Nick Furlong discovered his passion for music at an early age. The youngest in a musical family, he was exposed to a variety of genres that went on to influence his versatility. The songwriter and producer spent his teens writing and recording bedroom demos to share on various music related web-sites. His music caught the attention of Midway Games, who asked him to begin composing original music for video game soundtracks. It was at this time Furlong adopted the alias RAS (radio active stereo).
At the age of twenty, Furlong moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career. Furlong had his first commercial success in 2010 as the co-writer of the Big Time Rush and Jordin Sparks duet, “Count On You.” His work was noticed by songwriter, producer, and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who signed him to a publishing deal shortly after. Alongside Tedder, Furlong worked with an array of artists including The Wanted, Colbie Caillat, and Leona Lewis.
Furlong signed a co-publishing deal with Reach Music in 2012. He transitioned into creating Electronic Dance music, collaborating first with Diplo on his Express Yourself EP. “I’d always been an avid fan of Dance music, but after working with Diplo I saw an opportunity to bring my talents to a community that was virtually untapped by songwriters.” Furlong began working with Steve Aoki on the It’s The End Of The World As We Know It EP, co-writing the single “Singularity,” as well as writing and featuring as a vocalist on the single “Bring You To Life (Transcend).”
In 2014, Furlong formed his publishing venture, AttaBoy Music. That year, he began working with Pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer on their debut album. Shortly after, Furlong began co-writing with Post-core band Sleeping With Sirens. He contributed multiple songs to their album, Madness, including the single “Kick Me,” which later won an award for song of the year at the 2015 Alternative Press Awards. Variance Magazine claimed that 2015 would be a “pivotal year for the songwriter and producer.”
That year, Furlong hit the ground running as predicted, co-writing and singing vocals on Avicii’s hit single “The Nights.” The single accumulated more than two-hundred million digital streams, one-hundred million music video views, and achieved certified sales awards in multiple countries. Continuing his momentum, Furlong worked with All Time Low on their Future Hearts album, co-wrote and co-produced the Waka Flocka Flame single “Game On” for the feature film Pixels, and closed his year co-writing the Good Charlotte single, “Makeshift Love.”
Furlong has had many chart successes both in America and internationally. His work crosses many genres including Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop, to Electronic and Dance music. Fans of the musician claim that his acronym also stands for “real as shit,” referring to Furlong’s lyrical content and blunt personality. It has never been more apparent that nothing stands in the way of Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and his visions for future music.