five questions with… ehren ebbage

In this episode of Five Questions With…, we talk with Marquee Music artist Ehren Ebbage about the work he’s done for Megatrax, his background in music, and more. Megatrax: Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into music? Sure.  I’m a singer-songwriter splitting my time between Los Angeles and the Napa Valley.  I write and perform my own tunes, I produce and engineer records for other artists, and lately I have been composing and producing music for TV. I started out the way many young folks do, being fascinated by music and wanting to play in a band.  I eventually went to music school, played […]

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megatrax is more than just cues and promos

As Megatrax celebrates 20 years of independence in the production music industry this year, they want to make sure the world knows about the products and services that make them special. Did you know, for example… That Megatrax has an entire library of movie-trailer-ideal tracks from legendary producer Robert Etoll called Tonal Injection? You can check it out HERE. That Megatrax offers custom scoring through its Aircast Production division? Check them out HERE. That Megatrax has more than one library of youthful, high-energy tracks featuring rock, hip-hop, and more? Listen to LA Riot HERE and Beat Bites HERE. That Megatrax has innovative ways for radio & TV stations to trade […]

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spotify inks deal with sony, moves closer to us launch

European music streaming service Spotify has finally signed a deal with a major US label, bringing it one step closer to realizing a US launch after failing to achieve it in 2010. Some say the deal with Sony won’t be enough to get the service to us, though. Steve Knopper says in Rolling Stone: Spotify reps did not return interview requests, and Sony reps wouldn’t comment, but a source familiar with the deal suggests there’s still a long way to go. “This is a step in the process for [Spotify],” the source tellsRolling Stone. “It’s not my expectation that there’s going to be some kind of super-compressed launch window now.” […]

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Miami Nice…er, Vice

Back in the late 80’s, each week of the fall season, I looked forward to a new episode of Miami Vice (the show ran from 1984 – 1989). The plots were lean, but the style and attitude put forth by director Michael Mann were honkin’ great. And I loved it. So did millions of Americans who tuned in and turned out to buy the products that latched on to the commercial air-time of that power-house show. In terms of style and attitude, what were some of the key ingredients that made the show great? For me, even apart from the beautiful actors and absolutely stunning Miami imagery, it was the […]

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megatrax says, “see you at nab in april!”

Megatrax is busily deciding how to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in April. We’ll be in the South Lower Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We hope you’ll come say hello, and that you’ll check back here for updates!

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randy hart reflects on megatrax’s 20th anniversary

FROM A DISTANCE, THEY ALL LOOKED ALIKE UNTIL….. My introduction to production music was when I was an executive at a large corporate music publishing company.  One of their holdings was a production music library.  When the president of the company asked if I had received the sampler CD of that product, I nervously said yes, and quickly dug it out to take a listen. “Oh – background music…” I thought to myself as I scanned through the disc and looked at the track listings.  It wasn’t bad I thought, but just kind of “there”.  After it was explained to me the variety of applications for which it was used, I developed a much greater understanding of what […]

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fox revives megatrax-scored “30 seconds to fame”

In the early 2000′s, Fox aired a gameshow called “30 Seconds to Fame,” produced by Joe Revello, wherein contestants had 30 seconds to show off their stuff and try for fame and fortune– and fabulous cash prizes. The show has just started running on Fox again, and if you tune in or DVR it, make sure to appreciate the theme music, composed by Ron Mendelsohn & JC Dwyer, the founders of Megatrax. Here’s a little clip of the show, so you’ll know what you’re getting into: 30 Seconds To Fame – watch more funny videos

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comcast/nbc-u merger goes through

Comcast has been approved to purchase NBC Universal from General Electric and Vivendi, and the Web is buzzing with opinions about the merger and what it might be opening the door to. Lacey Rose, in a blog post for Forbes, wonders how the merger will affect Hulu: Since Comcast’s $30 billion deal to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal was first announced a little over a year ago, many have been busy wondering what role the cable company would play in shaping –or ultimately destroying— the future of video service Hulu. Would Comcast pull its newly merged company’s programming off of the streaming site? Or perhaps take it a step […]

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Some Of My Best Friends Are Songs

A self proclaimed emotionalist who admittedly can tear up just by listening to a great melody (this blogger), I wanted to find an inspiring quote about music on which to base a blog post. There were too many great ones to not simply post them instead…

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five questions with… alder

In this episode of “Five Questions With…” we talk with Marquee Music artist Alder about his background as a musician, the work he’s done for Megatrax, and what he’s working on next. Megatrax: Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into music? Alder: I started taking piano lessons around 2nd grade and loved it.  My family moved after about a year into it and I couldn’t find a new teacher that I liked as much so I stopped taking lessons, but continued to sit down every once-in-a-while and plunk away.  Around the 5th grade I picked up saxophone and then when I was around 13 […]

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