The MIDI Mafia is a music production duo consisting of American Bruce Waynne (born Waynne Nugent) from Brooklyn, New York and Canadian Dirty Swift (born Kevin Risto) from Ottawa, Ontario.
Beginnings: Bruce Waynne met Dirty Swift at Makin’ Records Studio in Brooklyn, NY, while working on a project for Bad Seed. At the time, Swift was the in house engineer/beat maker for the project, while Bruce pitched beats and helped compose and perform choruses for Bad Seed.
The duo officially began working together after attending a meeting with manager Tony Perez, who suggested that Bruce and Swift would make a good musical team. They began to hold meetings with different A&R representatives and did spec work for various people, including Sylvia Rhone, who was the president of Elektra Records at the time.
Initial success: In 2002 Dino Devalie, who was preparing to sign 50 Cent to his label, approached The MIDI Mafia about using some of their beats for 50 Cent’s debut record, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. MIDI Mafia agreed, and though 50 Cent ended up signing to Interscope Records instead, their beats were used for the song “21 Questions”, which was featured on Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
After the success of “21 Questions”, The MIDI Mafia signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and a label and production deal with Elektra Records. They were also offered A&R positions at Elektra and were being groomed to run Black Music.
In 2006, The MIDI Mafia launched FamilyTies, an imprint label that allows them to sign and develop their own roster of talent. Singer/songwriter Deemi was the first artist signed to their label.
The MIDI Mafia introduced themselves in to the Pop/R&B world when they produced “When I See U”, (song originally written for Tori Kelly when she was signed to Geffen Records) the second single from Fantasia Barrino’s self-titled album Fantasia which held the number one spot for eight weeks on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song was written by Grammy award-winning songwriter Jane’t Sewell (which The MIDI Mafia discovered and developed), Bruce Waynne, and Erika Nuri.
In 2007, the duo worked with Jennifer Lopez on her track “Hold It Don’t Drop It”, contributing as both writers and producers.