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Taxi Music Forward - Chart Worthy Country Songs 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

Writing instrumental tracks is a blast, but getting a song w/lyrics forwarded has always been my primary and coveted goal. Hope this is the start of....a few more! 

I'm a member of the Jeffrey Steele Online Songwriting Bootcamp from Nashville and it just so happens a fellow member and now good friend, Mary Lyn Bates, lives a mere 40 miles or so from my house. So we got together and this song came from our very first co-write. More to come! 

All the tracks are done in my home studio.

CHART-WORTHY COUNTRY SONGS with Male Vocals are needed by a great Music Row Publisher for an Award-Winning Country Star. 

Please submit great Songs in All Tempos that could fit in the general stylistic ballpark of these references: 

“My Town” by Montgomery Gentry 

“Hell Right” by Blake Shelton ft. Trace Adkins 

“Brand New Man” by Brooks & Dunn, Luke Combs 

Please submit Songs with fresh and unique ideas, coupled with original Country melodies and super strong choruses that are ready for the charts! Your submissions should have lyrics full of visual imagery and should be able to compete with Nashville’s best writers! For this request, Songs should have a more organic, traditional sound and feel, especially the vocals! 

NOTE: This artist hasn’t put out records in a while, so they are going to be looking for "HITS that can bring the artist back to the top of the charts." In other words – the bar for this request will be high, and only the best of the best will be forwarded. 

Stripped-Down demos and full productions are both okay to submit as long as the Songs are great and your recordings are clean, clear, and well-balanced! 

NOTEWORTHY: If time permits, someone from the Publisher's staff (who has been trained as a TAXI screener) will review the submissions for this request. That means that people directly involved in this request could be the "ears" reviewing your submissions! 

Taxi Music Forward - Tension Instrumental Cue 

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I apologize in advance for any tension you may experience from listening to this track.... yuk yuk

TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a NON-Exclusive Music Licensing Company for the Music Supervisor of a new competition-based Reality TV Series! 

They need a bunch of Tension Cues in a variety of tempos and styles. Please listen to the examples below to get a general idea of what they need: 

Shark Tank (From 6:40 – 7:15) 

Last Chance Kitchen (From 5:04 – 5:57) 

Please submit dramatic, tension-inducing Instrumental Cues that could add a sense of anticipation to a scene. Your pieces can include Electronic or Orchestral Instrumentation, or a hybrid of both, as long as they’re tension-inducing! Craft your Instrumental Cues around a central melodic idea, while gradually adding and subtracting instruments to create building dynamics and forward momentum as your Cue progresses. If you can picture your Instrumental Cue adding some dramatic intensity and tension to a Reality TV show competition, send it in! 

Your submissions should be about 90 Seconds long, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned endings will work best. Do NOT copy the referenced material in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed. 

This company offers a NON-EXCLUSIVE deal. You’ll keep 100% of the Master rights and the Library will get 100% of the Publisher’s share for any placements they generate. You must own or control your Master and Copyright to submit for this opportunity. Please submit as many Instrumental Cues as you’d like, online or per CD. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, October 20th, 2019.  TAXI Dispatch #D191020TN

Taxi Music Forward - Dramedy Instrumental Cue 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film pro that will hear it next."

Continuing with the sneaky stuff...

DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Top-Tier Music Library that gets tons of big Feature Film and TV placements! 

They’re looking for Dramedy Cues in a wide range of styles – from quirky and mischievous, to playful, sneaky, and/or quizzical. Please listen to the following references to give yourself an idea of what they’re looking for: 

“KUWTK” (From 0:39 - 1:04) 

Funny Background Music 

Please submit well-crafted Dramedy Instrumental Cues that are built around a central melodic theme or motif. Keep things dynamic and forward-moving by layering instruments in and out as your pieces progress. Avoid submitting anything that sounds busy as it could interfere with a scene’s dialogue. 

NOTE: This Music Library has plenty of ordinary Dramedy Cues in their catalog, so feel free to be original and send them material that’s a bit creative and different – but nothing too radical, of course! 

All submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take). Solid edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are strongly encouraged. Please do not copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Dark, Minimalist Sci-Fi Instrumental 

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DARK, MINIMALIST SCI-FI INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an awesome International Music Library – and they need lots of them! 

Check out these references to get in the general ballpark: 

Ambient Sci-fi Background Music 

Cliff Martinez – from The Knick 

Ambient Sci-Fi Music 

All Tempos will be considered, although we assume they’ll mostly want Mid-to-Up-Tempo material. 

Please submit moody, well-composed Instrumental Cues that could help support suspenseful scenes in Sci-Fi TV shows! Build your Cues around simple, tension-inducing melodic figures that will sit easily behind a scene’s dialogue, and add/subtract new elements as they progress to create a sense of forward movement with nice developmental arcs. Gentle pulses, clock-like ticks, arpeggiated leads, and droning synth pads are all potentially great elements to build these kinds of Cues around. Please make sure the instrumentation you use doesn't sound like it's stock or just plain cheesy. Send them the good stuff! 

If you can picture your Instrumental Cues being used in shows like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and The Twilight Zone, send them in!  Your submissions should be around 90 seconds long, give or take. Non-faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings will work best. Please do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed. 

Taxi Music Forward - Orchestral Tension Instrumental Cue 

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This one was exceptionally fun to write! I could play guitar all day, but this kind of stuff kind of tickles my inner, I don't know, Hans Zimmer? :)

ORCHESTRAL TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Music Library that has just started requesting music from TAXI's members. It’s a good time to get in on the ground floor and build a relationship with this library. 

They need a bunch of Orchestral-based Tension Cues in a variety of tempos and styles. Please listen to the references below to get a general idea of what they need: 

Reference 1 

Reference 2 

Please send in well-composed Cues that have a distinctly TENSE style and sound and are also stylistically "on point" with the references above. Your instrumentation can be solely Orchestral, or you can utilize a hybrid of other genres combined with Orchestral elements. Be sure to craft your Cues around simple, tension-inducing melodic content while adding new layers of instrumentation as they progress to add dynamics and some forward momentum that builds to a climax. Think of what you'd hear in sports TV Promos, and you'll likely be on the right track! 

Your submissions should be at least 2 minutes in length. Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings will work best for this request. Do NOT copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward(s) - Asian-Influenced and Urban Piano 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film pro that will hear it next."

I'm going to post two at once! They were forwarded within the a week or so of each other. I'm a little behind.

A Wide Range of Asian-influenced “Transitional” INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hard-working, successful Music Licensing Company. 

They’re searching for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the generalwheelhouse of the following references: 

Training Po - Hans Zimmer (Kung Fu Panda Soundtrack) 

Mists Of Pandaria Soundtrack - 2 - Why Do We Fight? 

Beautiful Chinese Music - Winds of Spring 

Quoting our client: "We want to hear Asian-influenced Instrumental Cues that can work for scene transitions in TV Shows and Documentaries." 

Your submissions can cover a range of moods and emotions, from Moody and Mysterious to Anxious and Suspenseful – and everything in between! Your arrangements can vary but should incorporate traditional Asian elements like (not limited to) bamboo flutes, gongs, and Taiko Drums, etc. Your Cues should also stay on one mood and melodic/rhythmic idea from start to finish while introducing subtle changes in texture, tone, and dynamics as it progresses. 

NOTE: They're also looking to hear Cues that have a tranquil quality, and that lean heavily on drones and sound design elements to convey the feeling of nature in the background, but please do NOT include any actual "nature" sound effects in your music, such as waterfalls, wind, animal noises, etc. 

Your submissions can range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length. Short intros (or no intro at all), good edit points, and buttoned/stinger endings will all probably work best. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

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HAPPY, PIANO-Based INSTRUMENTAL CUES with an URBAN influence are needed by a very successful Music Library. They’re on the hunt for Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic range of these references we got from them: 

“Broccoli [Official Instrumental]” by D.R.A.M ft. Lil Yachty 

“Playinwitme (Karaoke Version)” by KYLE ft. Kehlani 

Please send well-crafted, emotionally upbeat Piano Instrumental Cues with a feel-good sound. Submissions should be built around a rhythmic Urban/Hip-Hop beat.  Shape your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward movement. Please avoid anything that’s particularly busy as it could interfere with dialogue. 

Submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take) with Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a guide for texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Dark and Drone-y Instrumental Cue 

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DARK and DRONE-Y INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an International Music Library that needs lots of new music to keep up with client requests! Please submit “drone-y” Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following references: 

Sinister Dark Ambient 

Dark Ambient Background Music 

Please send them subtle Instrumental Cues with very little melodic movement. Your Cues should have a droning quality that delivers an unsettling, moody, sort of ominous feel. Be sure to stick to a singular vibe and sound throughout the entire Cue to keep your piece emotionally cohesive from beginning to end. In other words, don't try to score an imaginary scene. Instead, give them one "vibe" from beginning to end because they'll figure out how and where they want to use it. 

All submissions should be about 1:30 in length, give or take. Non-Faded Endings with a natural decay/ring out will likely work best. Do NOT copy the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

All submissions should be about Two Minutes long (give or take) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Minimalist Investigative Cues 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film pro that will hear it next."

This one is one of my favorites. I like the ebb and flow and the transitions between sections - much fun figuring out new ways to create moods for scenes! 

MINIMALISTIC INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a successful. International Music Licensing Company with worldwide distribution through BMG! 

NOTE: This company has just started requesting music from TAXI's members, so chances are you don’t have any material in their catalog yet! 

They’re looking for the kind of Tension inducing Instrumental Cues that could be heard in Crime Drama TV shows or Feature Films in the general range of the following references: 

Crime Scene Music - Police Investigation Underscore Music 

Detroit: Become Human - Investigation 

Your submissions can have some sound design elements like sparse percussion and atmospheric pads – but remember, less is more. This pitch is all about setting the mood.  Electronic and/or Orchestral Instrumentation can all work, but don’t add too many layers, just enough to give your Cue some forward momentum, and to keep it from sounding repetitive. 

Quoting the Music Library: “We are looking for tracks that are minimalist, sparse, and somewhat simplistic. That does NOT mean boring, repetitive, or without evolvement. We prefer to have at least two instruments in a cue. So if you have a solo piece, add another instrument or two and send the newer version.” 

All submissions should be about Two Minutes long (give or take) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward(s) - Urban Dramedy Instrumental 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film pro that will hear it next."

Well, 2 out of 3 forwards out to bad. The second has been forwarded before but hasn't been placed yet.

URBAN DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hot International Music Library that’s been signing a lot of TAXI members to keep up with their increasing demand. They love receiving music from TAXI members, and have requested even more! 

They’re on the hunt for Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that are in the general stylistic ballpark of the examples below: 

Check Yourself: S9 E14 (From 1:27 - 2:01) 

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (From 1:23-1:55) 

Please give them well-crafted Dramedy Instrumental Cues with a noticeable Urban vibe, feel, and style. Your Cues should have contemporary instrumentation and solid production values from top to bottom. 

Be sure to build your Cue around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to create dynamics and movement. Please avoid anything that sounds overly busy, as it could distract from a scene’s dialogue. If you can picture your Instrumental Cue working well in a variety of comical scenes in Urban-centric Reality TV Shows, send it in! 

TAXI Tip: This library needs a bunch of fresh Instrumental Cues in this genre; so if you’ve got the goods, don’t be shy about submitting multiple pieces for consideration! 

All submissions should be at least 60 seconds in length (somewhere in the ballpark of 60 seconds to 2 minutes is probably your best bet.) Good edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are strongly encouraged. Do NOT copy the examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, texture and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Light Marimba-based Tension Instrumental 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film pro that will hear it next."

The happy marimba suddenly becomes not-so-happy!

LIGHT MARIMBA-Based TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful, NON-Exclusive Music Library that gets tons of placements in TV Shows, Films, and TV Commercials. 

NOTE: Due to the unique nature of this request, we purposely didn't include references as we felt they could potentially be more misleading or limiting than helpful. 

Please submit Down-To-Mid-Tempo, Light Tension Cues that are built around the Marimba. Cues that can support scenes with sad or reflective moods have been requested. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward movement. Please avoid submitting anything that’s busy enough to interfere with dialogue. 

NOTE: Your instrumentation can include electronic and/or organic elements, but the Marimba should be the focal point of the Cue. 

All submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take). If you go a little long, don’t sweat it! Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Broadcast quality is needed.