Open main menu

Jason Quenneville

Jason Quenneville (born February 23, 1982), professionally known as DaHeala (/da-he-la), is a Canadian record producer and songwriter.[1] He has produced significantly for artists such as The Weeknd, Belly, Massari among others.[2] He has collaborated and co-produced with Max Martin, Daft Punk, Rick Rubin, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions, DannyBoyStyles, Illangelo and Doc McKinney.

Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville
Daheala profile.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJason Quenneville
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • engineer
Years active2003–present
LabelsUniversal Publishing/SAL&CO

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Quenneville moved to Gatineau, Quebec when he was two, and grew up in a bilingual household. At the age of 13, he learned how to DJ at a youth center which lead to him learning how to use FL Studio 3 (formerly Fruity Loops). Without any formal training, he started using production software for sampling and programming. His first production work was at the age of 23, when he worked on a mixtape (Death Before Dishonor) for Belly.[2]

While Daheala is known to use lush soundscapes in his productions, he often focuses on the sonics and musical feel. He currently uses Ableton Live to make beats, but his versatility often entails switching between numerous DAW's. Daheala was influenced by producers such as Dr. Dre, Burial, and Rick Rubin.[2]

DaHeala produced 9 of the 12 tracks on The Weeknd's album Kiss Land (2013).[3] After further work for The Weeknd's contribution to The Hunger Games – Catch Fire OST on "Devil May Cry", Quenneville was selected as the primary producer on Rick Ross's track "In Vein" with fellow producers Metro Boomin and Rick Rubin off the #1 Billboard 200 album "Mastermind (Rick Ross album)".

DaHeala has continued to operate as The Weeknd's in-house producer. His current credits include The Weeknd's two smash hits; the platinum single "Often" and "Earned It", the 4 times platinum hit single from the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack.[2]

Quenneville's close collaboration with The Weeknd lead to executive producing the critically acclaimed "Beauty Behind the Madness" album. Beauty Behind the Madness not only debuted at #1 overall, but also remained there for 3 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and held the #1 album position in 70 countries.[4] In addition, BBTM garnished the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album in 2015, while also winning the 'Outstanding Album' at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards. Beauty Behind the Madness won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 58th Grammy Awards pre-telecast. Feature artists on "Beauty Behind the Madness", include Lana Del Rey, Labrinth and Ed Sheeran.[5]

In 2016, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards for co-writing song "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey; the nomination is shared with The Weeknd, Belly, and Stephan Moccio.[6]

Most recently, Quenneville co-wrote five tracks on The Weeknd's third studio album, Starboy, including the title track/lead single.[7] Starboy debuted at #1 overall, and was the third-largest album debut of 2016.[8] All 18 songs on the album simultaneously charted on Billboard Hot 100 the week of release.[9] Starboy has the second most simultaneous entries in Billboard Hot 100 history.[9]

Quenneville reappears on the second installment of Fifty Shades' Fifty Shades Darker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a producer of Halsey's "Not Afraid Anymore."[10]

He is managed by SAL&CO.[11]

Quenneville received a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for his work in co-writing The Weeknd's hit song "Starboy".[12]


List of songs produced, written, and more[clarification needed][13]
Year Artist(s) Album Song Details
2019 Gesaffelstein Hyperion "Lost in the Fire" (feat. The Weeknd) Writer, producer
2018 Nav Reckless "What I Need"
2017 Lil Uzi Vert Luv Is Rage 2 "UnFazed (feat. The Weeknd)"
French Montana Jungle Rules "A Lie (feat. The Weeknd)"
2016 Halsey Fifty Shades Darker [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] "Not Afraid Anymore" Producer, programming
The Weeknd Starboy "Reminder" Writer [7]
"Nothing Without You"
"A Lonely Night"
"Six Feet Under"
Belly Inzombia "Die Alone"[14] Engineer, producer
Another Day In Paradise "Ballerina"
"Ballerina Remix (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)" Producer
"It's All Love (feat. Starrah)" Engineer, producer
Future Evol "Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)"
2015 The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness "Dark Times"
"As You Are"
"Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"
"Real Life"
2014 Rick Ross Mastermind "In Vein (feat. The Weeknd)"
2013 The Weeknd The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] "Devil May Cry" Writer
Kiss Land "Tears In The Rain" Engineer, producer
"Kiss Land"
"Wanderlust (Pharrell Remix)"
"Live For (feat. Drake)"
"Belong To The World"
"Love In The Sky"
"The Town"
2009 Belly Hot Girl Remix (feat. Serani)
Hot Girl (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Hot Girl
2008 Get To Know You (feat. Keshia Chante)
2007 The Revolution – Middle East "Ya Alam"
Smells Like Money
Don't Be Shy Remix (feat. Nina Sky)
The Revolution – The System "For The Love"
"Good Evening (feat. Kurupt)"
"Don't Be Shy (feat. Nina Sky)"
"The Freshest (feat. Fabolous)"
"Follow Me"
"Leave Me Alone"
2006 Massari Rush The Floor "Rush The Floor Club Mix (feat. Belly)"
2005 Massari "Inta Hayati"
"Follow My Lead"
"Show Me"
"Don't Let Go"
"Who Knows"
"Gone Away"
"Rush The Floor"
"Real Love"
"When I Saw You.."
"Smile For Me (feat. Loon)"
"Be Easy"


  1. ^ Edwards, Peter (January 14, 2016). "Canadians celebrate Oscar nominations". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Living for The Weeknd: 'We're the guys behind him who make the machine work'". Music Week. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jason Quenneville – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "DaHeala – Artist page on Universal Music Publishing Group". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "The Weeknd's 'Beauty Behind the Madness' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Calia, Michael (January 14, 2016). "Oscar Nominations: 'The Revenant' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Lead Nominees (Full List)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "The Weeknd's 'Starboy' Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 With Third-Biggest Debut of 2016". Billboard.
  9. ^ a b Trust, Gary. "The Weeknd Charts Entire 'Starboy' Album on Hot 100". Billboard.
  10. ^ Halsey – Not Afraid Anymore, retrieved 2017-03-01
  11. ^ Bliss, Karen. "The Weeknd Co-Manager SAL Joins Guy Oseary's Maverick: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Weeknd's "Starboy" earns Daheala a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award | SOCAN". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  13. ^ Discogs – Jason Quenneville Discography August 8, 2016
  14. ^ "Die Alone - Belly".

External linksEdit