Rudolf got his legs in the business working as a guitarist and producer with such acts as Timbaland, Lil' Kim, the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado.

Right before he wrote "Let It Rock," Rudolph was down on his luck financially and ready to hand in his music dreams and escape.

"Every time I heard that you could go live in Thailand for like no money, I would think: 'Wow that sounds great. I don't have to deal with the aggravation of this business!' I think everyone has those moments—the escape route dream. But it never works that way. You go there and you think: 'This sucks. I want to go back to what I was doing.'"

Recently, Rudolf has been working with such top acts as Weezer, Simple Plan, Leona Lewis, Three 6 Mafia and Natasha Bedingfield. While he enjoys writing and producing for others, he also always feels the urge to perform and record his own work.

"I could never turn off wanting to say something for myself," he says. "That's one of the main reasons I love doing my artist records. I love getting to say what I want to say. It's an amazing piece of freedom to have.

And he'll continue to write emotionally charged songs veiled in happy dance beats. "It is way harder to be Chevy Chase than to be Daniel Day-Lewis," he says with a laugh.


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