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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Carli Brill submitted media.

Hey Little Girl by Carli Brill

Hugh McIntyre

Really well done! I liked this song a lot, and I think it's a very good example of super-cool, laid-back indie rock. I know there are a lot of people succeeding in that world with this kind of sound, and I see no reason why you shouldn't be one of them. It's catchy and quite easy to like.

My suggestion is to make sure you have more ready and then do everything you can to get it out there. Sign with a label or management, and get a good PR firm who can service this to blogs and magazines who write about music like this. I see this doing well!

KATHLEEN FARLESS submitted media.

Just A Friend by Kathleen Farless

Hugh McIntyre

I'm going to be honest--at first I wasn't on board, but by the end of this song, I really enjoyed it. I think the production is great, and your voice works well with the music. I think my sole issue is the songwriting. There are times where it doesn't quite seem to fit, and it took me out of the experience just a little. Not sure if that's helpful at all, but it's my only real note. 

Frida Chehlaoui submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

This video is STUNNING. Beautifully shot and very well edited. It's also a perfect example of how to make a music video with what I assume is a limited budget, but still make it work well. The song felt very spiritual and soulful, and though I don't know the lyrics, I was interested from start to finish--and that's not easy to do! Congrats on a great track and video.

Brian Walker submitted media.

Hugh McIntyre

It's a cute song, but not one that I feel the need to return to. Can't say exactly what didn't fully grab me, but it wasn't 100% there for me. I still think it's a job well done, but it just needed a little something extra to really pop. I know that's vague, but I hope it's even a little helpful.

Hergeir Staksberg submitted media.

Love Me Tinder by Emma Di Lemma

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this, but it didn't do quite enough for me to really stand out. I think it needs a little something more to really pop. I am not a producer, so I can't say specifically what that would be, but I encourage you to continue playing with it. However, this is just my opinion--I'm sure your current fans would say it's perfect, so take my suggestion with a grain of salt!

David Fauvre submitted media.

Bali Sunset by David Fauvre

Hugh McIntyre

It's well-made, but I'm not sure what the audience is for this type of music. I've only heard one song from the album, and it's good, but my understanding is that there is a limited market for this kind of art, so I can't speak to how to make it more successful.

Ciaran Gribbin submitted media.

We Are Awakening by JAC Music

Hugh McIntyre

This was an interesting listen, but didn't quite feel finished. Can't say quite what it needs, but there was one detail or a special touch missing, something that would have pushed it over the edge from fun and unique to truly spectacular. But the pieces there are great and you have a voice as an artist.

Isaac Nightingale submitted media.

Running away by Isaac Nightingale

Hugh McIntyre

One of the better songs I've been sent here. It was very well done, and I appreciated everything from the production to the expert-level spacing on the songwriting to your vocals, which I found really interesting. Excellent job here.

Mx Puja Singh submitted media.

Community (Official Audio) by Mx Puja Singh

Hugh McIntyre

Nice song! It was a little slow for me, but still well-done, and I think I understood the vibe you were going for here.

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I'm Alright by LEADR

Hugh McIntyre

Really good! Loved how low-key it was. Your vocals worked really well with the music. Excellent job.

Josh Rathbun submitted media.

Steps Never Taken by Crash Cadet

Hugh McIntyre

I have to admit, at first I wasn't really a fan, but the song grabbed me about halfway through. It's a cool indie rock vibe, and I get where there's an audience for this. The video was a neat idea, though at times I wished there was a little more to it...though I understand that may not have been your intention. I'm not positive what the market for this sound is at the moment, but I think you clearly have talent and understand this genre. Well done.

Christen Morrell submitted media.

Love To Love You by Christen Morrell

Hugh McIntyre

One of the best things I've been sent on this platform. Really loved this. I encourage you to hire a publicist or spend money to market this somehow, because I could see this helping you develop a fan base and becoming a working musician!

Sahana Naresh submitted media.

Milky hands by Sahana Naresh

Hugh McIntyre

I love everything about this. It's incredibly sweet, and your voice and your performance perfectly match the tone of the track, the music itself and the video. I love your voice and the simple playing. I'm not sure where this would go in today's music ecosystem, but I wish more people could hear this. Will definitely be sharing!

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Hugh McIntyre

This was such a great vibe. I really love how laid back the tune is and I can imagine listening to this at a lounge somewhere. Great job--I don't think I have any notes regarding this song!

Roy Freeman submitted media.

Oliver by Gal Musette

Hugh McIntyre

Good song! I loved that it became a duet. Really interesting throughout. 

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.