Captain Cuts

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Captain Cuts
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
Occupation(s)
Years active2011–present
LabelsEpic
Websitecaptaincutsmusic.com
Members
  • Ben Berger
  • Ryan McMahon
  • Ryan Rabin

Captain Cuts is a songwriting, record production and remix team based in Los Angeles.[1][2] The trio is composed of Ben Berger, Ryan McMahon and Ryan Rabin, drummer and producer of the band Grouplove. Collectively they have produced and co-written songs for artists such as Walk the Moon ("Shut Up and Dance"), Bebe Rexha ("I Got You"), Halsey, The Chainsmokers, Grouplove, Tove Lo, Keith Urban, and Marina and the Diamonds, among others.[3][4][5]

In December 2013, they signed a joint venture deal with Warner Bros Records to form Cuts Records, a record label through which to sign, produce and develop new artists.[2]

In 2016, they signed a record deal with Epic Records as artists and released their first single "Love Like We Used To" on October 14.[6]

Background and career[edit]

Berger, McMahon and Rabin grew up in Los Angeles, going to the same high school and involved in the music scene,[7] they first wrote together several years later, and when their creative dynamic felt natural after the first song, they continued working together, eventually forming Captain Cuts and becoming long-term collaborators.[2] Captain Cuts began performing DJ sets on a recurring basis at Emo Nite LA in 2016.[8]

The team was a featured artist on the 2018 NOTD and Felix Jaehn single "So Close", with a music video starring Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl Camille Kostek.[9][10]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

  • "Love Like We Used To" (2016) (featuring Nateur)
  • "Cocaina" (2017) (featuring Rich the Kid and Daniels)
  • "House Party" (2017) (with The Knocks)
  • "Do You Think About Me" (2018) (with Zookeper featuring Georgia Ku)
  • "Summertime Love" (2019) (with Digital Farm Animals)[11]

As featured artist[edit]

  • "So Close" (2018) (NOTD and Felix Jaehn featuring Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku)

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles written or produced by Captain Cuts, with selected chart positions, year released and certifications.
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US
US Alt
US Pop
US Hot AC
US Rock
US Dance
AUS
CAN
NZ
SWE
UK
2011 "Colours"
(Grouplove)
15 29
"Tongue Tied"
(Grouplove)
42 1 21 18 3 33 90 84
2012 "Itchin' on a Photograph"
(Grouplove)
10 30
2013 "To the End of the Earth"
(Jessica Mauboy)
21
  • ARIA: Gold
"Ways to Go"
(Grouplove)
120 2 18 60
"Shark Attack"
(Grouplove)
20
2014 "Dreaming"
(Smallpools)
23
"Different Kind of Love"
(Third Degree)
22
2015 "Shut Up and Dance"
(Walk the Moon)
4 1 2 1 1 3 4 11 12 4
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum
  • ARIA: 6× Platinum[13]
  • MC: 4× Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • GLF: 4× Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
2016 "Welcome to Your Life"
(Grouplove)
5
"What We Live For"
(American Authors)
24 40
"Love Like We Used To"
(Captain Cuts)
43
"I Got You"
(Bebe Rexha)
43 17 73 38 29 91
2017 "One Foot"
(Walk the Moon)
65 1 21 12 4
2018 "Kamikaze"
(Walk the Moon)
6 19
"Be Somebody"
(Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero ft. Kiiara)
30
"Party for One"
(Carly Rae Jepsen)
100 19
"So Close"
(NOTD and Felix Jaehn featuring Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku)
27 10 45
[20]
31 77

Full discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Details
2011 Grouplove Never Trust a Happy Song Producer, co-writer, co-mixer ("Itchin' on a Photograph", "Tongue Tied", "Lovely Cup", "Colours", "Slow", "Naked Kids", "Spun", "Betty's a Bomb Shell", "Chloe", "Love Will Save Your Soul", "Cruel and Beautiful World", "Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten")
2012 The Knocks The Feeling (single) Co-writer, additional production ("The Feeling")
Marina and the Diamonds Electra Heart Producer, co-writer ("Lonely Hearts Club")
2013 Eddie Gomez No Producer, co-writer, mixer ("Someday", "Figure It Out", "Backseat", "Monsters", "Little Bit Of Candy", "I Want You")
Grouplove Spreading Rumours Producer, co-writer, co-mixer ("I'm With You", "Borderlines and Aliens", "Schoolboy", "Ways to Go", "Shark Attack", "Sit Still", "Hippy Hill", "What I Know", "Didn't Have to Go", "Bitin' the Bullet", "News to Me", "Raspberry", "Save the Party", "Girl", "Flowers", "Beans on Pizza")
Jessica Mauboy Beautiful Producer, co-writer ("To the End of the Earth")[22]
Grouplove & Manchester Orchestra Make It to Me (single) Producer, co-writer ("Make It to Me")
The Mowgli's Waiting for the Dawn Producer, co-writer ("Clean Light")[23]
2014 Tegan and Sara Endless Love (soundtrack) Producer, mixer ("Don't Find Another Love")
Strange Talk Cast Away Producer, co-writer ("Young Hearts")
Third Degree Different Kind of Love (single) Producer, co-writer, mixer ("Different Kind of Love")[24]
Walk the Moon Talking Is Hard Co-writer ("Shut Up and Dance"), Co-producer, co-writer ("Up 2 U")
Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds Producer, co-writer ("Crave")
2015 Smallpools Lovetap! Producer, co-writer ("American Love", "Killer Whales", "Dreaming", "Street Fight", "Mason Jar", "Over & Over", "Lovetap!", "What's That a Picture Of?", "Dyin' to Live", "Admission to Your Party", "9 To 5", "No Story Time", "Submarine")
The Mowgli's Kids in Love Producer, co-writer ("I'm Good", "Through the Dark", "Bad Dream")[25]
Fancy Reagan Knock Me Out (single) Producer, co-writer ("Knock Me Out")
Say Lou Lou Lucid Dreaming Co-writer ("Angels Above Me")
Sabrina Carpenter Eyes Wide Open Producer, co-writer, mixer ("Two Young Hearts")
Tigertown Papernote (single) Producer, co-writer, mixer ("Papernote")
Waters What's Real Producer, co-writer, mixer ("Got to My Head", "I Feel Everything", "The Avenue", "What's Real", "Breakdown", "Over It")
Lucas Nord Voices (single) Co-writer ("Voices")[26]
R5 Sometime Last Night Producer, co-writer ("All Night")
Halsey Badlands Producer, co-writer ("Roman Holiday")
The Score Where Do You Run Producer, co-writer ("Something New"), Additional production ("Livin' Right")
Third Eye Blind Dopamine Producer ("Rites of Passage")
Us the Duo Slow Down Time (single) Producer, co-writer ("Slow Down Time")
2016 Cardiknox Portrait Co-producer, co-writer ("Into the Night")[27]
St. Lucia Matter Co-producer, co-writer ("Physical", "Game 4 U")[28]
American Authors What We Live For Producer, co-writer ("What We Live For", "Right Here Right Now")[29][30]
Broods Conscious Producer, co-writer ("Are You Home")[31]
The Knocks 55 Vocal producer ("Kiss the Sky")
Grouplove Big Mess Producer, co-writer (“Welcome to Your Life”, “Do You Love Someone”, ”Standing in the Sun”, “Enlighten Me”, “Good Morning”, “Spinning”, “Cannonball”, “Traumatized”, “Heart of Mine”, “Don't Stop Making It Happen”, “Hollywood”)
Captain Cuts ft. Nateur Love Like We Used To (single) Producer, co-writer, artist ("Love Like We Used To")
2017 Bebe Rexha All Your Fault Pt. 1 Producer, co-writer ("I Got You", "F.F.F. ft. G-Eazy")
SoMo The Answers Producer, co-writer ("Over") [32]
Audien ft. MAX One More Weekend (single) Co-producer, co-writer ("One More Weekend") [33]
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open Co-producer, co-writer ("Break Up Every Night") [34]
Captain Cuts ft. Rich The Kid & Daniels Cocaina (single) Producer, co-writer, artist ("Cocaina")
Neon Trees Feel Good (single) Producer ("Feel Good")
Walk the Moon What If Nothing Co-producer, co-writer ("One Foot", "Surrender", "Kamikaze")
Rozes Famous (single) Producer, co-writer ("Famous")
The Knocks & Captain Cuts House Party (single) Producer, co-writer, artist ("House Party")
2018 The Night Game Bad Girls Don't Cry (single) Co-writer ("Bad Girls Don't Cry")
What So Not Beautiful (single) Co-writer, vocal producer ("Beautiful")
Amy Shark, Julia Michaels Love, Simon (soundtrack) Co-producer, co-writer ("Sink In")
Keith Urban Graffiti U Co-producer, co-writer ("Love The Way It Hurts (So Good)")
TOMI Coming Around (single) Producer, co-writer ("Coming Around")
Half The Animal Too Late (single) Producer, co-writer ("Too Late")
The Vamps Night & Day Producer, co-writer ("What Your Father Says")
lovelytheband Finding It Hard To Smile Co-writer ("Your Whatever")
Captain Cuts & Zookëper ft. Georgia Ku Do You Think About Me? (single) Co-producer, co-writer, artist ("Do You Think About Me?")
Half The Animal Magic (single) Producer, co-writer ("Magic")
Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero ft. Kiiara Be Somebody (single) Co-producer, co-writer, ("Be Somebody")
Allie X Little Things (single) Co-producer, co-writer ("Little Things")
Léon Baby Don't talk (single) Producer, co-writer ("Baby Don't Talk")
Nightly Who Am I To You (single) Co-producer, co-writer ("Who Am I To You")
NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts ft. Georgia Ku So Close (single) Co-producer, co-writer, artist ("So Close")
Carly Rae Jepsen Party For One (single) Co-producer ("Party For One")
Whethan ft. Bipolar Sunshine Life Of A Wallflower Vol. 1 Co-producer, co-writer ("Top Shelf")
Loren Gray Queen (single) Producer, co-writer ("Queen")
2019 Carly Rae Jepsen Now That I Found You (single) Producer, Co-writer ("Now That I Found You")
MARINA Love + Fear Co-producer, co-writer ("Superstar", "Karma")
Léon Léon Producer, co-writer ("Better In The Dark")
Justin Jesso, Nina Nesbitt Let It Be Me (EP) Co-producer, co-writer ("Let it Be Me")
Dreamers Launch Fly Land Co-producer, co-writer ("Someway, Somehow")
Matt Maeson Bank On The Funeral Co-producer, co-writer ("Go Easy", "Tread On Me")
Loren Gray Options/Lie Like That Producer, co-writer ("Options", "Lie Like That")
Jai Wolf The Cure To Loneliness Co-writer ("Still Sleeping")
The Head and The Heart Living Mirage Producer, co-writer ("Up Against the Wall")
Georgia Ku What Do I Do? (single) Co-writer ("What Do I Do?")
Blink-182 Generational Divide (single) Co-writer ("Generational Divide")
Captain Cuts, Digital Farm Animals Summertime Love (single) Co-producer, co-writer, artist ("Summertime Love")

Remixes[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards "Shut Up and Dance" Choice Music: Party Song Nominated [40]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Nominated [41]
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [42]
Alternative Rock Song of the Year Nominated [42]
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Song Won [43]
Top Radio Song Won [43]
2018 CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominated [44]

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