HOMETOWN | Muncie, IN, USA
LABEL | Polymath Records, LLC
P.R.O. | ASCAP
INSTRUMENTS | Electric Piano
Drum Machine
INFLUENCES | Herbie Hancock
J Dilla
Pete Rock

IV the Polymath

Born in Muncie, Indiana, IV the Polymath was exposed to music at a very early age. He had his first formal violin recital when he was two years old, began piano lessons at age four and later picked up drums and guitar when he was ten. His family moved around the country so much that music became the major constant in his life. Throughout his youth, IV the Polymath played and sang in dozens of bands, but in college he learned about music production and was blown away. Once he learned about beats and that he could compose and record everything himself, there was no turning back. After graduate school, IV established Polymath Records LLC, which he owns and operates to this very day. Polymath Records is an independent record label and music company specializing in the composition and production of instrumental hip hop, jazz, funk, and electronic music. To date, the label has released 15 albums and 5 sample packs, and licensed music to such companies as Viceland (Huang’s World), Subaru Canada, Alli Sports (Mountain Dew Tour), Great Lakes Sports Publications, Inc., Deadpoint Media and more. IV’s work has been featured on NBC, NPR, BBC Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio, WEFUNK Radio, and HipHopDx.com among other major players. In addition, he has collaborated with others on a variety of music projects. In March 2010, he was named “Featured Producer” by Subsoniq Instrumentals. IV has also released 5 volumes of “The IV Samples” in affiliation with The Drum Broker. Each volume contains 12 original sample compositions specifically designed to give music producers and marquee vocalists original & unique source material to work with in their own tracks.
IV the Polymath works out of Polymath Records’ principal studio in Muncie, Indiana and operates a licensing and business development operation there.

Throughout his youth, IV played in dozens of bands, but in college, he learned about music production and was blown away. “Once I learned about beats and that I could do everything myself, there was no turning back,” he says. In 2008, IV suffered a life-changing injury that prevented him from working. In the face of adversity, he used the free time to learn about music production, study the producers he looked up to, and develop his own sound.

Two years later, IV started Polymath Records, which he owns and operates to this very day. Polymath Records is an independent record label and music licensing company specializing in hip-hop, funk, and electronic music. To date, the label has released 5 albums & licensed music to such companies as Alli Sports (Dew Tour 2011), Great Lakes Sports Publications Inc., Deadpoint Media, and more. Polymath Records has also donated portions of album sales to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, something IV feels very strongly about. “I think it’s important to make sure my music is able to make a positive impact on the world no matter how small that impact is,” IV says.
While many producers aim to sell beats, get a record deal, or work with big-name artists, IV prefers to create instrumental albums and considers them complete works of art. With this philosophy in mind, he has produced albums such as Never Sleep II (2010), Drum Machines Have No Soul (2010), Push IVward (2011), and more recently New vs. Old (2011).

While instrumental music is his main focus, IV is currently a member of two groups. He makes up one half of i.deals with Buffalo, NY emcee Jondis and handles the production duties for UnderCurrent, which includes Junclassic formerly of the Monsta Island Czars. He has also worked with other emcees and vocalists including Atari Blitzkrieg, Praverb the Wyse, Olu Bliss, Diles, and others.

IV’s work has been featured on Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio, WEFUNK Radio, National Public Radio BBC Radio, and HipHopDx.com amongst other major players. In March 2010, he was named “Featured Producer” by Subsoniq Instrumentals.

IV the Polymath continues to build a respectable fan base through his album releases and aims to “continue to evolve, push boundaries, inspire and eventually teach others.”

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IV the Polymath
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ABQ
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Back Room Espionage
IV the Polymath
03:22
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Better Than Human Pt. II
IV the Polymath
02:36
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Blessed Interlude
IV the Polymath
00:52
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Blueberry Spy
IV the Polymath
02:16
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Born Day
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02:29
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Brown Recluse Bossa Nova
IV the Polymath
02:18
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Bubblegum Pink
IV the Polymath
02:27
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Chaga
IV the Polymath
02:21
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Concord Grape
IV the Polymath
02:34
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Cool Out Interlude
IV the Polymath
01:04
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CWS
IV the Polymath
01:33
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Dana's Trip
IV the Polymath
02:15
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Daydreaming
IV the Polymath
02:47
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Don't Bring it Up
IV the Polymath
01:15
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Drive
IV the Polymath
03:35
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Elevate
IV the Polymath
03:16
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Enter Interlude
IV the Polymath
01:08
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Exit
IV the Polymath
01:15
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