I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
Canadiens are nice. I honestly haven’t met a Canadian I haven’t liked. From about 1992 until their demise, the Montreal Expos were my favorite non-Minnesota sports franchise.
So, it should come as no surprise that when approached about using a song “Dancing In Chains,” aKido was more than agreeable in letting me use the song. 33 minutes after I sent an email, I got an email back saying that we could make it work. Considering that I have about 480 emails that I’m still waiting to hear back from, it absolutely made my day.
It’s also cool when you consider the song has been used all over the place. You may have seen it in an Adidas commercial (or two), on ESPN, in skiing videos, in a really cool skateboarding video, and much more. As you watch this stuff, it’s kinda obvious that this song has been llicensed this to make money before. If I got an email back saying “…hey, it’s a really cool thing you’re doing and I wish you the best of luck. I can’t just give you that song… that’s my paycheck,” I would’ve been 0% upset. Completely understandable.
Part of my dilemma with almost all of the music from For Three is that I DON’T want to feel like I’m taking food off of other people’s plates. I had really high goals in making “For Three.” I really poured my heart and soul into making the best movie I can possibly make. I didn’t want the soundtrack to consist of loops from GarageBand and “The Girl from Ipanema” (google it and you’ll understand what I *wasn’t* looking for).
My goal was to get as much good music as possible, share it with everyone who reads the blogs and watches the movie, and hopefully in return, some of you who like the movie will in turn support the artists. I know that not every song or every artist in the movie is going to be every one’s cup of tea. Then again, when is the last time you turned on the radio and listened for two hours without hearing a song you maybe didn’t like.
Long story short. If you like the music, please support people like aKido. Plus, it’s really easy. On the Bandcamp site (link below), you can actually buy a cd and get an immediate download of the music in just about any format which is cool – if you want an MP3, it’s going to sound better than the stuff you get off of iTunes. And if you are a real audio geek and you are wondering “I wonder what this song would sound like if I was sitting smack dab in the middle of the recording studio while it was being recorded, you can get the FLAC version. Just as a bit of a tangent, if I made music I wouldn’t release it in FLAC. Not because it’s not cool, but rather I don’t need people with a real sharp musical ear telling me that my guitar is tuned a little sharp, my voice is a little pitching, and there’s an ever-so-slight delay in my drums. In other news, I’m not musically talented. If you are looking for reason number 4,080 to buy a song from aKido – every song donated is like four less minutes you had to hear me make music. At the very least, you owe them a dollar for helping avoid listening to the awfulness of a C-minus trumpet player who took four years of middle school band.
There truly are a lot of cool artists out there. The quality of the music is probably the thing that I’ve touched on the least, but aKido has six cd’s out there for you to look at. I’ve found that it’s impossible to convince someone else that something is good until they’ve heard/seen it with their own ears and eyes. I spent the better part of my teenage years trying to get one of my friends to listen to Tribe Called Quest. After about five years of failure, I just figured the fact that I like them is good enough for me. Likewise, I can’t tell you “Go out there and like aKido.” Just doesn’t work that way. I can tell you that I really like aKido and I think you will too. Not to sound too cliched, but there is a little something for everyone on an aKido cd. There is some music you can throw on the background. There’s a few songs you could run to. There’s a few songs can dance to. One song is acoustic guitar and piano. The next song is electric guitar and a lot of drums. It’s truly an eclectic mix, but at the end of the day, it truly works. I own GameChanger and Blink and I guarantee you I wind up buy more aKido music in the future.
See for yourself. Unlike a lot of artists (*cough*LarsUlrich*cough*), it seems as this aKido gets the direction the music industry is headed. On the official aKdio website, you can sample all the music (full songs – not 30 second soundclips or 1:30 soundclips) for free. Like I said earlier, the physical cd with an immediate digital download seems to me the direction everyone should move towards. He’s got a personal blog he updates regularly (unlike myself).
=== Other places to buy ===
Check out Radium Girls off of the Gamechanger album (which is available for ANY price you name on the aKido website).This entry was posted in Blog by brent and comments are closed.