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Lionel Richie

In Music Production by Roberto Screnci / November 22, 2013 / 0 Comments

In 2006 Quicksound had the honor of collaborating with the legendary Lionel Richie! Lionel has consistently been at the top of the charts since the late 1960’s. His career began in The Commodores writing hit ballads like Easy”, “Three Times a Lady” and dance floor smash hits like “Brick House”.

He then went solo and had mega hits like “Hello” and “All Night Along” and co-wrote “We Are The World” with Michael Jackson,! He has toured the world, performed at the 1984 Olympics, written hit songs for Kenny Rogers, done duets with Diana Ross, won Grammy Awards and sold millions of records.

It was therefore an honor when Mr. Richie selected Quicksound’s producer Roberto Sam Screnci to co-write and co-produced songs for his acclaimed album “Coming Home”. Released in September 2006 on Def Jam Records, the album netted two Grammy Award Nominations including Best RnB Album. It was certified GOLD in the USA by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies. The album charted in the top 10 in both Europe and the USA, reaching #3 on the Billboard RnB Charts, #6 in the Billboard 200, #8 in Germany and #9 in Switzerland.

Quicksound also worked on the single “All Around The World” which has become a staple in Lionel Richie’s live show and his biggest hit in over 10 years. The single was remixed by Bob Sinclar and released on Mercury Records. It became a top10 hit, reaching #6 in the US Hot Dance Music Charts and #13 in the Italian Singles Chart.

In total, Lionel Richie spent three months in Montreal working in the Quicksound studio. During this period, we produced many songs and had the privilege of learning from a Master. With over four decades of experience in the industry, Lionel generously shared his knowledge about the art of songwriting, music producing and surviving in the music business. It was a crash course in the process of how to craft a hit song. From the intro, to the hook, to how many bars of bridge you need before the chorus, Lionel taught us his secrets. From a production standpoint, he has worked closely with legendary producers like Quincy Jones and shared many studio tricks with us as well.

Sam has maintained a friendship with Lionel Richie ever since. They meet up for dinner whenever he is in town. Sam spent a week staying with him at his home in Beverly Hills. Here is a photo of them from 2012 when Lionel was performing live on television for “STAR ACADEMY” to promote his record “Tuskagee”. Quicksound looks forward to working with him again at some point in the future!


Lionel Richie & Roberto "Sam" Screnci

Lionel Richie & Roberto “Sam” Screnci


Lionel Richie "Coming Home"

Lionel Richie “Coming Home”


Lionel Richie "All Around the World" - Single & Remix by Bob Sinclar

Lionel Richie “All Around the World” – Single & Remix by Bob Sinclar














Quicksound Productions

In Quicksound by Roberto Screnci / November 30, 2012 / 0 Comments

Founded in Montreal in 1995 by Roberto Sam Screnci as a Tribal House group, Quicksound quickly began performing in front of 15,000 spectators at North America’s biggest House Music Events. In the next 16 years they continued to evolve, building a Recording Studio, forming a Publishing Company, producing over 200 songs and working with some of the biggest names in the business.

As a production company, Quicksound offers services such as Songwriting, Music Production, Remixing, Live Performances and the Musical Direction of Festivals and Events.

Specializing in House Music, AfroBeat and Hip Hop, they built their reputation as Producers through 12” singles on labels like Twisted America, Ready Mix Records and Cirque Du Soleil Musique.

Quicksound’s music graced the Mix CD’s of superstar DJ’s like Danny Tenaglia and Roger Sanchez and the popular “Buddha Bar” series. Their remix of Cirque Du Soleil’sAfrica” was released on vinyl alongside a remix by Tiesto and on the Remix CD “Solarium Delirium” on Universal Records.



In 2006, Quicksound composed and produced three songs with Lionel Richie, including the hit single “All Around The World” which netted two Grammy Nominations for the Def Jam release “Coming Home”. The CD charted in the Top 10 in Europe and the U.S.A. and has been certified GOLD by the RIAA. The single was remixed by Bob Sinclar and it became a top 5 hit in Europe. In 2007 they founded Quicksound Publishing and hired Mr. Richie’s publisher 2850 Music  in L.A. to represent them for licensing, royalty collection and for production and remixing opportunities.

In 2011, they were the Musical Directors of PINKARNAVAL, composing and remixing the music for a Fashion Show Street Parade with 1800 dancers wearing the designs of  Jean Paul Gaultier. The Just For Laughs Festival hired them to perform and to book all the DJ’s on the outdoor stage.

That same year, Quicksound began doing A&R work for a new record label owned by video game company UBISOFT. They discovered Norwegian pop singer ANJA and brokered a record deal for two singles, two videos and an album. The singles are featured in the video game Just Dance 3 alongside music by Katy Perry, LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas. So far the game sold over 8.4 million copies.

Quicksound had the honor of jamming with The Band at the legendary Allaire Studios, located on the Glen Tonche Estate in upstate New York. They also collaborated with many other talented artists such as Producer Steve Thompson (5 time Grammy Winner), Coral Egan, Bran Van 3000, Rick LP, Michele Sweeney, MC Liquid, DJ Alain Vinet, Elage & Karim Diouf (Les Colocs)…


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Quicksound’s performances can be tailored to different budgets, from DJ sets to Live Shows with over 15 musicians and dancers in elaborate costumes. They performed alongside world famous artists like Danny Tenaglia, Dubtribe, Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Derrick Carter at Events like :

Cirque Du Soleil : Bacchanalia (Montreal) Arabian Nights (Turks & Caicos)
Winter Music Conference (Miami) Nuit Blanche (Morocco)
Grand Prix de Montreal (Montreal) Bal En Blanc (Metropolis, Montreal)
Divers Cite / Gay Pride (Montreal) Black & Blue (Olympic Stadium, Montreal)
Just for Laughs (Montreal) Arts en Fete (St. Eustache)


Quicksound offers Musical Direction Services for Festivals, taking charge of composing the music and booking the Musicians, DJ’s, Dancers, Video Artists, Costume Makers… They can also provide innovative technology based resources to spruce up your event. Clients include the Just For Laughs Festival, PinKarnaval with Jean Paul Gaultier, TerraKarnaval with Guy Laliberté



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In 2009, Quicksound started exploring new technologies to find innovative ways to distribute their music. In 2011, they launched a beta of their Online Music Store to sell their music to their fans and create licensing opportunities. In 2011, they created Quicksound Download Zones : wi-fi zones that allow people to download music directly to their cell phones. They placed four Download Zones in the Just For Laughs Festival, providing free downloads of the theme song they composed for Pinkarnaval with Jean Paul Gaultier.