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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Roy Freeman submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Loved this! Very cute, very sweet, very well done. I don't think I have any real notes. Keep making more!

Incendiary Sweet submitted media.

Disaffected Scrolling Thru by Incendiary Sweet

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed this song. I thought you had some really great moments songwriting-wise and I believe it's clear you know what you're doing in that department. It's fun, but I do feel it's missing a little something musically to take it to the next level. It gets just a little repetitive at points. Maybe a different producer or another musician could help you change things up slightly? Otherwise, really well done.

Andrei Lucas submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed the song, and I thought the video was really great. I would have loved a little more movement from you, but I think it was still very well done. My only suggestion musically would be to tweak the vocal production. I think it should stand out a little more, perhaps it needs to be turned up a bit. Otherwise, well done.

Charlie Duda submitted media.

Marbles by Charlie Duda

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed this song, but I don't know that it really stood out for me. It may have been a bit too familiar, which can both be a good thing and unhelpful. I would think about what your group can bring to the table that no one else can and lean into that fully. Also, I found the recording quality poor, so it was very difficult to make out the lyrics. Perhaps that's your decision, but it wasn't the best choice for me.

Jordi Fornies submitted media.

Jordi Forniés by RIVER

Hugh McIntyre

Loved this! So well composed and performed. Interesting and melodic, and I really enjoyed the video as well. Unfortunately, as I assume you know, there isn't as large a market for music like this as other styles, but I would believe you could find work in this space, depending on what you're trying to do.

Great job!

Charlie Duda submitted media.

Really Really by Charlie Duda

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool track. It has the feeling and vibe the sound lends itself to, and I really enjoyed it. I'm still singing the refrain as well. Good job! More of this and I think you've got a good brand going. If you have a team around you I could imagine you getting some bookings (when you can do that again) and a bit of press.

Lauren Frihauf submitted media.

June by Lauren Frihauf and Ben Suyat

Hugh McIntyre

This was a really sweet track. I enjoyed the laidback guitar and your vocals pair really well with the sound. At times I felt the songwriting was a little jumbled, and maybe if the words had been able to breathe a bit more, it might have served the track better. Also, I think the recording quality could have been better.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Hide away ( love song) by Tiphanie Doucet

Hugh McIntyre

I really loved this. It was so well done, very smooth, stylish, and it's own thing while still reminding me of other musicians and songs. I do think that, unfortunately, you may be looking to attract a relatively niche audience, but if you have more tunes like this, you may be able to get some good press attention, especially in French-speaking countries.

Billy Preston submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this, but I can't say I loved it. It was certainly leaning into that dark field of rock, and I think there's a big audience for that kind of music. I'm trying to put my finger on what I felt was missing, but having a hard time doing so (this is art, after all). Perhaps it could have grown even larger by the end? I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. 

Ron Kadish submitted media.

Come Away by Vana Liya with Half Pint

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. This song is a complete vibe. It didn't quite feel...premium? If that's the word? Something to take it from rising musicians to something you'd hear coming out of a major. Perhaps mastering or mixing? But the style and the substance, it's all really good, and I love that it stands out from everything else I've heard on this platform.

Zack Kelemen submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Good job! I enjoyed the video, and the song, for the most part. There were times I thought it was brilliant, and then at times it wore on me a little, if I'm being honest. It was really clever in a lot of ways, and then also amateurish at other times. Perhaps there's something to be done in production/mixing/mastering that would make it sound just a little bit more premium?

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Cold Nights by Swigga Geovanni

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this! I wish it was a bit longer! I don't have anything to say about your lyrical content or songwriting, as I thought it was all catchy and well done. Next time around I might think about trying to make it all sound a bit more premium if that makes sense? At the moment, the recording quality and the beat itself both feel a little less than, and I think if you turned it all up slightly, or perhaps did it all in a different way, it might sound even better.

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BE HERE NOW by SUNNIVA

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed this song, though the recording quality left a little to be desired. Maybe for another track you can focus on the production/mixing/mastering. But this is certainly a vibe! I think the video has some interesting ideas, but some of it certainly felt really homemade. I know how videos can be expensive, but keep in mind that those watching don't always realize that (or even care).

Stephie Victome submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this. I applaud you on being able to make a video that was probably done with a limited budget, but which still feels very cool, sexy and interesting. The track was nice, but I'm not sure it's quite enough to stand out from the pack. There's a LOT of music right now that fits under the alt-R&B label, and it's really difficult to break through. I think you're talented, but as you progress, maybe play around more with sounds, songwriting and anything and everything else and see if you can't discover something that will help set your art apart.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Wow. So well done! The song is very cool, the production is great, and the video is a prime example of how you can make a spectacle off of what I assume wasn't a major label budget. Excellent job!

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BRIGITTE PACE- SAD EYES- ( Official Music Video) by Brigitte Pace Ecap Production

Hugh McIntyre

I must admit, at first I didn't think I'd be into this song, but by the end you'd hooked me. I loved when it built into something really grand, with the layered vocals and everything. Having said that, I think perhaps what could take this to the next level would be different mixing or mastering? It's a well-composed and performed track, but the audio quality could maybe be a bit better? Also, there were just a few moments when the songwriting felt like it needed a bit of smoothing out, but otherwise I really enjoyed this. Great job!

Gianni Bodo submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed this! It was well shot for this kind of video and well performed. I can't say I have any real notes, though I am also not positive that this really stands out quite enough to grab someone's attention. It's a very pleasant track, but is there a way you can imagine for it to really bang? This may require a different producer or other creative talents...or maybe your other songs do exactly that? Anyway, good job on this tune!

Kurt Hagardorn submitted media.

1 U Run 2 by Kurt Hagardorn

Hugh McIntyre

This was a cool song! It has a really good vibe and energy to it, and it's...well, I think I'll stick with the word cool here! My only suggestion, if I have to make one, would be that there could be something done to the vocals to make them sound even more high quality. Perhaps another go at mixing, mastering or engineering would take this to the next level? Great job.

Ron Kadish submitted media.

Them and Us by Steven Keene

Hugh McIntyre

Really well done! I like the song, and I love the video you put together. This is how you do a video for not too much money!

I especially enjoyed the female's vocals at the end, which took this to a new place. Great job.

Carmine Stoppiello submitted media.

Vacant Winds by Creeptones

Hugh McIntyre

Good job on this! The only note I may have is that perhaps it could be taken to the next level with a higher-quality mixing or mastering? Not sure, but I liked this and I can see you developing an audience for your music.

Tara Hack submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

This was a really cute song! I enjoyed it, and it was well-produced. I would be curious to see if something could have been changed when it comes to the mixing/mastering/engineering or possibly the recording itself, as I feel the quality could have been a bit better, but altogether a solid cut. 

Josh Teasley submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I enjoyed this tune. It was cute and catchy, though I'm not sure it was quite enough to stand out in such a crowded marketplace. I wish I could tell you what might help it go from good to great, but that's up to you. I will say it was a job well done all around and you certainly have talent.

Pete Henry submitted media.

Best of Me by Pete Henry

Hugh McIntyre

Loved the inclusion of the harmonica--it really took this to a different, interesting place. I would love to hear this done in an even more premium way--maybe better studio, mixing, engineering? Not sure what it needs to go to that next level, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Hugh McIntyre

Love this! Right up my alley and really well done. If I have any notes (I'm trying to think of any), maybe there's a way to make it even bigger? Small production elements or creative ones...but I already really liked it just as it is.

MIchael Onufrak submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Liked this! I can't say it made a huge impression on me, as it's a fairly low-key song, but I think it does what it was trying to do well. I can see people enjoying this and more, if this is typical of your sound. Stick with it and try to make it even more professional-sounding if possible. Maybe a top-notch producer, engineer or mastering expert could take it to the next level?

Esa Mikkola submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

Wow, really well done. I can see that you put a lot into the video, and it's fun and very cool. The song itself is catchy and well-produced, and it has a very modern/throwback/Weeknd vibe to it, so I can imagine a lot of people getting excited about this.

My only suggestion in the future might be finding a way to make the vocals sound even more premium--maybe it's in the mixing/mastering/engineering, or possibly part of the production? Still sounds good, but maybe it could be even better!

Grear job here.

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b.b (Unreleased) by Avaya

Hugh McIntyre

Love this! Love everything about this! It's honestly one of the best songs I've been sent on this platform. I can see this track performing well if you can get it to some streaming playlists, and if you have more like this, you're well on your way. You definitely have a knack for songwriting and producing!

Clifford Reeves submitted media.

3 AM by Clifford

Hugh McIntyre

Catchy track. Also, good job on the songwriting--knowing when to space things out is a real skill. I liked the production, and would love to hear it go to the next level with better mixing, master, or engineering.

Annalisa Giolo submitted media.

Invisible City by Inanna

Hugh McIntyre

Well done with this. You made a video that I hope didn't cost you tons of money, but it looks great. The song really stands out as something interesting, and you clearly have a voice and a viewpoint all your own. 

Big Zvch submitted media.

Sorry by Big Zvch

Hugh McIntyre

While this sounded a little too amateurish to perform well with the masses (in my opinion), I liked your flow (most of the time--there were a few lines that were a little clunky), the lyrics, and the overall message of the song. It was sweet and you delivered it well. Good job!

Niamh Watson submitted media.

Sugar by Niamh Watson

Hugh McIntyre

Everything about this song is so pretty. Your voice is perfect for the style of the track and the songwriting, and it all works. My only suggestion might be to somehow better the production quality, though I imagine it all may have been an artistic choice. 

Either way, great job!

angela defoe submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I loved loved loved this music video. It is so well done and it looks like it cost a million bucks. Really well done.

I have to say I loved the video much more than the song itself, which I honestly thought was fine. Something about the recording quality made it seem a little less high-quality than the clip. That's my only real note here, as the rest is simply an artistic choice.

Femke Weidema submitted media.

Tell Me It Ain't Over by Dancing on Tables

Hugh McIntyre

Loved this! So much fun, so catchy! Only thing I'd suggest is possibly finding a way to make it sound even more premium and less amateur--maybe a better studio, more high-profile mixer or engineer?

Grace Lamerson submitted media.

red corvette by bambii

Hugh McIntyre

Love this. Fully formed, a complete idea, ready for a larger audience, and you even though to work with a hip-hop musician to make this more marketable. Great job.

Anthony Marzanek submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

The production on this song is really cool. It definitely stood out, and I liked the track overall.

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Hugh McIntyre

This is the best song I've been sent on this platform in a long time. I didn't know where it was going initially, but once the beat hit, I was wowed...and then you started performing and it went to another level. I truly loved everything about this. Your flow is incredible and you managed to make a song about something very serious entertaining and popping as well. Really great job!

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To The Top by Cluttered Clarity

Hugh McIntyre

I can't say I'm really here for the video (which I know can be really tough to make), but the song is great. You have a serious talent for creating hooks and for slick, unique production. I'd love to hear it turned up just a bit, and perhaps mixed or mastered a little more...professionally? (not sure the word to use here), but other than that it's a really cool track.

Kiani Alexandra submitted media.

All Talk by Kiani Alexandra

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool track. I was really into it, and I can see many others feeling the same way. Keep going and see if there are ways to make your music sound even more premium--maybe mixing/mastering/engineering? If this went up one more notch I'd say it could really hit the masses.

Emily Georgia submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

I think this was a sweet track, but I'm afraid it didn't really do a lot for me. I certainly don't mean it wasn't good, but I didn't think it had enough to stand out and become stuck in my brain. I can't say what it was exactly, but it's missing...something. 

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

This song was perfectly fine, but, and I'm sorry to say, I didn't hear anything that really stood out or that I could be really excited about. I think you need to find your voice and lean into it, as well as perhaps investing in higher quality recording. But keep going!

Kota Wade submitted media.

Golden by Future Moons

Hugh McIntyre

This was pretty, but I'm not sure it really stood out for me. I feel like I have heard songs like this before. I don't mean to say something negative about your track, I just want to express that music performs best when it stands out, and I'm not sure this will rise above many others.

Kaitlyn Parmenter submitted media.

Wreck Me by Noah Vonne

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool track! I think you did a great job. Only suggestion is maybe find a way to make it sound even more professional? Maybe that's the recording equipment, or possibly mastering or mixing?

Jay Bonaparte submitted media.

Lost Cause by PARAGⴲN CAUSE

Hugh McIntyre

Truly one of the best songs I've been sent on this platform. I can't say I have any notes. Maybe a slight tweak to the vocals or mastering/mixing to make it sound even more premium?

D. Scott submitted media.

Keep A Smile by OnnaDi

Hugh McIntyre

I like this, but it doesn't quite feel like it's all the way there. Perhaps the mixing or mastering, I'm not sure, but there is a slight amateurish quality in the vocals. You have talent for sure, but I'd love to hear this get to a place where it's indistinguishable from a professional.

Neal Critchley submitted media.

Never Coming Back by The Night

Hugh McIntyre

VERY cool! The video is also a great example of how to post a visual that doesn't require a huge budget. Great job!

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Like Mike by Division 88 x Miley Cyrus

Hugh McIntyre

This was an okay mix, though I can't say it really stood out enough for me to be wowed. It was neat, but I think it needed something else to really make it shine. Also, it was a cool idea!

Kayla DiVenere submitted media.

This Isn't Fun Anymore by Kayla DiVenere

Hugh McIntyre

Easily one of the best things I've been sent on this platform. I don't have any notes for this song!

Angela Sclafani submitted media.

Make a Monster by Angela Sclafani

Hugh McIntyre

I really liked this song! Everything about it. I think you're really talented and there's some real promise here!