Music over film / by Simeon Smith

One of my tracks got picked up recently by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company, HitRecord, for one of their little content request videos. It’s not at all a big deal, but it’s great for me as it’s another confirmation that my music does work with film and people might want that from me.

It did get me thinking about HitRecord’s model - I discovered them a couple of months ago - they crowdsource content for their variety TV show. It’s a lovely community, people really care and want to help others, and there’s everything there from artists and animators, to musicians and writers. I thought I’d get more involved in the community when I found it, but I’m not sure how I feel about it all. Submit interesting pieces of music and if we like them we’ll use them - sure, and that’s what I’ve done. But some of the requests are really very specific and get a load of submissions, and the amount of work it’d take vs. the chance of them actually using your music just doesn’t add up. I don’t think anyones under any other illusion, but it’s just not for me.

In other news, Bandcamp have started doing a Patreon model subscription service. Kinda neat as you can use the same company for content delivery. But still has all the pitfalls of Patreon, i.e. - nobody cares.

Anyway, tomorrow is the premier of a film project I’ve been working on with a load of 12 year olds - they talk about their lives in south Wales and wrote ideas for the soundtrack which I expanded into full tracks. You can see bits here: https://vimeo.com/117928748

Big love!

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