Carlos Escalona Responds to Ghost Producer Claims

Image via Carlos Escalona
Image via Carlos Escalona

Now things are getting interesting. The other night, word came out (via this press release) that Carlos Escalona, a “Universal Music Publishing Songwriter and Producer,” co-wrote Aiden Jude‘s “Tonight” along with a singer by the name of Nafsica. This caused a bit of a stir, considering that when we first got wind of this 10-year-old producer Aiden Jude putting out “Tonight,” many of our readers automatically assumed that this 10-year-old had nothing to do with the production on the track. Seeing that someone “co-wrote” the song raises eyebrows, and has many thinking that Carlos did more than “write the song.”

That night, Aiden Jude (or whoever is tweeting for Aiden Jude around 10PM on a school night) sent us the following tweet:

With Carlos hitting us up today with a similar tweet:

Now, what are the facts that need to be checked? We’d say it’s “what exactly did Carlos Escalona do on this Aiden Jude song?,” right? Here is a look at some of the tweets that have been going back and forth:








Now this is where things get interesting; the folks behind the forthcoming EDM documentary Waiting For The Drop recently interviewed Aiden Jude regarding these claims, and had actually spoken with the lawyers that sent out the press release regarding “Tonight.” They shared their findings and insight:




And here’s the footage they uploaded regarding Aiden responding to how tracks get made. It’s interesting to note that Aiden does make a comment that “everyone has help making their tracks.” We know of a LOT of producers who do handle the production, mixing, and mastering on their own…

So in summary, what have we learned? Not much, really. Carlos Escalona, a Universal artist, admits to writing the track with Nafsica. He seems to have had his own doubts about Aiden being a young producer, and says he asked Aiden about production and synths, and deemed his answers satisfactory. He alludes to changes being made in the studio and rewriting, but there’s no certainty regarding what that means. Are we talking solely the singing/lyrics/etc. of the song or the actual production on the track? And finally, the law firm that put out the press release that stir up this hornet’s nest is not sure if there’s a contract laying out there that definitively outlines who did what.

At the end of the day, those who think there’s no way Aiden could be producing at such a young age might not be swayed by these tweets. We’re still muddy ourselves on what all of this truly means. And truth be told, the hype about this kid and this song doesn’t have much to do with the actual song, but his age, which bothers people on a different level.

It might be interesting to see Aiden working on a track. Sure, there might be more than one chef in the kitchen (maybe Aiden has a few sous chefs), but for fact-checking sake, it would shut up a LOT of mouths if this kid really can work a DAW and isn’t hiring ghosts to produce his material.

  • zeebrastripe

    seems clear enough…aiden comes with a track he produced. carlos and the other co-writer do a topline melody and lyrics. aiden asks for changes to topline and lyrics and they make them. topline is recorded and that’s that. there’s no agreement delineating what each person did because that’s not normal operating procedure. they just all take a share of the pub royalties and aiden is artist/producer.

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  • charlie marshall

    Regardless of everything I just read, it’s not really all that good of a song anyway! It’s Big Room, and as you at D.A.D have established, it is formula driven music for the creatively flawed.

  • rezal

    These ghost producing investigations are getting lame. Only because they all end the same – denial from all parties. The whole situation is just bullshit and its a waste of energy to even care.

    All I hope is that all sites/blogs involved that smell the bullshit please not post any more of this kid’s music.

  • music man 2014

    anyone in hear not understanding what a songwriter is, ie this fucking blogger, should not have anything to do with music. EVERY big artist ever atleast has an art director/executive producer/songwriter (one or a combo of the three) and thats how hits are written, even if the band or producer writes the entire song and records, there is always someone directing the creation to make it perfect. ie Ariel Reichstad with Haim’s new album, Rick Rubin on Jay-Z and Kanye’s albums as well as many others (he literally doesnt touch a production station, but he is a taste maker, as is Ariel, and can guide musicians to a hit), and Jeff Bhasker who did Fun’s “we are young”.

    NOW, to say that this 10 year old made the music is a fucking lie and we know this purely because there is already alot of question about his statement “no producers produce, mix and master their own music” thats just not true at all.

    • Record Label man 2014

      “NOW, to say that this 10 year old made the music is a fucking lie and we know this purely because there is already alot of question about his statement “no producers produce, mix and master their own music” thats just not true at all.”

      @music_man_2014:disqus I think what he’s referring to is that the majority of artists go to a studio where a professional sound engineer records it, and a producer mixes it, then the track is sent to a mastering house to be mastered. If you want to be technical then he’s right because 99% of the time you have to have your music sent to a mastering house because they do things to the music that the average musician can’t do out of his own home.

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  • static rage

    why doesn’t he just show or explain to us exactly what he does and can do instead of insisting that he is an artist and that merits respect. can he make a drum pattern? create a melody or sound or the layering of many sounds and a arrangement? those and some basic mixing skills are at the very least the hallmark of being Techno/House or EDM artist putting out original tracks with your name attached to em, even if you get some additional engineering help along the way. IF you want to be respected as an artist you better be damn well prepared to explain in as much detail as you can what you do as an artist and why you deserve that title.