Belinda’s Picks, Volume 3: Asian Pop & Indie Nation

In today’s episode of Belinda’s Picks, our Senior Music Supervisor Belinda Robles talks about the two latest releases from Megatrax’s premiere artist catalog,  Marquee Music, Asian Pop & Indie Nation:

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LIVESTREAM Happening NOW: JC Dwyer at the SESAC Songwriters Bootcamp

The annual SESAC Songwriters Bootcamp is on today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and our CCO, JC Dwyer is there sitting on the panel “Ask the Experts: Advice From Publishers, Music Libraries, and Attorneys.” If you’re out of the area or missed the event registration window, you can catch the whole day online via Livestream by clicking HERE! Here’s a breakdown of the event: Friday July 26, 2013 | Skirball Cultural Center |  Los Angeles, CA Free to SESAC affiliates; Non-affiliates rate is $45. If you can’t attend, watch the entire event via LIVESTREAM. The event will begin at 9AM PST. Get ready for SESAC’s 6th Annual Songwriters’ […]

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Come See our CEO, Ron Mendelsohn, on a Production Music Association Panel in Studio City TONIGHT!

CEO and co-founder of Megatrax, Ron Mendelsohn, will be appearing on a panel put together by the Production Music Association (PMA) tonight, July 24, 2013, from 6pm to 8pm. Come get “The Keys to Building a Successful Library” at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. PMA members and non-members welcome. RSVP to Debra@PMAMusic.com. Click the image below for a larger, printable, PDF featuring bios for all of the panelists!

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell: Ransacking the Public Domain, Part 7- The Skiffle Craze

In 1956, when Elvis Presley was electrifying American television and radio playlists, a new form of music was becoming almost as wildly popular in England. The music was called “skiffle,” a term that defined this intoxicating blend of folk, jazz, and rockabilly taking its repertoire from American folk and blues songs. Skiffle music grew out of the “trad” band movement, an effort by British jazz musicians to return to their roots by playing New Orleans jazz tunes from the 1920s. The trad movement was a backlash to bebop, the complex inwardly directed music championed by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in the U.S. Trad performers like Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, […]

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Beat Bites Gets the Movie Munchies – New Trailer Music from Megatrax

  Beat Bites, our catalog of “urban ear candy” from producer Christian Salyer, has entered the Trailer Music game with the series “Movie Munchies” (BB033 Movie Munchies:Rock Cinema, BB034 Movie Munchies:Urban Cinema). Christian took a few minutes to share the inspiration for this move, and to talk about the latest release. Megatrax: Beat Bites has started creating music with more of a trailer feel in the Movie Munchies series. Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired this move? Christian Salyer: Actually, it was something I had planned since I first laid out the idea for the catalog. I always loved doing these types of tracks… the half-contemporary-half-score hybrids. […]

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Marquee Music Presents Asian Pop!

Megatrax co-founder and CCO JC Dwyer and K-Pop A&R man Adam LeBlanc have been hard at work producing a slew of radio-quality Asian Pop tracks for our premier artist catalog, Marquee Music.  MQ010 Asian Pop features pop songs sung in Korean and Japanese, and is being released in this update.  Adam gave us some behind-the-scenes details and let us visit the studio to create the video below. Megatrax: Tell us a little about the team contributing to this project. Adam LeBlanc: Artist Sounds Asia is my team, and my partner and co-founder of A.S.A., Daniel Merlot (aka Crash Berlin), is already very established in Japan as a producer, DJ, and musician, […]

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The Heathers are ELECTRIC!

The Heathers are a dynamic musical duo and partnership based in Los Angeles. Their track “Electric” is featured on the new release “Indie Nation” from Marquee Music (MQ009). They’re also in the Spotlight on Megatrax.com in July and August, and we will be showcasing the debut of their new video for “Electric”! They took a few moments to talk with us about their sound, this song, and life in general… Heather: I’ve always been obsessed with the guitar sounds of New Order. I discovered them, and other bands from the amazing Factory Records Brit pop era, around the age of 12, which impacted me in a huge way. Vocally, I’ve always loved the […]

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Vocal Tuning: A Blessing and a Curse

The incredible technological advances that have made their way into the audio recording and creative process include the ability to “tune” otherwise out-of-tune vocals. Theoretically, anyone can now sing a song, and the tech capability of vocal tuning will allow their performances to be brought into the frequency range of the intended melody. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you perceive a performance. As with any other aspect of music appreciation, on a very elementary level one’s taste will dictate whether they like something or not, as it’s a subjective decision. And if you’ve only listened to music that has vocal performances tuned […]

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Happy 4th of July! We’ve got your playlist ready…

We hope you’re going to have a wonderful Independence day, and we’ve got you covered with a terrific playlist of patriotic tunes. Click here to check it out, and stay safe while enjoying some sun, fun and fireworks!

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Andrea von Foerster is a Firestarter of a Music Supervisor

Andrea von Foerster, the woman behind Firestarter Music, has an IMDB profile that would inspire envy in the heart of any newbie music supervisor. Her credits range from cult favorites like Roswell and Dollhouse to hits like The O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy to indie darlings like (500) Days of Summer. We’re thrilled to have her as our guest music supervisor for July and August, and even more thrilled that landing her for that position gave us a chance to pick her brain about her work. Here’s what she had to say… Megatrax: How did you get into music supervision? Andrea von Foerster: I was attending USC and got a summer job as a temp with Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group […]

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