Recently, anonymously sourced leaked contracts between John James Borger and Spinnin’ Records revealed payments to Niles Hollowell-Dhar (KSHMR) for at least two productions under the name of Borgeous with no public credit to KSHMR. Another leaked information confirmed an official Recording Agreement between Borgeous and Deep Dish Inc, company directed by KSHMR, and another agreement allowing Borgeous to release under Spinnin’ Recordings but avoiding KSHMR to take credit on those releases under Borgeous name, confirming a case of Ghost Production between these two artists.
The leaked contracts cover two tracks from Borgeous, “They Don’t Know Us” released in March 2015, and his collaboration with Lights, “Zero Gravity” released in June 2015. Within these two, KSHMR himself received 50% from Spinnin’s purchase of “They Don’t Know Us” and 25% for “Zero Gravity” and an additional 25% and 12.5% respectively, via Deep Dish Inc, registered in California in 2013. KSHMR got a total share of 75% for “They Don’t Know Us”, despite his name isn’t publically revealed as the producer of this track.
This isn’t the first time KSHMR is accused of ghost producing since he was accused by Mat Zo back in June 2015 for secretly producing to Carnage. His name also appears in the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in the big hit by Borgeous and DVBBS, “Tsunami”, released in 2013, as well as Borgeous’ Tracks “Beast”, “Celebration”, “Invincible, “Stampede”, “Wildfire” and many more.
However, KSHMR’s name isn’t included in ASCAP’s data for “They Don’t Know Us” or “Zero Gravity” proving that KSHMR may be involved in the producing of other tracks.
In the amendment to the Recording Agreement, KSHMR even agrees to give up all credit on all Borgeous recordings. The full list of recordings in question can be found in the paragraph below, taken directly from the amendment.
“KSHMR hereby agrees to waive credit for Niles or any professional or alternative name used by Niles (e.g., Cataracs, KSHMR) in connection with any Masters recorded under the Original Agreement. (Invincible, Celebration, Tsunami, Stampede, Wildfire, Beast, Break the house, This Could Be Love, They don’t know us, Big Bang, Zero Gravity, Lovestruck, Machi, Souls, Sins, Yesterday, and the album ‘13’. All Borgeous podcasts, edits, remixes and mixes also to be included in (the “Original Agreement”) between DDI (KSHMR) and Borgeous in connection with Borgeous’ recording services.”
Despite being deeply involved in the ghost production circuit, KSHMR referred to the practice as dishonest during the release of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ List back in 2015. “I think it’s acceptable to get help,” he said. “Ultimately, it is up to the artists to decide at what point they are no longer being honest with their listeners.”
Article written by guest writer: Pedro Ferreira