Remo the Hitmaker
By David Mitchell
Make Way for Remo the Hitmaker
After already making an impression as a leading actor in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” and alongside Mekhi Phifer in the Roc-A-Fella-produced film, “Paid in Full,” Remo Green aka Remo the Hitmaker literally does it all. A resident of New York City, the producer/songwriter, singer is celebrating a breakthrough placement with recent Dancing with the Stars winner Nicole Scherzinger. Remo produced “Nobody Can Change Me,” a potential single from Scherzinger’s forthcoming album, Her Name is Nicole.
Active in numerous sectors of the entertainment industry since he was kid, Remo is often recognized through his work in commercials and television shows including Third Watch, Nickelodeon House Party and the Conan O’Brien Show to advertisements for Phat Farm, Tommy Hilfiger, Verizon, and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
But music is Remo’s first passion. Having grown up in the church, with plans to soon record a gospel album, Remo’s musical tastes are quite diverse. “My father is a musician who plays seven different instruments,” he says. “And I’m proud to say that I can produce anything from Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B to Jazz, Orchestral, Rock and Country. I love it all.” Remo sites many musical influences from consistent hitmakers like Timbaland and Pharrell to his good friend, songwriter Claude Kelly (Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), who has been instrumental in helping Remo broaden his musical horizons in to the pop music arena.
Remo produced and sings the hook on the hit single, “Dancing on Me,” for DJ Webstar featuring Jim Jones and Juelz Santana. The song got a major boost on East Coast radio stations, and with its accompanying video that received nearly two million hits on YouTube. Remo continues to expand his street cred—dueting on the single, “The Best,” with Fred the Godson. The single is currently being considered for major label distribution and can also be seen on YouTube.
Remo also collaborates regularly with Shaliek Rivers and Rashaun Ashley of The Hitterzz, a pair of songwriters recently listed by Billboard Magazine as 10 Songwriters to Watch. “Our chemistry is really insane,” he says. Remo and his camp are creating and actively pitching songs to the likes of Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Day 26 and Hollywood Records girl group the Charlie’s.
Remo admits to getting lots of inquiries about his moniker ‘the Hitmaker’; especially when you consider that it is so early in his career. But the producer-songwriter sees the handle as a foreshadowing of his future and a way to remain highly-motivated. “To me it means I have to stay focused on making hit records,” he says, “and I have to be consistent with it. Some people come into this game, have one hit and it’s over. My main job is to keep coming consistently, and to keep pounding them with hit records, hit records, hit records!”