Under My Sun by Tiphanie Doucet

Hugh McIntyre

I must admit, I went into listening to this song with skepticism, and I was ready to dislike it, as I have gotten a lot of music from singer-songwriter-types, and it doesn't often stand out.

I really did like this though! You sound a lot like Norah Jones on "Come Away With Me," and I think the production was really excellent. Great job with this--clearly you're talented and know what you're doing when it comes to finishing a fully-realized tune that's ready for mass consumption.

C O S M I C O submitted media.

Every Week Or So by C O S M I C O

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool track. I've heard things like this before, but you still had a voice all your own and made an interesting song that held me until the end. Good job on this one!

Michael Patrick submitted media.

GODS TODAY by HERO THE BAND X TRINIDAD JAMES X CHILDISH MAJOR

Hugh McIntyre

This might be the best thing I've ever been sent on Fluence. Honestly incredible. I listened to this three times in a row. 

This deserves to be a breakout hit for everyone. Really inventive, unique, and an instant earworm. Fantastic job you guys.

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Reality by Billy Wild

Hugh McIntyre

A really cool track in every sense. I think it needs a little bit of help when it comes to vocal production (or potentially mixing or mastering), but overall, I thought it was good. The video is a good example of how you can make something interesting on a limited budget, so good job there as well.

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

The Nothing Here by Brutus Begins

Hugh McIntyre

The video was cool, and I think it was well done for what I'm assuming was a small budget (typically the case with smaller acts). I wasn't as excited about the song, but it was still fine. Not really my thing, but I bet some people would be into it. I can't say if it actually even needed anything, or if it just wasn't for me.

Arthur Lee submitted media.

Ariana by After The Mountain

Hugh McIntyre

The song is well-done, and I like it. I can't say it really stands out in a busy marketplace, but you guys are clearly talented, and I believe you have the potential to create more really cool music. Good job.

David DeRose submitted media.

Challenge by David DeRose

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. It definitely fits in with the trend of lo-fi electronic music, and I hear a lot of SOHN in this, which I think is a good thing. I can see this being popular with a certain crowd, and I bet you'll only get much better from here.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Gracias A La Vida by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this, even though I didn't understand the lyrics. The music was solid, I liked her voice, and the recording quality was also pretty good, which I can't say for everything I've listened to on this site.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Ain't no sunshine (Cover) by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

This is well done. The video, the story it told, the shots of you and the band, and especially your performance. It was all solid. Good job!

Sherman Jackson submitted media.

Wavy Baby by Karmen Roze

Hugh McIntyre

The song itself definitely has something there, and the chorus was somewhat catchy, though I didn't think it was enough to warrant a write-up. 

The video was tough, and I get that it's difficult to make something with a limited budget, but there were points in here where the budget was really obvious. I can't tell you exactly what you should do to take it up a notch, but I think it was on its way to being solid. 

Also, just a note--it's tough to hear you singing about your red bottoms when you then show the bottom of your shoe and it's not red...

ELLIS McGINNIS submitted media.

Magic Mind by Alexis Kings

Hugh McIntyre

I really enjoyed this song--thanks for sending! It was an excellent example of well-produced, well-written pop-rock, and I can see a lot of people latching onto this type of thing!

Rex Lawrence submitted media.

Sorry by Amy Guess

Hugh McIntyre

Easily one of the best songs I've ever been sent on Fluence. I loved everything about this, and I can definitely see it blowing up on streaming and attracting an audience. Really great job with this one!

Psylhouette Psylhouette submitted media.

My Favourite Disaster by Psylhouette

Hugh McIntyre

This song was cool, but it felt repetitive by the end. 

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Hugh McIntyre

This was sweet and well-produced. I liked the inclusion of the violins (is that right?) in the back--it really took this song to another level. Good job!

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Mine by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

Good job on this! I liked the song, and I can see where a certain audience would be really into it, especially if paired with the right imagery and look on your part. 

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Soul by Peeler

Hugh McIntyre

This song reminded me a lot of U2, which I would say is a good thing. It's well done, and I can see certain audiences liking this, though I imagine it's difficult to get in front of them. Well done on the track.

Eye in the Sky submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

You sound like a star in the making. From the production to your vocals to the songwriting (from what I can hear, at least), it's all there. You were smart to just post a snippet on here as well!