First Kiss

This is brilliant, beautiful, sexy short film making. And I’m insanely jealous I didn’t think of it first.


How to Make a Rockumentary

This. This is beautiful. I may be partial, since I love this band, but you can’t tell me this footage isn’t beautiful. The soundtrack isn’t too shabby either. Footage like this is EXACTLY why I kicked myself all week for not bringing my gear to Hawaii a few weeks ago. What was I thinking??

K2 Collective: Volume I

I’m very excited to be a part of a great project going on at K2 The Church, called K2 Collective: Vol. 1. It’ll be a worship album penned entirely by K2’s own worship leaders and musicians.

I’m thrilled on many levels for this piece. Firstly, I’m thrilled to be doing some video editing for K2 again after stepping out of my staff role there in November. Secondly, I’m thrilled to not only be helping with the promotion of the new album, but to be a part of the project, as a song that I wrote called “We Are Yours” will be on the CD as well.

You can view the first promo video below:

New Music!

Actually, it’s not the newest. This track was originally released through K2 The Church, last April. It will however be on my upcoming album. Since writing and production is taking a smidge longer than I wanted to, I thought I’d give your ears a little bit of what I’ve been working on. I’m still hoping to put up another 3-song EP in the next few weeks or so, while work on the full lengths continue.

Specifically on this track, we’re planning on retracking a majority of this piece, but for now, you get to hear the demo cut.

For now, enjoy. It’s free.

Stock Music for Video / Production

Stock music: How do I get it cheaply/free? Where do you find it? Where do you find good stuff? And many other variations of the same basic question.

I’ve gotten this question in comments, through twitter, and from a few emails that come in, so I thought I’d address it today. I should first mention that there are two situations here. I’ve worked in both the church world and in the secular market, and the process is quite a bit different for each, especially price/licensing-wise.

In the Church world, your life is actually awesome in this regard. Because of the licensing and breadth afforded to your usages within worship services, you have tons of free and low cost options. Before you dive into any of these, ensure two things:

1) Your CCLI licensing is up to date, and that you’re reporting your usage of all songs, including music used in videos.
2) Your CVLI licensing is up to date as well.

Some options in the church world:

I used YouTube as a great option for instrumental covers of pop songs. Your CCLI covers the usage of the original, and YouTube is loaded with great karaoke/instrumental cuts of just about any piece of popular music out there. Just search for “The Song instrumental”, and you’ll likely find what you’re looking for. From there, I use a simple YouTube downloader (which we often used to grab YouTube videos for service usage) to download the mp3. If you’re using Google Chrome, I prefer to use this Google Chrome Extension. It places a download button underneath every YouTube video, making it a cinch to snag videos or mp3s.

Soundtracks & Scores
Movie soundtracks and scores are a great option for music beds for your interviews, moving stories, etc. They’re instrumental to begin with, cheap, and well produced. You can snag individual tracks on Amazon or iTunes, and lay them under your production. Some of my favorites from the last year were Moneyball and The Social Network.

Your Personal Library
Again, since you’re covered, anything in your library is free game. Love that 1:05 intro on the latest album you bought? Drop it into your editor, slice it up, and loop away. Chop and slice to create what you need.

For the rest of us in the non-church world:

These are options I’ve used when 1) I couldn’t find what I needed by the prior methods, or 2) I’ve been doing work outside of the church world and it’s licensing benefits.

Hands down the best stock music site you’ll find. Why? Because it was intentionally started in 2008 to fill the void of good, relevant, hip stock music for production. They’re a combo stock music outfitter and production house, so you can custom order production music to suit your needs as well. There is not a single hit, fresh TV show that’s not finding their production music on JinglePunks. Last Call with Carson Daly, MTV, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, Vh1, MTV, Bravo, TLC, Starz, History Channel and A&E all use JinglePunks regularly.

Their pricing structure is per piece, based on your usage & scope. So, for instance, a local cable spot you’re producing will field a lower price than a national ad during the Superbowl. They are a pricier option, but if you’re working with a firm or freelance project, I highly recommend JinglePunks.

Create Your Own
Yep. I’ve done it. If you’ve got the skills, equipment and time, this is a pretty good option when all else fails.

Hope this helps!

Creative Fuel.

Love this interview with Dessa, a fresh hip hop artist from the Twin Cities.

Here’s why I love it:

Good rap out of the Twin Cities? Yeah, I’ll pay attention.
She found a great way of taking her writing into a whole new medium.
She tells the story of how.

It pumps me up. I love the idea of taking a creative avenue that you’re fairly good in, and driving it into the medium you want to use. Wondering how I can use the lessons I hear in this interview.

If you’re a creative, I think you’ll enjoy this short 8 minute piece.

Listen here

Take it easy, demons || Owen Thomas

Those close with me know my long running love for Owen Thomas and his former band, The Elms. Life-shaping, soundtrack, massively influential force in my life. The dude has actually somehow managed to pen songs that have effectively followed and tracked with my life for over 10 years. That’s success in my book by any measure. I spent alot of time watching The Elms in sweaty clubs and on hot August afternoons and evenings at festivals. I drove long distances to see them. I tracked their pictures as they toured the country. I had every bside, demo, album and piece of music I could get my hands on.

My love for Vox amps came from watching and hearing Owen. I bought my first telecaster because Owen played one. I became addicted to Orange Amps because of the Hey, Hey video. I grew up, I’ve travelled some, lived around the country, and learned the midwest is actually a pretty wonderful place. And Owen always had a song for that feeling. He wrote the melody of small town with a harmony of dream & drive, and consequently, those things in me. And while all of these things came into a love on their own separate from The Elms or Owen, they were all sparked by him.

So it has brought me great joy to see his music keep walking with me through life. Beautiful new lyric video from Owen’s new solo release: