Some jazz for Ralph Lauren. 10 spots, all slightly different, musically, the same track.
An Oceans 11 Trap remix for Dennys
‘NASA’, used extensively for the Fox coverage of the world cup. ‘Mackintire’, the first track on the Fatboy Slim episode of After the Raves, on Netflix. Opening shot, Brighton Beach, and funnily enough ‘Mackintire’ is all about The Kinks, The Who, Quadraphenia, and mods and rockers mecca; Brighton Beach. ‘All Day Dub’ used on ‘Social Fabric’ , Netflix. Chinese fella named Kyle that makes next level tv docs about Fashion. Just saw him today at The Grove.
Currently No.2 in the itunes Ringtone charts and season just started.
Nice way to end a Friday afternoon. My favorite Music House in Chicago just sold “Late”, again. Jim’s sold this several times. I don’t know what it’s for this time, and I really don’t care. And strangely I don’t have an instrumental of it, so Jim’s been selling the vocal version and I think they use the instrumental bits in the track. I should think so too, cause it’s a really sad song. Good mix, though, and a great drum track from Ravi. Oh shit, that reminds me, I’ll have to cut him in. Damn, haha, cause I’m thinking about buying this: Ferrari Modena with custom fiber glass bass box housing 3 subs. A pimp ass stereo on white chrome wheels in other words.
And this is from way back, “Late” again, for Bank of America. 2008, I think, yeh, just after the crash, so banks were trying to be endearing and… ‘yes, we understand your pain, and we care, and your debt is safe with us’. Whoever the supervisor was, on this, was spot on, cause this track is about extreme loss. No joke.
I rarely do radio spots. In fact I think I’ve only ever done one radio spot and I can’t remember what is was, so maybe I didn’t. Anyway, just this last weekend, an Old Navy Back to School commercial. “Instant” got it, but “Dance Track” was the agency’s pick, which the client thought was too upbeat, or loud, or something. With that in mind, I should have submitted “Aug Beat 05 r2” and “Aug Beat 06”, a new thing I’m working on, House Trap, which is Trap at House Tempo. Or Trap with House sensibilities. Aug Beat 05 is going to be a track called “Beetle Bonnet” I think/maybe, we’ll see if Rei makes it over to the studio to lay down the Brazillian vocal bits. I have recently discovered that Brazil and England both use the term, ‘Beetle Bonnet’, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard it used in America. So……well, whatever. However, Aug Beat 06 sounds way better. On a laptop anyway.
I must have missed the release of this, (I’m sure a lot of people did) but, once again, to show off the talents of my Beverly Hills mate Matt Kahn. This time singing in Spanish, his translation of a song written 22 years ago by my old room mate/flat mate Jamie Flynn called “Dreamer”, which for some reason, as I do now think is a fuckin awesome song. “Soniando”. I think it was used in a restaurant scene. In fact, I don’t like the production much. Skip it. Matt sounds good though.
Now this has been out for a while and is now on Netflix, I think it’s okay to put it up here, and it doesn’t give away any jokes, so it should be safe, BUT, you are going to want to turn it off at around 2 min. Trust me.
There’s a cue missing from the above .MOV file, no idea why, but here’s the vocal version of the track in the cue. This version went on the soundtrack and has my Beverly Hills buddy Matt Kahn, doing a rap in full London cockney, with all the correct intonations, especially “get the fuck up”, and it’s funny, because he’s LA born and bred. His ‘artist name’ for this is Winston Cartier and it is entirely his invention. On top of my track The Grind, which was used in a ‘character does mad things in the middle of the night’ scenario. Also on the soundtrack album, but not used in the film, “Hey Now” from my good friend, James Langford, who’s straight outa South Central and is one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet. And, by far, the best rapper I know. Ah the injustice of this world/industry. Soon come.
Originally done for the U.S. where it played, like, forever, now I’m getting royalty statements saying it’s playing in the U.K. Seven Years after me and Jay sat in my bedroom studio… me with a Mandolin and he with a Ukelele (or it might have been the other way around) and just bashed it out along to the movie file a couple of times. This was one of three Pedigree commercials I did with Fitz from Fitz and The Tantrums. Yes, the guy from Fitz and the Tantrums used to do Pedigree commercials. Awesome.
Why anyone would want a track like this for a Liam Neeson Taken type movie is beyond me. It must have been something to do with the lyrics. “mister lover, lover, you thought there was only one Barry White, but there’s another, that’s me you see sittin in the place, stuffin my face, Ihop, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, I’d like to see some fucker try and take it from me….PHAT” Far out. One of my best tracks yet and comes from an album called “Kill All Billionaires”. Release pending.
Not sure how the movie did. Not sure how the track was used. Anyone seen it? Any good? I didn’t like Taken. I mean, it was a good movie, but I hate hearing about stuff like that, kidnapping, even if it is a movie.
This was a fairly easy job. Except for the fact that I went into my booth for 10 nights and blew my voice out. Blew my diaphragm out to be more precise. We want Imagine Dragons they say. Yeh doesn’t everybody I say. What the hell, like, doesn’t anyone know the energy levels that go into a vocal like that? Yes I should have got some help on it, but it seemed so easy at first. Haha. Anyway, I got one of three placements. The “Hey Mister”, used under who-knows-what circumstances. Total buy out. Work for hire… but good money. And I’m pissed I didn’t get the other two empty spaces. There must have been some pretty good tracks to have beaten me on this. Especially the intro/action/dubstep opening scene. WTF. See below.
This was a thing. These’ll be playing for months. Aveeno, Johnson and Johnson. Ten of them. English, Spanish, Fifteens, thirtys, cut downs, 25/fives, 20/Tens. It went on for weeks. Not a single hic up. Plain sailing, just get it done kind of thing. And to think, the agency thought we/meaning “I” might not be capable because we’d been doing Neutrogena for so long, as if Neutrogena was all I might be capable of. Hell no, I’m a folk musician first. Easy stuff. And Adam at my Agency was brilliant at keeping everything organized and on track.
My favorite out take/alt is Don’t Stop 02 Kitty, up the top, in at number one. Kitty Pipatcharoenkij is Thai, but I never heard someone from Thailand sing with so much soul. Or is it pain. Either way, it sounds good. By far my second favorite is “Dont Stop 07 Laura r1” which is me, Rei and Laura doing the 80’s rap treatment, as per requested, in fact I think it was a 90’s rap type that was requested but we went totally 80s. Recording the vocals on that version was one of those, ‘this is why being in a recording studio is so much fun’ moments!