SMOKETHEPODCAST is sound. And a big part of the sound is the music.
Music has always been a tough business, but for the artist it’s probably never been tougher than it is today. On the one hand, digital technology has lowered the cost of recording the sound by an unbelievable amount. You don’t need a ton of expensive equipment. You don’t need to log huge amounts of studio time. You don’t need to contract a dozen union session players.
On the other hand, the flood of product makes it harder than ever to get noticed. The old record label model stunk, but nothing has really come along to replace it. Streaming royalties pay almost nothing. And all those session players who used to add to the cost? Well, they’re out of work. Not much need for them anymore.
Luckily for podcast creators like us, what some composers have done to generate revenue, is to create production music catalogs. These catalogs consist of production tracks—everything from themes to beds to transitions to stingers—in all sorts of styles and genres—for use primarily in motion pictures and television. These catalogs are then licensed to users through on-line outlets like OleMusicbox.com. The quality and variety of music available through these sources is truly amazing. And it would have been impossible to create a free podcast like SMOKETHEPODCAST without the use of these resources.
A complete list of all the music tracks used in SMOKETHEPODCAST are located in the Music section, but we wanted to give a special shout out here to the terrific musicians whose talent contributed to the sound of SMOKETHEPODCAST. Especially —
- Alex Schiff, whose retro pop track Dayyum Son, leads each Episode in and out
- Didier Rachou, for his laid back rap track, Westside used as Shanna’s Theme
- George Landress for his ruminating blues line, heard as Matty’s Theme
- Al Wolovitch, whose pop soul track, Soul Powder, can be heard under the trailer, and occasionally throughout, as Darryl’s theme. Al also wrote Ready for Hard Times, one of Lon’s themes, and co-wrote Pacific Waves (with Greg Herzenach).
Finally, special thanks to Andrew Robbins, at OleMusicBox.com, for his all encouragement and assistance.
— HANK SHAEFFER