This month's release is the final installment in our Year of the Groove [where we've put out one electronic music release a month for a year,] and what a year it has been! As much as I'm tempted to launch into a recap of the Year of the Groove, that is for another blog post. Today is all about this month's maxi single "Make Me Free". Giddyup!
As so often is the case, the path to creating anything is rarely short or straight, and this song is no exception.
As I've written in the past, one of the few remaining ways for songwriters/artists/producers to make money with music anymore is to license songs to film, TV, and advertising. Sometimes we get an email that has come to us [and goodness knows how many others], giving the specifics of what someone is looking for. Sometimes there's another song they've temped into their video, but it's a song that's either unavailable or too expensive and they want something that FEELS and SOUNDS like that song, but is NOT that song. And sometimes we decide to set everything else aside and do our best to crank something out that might fit their needs, in hopes that we might land the license and pay some bills.
This whole "Year of the Groove" is certainly giving us a run for our money and this last month is no exception. Can we just debrief for a moment?
Our September release "The Legend of the Fall" ended up being used to help promote awareness about the labeling initiative for genetically modified foods. This happened after we were contacted by the Oregon Right to Know organization before the November election. I hadn't planned on any of that happening but was extremely happy to use our song for an issue that was so important for me, so I put a lot of time into creating WGC branded social media content for both Oregon Right to Know and Right to Know Colorado. That took me right up to when I was also working on the video for Supermodel Astronaut...