I am wondering whether or not to submit a track for the following listing:
I'm being more selective with what I submit for as I've spent around $10k on new studio gear this year and those $5 stylistically off-target returns soon add up when you are on a tight budget and could be better spent on say food for instance! lolSNEAKY / SPY type INSTRUMENTALS needed by an East Coast Music Library/Publisher for the purpose of Film/TV placements and licensing. This company has signed and placed dozen of TAXI songs, and offers a non-exclusive deal. He's open to any arrangement or instrumentation, as long as the tone is right. Stylistically think Mission Impossible or James Bond type music scores. Excellent performances are absolutely necessary. Broadcast quality needed (excellent home recordings are okay).
I have an electronica track that I think is perfect for spy and espionage material but it does not sound like James Bond or Mission Impossible i.e. no big stabbing brass sections. It is more like X-Files or CSI type music. As it says "He's open to any arrangement or instrumentation, as long as the tone is right." do you think a screener would let something through that does not have the big brassy James Bond sound? It is so hard to read into these sometimes...
As a sidenote, it's a long chain of people that have to also like what you've done in order to get a piece out there successfully and hopefully make some money off it. First there's the own inner critic (probably the toughest guy in the chain), then friends who have an annoying habit of pointing out and verbalising what you already knew deep down i.e. it needs more sax or what is the song actually about? or perhaps this soul destroyer, "It will be great when the chorus goes in." duh! Continuing on the journey to the screener, then the publisher or music supervisor, then the client or director and finally the public. If all those peoples' tastes align with yours and happen to like what you have done then you have a winner! No mean feat at all! Thick skin, detemination, persistence and unfailing self-belief are your weapons of war.
All the best