Stefano Maggio: ‘If you don’t have the passion, you cannot do it’

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Stefano Maggio works as a composer, producer and singer, creating music in many different styles for film, TV and other licensing work. He is also the vocal tutor on the TV talent show Pops Stars in Germany. In Part One, he told Soundreef about how he started out in the music industry, how he gets paid for his music and how got started in music licensing. Today he tells us about how he got the Popstars gig, how TV talent shows have changed the music scene and artists going it alone.

‘I...

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Stefano Maggio: ‘The most important thing of all is the passion’

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Stefano Maggio works as a composer, producer and singer, creating music in many different styles for film, TV and other licensing work. He is also the vocal coach on the TV talent show Popstars in Germany. He told Soundreef about how he started out in the music industry, how he gets paid for his music and how got started in music licensing.

‘I began to play piano when I was very young, six or seven years old.’

Unfortunately the piano was quite the hit it later became, and he found...

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Derek Lefholz part 2: ‘It’s important – very important – for the artist to maintain their rights.’

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Derek Lefholz is Director of Artist Relations and Radio in Retail for Music Supervisor Incorporated, Owner and President of Embark Music, as well as continuing to create music as an artist in his own right. He took some time out to tell us about why artists need to work out what they want in order to get noticed – and get paid!

How can artists get themselves noticed in the digital age?

‘It really helps to have a marketing view of music, just from the artist’s perspective. Artists...

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Derek Lefholz: ‘We don’t get paid until we make money for the artist’

Posted on 04 Jul 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Derek Lefholz is Director of Artist Relations and Radio in Retail for Music Supervisor Incorporated, Owner and President of Embark Music, as well as continuing to create music as an artist in his own right. He took some time out to tell us what musicians need to know about the music business: how film and TV licensing works, what Music Supervisor does and PROs (collecting societies).

Film and TV licensing can be quite complex.

‘Firstly you have to understand the bare essentials of...

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Javier Silva: ‘It really surprised me how easy it was to get played’

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Songwriter Javier Silva was absolutely delighted when his earnings from Soundreef In-Store last semester made him 200 times more per play than Bette Midler. We caught up with him to have a chat about music licensing.

Javier describes his music as ‘Indie pop-rock flavoured stuff.’ His band, Ten Summersets was formed in 2005.

‘That lasted for about maybe a year, a year and a half,’ he explains, ‘And then we sort of split and drifted.’

How did he get into music licensing?

‘The whole...

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