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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the music in The Players. We’re not releasing an official soundtrack CD, however, encouraging all of you to support the artists and buy your favorite tracks. I’ve always put a lot of effort towards assembling a killer soundtrack.  With The Players, we tracked down a bunch of unreleased tracks to bring a totally fresh sound to the film. Thanks to Chad Davis from Triple 9 Music and Bodie Johnson at Johnson & Kennemer for the music supervision.

I’m working on putting together an iMix on iTunes, including all the tracks that are available on iTunes. That’ll be posted on the blog soon. In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of the dvd HERE and hear all the music in the film! Here’s a list of the featured tracks…

“Evans Ballad” by The Shark That Ate My Friend (Unreleased)

“He Was Antarctica” by Computer vs. Banjo

“Everyday Should be a Costume Party” by Head Like a Kite

“Grind (feat. Moka Only)” by Swollen Members

“Latin Bounce” by Thesaurus Rex (Unreleased)

“Black Magic (feat. DJ Swamp)” by Swollen Members

“Track 3” by Josh Garrels (Unreleased)

“Danger is our Little Name” by Darren Franks (Unreleased)

“Eye Captain” by Darren Franks (Unreleased)

“Travellin” by Elle Dirty D Lux ft. M Dub

“Outer Space (Kalestro Remix)” by Computer vs Banjo

“Garrie” by The Life There Is

“No Ordinary Caveman” by Head Like a Kite

“The Riddle” by Random Rab

“18 Candles” by The Sessions

“Drum Drama Suite #1” by Thesaurus Rex (Unreleased)

“Toki’s Track” by Anthony Saviola (Unreleased)

“Brooklyn Lights” by Love Meets Lust

“For The Best” by Smooth Old Fashioned High

“Maniac” by Giovani Traversi (Unreleased)

“Transmissions from the Moon III” by Random Rab

“Chop Suey” by Thesaurus Rex (Unreleased)

“Signs” by The Sessions

“Home Again” by The Disco Biscuits

“The Players” by O-Dub (Unreleased)

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If you haven’t checked out O-Dub’s music, you’ve been missing out. Ever since he hit the climbing scene, he’s been shaking things up with his catchy, smooth, and sometimes contraversal music. His passion for climbing and devotion to his art definitely shows!  I had always wanted to incorperate O-dub’s music into my films. Last year, I used an O-Dub track called “Accept It” in Spray.  With The Players, I was really psyched to take it one step further and incorperate some original music into the soundtrack! O-Dub was psyched too! He quickly wrote, recorded, and mastered the movie’s theme song, which plays during the film’s credits. The song is all about the climbers featured in the film and what makes them “players”. Chris Sharma, Dave Graham, Daniel Woods, Lisa Rands, Emily Harrington, Chris Lindner, Alex Puccio, Joe Kinder, and Ethan Pringle! You can download the song for free HERE!

Stay tuned to Deadpoint Magazine for a brand new O-Dub track each month!

Over the last few months, I spent some time working with Denver hip hop artists K-Nutty and QZ on a music video for their new song “In The Water Now.” They are an unsigned group, but extremely talented! I saw this project as an opportunity to work with some great artists and gain some valuable experience in a different genre. This being the first music video I have directed, there is definitely a lot that I can improve on next time. I learned a lot about the art of making music videos and I am psyched to get started on another project. I put the finishing touches on “In The Water Now” today and posted it up on YouTube. Check it out!

We shot for 5 days, spread out over the course of a month. One night we rented a big studio with huge white seamless walls to shoot the chorus section of the video. The rest was shot on location throughout Denver. Big thanks to The Loft for allowing us to shoot the club scene at their club! I’d also like to thank Lee Payne for all his hard work making this production come together. I’m looking forward to getting started on another music video soon!

We just published the soundtracks from our films SPRAY and KARMA on itunes. If you liked what you heard in the films, download the tracks and help support the artists!

SPRAY Soundtrack

KARMA Soundtrack

My friend Wes Powell in Atlanta directed me to an article by Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the current state of the music industry. Its an interesting read. Jobs says, “Since Apple does not own or control any music itself, it must license the rights to distribute music from others, primarily the “big four” music companies: Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI. These four companies control the distribution of over 70% of the world’s music.” Wes and I were discussing how the “Big Four” is becoming less interested in new artist development and making it harder for indie artists to succeed. Read more HERE

Steve Jobs

I’ve been working with two Denver based Hip Hop artists recently. K-Nutty and QZ are new to the hiphop scene but have a ton of talent. Their music is a nice mix of rap and R&B. As emmerging artists, they are in the process of pitching themselves to several record companies. My job is to make sure they bring their A-game and present themselves in a professional way. In addition to the music video, we’ve been shooting promotional photos. Its been a great change of pace creatively. I think that once you stop progressing as an artist, you stop being an artist. We should be wrapping up shooting for the music vid this weekend, then we’ll probably have another week of editing to polish things up. I’ll be sure to post the video on here when its complete!

K-Nutty and QZ

Check out David Sides on Youtube. He’s amazing on the keys!

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A lot of you have been asking about the music used in the SPRAY soundtrack. Here’s a list of tracks to check out…

Lost by VAST
Thrown Away by VAST
Dont Cry Out by Shiny Toy Guns
Blackout by Swollen Members
The Drill by Zion I
On The Way Down by Ashtar Command
Whatever by Iglu and Hartly
Midnight Voyage by Ghostland Observatory
Safe and Sound by Rebelution
Floorwax by DJ Zeph and Raashan Ahmed
Violent and Young by Iglu and Hartly
Platinum Trends (DJ T-Rock Remix) by Azeem
Wake and Stretch by Whiskey Blanket
Hold My Hand Like a Bible by Mid August Night
The Wind by Savi Beats
12 by Alexi Murdoch
Accept It by Odub
All is Not Lost by Sim Redmond Band
Night Waltz by Whiskey Blanket