Careers in Music are something many people aspire to, but most do not achieve. Who did not dream of being a Rockstar when they were young, and all that comes with it? There are thousands of talented musicians out there who just did not “make it” or get the breaks, so what happens to them all?
Most people who failed to get their careers in music going probably got married or got a regular job and gave up, they may still play in a bar band or write songs and music at home as a hobby, so how can they still make money without disrupting their new life?
One way is to write music for TV or movies.
Musicfortv.org is always on the lookout for talented musicians who can produce quality music for their DVD production music releases and help forge their Careers in Music, but what type of music is needed for TV and Film these days?
Here are 10 pointers to steer you in the right direction:
1. Always think about the end user, if you are writing songs with lyrics make them non-specific, do not include names or places, use themes like relationships.
2. Quality. The mixes for this type of music are known as “broadcast quality” that is not to say that they do not need to be very good and clear, they just do not need the attention that an album release does. As a rule of thumb you should only spend around an hour on a mix, anything more is overkill for TV music.
3. Do not master your tracks like a single release with “balls to the wall” compressor/limiting mastering, this is background music not the main focus.
4. Make the tracks have a definite ending on a beat – No fade outs!
5. The track lengths are always 0.5 seconds less than asked for (A 60 second track should end at 59,5, including cymbals and everything).
6. Make the tracks modular so they are easy to edit.
7. Do not do 30 second build ups on the tracks, get straight to business, music supervisors only listen to 30 seconds or less of any track.
8. Listen to your mixes on TV speakers and even your phone, listen to an mp3 version also because that is how they will most likely be listened to on the other end.
9. Listen to current TV shows but do not watch them, takes notes on the music to see what is currently needed.
10. Do not get too complicated, simple is usually better 99% of the time
This is a only rough guide that will help you get your music in libraries like musicfortv.org and into TV shows and films that will eventually start making you money.
Careers in Music are becoming harder to sustain, but if you are serious about making money with your music, Music For TV suggests that you check out: The Music Marketing Manefesto – Now!
This guy made over $800,000 in sales!