Beside every great artist is a multi-dimensional and extremely talented production team. These days Toronto is pushing boundaries in the music industry and it’s time some of our producers started pulling credit for it. With so many new faces grinding and some older ones who’ve laid down the foundation and upped the ante for the standard of music being produced, it’s hard to keep up with who’s making what, and working with who. Here are 6 producers coming out of the 6 you should probably be familiar with and following if you plan on staying in the know and want a taste of where the magic begins.

1. Eestbound 

Notable tracks: “Antidote” by Travis Scott, “Freaky” by Young Thug

19 year old producer, Eestbound, born in the Netherlands, but hailing from Brampton since 2011 made a wave last year after Billboard 100 hit  Antidote by Travis Scott took off. The creative who originally sent the beat to Scott alongside Wondagurl had no idea the impact Antidote’s beat would make on his career but has proven that hard work is paying off. Constantly sending beats to your faves from Sean Leon to Drake, Eestbound will bless your playlist on those 808 Slides and dark vibes staying true to the sound of the New Toronto.

2. Wondagurl

Notable tracks: “Company” by Drake, “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna,
“90210” by Travis Scott, “All Your Fault” by Big Sean feat Kanye West and Travis Scott

Ebony Oshunrinde, better known as Wondagurl, isn’t new to this. The producer and songwriter has been in the game since her early teens making noise that’s being heard all across the world. Working with notable names such as Kanye West, Big Sean, Metro Boomin, SZA, Rihanna and more, the 19 year old has some vicious credentials making her hard to compete with. Closely tied to Eestbound, the Sauga creative’s sound is always developing as she works in and out of the city on new projects.

3. Nineteen85

Notable tracks: “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “One Dance” by Drake, “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj (feat Drake and Lil Wayne), “Hold on, We’re Going Home” by Drake, “Desire” by Jessie Ware

Nineteen85’s most notable works have been producing as the OVO powerhouse, with several tracks which have been credited as major hits in the music industry, Paul Jefferies is making his name stand out as one of the most searched for producers coming out of the city. With a new venture as one half of OVO’s newest R&B group, DVSN, Ninenteen85 works as the curator behind the sensual sounds of Sept 5th. After years of producing hits for many popular artists, DVSN is attempting to bring back 90’s R&B with a modern twist on the playing field and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Be sure to check out Sept 5th, available on Apple Music and Spotify today.

4. Daniel Worthy

Notable Tracks: “Tell Me Stories (Interlude) by Amir Obe, “Star67” by Drake, “Owe Me” by Jimmy Prime feat Amir Obe

Grammy nominated producer, Daniel Worthy, is one of the artists behind the creation of major hit Star67 from Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. As one half of The Most High, Worthy works closely with teams at a collaborative standpoint. Pushing himself to be the voice on top of productions, Worthy recently debuted “Chargie” feat OZ. We’re not too sure what this move entails but you won’t see any complaints coming from this end, we can’t wait to see where Worthy stands individually as a creative in the future.

5. Ashton Mills

Notable Tracks: “One Night Thing” by Amir Obe

If you haven’t heard Amir Obe’s Won’t Find Love in the Hills, you’re already off to a bad start. The 3 track listen features “One Night Thing”, a daunting tale of a one night stand Obe had in Calabasas and is an A1 listen just off of the beat alone. You can thank Ashton Mills for playing a major part in the development of the song which is currently falling into everyones late night summer playlist.  Though right now all we can dig up from the Toronto producer is mixes of the track, you can keep up with him on Twitter for updates of his work, we can’t wait see what else Mills follows with after this banger.

6. FrancisGotHeat 

Notable Tracks: “Jealousy” by Roy Woods, “Innocence” by Roy Woods”, “BLVD” by John River, “Fool For You” by JahKoy

His name by no means is a lie, FrancisGotHeat, definitely has some fire in him. The creative who identifies himself as a producer and multi-instrumentalist has a number of smooth sounds under his sleeve. Straying away from the conventional “dark sound” that Toronto is notoriously becoming famous for, FrancisGotHeat is refreshingly chill and definitely multidimensional when it comes to his music.