John-Andrew Quinn, the owner and primary composer of Magic Carpet Music's production music catalog, has roots in a host of musical traditions and encompasses many genres. “The eclectic nature of his music amazes me,” says Los Angeles producer and arranger Doug Scott. “There’s an astonishing range of feels, grooves, melodies and textures.”
Musical education began on the East Coast: “I was fortunate to grow up in the cultural smorgasbord that is New York City. My mom was a professional singer, and I was surrounded by music — rock, classical and jazz,” John-Andrew recalls. He studied classical piano and continued composing throughout his teens. Family encouragement played an important role in his musical development. “I went to a music studio to record my first four songs when I was 14 .The music was progressive melodic rock; somewhat like the Beatles. When I was 16, my dad, a well-known New York City journalist, hooked me up with Art Wayne, the "Shadow Man", who had a fairly big regional hit – “Come Live With Me.” We wrote a couple of songs together., and one of them I remember was somewhat like Laura Nyro’s “Spanish Harlem.”
During the seventies, as his musical tastes became more diverse, he began his performing career leading original jazz-rock bands in the New York City area in the mid-1970s; then moved to Southern California where he continued playing original music through the 1980s. John-Andrew also worked with Kenny Loggins’ demo production team in Santa Barbara during the late 1980s and early 1990s. But life as a musician on the road was not for John. “As a performing musician, it wasn’t easy to establish and sustain the kind of relationships I wanted in my life. I’m more suited to composing, and that allowed me to spend a lot of time with my son as he was growing up.”
Magic Carpet Music was founded in 2010 as a resource for music supervisors, and at that time Quinn moved back to the East Coast. A more intensive study of jazz standards at this time resulted in elements of their harmonic language being incorporated into some recent compositions.
One recent piece, Dawn Rider, was written as theme music for a New England film festival. Screenwriter Tim Dorian comments, “Dawn Rider is an absolutely fantastic composition. This really is something beyond special. I’d want to use it in an upcoming film.” Various compositions have been used for ambient music in retail venues, and for special events, as well as visual productions.
As of 2012, John-Andrew has been working with various artists around the Northeast, creating Latin, African and Middle-Eastern influenced music. Concurrently, he’s been writing a lot of pop/dance, hop hop and edm tunes, and various ethnic elements can be heard in a number of these compositions. The pop.dance/edm/hop hop material has been spun off into a separate business under the MCM umbrella.