ABOUT

I am a New York City producer, musician, and composer. I work out of my Brooklyn recording studio – New Warsaw Studio– focusing 20+ years of experience on arranging, recording and performing original music.

Besides guiding hundreds of songs from pre-production to final master, I’ve composed and produced music for an Emmy-winning HBO documentary and a national TV commercial, performed live on network TV and syndicated radio, and played gigs across the world from Lincoln Center in NYC to SXSW in Austin to the Lille Music Festival in France.

Got my start as a guitar-obsessed teen who thought turning my dad’s stereo into a multi-track recorder was an awesome idea. After a few basement bands, liberal arts college, touring as a roadie with my siblings Amy Rigby and Michael McMahon’s cowpunk band Last Roundup and a couple stints working in politics and government – on Capitol Hill in DC with a Member of US Congress and with the United Nations in NYC – I finally found a profession and ultimately a vocation in music.

I spent the 1990′s grunge era with my DC-based rock band Big Black Nun touring and recording. This was an amazing crash course in rock ‘n roll as I received an advance as a writer from SESAC, played hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast and got to see the inside of studios like Electric LadyThe Power Station and The Carriage House while working with producer Warren Bruleigh and session drummer Tal Bergman (Billy Idol, Rod Stewart, Peter Cetera, Joe Bonamassa).

In the late 90′s, I landed my first gig as a producer, moved to NYC, joined the band Spottiswoode & His Enemies and began rocking with and recording an ever-growing list artists.   In 2008, I moved New Warsaw Studio into my current commercial space in East Williamsburg on the grounds of Brooklyn Fire Proof.

EMAIL:  riley@rileymcmahon.com   PHONE: 718.662.8928

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SELECT CREDITS

PRODUCER/FILM/TELEVISION

Producer/Engineer/Musician
Produced hundreds of recordings for more artists than I can count

Composer/Producer/Musician
Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary
The Art of Failure (directed by Jeff Stimmel)

Artist/Producer, Best DIY Record of the Year
Performing Songwriter Magazine
Spottiswoode & McMahon

Producer/Musician
Major Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Ledge (directed by Matthew Chapman)
Songs from Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Composer/Producer/Musician
National TV commercial US
McCann Erikson Advertising Agency (NY, NY)

Producer/Musician
National TV commercial UK
M&C Saatchi Advertising Agency (London, UK)

Composer/Producer/Musician
Short Film on Independent Film Channel
The Gentleman (directed by Jonathan Spottiswoode)

Producer/Vocalist/Musician
Award Winning Short Film
Weeki Wachi Girls (directed by Kim Cummings)

 

 

 

 

PERFORMER

Performer, Late Late Show (CBS)
Lead Guitar with Preston Clarke

Featured Artist, National Public Radio
Weekend Edition with Susan Stromberg
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Featured Artist, WNYC Radio
Soundcheck with John Schaefer
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Musical Director/Musician
Bob Dylan Tribute (Lincoln Center, NY, NY)
Directed band backing Joan Osborne, Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Sandra Bernhard, and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule).

Musical Director, NY Musical Theater Festival
Second Place, Best Orchestration
Above Hell’s Kitchen
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Featured Artist, WXPN Radio
World Cafe with David Dye
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Performer, Fearless Music Television
Guitar and Lap Steel with Don Dilego

Performer, SXSW (Austin, Texas)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Performer, Lille Music Festival (Lille, France)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies

Performer, James Brown Music Festival
Lead Guitar with D’Haene

Performer, CMJ (New York, NY)
Big Black Nun
Neil Nathan
Sad Little Stars
Spottiswoode & His Enemies