PopRiot is the dynamic songwriting/production duo of Ian Kaine MacGregor and Athena Hiotis. They specialize in creating powerful songs and developing exceptional talent within the independent pop, rock, and hip hop genres. Their sound and style is energized by the pair’s shared affinity for infectious hooks and their deep expertise in the art of songwriting. MacGregor and Hiotis also operate PopRiot Music Group, a full-service, boutique artist agency and record label that is committed to curating a high-quality collection of original music that rivals the celebrated catalogs of major labels and publishing companies.
The idea for forming PopRiot was sparked when MacGregor and Hiotis met and discovered a creative chemistry, mutual admiration, and friendship rooted in their similar backgrounds as songwriters and performers in original rock bands. Their constant curiosity about the latest pop innovations and their vast experience in business and marketing within the music industry led to a natural collaboration and a desire to write revolutionary material for and with burgeoning artists under the PopRiot name.
PopRiot’s music has been featured on MTV Networks, ESPN Networks, CBS Television & Radio, and in the new Icelandic Glacial Superbowl commercial starring Brock O'Hurn. Their song “Unbreakable” was recently selected as the featured single for the film Fair Market Value starring Luisana Lopilato and Forever 21 has requested two of their songs for in-store play nationwide. The label is also creating a stir with its artist, pop singer Erica Ashley, who has music featured in film and has performed on national tours with superstar artists such as Aaron Carter, Travis Garland, Lady Gaga’s Colby O’Donis, and Disney’s Hollywood Ending.
PopRiot continues to develop its catalog and is focused on introducing their music and artists to major labels, publishing companies, and entertainment networks by garnering high-profile placements in film and television.
Awards, Honors, Press, and Other Cool Stuff
Casted and directed Steve Agee (NBC's "New Girl", CBS's "2 Broke Girls") in Reve's "Maid of Heaven" video
Casted Manon Mathews (TBS "Funniest Wins") in first ever PopRiot showcase
Drove the success of Erica Ashley's #EndSuicide campaign which peaked when her photo and message were up in lights in Times Square, NYC
Awarded BEAT100's A&R Gold Awards for:
- Erica Ashley "Where Are We Now?"
- Jor-G "Kennedy" feat. Ryan Paladino
- Jor-G "Frequency" feat. Erica Ashley
MTV Video Music Awards - 2009
Best Breakout Artist Nominee
(Ian Kaine MacGregor w/23RD)