The Kansas City-born Michael Tucker has cooked up hits for Madonna, Lady Gaga, Haim, Grimes others over the past four years.
The name itself evokes a certain kind of feeling: BloodPop. It's visceral, action-packed, mysterious, alluring, hypnotic, gritty and a bit confusing, which kind of sums up the earworm music that Kansas City-born Michael Tucker has cooked up for collaborators including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Haim, Grimes and Justin Bieber over the past four years.
Now, Tucker, the producer/songwriter/musician previously known as Blood Diamonds and sometimes as Blood, is at it again, dropping his latest radio candy on Thursday (Aug. 17), Bieber's "Friends." The dark, throbbing dance track is full of BloodPop's signature moves: digital swoops and yelps and an insistent beat that puts it somewhere in that sweet spot slipstream between pop and EDM that's performing so well on the charts these days.
But what is BloodPop's story? Like so many of today's studio wizards, the producer -- who, his official bio states, is nearly 7 feet tall -- has mostly preferred to stay in the background, letting his clients shine even as he helps them assemble potential hits and releases the occasional solo single and EP. According to a 2013 bio on the OWSLA site, he was born "Michael Diamond," and was described at the time as a 22-year-old Los Angeles resident who studied classical and "modernistic jazz from his adolescence in Kansas City and then, after moving to Vancouver to study a degree in video game design, he became absorbed in all music electronic."