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Published on October 27th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Evan Kidd Bogart On LVCRFT’s New “Scream Warriors” Album, Writing Hits For Top Artists, Halloween Music, KISS & More

What do Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Beyoncée’s “Halo,” Rihanna’s “SOS,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” have in common? Besides being hit songs that you know, these songs were all written by members of the Halloween-obsessed spooky hitmaker collective known as LVCRFT.

When the members of LVCRFT aren’t writing smashes for the living, they are creating a year-round supply of hook- filled ghoulish pop bops to shake and wake the dead and undead, alike. With their mantra “Spooky Never Sleeps,” their music showcases the power of spooky to lift the spirits all year long. Its 2019 spooky debut This Is Halloween Volume 1 was touted by GQ as “a clear ancestor of iconic Halloween hits like ‘The Monster Mash’ & ‘Thriller!’” while Paper Magazine called its 2020 album The Sequel “a perfect Halloween album.” LVCRFT has since formed partnership with Netflix and Freeform, with its music being licensed by a variety of film and television projects. Scream Warriors is the group’s fourth studio full-length, as released in 2022, which features work alongside legendary horror film composer Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Sinister, Exorcism Of Emily Rose).

LVCRFT member Evan Kidd Bogart himself is a GRAMMY-award winning songwriter, music executive, publisher, manager, and co-founder of LVCRFT. Other artists he has written songs for include Britney Spears, Eminem, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, Donna Summer and One Republic. He currently is the National Trustee for The Recording Academy and Chair of their Songwriters & Composers Wing, beyond serving as CEO and Co-Founder of Seeker Music, CEO and Co-Founder of Camelot Music Group, and owner of Boardwalk Music Group. A man of many music-related jobs, to say the very least.

On October 26, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Evan Kidd Bogart via Zoom, which you can watch here. Beyond Scream Warriors, we talked about Bogart’s father Neil, his creative process as a songwriter, how he wound up with such a multi-faceted career, and Halloween music as a whole. More on Bogart, LVCRFT and Scream Warriors can be found online by clicking here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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