Sessions At The Steps / Act As If [VIDEO]

Act As If_PressPhoto1.1In this line of work I meet a lot of artists. Most of them seem like they happily stumbled into a licensing deal and my presence. Not so with Peter Verdell, who is one of the most professional, savvy, driven and hardest-working musicians I’ve ever encountered…in addition to being a brilliant songwriter and talented performer with his band, Act As If. He is someone I both enjoy being around and cannot wait to do business with.

Since the right opportunity for a film or TV project has yet to arise, asking him to perform at my house for the very first installment of a new showcase series would have to do. It was a huge honor to host Peter, Sarah and Derek for the inaugural Sessions At The Steps, where they played stripped down versions of tunes from their latest album, Steady, for an intimate and appreciative group of music industry professionals.
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Now Digging / Andrew St. James

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Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

The kids these days. They are getting younger, wiser and more talented. Some of them are even extremely humble and kind. Specifically I am talking about Andrew St. James, a poet out of San Francisco who, at the age of 19, released his second (not his first) LP titled The Shakes in December.

He must get remarks like this all the time, but at the age of 19 I was a peon in the college theater ecosystem and making terrible decisions with regards to men.
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2015 Award Season – The Music Nominees and Winners (So Far…)

awardsseasonAwards season is officially in full swing. Some big ones are behind us, but the big one is still ahead. It seemed like as good a time as any to take stock of where things stand for the film and television music communities (but mostly film).

Spotify playlists of all nominated songs and selections from each score (across all the awards) can be found below!
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Spotlight on the 5th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Winners (and Nominees!)

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Last week the film, TV, trailer, and advertising music communities celebrated the 5th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards, honoring brilliant work in the craft across all disciplines

Both Variety and Billboard, published recaps of the event, which featured performances by Laura Welsh, Mat Kearney and Kevin Ross, and special guest presenters like Moby, Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian), Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect), Gavin Rossdale and more, all of whom seemed to rather get a kick out of the whole thing.

My personal assessment is that it was an amazing and inspiring experience to be surrounded by so many peers, friends and mentors. A nice reminder of what an amazing community I stumbled into, and how lucky I am to work, struggle and create alongside these people every day. To be able to call myself a “music supervisor”. And the lamb lollipops were on point.
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Now Digging / Dead Times

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Photo Credit: Roman Koval

What is this sparse, synth-driven R&B trend officially being called? Neo-R&B? Electro-R&B? Whatever it is called, it is quite rare that this type of music really grabs me; while I can confidently say I am sent a great deal of this, it is a challenge to come up with a list of bands. Sure there are some winners in every catalog, but more often than not it all just sounds the same to me. The bands traversing in this area are a blur of beats and soulful moans.

Not so with the LA-based Dead Times, or at least the majority (majority!) of the tracks I’ve heard from them thus far.
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