Steven Machat is an American entertainment attorney, a film producer, the author of five books, music publisher, and manager of entertainment talent, as well as an owner of Grammy nominated record labels. He has also taught and lectured at such prestigious universities as Oxford and Cambridge, in England, and at musical festivals and book fairs in more than 100 countries.
Machat was a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 26th Congressional District of Florida. and a 2016 independent candidate who sought election to the U.S.Senate from Florida.
Machat represented among others, Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Ready for the World, Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, Stacey Jackson, Snoop Dogg, New Edition and Bobby Brown.
Mr. Machat specializes in world music and amongst many has worked with Gilberto Gil, Rita Lee, Manu Dibango, Angelic Kidjo and his new release Dayramir Gonzales from Cuba who is up for three Grammys.
Machat’s recent label is Hippos in Tanks/Machat Records. This e created with his late son Barron Machat.
He produced Bird on a Wire, the documentary film of the Leonard Cohen 1972 European tour, and most recently produced the music and finished the postproduction of an award-winning Cuban movie called Nadia, as part of his Cuban exploration of 2017-18.
Machat supports environmental concerns, and has voiced criticism on the War on Drugs, immigration, and gun violence. He is in favor of universal healthcare and universal education and supports the legalization of all drugs.