Music Supervisor: Courtney Jenkins
Tell us about the two tracks used in this piece.
There are two tracks in here- one from a band called Blackwater Holylight on a local indie label called Riding Easy Records. That one is admittedly not production music, but almost the entire Riding Easy catalog is one-stop and the curation of 70’s throwback stoner rock is just exquisite so they still get a shoutout. The other song is of course from our SOUNDS OF RED BULL catalog and was commissioned as part of a collection we call “Rip Shredders.”
What is the SOUNDS OF RED BULL track title? Who are the composer(s)?
“Pick Up the Pace” was composed by Josh Landau, multi-instrumentalist and front-man of a band called The Shrine. He, like all of the other composers we have hired to create music for the Rip Shredders collection, are not production music composers at all. Rather, they’re performing artists, in touring bands, who are deeply entrenched in the musical communities that make the types of music that work well with our productions. That’s a fairly common theme throughout the entire SOUNDS OF RED BULL catalog: we draw talent from our global network of independent artists, most of whom have little to no experience creating music to brief. It makes for incredibly authentic music.
How was the SOUNDS OF RED BULL track used created? Which instruments are used?
Josh has (sort of) converted his garage in Venice to a studio. It’s a delicious mix of yesteryear’s state-of-the art equipment and legitimate garage filth. He records everything there himself, live to 1-inch tape on a Tascam M-16. Vintage Ludwig Vistalite drums kit, Japanese Les Paul, Fender Jazz bass, and a handful of custom fuzz pedals.
Why is this placement special for you?
I chose this clip because it’s like much of the content we make at Red Bull: wherein the music is absolutely critical to creating the right environment but it is by no means the star of the show. It can seem counterintuitive to go to great lengths to record real instruments and ensure every detail is authentic to whatever sub-genre we’re commissioning just to be buried by natural sound or dialog. I posit however that there is great honor in creating a vibe. Producers and Composers who labor over the details of their music, even when it will just be used as bed, we see you, and we salute you.
Walk us through the song selection process. Were the song(s) used created specifically for this project? If not, what were the deciding factors in finalizing the music?
Words from Courtney Jenkins, who is the Music Supervisor on this project: The creative team was looking for a piece that really spoke to the motorsports community. Big drums electric guitars, a driving piece of music that could emulate the power of the engine and the crazy stunts these guys pull off. Tyler Bereman is one of the best and we needed music that could keep up with him. “One Shot,” like its name points out, was shot in one take on 1 DJI drone camera following Bereman on a desert course he built over a 6 week period. “Pick Up The Pace” was the perfect fit for desert scene, the powerful bike Bereman rides, and the gnarly course he masterfully crafted and shreds.
How important is the music for a project like this?
Whether the audience realizes it or not, music is ALWAYS critical to what is happening on the screen.
Where can we listen to the full track(s) used?
SOUNDS OF RED BULL “Pick Up the Pace” has not yet been commercially released but once it is, you’ll be able to find it on Red Bull’s micro-licensing platform: Red Bull Sound Supply. That’s where we eventually put all of the music commissioned for Red Bull productions: www.redbullsoundsupply.com
Riding Easy Records streams all of their releases on Bandcamp: https://blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com/track/motorcycle
Project Video link: https://www.redbull.com/in-en/episodes/one-shot-s1-e1
Sounds of Red Bull YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQM8jqjsp06S-ODDjpSJepg