Thanks to the internet we can now all stream and download as much music as we want and listen to it 24 hours a day. It’s our decision if we pay for it or not but there is definitely a flood of music titles out there.
When it comes to choosing the right music for your film or video it gets a bit trickier because you have to license the tracks. If you don’t the chances are high your video or at least the audio track gets deleted.
A few years ago it was really hard to find original and professional music for the use of web videos. Most sites had a limited list of tracks or they just offered industrial music from the 80s. In the last two or three years a lot of sites popped up focusing on different themes and styles.
We bought music for our commercial work and different sites depending on the clients’ budget and the music genre. For our YouTube videos we used royalty free music but mostly tracks licensed under Creative Commons. The problem after a while is that you hear the music all over the web. The most famous composer is probably Kevin MacLeod. He has a variety of music on his site but as I wrote – you hear it in every second YouTube video. Last year the guys from Beatsuite.com, Mark and Matt, wrote us a mail and asked if we would be interested in using music from their royalty free library. Of course we said yes and are happy to be able to have access to a large library from classical to modern hip hop. It surely makes a difference if you have access to a few thousand songs or just twenty.
Mark Malekpour wrote a really helpful article about what you are allowed to do and things you shouldn’t do when it comes to using music on YouTube and co.. Head over to Beatsuite to read the whole blog post: http://www.beatsuite.com/blog/2014/10-myths-and-misconceptions-about-using-music-in-youtube-videos
You can watch our latest showreel below which features an energetic track called “High Drama” provided by Beatsuite.com
Written by Moritz Janisch