Music Production For Films


Movies today have some of the best music production you will find – With movies such as Man Of Steel, Wonder Women, IT (Chapter 1 & 2), Black Panther, Avengers Endgame and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, just to name a few. For aspiring musical artists and established artists alike, seeing a song you made, on the big screen, attached to a great film, “is awe-inspiring.” Seeing how an audience connects to a particular scene with your music playing, is a thing of beauty. But are today’s musical artists getting into the music industry to sell digital albums and singles, or are they looking to see their music attached to the latest documentary or big-budget movie. Let’s discuss this a little further, to see how the whole process works.

Mainstream Artists
Established musical artists in today’s music industry, have many avenues with which they draw their income from. Before the music era of Napster and I-Tunes, mainstream artists primarily focused on touring and “CD sales” for their revenue streams. After digital music outlets took control of the music industry, these mainstream artists were put into a position where they had to supplement their income in different ways. Some of them started clothing lines, released colognes and perfumes, and even opened up stores and shops. But when this change came, they also shifted towards another outlet – Television, Film, and Documentaries.
When digital sales and downloads took over, television, film, and documentary studios took notice and started making more, and more deals with major artists. And because of these artists established legacies, they are able to demand higher prices than other, lesser-known, competing artists.

These different “visual-image” studios contact these major artists managers and say that they are interested in putting their music in their next visual image (tv, film, documentary) project. They then tell the artist’s manager the genre and type of project it is (whether tv, film, or documentary) then they tell them the type of song (or songs) that they are looking for, and they follow it up with the music production budget that the studio has for that particular project. The artists’ manager relays the information to their major artist, the artists decides if the project is right for them or not, and then tells their manager their decision, and the manager goes back to let the studio know, what the musical artists have decided.

If the musical artist says that they are not interested, then the deal is “temporarily” dead. If they say that they are interested – They move forward with signing a contract between the two parties. If the musical artist says that they are interested, but the fee being offered is too low, then their manager goes back to the visual image studio and lets them know that their artist is interested, but that a different fee must be negotiated.

The two parties then work to come up with a fee that is fair to both parties (Around 80% of the time, they are able to come to a mutual agreement), and then a contract is signed, the studio allows the artists to see an unfinished version of the project (one without any music), and then the artist (and their writing team (if they have one)) will begin writing the song(s) to fit the project. If the visual image studio is not looking for “original” music for the project, and just wants to use some of the artist’s already released music, then the artists just makes a decision on whether or not they are interested, their manager negotiates a fee, they sign a contract, and the music is used.

Underground Artists

Working as an underground musical artist is a “grueling” – “draining” – process. You are working off of “pure passion” and love for the music, and there is “no guarantee” that you will ever be a success, that you will ever see your name up in lights, and be featured on a major award show, as a nominee for a prestigious award. But there are other ways with which underground artists are making a living, staying relevant, “and even rising” in the music industry – Having their music connected to visual images (tv, film, documentaries). By doing this, they are “instantly” having their music displayed to hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions) of potential fans.

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Some underground artists are getting in the music industry, “just to have” their music featured in television shows, films, and documentaries – They don’t want the glitz and glamour. These artists say that they have happy, successful, lives, where millions of people hear and enjoy their music, through these visual images, without them having the stress, of all the things that come with, and are associated, with being a major artist.
There are many other underground artists that “want it all” – The money, the fame, the notoriety (to win awards, and have their names up and lights) – and will take any logical route to get there. And one of these logical routes is having their music synced with visual images.

Now the process for underground artists getting their music connected to these different visual image, studio, projects, is a lot different from that of major artists. Major artists are established, more well-known, so studios understand that by attaching their name’s to the project, the television, film, or documentary gains instant attention and curiosity (from potential fans). For underground artists, “they aren’t as lucky,” they have to fight to get their music in these projects. Unless they have “at least” one major hit song (that has made the Billboard Top 100, or Indie Charts Top 40), these visual image studios will not be reaching out to them. They will have to shop their music around to these studios (if they cannot afford, or do not yet have a manager) to see if the studio will want to try it out on their next project – In most cases (sadly enough), studios turn them down because they lack the notoriety and popularity.

Length Of Production – Music To Major Visual Projects
The length of production for music on visual image studios (tv, film, and documentaries) projects, depends heavily on the visual image studio – It begins and ends with them. Every visual image project (before physical production begins) is given a time frame, by the studio executives, as to 1. How much money they have to spend on the project, 2. How long they have to spend on the project, and 3. When the project is set to be released. With this information, the directors, producers, and music supervisors (during their discussions on the project) may have an idea of the artists (Major or Underground) that they want to work with.

When they do not have an idea, after they’re done filming the project, and during the editing process, they get a better idea of the type of music they want to see placed on it. They check their remaining budgets and then begin contacting the artists whom they wrote a list of. So the length of the production for the music, for these projects will always vary. The musical artists have little say in this length (even when it comes to major artists) of music production time, because these visual image studios continuously make adjustments and changes to their projects before they are released, and nothing is “set in stone,” until the project is available for viewing by the general public.

Record Studios

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When it comes to recording studios, there are plenty of them all over the world. They are they key thing to a potential hit of a band or a solo artist. Recording studios are used by all sorts of people for various purposes. They can be used by artists, musicians or other people who want to use that environment to create sounds or music or anything in between. Why is the use of a recording studio so important?

In the 21st century, the music has become an everyday necessity to all of us. That’s why people always tend to produce quality product that can be appreciated by people all over the world. The reason why a recording studio is important is because it’s all you need to create a good song or sound. Amateur bands can be no different. The road to an amateur band from a small town venue to a tour all over the world is long and hard. It’s not so easy to succeed, especially when you are part of a band. But once you do succeed, there are a lot of things that one must remember.

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Bands who use recording studios have a lot more opportunities. They can easily create a song that can turn out to be the next big hit. In fact, nowadays most of the famous songs are those of international bands. It doesn’t matter if they are from Korea or the United States. There are records that are broken by bands nowadays and that just proves why an amateur band can very easily and quickly become a worldwide phenomenon.


When it comes to the price of the recording studios, they could eventually cost from $50 to $500 an hour, and in most cases they could include and audio engineer. Some of the very interesting things about these type of studios is that out of nowhere there could be very important connections created. It could be a collaboration with a more famous or successful artist or band or even a producer who might be interested in signing a contract. All of this could truly happen out of nowhere.

If an amateur band wants to try a well-known recording studio in their area or another one far away in a big city, they must be aware that they are booked very quickly. Recording studios are always full of people who are looking to create. They are even used by people who are planning to perform in a movie. Actors use recording studios to record their sounds for an upcoming movie in which they are going to be a part of. Nowadays, that’s actually one of the most common reasons why people use it. So for that matter, it’s good to quickly create a schedule and focus on when to book an appointment. Amateur bands can easily find success in the beginning, especially in the present, because talent can be shown and shared around via social media or some television shows. There are plenty of options for any amateur band to succeed in the music industry and show their unique skills and talents.

Amateur Music Bands

The world of music is big. There are millions of people who love music and start their own bands with friends, colleagues or even family. Usually, when it comes to amateur bands the road can be very long and rough. The main focus on this article is the amateur bands and how they become famous.

band on stage

Every band has to start from somewhere. For example, if you have a band that you want to succeed with, first thing you have to do is write your own music and make it stand out. Nowadays, there are all sorts of songs and beats that go viral so you never know what could happen. Even the craziest idea could pick you up and get you to the top very fast. For a band to succeed, the first steps are to be relentless and very tenacious. If the band quits and just gives up too fast, then they are most likely bound to fail. The music business is hard and working with other artists could cause issues, especially if you are just in the beginning of your music career, whether it’s solo or in a band.

music and lights

When it comes to success, the first step for a band is to make sporadic appearances in bars or any other venues where they can showcase their talent and their skills in front of an audience. Every singer or band has to go through this because that’s how people get familiar with them and they can find supporters. That’s at least one of the ways how most famous bands got their name out in the market and really stood out. Nowadays, there is also social media that could help a band go viral in the matter of a few days or even a few hours. It could very well happen in the blink of an eye. There are also television shows that can easily help the band find more exposure and they can showcase everything they have in front of hundreds or even thousands of people. It always starts with something small. Small venue in a small town and then it grows bigger and bigger.

Once they become famous, whether it’s via the internet or a television show like “X Factor” or some other talent show, a group could very easily start earning a lot more. Thanks to that, they could as well produce more quality content. Once you have your name out there, you can easily find a good company to work with and sign a contract that can help you get more events and even a tour, for example. Getting up on a stage full of thousands of people after spending years of singing or performing in bars in small towns could really prove how dreams can become a reality with a lot of hard work and dedication. It all comes full circle to every singer or band when they go from nothing to a tour with thousands of people. The world is big and the options are endless so talent will always be shown and appreciated.