Now Digging / Marian Hill

Marian Hill
It is very rare that a particular song sticks in my brain.

Normally when listening to music, I forget what I listened to almost immediately. Even if it is a great song. I listen, file, and move on. If I were to hear the same song a day or two later chances are I would know I’d heard it, but not be able to identify the artist or song title in a million years.

Not so with Marian Hill. I vividly remember hearing “Got It” for the first time on KCRW. I was in my car and think I may have actually said, “Ooh!” out loud, to no one. The same reaction as when I first encountered the intro to “Settle Down” by Kimbra.
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Now Digging / Durango Songwriters Film & TV Expo Favorites Playlist

View from the boardwalk outside the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first ever Durango Songwriters Film & TV Expo in Ventura, CA, one of three such events every year (the others take place in Santa Ynez, CA and Denver, CO).

For two and a half days straight myself and fellow music supervisors in film, TV, advertising and trailers, were bombarded with music and musicians from all over the country.

Attention Artists and Songwriters: This is the conference you want to go to. I probably shouldn’t be spreading this around, but even the music supervisors get excited about this one. This was evident in the caliber and number of professionals in attendance. Many names I had heard and wanted to meet or get to know for years, many I didn’t know I wanted to meet; top notch credits and companies spanning from Breaking Bad to BBDO. It may have been related to the beachside location or the drink tickets, but everyone was down for a great weekend.
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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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