June 5th, 2012

Music Supervisor Profile :: Joe Rudge

Music Supervisor Profile :: Joe Rudge

Joe Rudge is an established music supervisor based in Brooklyn, NY. An experienced licensing professional and music fanatic, he works with film, TV, commercial, and multimedia directors to enhance the moving image with sound.

Joe started as production assistant at MTV & VH1, but soon found himself music supervising for The Disney Channel. 2006 was a breakthrough year for Joe, when he music-supervised the cult hit Brick, directed by Rian Johnson, for Focus Features.

Recent music supervision highlights include Blue Valentine (directed by Derek Cianfrance), Terri (directed by Aza Jacobs), Margin Call (directed by J.C Chandor), and the Martin Scorsese documentaries Public Speaking and George Harrison: Living In The Material World.

Upcoming is the much buzzed about Sundance award winner Beasts of the Southern Wild (directed by Benh Zeitlin), released by Fox Searchlight.
Music Supervisor Profile :: Joe Rudge



May 22nd, 2012

Supervisor Profile :: Michael Gross

Supervisor Profile :: Michael Gross

Michael Gross has been an Integrated Broadcast Producer and Music Supervisor for TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles for the past 5 years, working with brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Nissan, Visa, and the Grammys.

As Music Supervisor, Michael has licensed music for scores of campaigns across a wide range of budgets. He has also produced original music and worked with top music talent to write for special projects. He particularly enjoyed working with David Banner on the “Evolve” campaign for Gatorade, which became an iTunes hit after the song broke on TV.

Michael curates and event-produces Chiat’s annual music & arts festival, 5353 Fest, which features the best up & coming musical talent. Artists who have played 5353 include: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dengue Fever, Fitz & the Tantrums, Local Natives, and Class Actress.

As Producer, Michael recently worked with the Recording Academy on their 2012 TV campaign for the Grammys, featuring Bon Iver, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, and Adele. He’s shot film, documentary, commercial, and viral content projects on 4 different continents.

Michael lives in his native town of Venice Beach, CA. His favorite song of 2012 is “Only For You” by the Heartless Bastards. Michael bleeds Laker purple & gold and has absolutely zero patience for boogieboarders.
Supervisor Profile :: Michael Gross



April 12th, 2012

Music Supervisor Profile :: Chris Mollere

Music Supervisor Profile :: Chris Mollere

Music Supervisor Profile is a recurring feature on Rollo & Grady where we interview the top supervisors in the business to learn their secrets and get valuable advice on how to break into world of music supervision. Some of our previous interviews have been with such heavyweights as Thomas Golubic, Liza Richardson, Andrea von Foerster, Scott Vener, Michelle Kuznetsky, and Gary Calamar.

This month we interviewed Chris Mollere, one of the rising stars in the music supervision business. Mollere runs the Los Angeles based firm, Fusion Music Supervision, which fulfills musical visions for Film, Television, Documentaries, and Video Games. When sourcing music, he draws from a lifetime of influences, including childhood travel around the world and his days as an undergraduate in Austin, Texas. Honing not only is tastes but also his business acumen, Chris has served in managerial, production, and promotional capacities throughout the music industry and since he moved to Los Angeles, has combined his interests in music with a passion for film. Over the past six years Mollere has supervised many television projects including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Greek, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Kyle XY. His films include The Box, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, and I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. Chris also put together the soundtracks for Season One of The Vampire Diaries and Season One of Pretty Little Liars.

He does an excellent job of using Twitter a tool to promote artists on the shows he is supervising. You can follow him at @cmollere.
Music Supervisor Profile :: Chris Mollere



January 22nd, 2012

Music Supervisor Profile :: Michelle Kuznetsky

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Music Supervisor Profile is a recurring feature on Rollo & Grady where we interview the top supervisors in the business to learn their secrets and get valuable advice on how to break into world of music supervision. Some of our previous interviews have been with such heavyweights as Thomas Golubic, Andrea Von Foerster, Liza Richardson, Scott Vener, and Gary Calamar.

Music Supervisor Profile :: Michelle Kuznetsky

We recently interviewed the extremely talented Michelle Kuznetsky. Over the past fifteen years, Michelle has handled music supervision responsibilities for both television and film. She was the supervisor for Prison Break, and is currently working on JJ Abrams’ new sci-fi thriller, Alcatraz, and co-supervises the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy with Bob Thiele Jr. Her feature film credits include The Station Agent, Happy Gilmore, Cop Land, Clay Pigeons, Kill Bill:Vol. 1, to name a few.
Music Supervisor Profile :: Michelle Kuznetsky



January 6th, 2012

Rollo & Grady :: Industry Picks Best Albums of 2011

Rollo & Grady :: Industry Picks Best Albums of 2011
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Yesterday we posted our annual feature in which our favorite artists list their top albums of 2011. Today we’ve enlisted some of our favorite music bloggers, music supervisors, comedians, DJs, journalists, and various industry music professionals to list their top albums of 2011.
Rollo & Grady :: Industry Picks Best Albums of 2011



October 3rd, 2011

Rollo & Grady Interview :: Ian Rogers – Topspin Media

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At first glance, Ian Rogers doesn’t look like the CEO of a cutting-edge music technology company. He has long blond hair and tattoos on his fingers, is an avid skateboarder, and loves hip-hop music. Rogers happens to be one of the music industry’s brightest visionaries and one of the most passionate people I’ve spoken to regarding the future of music and marketing.

He runs the Los Angeles based company Topspin Media, a direct-to-fan marketing and retail software company founded by Peter Gotcher and Shamal Ranasinghe in 2007. Rogers joined the company in 2008, the same year Topspin was named Indie Visionary of the Year by Billboard Magazine. Prior to working at Topspin, Rogers was the GM of Yahoo Music for five years. In the 90s he managed the Beastie Boys and eventually became the President of New Media for their label, Grand Royal.

Rollo & Grady Interview :: Ian Rogers   Topspin Media

Rogers practices what he preaches: the direct-to-fan CEO is also direct-to-critics. He is not afraid to defend his company on message boards, in person, and on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and blogs. He recently interrupted his family vacation in Hawaii to explain the company’s decision to shut down the San Francisco office.

I caught up with Rogers to discuss the Topspin platform and its popularity with over 4,000 artists, which includes diverse acts such as Odd Future, Drive-By Truckers, Paul McCartney, Blitzen Trapper, Neon Indian, Sigur Ros, Lil’ Wayne, and Gillian Welch, to name a few.

Rollo & Grady Interview :: Ian Rogers   Topspin Media



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October 3rd, 2011

Music Supervisor Profile :: Andrea von Foerster

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Music Supervisor Profile is a recurring feature on Rollo & Grady: we interview the top supervisors in the business to learn their secrets and get valuable advice on how to break into world of music supervision. Some of our previous interviews have been with such heavyweights as Thomas Golubic, Liza Richardson, Scott Vener, and Gary Calamar.

We recently interviewed the brilliant and insightful tastemaker Andrea von Foerster of Firestarter Music. Over the last decade, Andrea has handled music supervision responsibilities for both television and film. She was the music coordinator for hit television shows Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, Rescue Me, and Roswell. She is best known for supervising the Fox Searchlight film, 500 Days of Summer. The movie’s eclectic soundtrack included Black Lips, Doves, The Smiths, Feist, and Hall & Oates. During our conversation, she made a point to tell me that she feels blessed to have the best job in the world.
Music Supervisor Profile :: Andrea von Foerster



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September 8th, 2011

Music Supervisor Profile :: Liza Richardson

Music Supervisor Profile :: Liza Richardson

Music Supervisor Profile is a recurring feature on Rollo & Grady where we interview the top supervisors in the business to learn their secrets and get valuable advice on how to break into world of music supervision. Some of our previous interviews have been with such heavyweights as Thomas Golubic, Gary Calamar, and Scott Vener.

This month we interviewed the super talented Liza Richardson. Her resume boasts Hawaii Five-0 , Parenthood, and Friday Night Lights. Richardson selected over 600 songs in the 5-season run of Friday Night Lights. Some of the artists she included were Pearl Jam, Wilco, White Denim, Ryan Adams, TV On The Radio, Explosions In The Sky, Black Keys, and Bob Dylan. Her film work includes The Italian Job, Lords Of Dogtown, and Y Tu Mamá También, which was nominated for a Best Soundtrack Compilation Grammy.

In addition to her work in television and film, Richardson worked on an IPOD commercial. The Texas native has also DJ’d for Southern California radio station KCRW 89.9 FM since 1990 and she was tapped to be the first DJ to spin for the Academy Awards ceremony in 2007.
Music Supervisor Profile :: Liza Richardson



June 6th, 2011

Dave Kusek :: iCloud – Amnesty for Music Pirates?

Dave Kusek :: iCloud – Amnesty for Music Pirates?

[By Dave Kusek]
For slightly more than $2/mo everybody will soon have access to all the music they can find, steal, share, rip, produce, morph or buy using iTunes Match. Is this amnesty for all the music pirates? I hope so.

As we predicted in The Future of Music, the future is about access to music rather than ownership. With Apple iCloud and iTunes Match, Apple has once again set the bar for all music distributors, while again lining up all the major record labels for yet another lunch. The twist to all of this is – does iCloud grant you immunity from prosecution for copyright infringement for sharing or downloading music however you wish to? We shall see.

Fantasize with me as we did in 2005…

Dave Kusek :: iCloud – Amnesty for Music Pirates?

It’s the year 2015 and you wake to a familiar tune playing softly. It gets you out of bed and makes you feel good. As you walk into the bathroom, your Personal Media Minder activates the video display in the mirror, and you watch a bit of personalized news while you get ready for the day. You step into the shower and your personalized music program is ready for you, cued up with a new live version of a track that you downloaded the other day. It is even better than the original recording, so while you dress, you tell your “TasteMate” program to include the new track in your playlist rotation.

You put on your new eyeglasses, which contain a networked audio headset, letting tiny earbuds slip into your ears. You switch on the power, and the mix that your friend made for you starts to play. Music pours into your consciousness. It becomes yours. Continue Reading

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May 4th, 2011

Spotify :: Adds iPod Sync and MP3 Downloads to Service

Spotify :: Adds iPod Sync and MP3 Downloads to Service

[via- Kelly Hodgkins - Tuaw]
“Spotify expanded its online music streaming service to include MP3 downloads, iPod playlist sync and more. The music service will now let free and premium users sync their iPod classic, nano or shuffle with the service. Simply connect your iPod and Spotify will add the portable media player to your list of available devices. In a matter of minutes, all the paid MP3 files in your Spotify playlist will automatically sync to your iPod. Continue Reading



April 23rd, 2011

Billboard :: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

Billboard :: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

[By Antony Bruno]
Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they’re both Tortoises.

But there are signs that the finish line is in sight.

First, Reuters has a piece saying that Apple has “completed work” on its online music locker service and will beat Google to market, even though label sources have not been told when that might be.

Additionally, Peter Kafka at AllThingsD says Apple actually has deals with two of the four major labels. He also says that Apple is planning a “scan and match” locker service, which means it would store one copy of each song in a central server, and let anyone who purchased that song on iTunes stream it to any device. This is the model that Lala championed, the company Apple bought in late 2009.

Still no details on pricing or time. And we’ve not yet been able to independently confirm any of this. But it sounds reasonable and in line with what we’ve been expecting from Apple all along.

As for Google, the Reuters story speculates that the company keeps changing its plans and that complicates the licensing talks. Google also has completed work on its music service, as reports surfaced a few weeks ago that employees are already testing it internally and there have been leaks of the app in various outlets. So it’s fair to say both Google and Apple have completed work on their music locker services, and all that remains is the licensing element. Continue Reading…