How to get the right music for your soundtrack

Posted by Matthew Stein on Mar 15, 2014 11:30 AM
Matthew Stein

Studio_headphone_mixerFinding the right music for film and TV soundtracks is an art. Many factors play into picking the best song, or the right composer to write the score. Make your job easier by taking out the hassle of searching out the musicians, and let them come to you. That's where Sonicbids is here to help.


Get the right feel


The right song can make or break a scene. You already know what emotional feel you want. So how do you find the music to match what's in your head? You can either find the band that's already written the song you want, or find a songwriter to craft exactly what you are looking for. Once you have this in mind, you need to write it down. 


A good description of what you're seeking helps you separate the musical wheat from the noisy chaff. Of course you should keep an open mind (ear) to what you're hearing. You never know what may surprise you. 


Post a listing to find the right band


Our platform gives you the tools to attract, review and select the best band or songwriter for your project. Best part, is it's free for you to post an opportunity. That's right, it's free to post, so you can pay more of your budget to the band or musician you select. 


Hiring the right band is a straight forward process. Create an account if you don't have one, and click on "Post a gig." Give it a name, and then pick Competition -> TV/Radio/Film as the gig type. From there you'll want to put in a detailed description. 


Be Specific. The description is the most important part of this process. Communicate what you are looking for. How much music you are looking for? Just one or two songs for the credits, or someone to score your whole work? What genres do you have in mind? Something energetic or down-tempo? Should it have an international flair, or would you expect to hear this on the boardwalk in New Jersey? The more information you give to the artists and musicians, the more appropriate submissions you'll get. 


Promote your listing


Social networks are everything these days. Share the link to your listing to get more submissions. Facebook and twitter are obvious starts. Post it in your favorite sub-reddits. Don't have any? Try these:


Look for online communities where you can talk with and find other musicians. Go to where the musicians are, and make it easier for them to find you. The more submissions you collect, the better the odds of you finding exactly what you want. 


Review and award the gig


As you get submissions to your listing, go and listen to them. The best part of using Sonicbids for your listing is these are all in one place, in the same format. No switching back and forth between programs to get a good comparison. Instead, you can focus on the music and musicians, and make the best choice for your project. 

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