Long before he became a multi-platinum songwriter and producer, 16 year old Nick Furlong transformed his high school bedroom into a makeshift sound factory, fueled by keyboards, drum machines, and the family computer he frequently hijacked. He worshipped music, and the world recognized his passion from the get-go. It wasn’t long until that passion landed him an opportunity composing original music for video games. “I remember my mom came into my room one day and handed me a box with a ton of free video games.” he smiles. “I can still see her face when I said, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life.’”
He made good on that promise. By 2017, Furlong cemented himself as one of the industry’s most sought-after writers and producers, and his impact would permeate rock, electronic dance music, pop, hip-hop, and beyond. Developed by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder from 2011 until 2013, he familiarized himself with the DNA of a hit song early in his career while vocal producing for the likes Jordin Sparks, Colbie Caillat, and Leona Lewis. “I try to bring a pop sensibility to most of the songs I make,” he says. “I learned that from working with Ryan, and I consider it a major blessing. A good song will resonate no matter what genre it’s in.”
His first commercial breakthrough came from the Big Time Rush and Jordin Sparks duet “Count On You.” He went on to co-write Diplo’s “No Problem,” in addition to writing and lending his vocals on Steve Aoki’s “Bring You To Life.” Soon after, Furlong teamed up with GRAMMY® Award-nominated John Feldmann. Together, they contributed songs to 5 Seconds of Summer’s Billboard Top 200 dominating Self-Titled debut. Sleeping with Sirens’ “Kick Me” (which went on to win ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards), and co-wrote with All Time Low on their chart topping album Future Hearts, co-writing “Runaways” and “Don’t You Go” with frontman Alex Gaskarth. Furlong stepped into his role as a producer when he paired Waka Flocka Flame with Good Charlotte for the Pixels movie theme song “Game On.”
2017 sees him reach another milestone. Furlong served as not only co-writer and producer on Logan Henderson’s Sleepwalker and Papa Roach’s forthcoming tenth full-length album, but he also assumes the role of executive producer for each. Simultaneously, he owns, operates, and oversees his own publishing and production company AttaBoy Music, expanding his influence throughout the business.
With new music on deck from artists like All Time Low and blink-182, he continues to tell stories through each song. “My writing is reflective of my experiences, travels, emotions, and the feelings of people around me,” he remarks. “The production carried what I loved most about the music I listened to growing up. I hope to create a sound that resonates with an audience in the same way music resonated with me.”
– Rick Florino, January 2017