Hi there. I’m Matt Mahaffey. Short story is, I’m one of those “quirky” musicians who after having niche success with a rock band, found out, much like Mothersbaugh and Elfman, that my ideas fit better over the course of 11-75 minutes of picture than it did in a 3-minute pop song. The Shrek universe was my first job in film/tv and it was the gift that kept on giving. I later worked with Hans Zimmer on the film Spirit, and he invited me to join his collective, but I still couldn’t see past the dreams of being an artist. Little did I know that only a few years later, I’d be a baby Hans, starting a composer collective with my wife, creating scores for dozens of television shows over the last decade.
I’ve had the honor of several nominations for Emmy’s and Annies—always the bridesmaid, never the bride—but I strive to continue to make top-tier, high-quality score and songs for every project, no matter how big or small.
Coming from a background in performance and then production, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including doing 3 years on the road with Beck and writing and performing on his Grammy-award winning album Morning Phase. I also received Gold Sales Awards for Keith Urban’s Fuse and Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers, among others, and Platinum Sales Awards for Vitamin C and HelloGoodbye.
As Cake in Space continues to grow, I really want to keep sight of the indie-band ethos I grew up with—work hard, do great work you believe in, and the right projects will come to you. Everything we create is custom for each project and we’re looking for clients that crave something left of center.
Songwriter/Operations Manager/Creative Executive
My dad is a surfer and brilliant architect. He told me that just because you’re good at something, doesn’t mean you have to do it–I didn’t listen, and now I’m doing three things I love all for one company. I wrote my first Main Title over a decade ago for The Miss Howard Stern Show. Currently I’m running our operations and writing for the majority of our song pitches. Most recently I worked on the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme, and songs for a new show in development on Netflix. My musical heroes are Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, They Might Be Giants, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so if you want songs that help you tell your story–that’s my jam.
Marcus graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Audio Production. We got him as an intern, and within one year of working with us, he was at the helm of his own show, and taking on anything else we could find to throw at him. He was the first cohort Matt brought on and has helped shape the company we are today. He’s a skilled producer and engineer, and has had his music featured in everything from the Olympics and Louis Vuitton, to HBO’s Euphoria. He’s currently working on Transformers Rescue Bots. Scoring a show like Euphoria–something modern and electric–is in his wheelhouse!
Coming into multi-instrumentalism honestly by way of a Berklee degree in Music Production and Engineering, Keiffer is every producer’s dream, so back off–he’s with us! Keiffer’s knowledge was pivotal in developing our systems for file-sharing and databasing. As an educator he is gracious and patient, giving hours of his time to onboard interns and future composers. Keiffer worked on Emmy-nominated Nella the Princess Knight, and is currently composing for Transformers Rescue Bots, and working as the music editor on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Keiffer says he’s livin’ the dream. He looks forward to being a part of the childhood soundtrack for the next generation of weirdos.