Music For Films

This is an important topic that often doesn’t get talked about, and can lead to confusion! We wanna be as open and transparent as possible about it, so here’s some info!

HOW DO YOU PICK THE MUSIC?
The first thing to know is that, we only use licensed music, because we believe artists & musicians must be paid for the use of their work. Also, we really enjoy not being sued by record labels!

Since we’re a business and not just making home videos, videographers are liable for copyright infringement, because we would be using their intellectual property to profit.

Another good reason to use licensed music, is that YOUTUBE, VIMEO, and other sites have algorithms working to automatically take down anything with a mainstream music track. If we can get a license, you can prevent that from happening so you can share the video with your folks.

BUT MY FRIEND’S VIDEOGRAPHER USED BEYONCE?
Yep, tons of dudes out there doing the wrong thing, and if they run a full business doing it they could get sued into the dirt.

Licenses for those types of songs can cost thousands of dollars to license, and most medium to big record labels won’t even respond to a request for quote from a wedding videographer, since our budget wouldn’t be worth them getting out of bed.

SO WHAT KIND OF MUSIC CAN YOU USE EXACTLY?
Primarily, we use these these AWESOME websites, called Music Libraries. Here are some of my favorites:

This is currently my favorite library.
This site has a lot of really cinematic songs ranging from indie-acoustics to ambient cinematics to quirky pop.

This site actually has A BUNCH OF MAINSTREAM TRACKS.
We’re talkin’ Temper Trap, The Lumineers, even some classics like Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan (and more).

This site is similar to Musicbed, and you can use their cool search feature to search based on vibe, dynamic change, and more.

SOUNDCLOUD

We’ve only done this a few times, but there are young up and coming artists on Soundcloud trying to get their name out there, so they are more willing to answer e-mails for small fees. So if you know of a band that’s important to you on there, we will definitely contact them for you and try to work something out!

YOU’rE WELCOME
TO BROWSE ANY OF THESE SITES

And let us know if you connect with something, but we do urge you to let us surprise you :)

REMEMBER

The film is about you, not the song!