INTERVIEW: Mark Harrison
By Cyrus Rhodes
Doing all the right things in the Music Business is how you build success, exposing it to the right people is how Independent Music becomes Professional. Who are the right people? As many fans and music professionals as possible. This includes those that can get your music a slot in either a Commercial, Major Motion Picture or TV Production. I recently conducted an Interview with Beat Melody CEO Mark Harrison. This amazing site is committed to helping independent Artists achieve success in the Music Business by exposing their music and media to all the right people. While there are no guarantees in any profession you pursue there are a number of factors to consider when presenting your music to all the right people. If done properly the end result can really change your life. Bottom Line: Putting your music on Beat Melody can really change your life.
"Beat Melody can really change your life"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
IMD What is the primary goal of Beat Melody?
BM At the moment, the Primary goal of Beat melody is to raise awareness of our music catalog to Film, Media, Video Games Clients. We want to secure music licenses for our Artists. We have a lot of great music and our Catalog is growing all the time.
IMD What does Beat Melody offer Media companies that no other sites can? What makes it so special?
BM Whether your production is a TV show, film or video game, you need the right music. We have the right music. Maybe you want a complete song that is in the genre of Rock, Rap or Pop or maybe you need a instrumental soundtrack of epic proportion, we can provide it. Quick, simple music licensing – yes its very fast – just listen to some music – when you have found what you want click the “license song” button and choose the type of license you require and pay securely through Paypal. It is immediately cleared. Good value – we provide great music priced fairly depending on usage.
IMD Why should artists join Beat Melody?
BM Beat melody provides artists with a platform to showcase their music and at the same time make money. Artists still own complete copyright ownership of their music. Beat melody is merely acting as a music broker connecting the Artist to the License buyer. Artists have their own Licensing store and don't have any fees to pay unless their music is licensed. If an Artists music is licensed then we have a simple split – Artist receives 60% and Beat melody 40% .Beat melody also has a great music player which is compatible with apple products and Windows based systems so there are no restrictions to licensing to music – other music licensing websites run on flash which is not compatible with apple products.
"Yes. Music licensing is one aspect that can help Artists
but I am always thinking of new innovative ways to empower Artists
to break into the music industry."
- Mark Harrison -
IMD Is there an alternative to the 60/40 split for the Artist ?
BM We are currently developing and implementing new features. In the near future Artists will be able choose whether to pay small monthly membership fee and receive 100% or do a 60/40 split. Our hosting and developing costs are quite high and we are still in the beginning stages of promoting Beat Melody.
IMD Do you Have a Music or Legal Background?
BM Yes, I am a songwriter. I also play guitar, bass, piano and sing. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years in small bands. I also have qualifications in this area – “Higher National Diploma” degree level. in Music Production - Distinction– this includes sound engineering and music law. Prior to building Beat melody, I did a lot of research into this industry and have learned a lot but I am still learning now.
IMD Other than music licensing. Do you plan on offering any other services?
BM Yes. Music licensing is one aspect that can help Artists but I am always thinking of new innovative ways to empower Artists to break into the music industry. I don't want to say too much just yet as these ideas could easily be replicated. Other than that, we will be offering a professional music review service and already have a great music critic on board.
IMD How has the Music Business changed in the last decade?
BM With the advent of the internet and its increasing subscriber list, digital has remolded the way the music industry works. I myself still like to listen to vinyl but have to accept changes as do the increasing number of Artists. Most people are recording on computers, gone are the days of the Fostex B16 unless you have the dosh. “Independent” has become the new music term. Artists are going independent and need platforms like Beat melody to help showcase their talents and sell their music.The music industry is on its knees and big Conglomerate companies such as EMI are having to re-size.
IMD What are your music tastes?
BM I like rock, pop, metal and even ambient. It just depends on what I am doing. If I am on a running machine I like to listen to something with a fast pace - maybe Metallica, Foo Fighters, Radio Head, Oasis, NIN. If it's a sunny day then maybe I will listen to Brian Eno. I even like some rap music. It just depends how its done. I am not a big fan of commercial X-factor type manufactured crap.
IMD What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?
BM I have been to big festivals and concerts but I prefer small gigs because they are more intimate. Big concerts - I like “Radio Head” and “NIN” live
IMD What do you like about going to a live gig?
BM Live gigs are a real buzz. This is where you get to see the band in its true form and its loud especially if the gigs in a small room. I can't hear anything for 2 days after but Its worth it. Also, from a bands point of view, it's great to play in front of a real live audience. Unpredictable.
IMD What’s next for Beat Melody?
BM I would like Beat melody to become a good option for Media companies to source music for their productions and help create great opportunities for artists.
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