Dan Luedke – Saint Paul, MN
Have you ever dreamt of having your music on over 20 TV networks? This is a reality for TAXI member Dan Luedke! Recently his music has been heard on CBS, PBS, AMC, CNBC, and VH1!
Dan’s advice for people unsure about joining TAXI: “If you are thinking about joining TAXI, my advice is don’t wait until you feel ready because you probably never will. Just jump in. I joined as soon as I discovered TAXI even though I didn’t even own basic recording equipment and I have never regretted it. In fact, I kick myself for not discovering TAXI sooner.”
Dan is also a big advocate for attending our annual convention, the Road Rally, and says that “[it] is perhaps the best benefit of your TAXI membership so don’t miss it!”
Russell Landwehr – Pleasant Hill, OH
We caught up with member Russell Landwehr who says, “With my most recent Royalty Check from BMI, it looks like I’m going to have to pay income taxes at the end of the year.” We could think of worse things to have to pay taxes on! :)
Russell’s music has been heard on a ton of TV shows including Catfish (MTV), Vice (HBO), Weedicate (VICELAND), Basketball Wives LA (VH1), Becoming Us (Fuse), 16x9 (Global News), and I Love Kellie Pickler (CMT). “All of the Royalty dollars in the last three years have been through the Production Music Libraries TAXI forwarded my music to,” Russell says.
Russell tells us that when he first joined TAXI, he had no idea what he was in for: ”I thought I would just make music and then find listings to send my music in to. Turns out, through TAXI listings and involvement in the TAXI Forums, what I’d done was immerse myself in an educational and ability-expanding experience like none other. Because of TAXI I found my musical ‘voice’ and discovered genres that spoke to me and abilities I never knew I had.” Well said, Russell!
Jack Douglas Miller – Keaau, HI
TAXI member Jack Douglas Miller recently let us know about his “exciting and enlightening year [with] TAXI.” Jack has been making music since the 70s in numerous reggae bands (he was even nominated for a Grammy!) and joined TAXI in August of 2016 after a friend suggested that he check us out.
Since joining TAXI, some of his reggae tracks were signed to an awesome Hollywood-based Music Library! Jack says that he has “had songs forwarded to music supervisors, music libraries, and major labels” as well.
Why does Jack think TAXI “may be your best investment in your music career”? He says, “I haven’t received any huge royalty checks yet but maybe more importantly I’ve got what Michael Laskow calls ‘VALIDATION’...In all the years that I have been in the entertainment business I have never meet music professionals more genuinely committed to helping songwriters than at TAXI.”
Rhett Davis – Winter Park, FL
We caught up with member Rhett Davis who let us know that one of his songs has been placed on the STARZ series, The Girlfriend Experience! This placement was the result of a TAXI Forward that connected him with an amazing Music Library. After hearing some of his songs, the library asked for more and ended up signing seven of them!
Rhett, a TAXI Member since 2005, says that “while at times I felt I was spinning my wheels, the old adage of ‘good things come to those who wait,’ should be ‘good things come to those who persevere and belong to TAXI’...The critiques at time were hard to take at times but they have always given me insight for improvement even though I have been at this for a long time.” Keep up the awesome work, Rhett!
FM Cossey & Scott Free – Auckland, NZ & Scottsdale, AZ
Sometimes deals move very quickly after a TAXI Forward! Members FM Cossey and Scott Free experienced this firsthand when their song “More Alive Today” was sent directly to a Music Supervisor for the Lifetime movie, Eat, Play, Love. “I got an email from the producer, we signed the contract and then we received payment, all within the space of 2-3 days,” FM says. How’s that for a quick turn-around?
Scott and FM have also had their music recently featured on CBS’s The Young and the Restless!
Big fans of the TAXI Road Rally, FM says that she can’t wait for this year’s event: “It always feels a bit like a family reunion; catching up with co-writers and friends, and getting to meet library owners/publishers face to face ... I feel so grateful that TAXI has given me the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, which I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do, particularly because I live in New Zealand.”
Dan Michaels – Brentwood, TN
We just found out that TAXI member Dan Michaels and his band, The Choir, got one of their songs placed in Get Shorty (Epix). This placement was the result of a deal they made with an awesome Music Publisher that TAXI forwarded their tracks to.
“Upon seeing a listing by a music library seeking master recordings from alt-rock bands from the early ’90s, I submitted and was contacted by their A&R. In the end, they purchased the masters and publishing on 12 of our songs ... what I’m most excited about is that these songs now have the potential to be heard again as well as earn money after they’ve simply been sitting idle on a hard drive for 25 years,” Dan says.
Some other recent success for Dan and his band include placements on Hindsight (VH1) and Outdoors in the Heartland (Outdoor Channel), as well as signing with another Music Library through a TAXI Forward.
Dan adds that “TAXI has benefited The Choir beyond the money we’ve made ... realizing that leaders in the music supervision and library industry see value in our music is what is most meaningful to me.”
Marcus Cohen – Norristown, PA
TAXI member Marcus Cohen is on a roll! He let us know that his music has been featured on even more TV shows recently including The Daily Show (Comedy Central), Chachi’s World (go90), and VICELAND’s The Last Shot, F*** That’s Delicious and Huang’s World.
Marcus says that he has “230 songs signed to 14 different publishers and almost 120 placements this year” due to contacts he’s made through TAXI Forwards and the TAXI Road Rally. We’re always so excited to see our members succeed, and Marcus definitely makes us proud!
Lionel Lodge – Port Dover, ON, Canada
We caught up with TAXI member Lionel Lodge who let us know the details of his recent placement on Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: Unabomber!
He tells us that through a TAXI Forward, he was connected to an awesome Music Publisher: “They signed one of my albums, Sister, to their label. We did the deal back in January of this year and they paid me nicely for the rights to the full album. Now they are getting placements and will officially re-release the album in October. [I’m] very happy with the deal they gave me and the continued work they are doing to get the album out there. Thanks, TAXI!”
Keith Lubrant – Turnersville, NJ
We caught up with Keith Lubrant, a long-time TAXI Member, who let us know that his music has been placed in over 500 TV shows since he joined in 2007! We didn’t even know that there were that many shows on TV in the first place!
Just some of the networks his music has appeared on are NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, FOX, MTV, VH1, and E!.
Recently, Keith submitted to a TAXI Dispatch listing and had his music sent to an industry company who signed it the next day! “Efficiency at it’s finest!” he says. We’d have to agree on that!
Keith credits TAXI for “... basically singlehandedly [starting] my career with writing music for TV and Film.” He says that without TAXI “I’m not sure what I would be doing ... After joining TAXI, I now have the opportunity to continue to write and record music and earn good money with it.”
Bob Mete – Earlysville, VA
We love hearing about our members’ continuing success, and Bob Mete is no exception! Recently his music has been heard on Search Party (TBS), Chicago Fire (NBC), Hello Cupid (Centric), Sports Lite with Mike Hall (BTN), and Fighting Demons (film).
Bob says that “Every quarter my BMI statement gets longer and longer, and the amounts are gets bigger and bigger.” He also says that TAXI has had a huge part in his success in TV and Film placements! “I truly mean it when I say, none of this would be even remotely possible if it were not for the hard-working folks at TAXI and the amazing community of composers and musicians that I am so proud to call friends,” Bob says.
Sherry Marcus Milano – Norristown, PA
You never know when music you wrote back in the day might find a spot in modern times! Sherry Milano found that out when her songs from the late ’70s and ’80s were signed by an awesome Music Publisher! Since the songs were signed, one of them has been placed in SyFy’s Killjoys!
Other recent successes of Sherry’s include another one of her vintage tracks being signed to another Publisher and some West Coast Hip-Hop cues being signed by a Music Library as well!
Sherry and her son and writing partner, Marcus Cohen, attended their first TAXI Road Rally last year. "We never expected the life-changing relationships and connections that were made over those three days—opening the doors to multiple deals, signings, and placements, and putting faces to the names of the other members we'd met in the Forums and chats."
Steve Henrichs – Los Angeles, CA
We’re always excited to hear about our members getting connected in the Music Industry through TAXI Forwards! TAXI member Steve Henrichs had his drone-y ambient instrumental "The Unborn" signed to a fantastic Music Library as the result of a TAXI Forward.
Because of this Forward, Steve is able to send even more tracks to that library! "Thanks for all the great TAXI resources!" he says.
Christine Cochrane – Austin, TX
TAXI member Christine Cochrane recently reached out to let us know about all of the recent success she’s had through TAXI! She joined back in 2012 and didn’t submit much in the beginning. “While I got great feedback, I didn't quite know what to do since I had very few recording skills and couldn't meet deadlines if I had to write and hire someone to do the recording…” she said.
After attending her first TAXI Road Rally and taking some classes on recording, Christine started to see results. “In the first half of 2014 I received 27 Forwards, and in June I had my first deal with a library,” she told us.
Flash forward to 2017 and Christine is starting to reap the benefits of all of her hard work! “As of June of this year I've had 84 placements on 5 networks (MTV, E!, A&E, Bravo, and Fuse). Yesterday I was invited to place music with another music library because of a TAXI Forward!” she said. Keep up the hard work, Christine!
Bob Kelly & Jay Ramsey – Las Vegas, NV
A lot of former TAXI members are still getting the benefits from their time with TAXI! Bob Kelly and Jay Ramsey are perfect examples of this. The dynamic duo had been making music together since the 1960s, and were able to strike a deal with an awesome Music Publisher––signing most of their catalog to be pitched for Film & TV opportunities. Since then, more than 50 of their songs recorded back in the 60s and 70s have been placed in movies and TV shows!
Some of their recent placements include two songs in the upcoming season of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman and Aquarius, another Netflix original. Their music will also be featured in the feature film, American Made, hitting theaters in September. Congratulations, Bob and Jay!
Dick Flood – Salley, SC
We caught up with TAXI member Dick Flood (AKA Okefenokee Joe) who let us know about some recent placements that he’s gotten as a result of TAXI Forwards. A few years ago, some of his songs were signed to a Music Library after we sent them some tracks. All this time, and he’s still seeing success!
Dick’s music has been heard in a lot of different shows on major networks like NBC, ABC, Adult Swim, and Amazon Studios! In October, one of his songs will be played on an episode of The CW’s iZombie. “I believe this is the 20th or more placement for me,” Dick says, “and the BMI checks are getting bigger!”
Claudia Acerra – Johnston, RI
We’re always excited to hear about successes from TAXI members who haven’t been a part of the community for very long. Claudia Acerra has been a member of TAXI for about a year and a half and has already signed a deal with a Music Library! After one of her tracks (a song she wrote for her wife who was undergoing cancer treatment) was sent to them, they wanted to hear more!
Claudia says that due to the feedback she’s received from TAXI screeners she has "really been forced to tighten up everything about my songwriting process ... I work on my craft each and every day with nearly no exceptions. TAXI has given me a new kind of happiness ... it isn't always easy and the process can be frustrating, but I have taken the challenge."
Congratulations, Claudia! We look forward to hearing about more of your successes in the future!
Marcus Cohen – Norristown, PA
We caught up with TAXI member Marcus Cohen who let us know about a few new placements that he’s had recently! He’s a perfect example of someone that has been able to make amazing connections within the industry at our free, yearly convention, The Road Rally. Because of those contacts, Marcus has signed a ton of songs with multiple industry companies.
Lately, Marcus’s music has been on every episode of a season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), MTV’s The Challenge, NFL on CBS, three songs on Empire (FOX), and a promo for ABC!
Marcus says that his favorite thing about TAXI is “most certainly the people.” He says that the community that TAXI offers is extremely valuable to success within the industry. “From the TAXI TV chats, to the Forums, and most certainly the Rally ... when you fully immerse yourself and take advantage of all that taxi offers, you will find success and so much more. I am busy writing new music daily, and have made lifelong friends in the process.”
Hank Jones – San Diego, CA
A lot of TAXI Forwards can lead to years of placements, and Hank Jones is a testament to that! A few years ago, his music was sent to an awesome Music Publisher through a TAXI Forward that signed 13 of his songs––with upfront payments on each of them!
We found out that Hank’s song, “A Day In The Life Of Me” just got placed on the Jim Carrey-produced series I’m Dying Up Here(Showtime)! Hanks says that “perhaps this placement is a reinforcement to all of your older TAXI members to learn patience and explore what might be buried at the bottom of their songwriting-trunks: “I wrote this song in 1969!”
Hank’s advice for fellow TAXI Members: “keep on writing––and don't give up. The placement on this song took 48 years to make––but it FINALLY happened!”
Steve Baruah – Ebensee, Austria
We just heard from TAXI member Steve Baruah who let us know that he got his first placement through TAXI! One of Steve’s electronic pop instrumentals was forwarded to a Music Library that ended up signing the track. A couple months later, he learned that the cue appeared in an episode of Catfish (MTV)! “The library also asked if I had any other cues in that genre. I have since signed 13 cues to [it],” Steve says.
Steve tells us that “my favorite thing about TAXI is the Forums. I don't think you will find anywhere else with such a wealth of knowledge, where the people are really happy to help you! I've learnt more there than anywhere else. Access to high-quality listings and feedback from industry pros on the returns aren't bad either!” Congratulations, Steve! We hope to hear about many placements in the future!
Mike Bishop – Brockton, MA
We’re always elated to hear when our members’ music recorded back in the day finds a place in the present. TAXI member Mike Bishop was courted by RCA and Atlantic records in the past, but was unable to commit due to his circumstance at the time. In 2016, he joined TAXI and started submitting his music to our industry opportunities. As the result of a TAXI Forward, Mike’s music was signed to a phenomenal Music Publisher!
Mike says that “TAXI has definitely given me the opportunity to have my songs brought to the attention of people in the music business who can give me feedback and possible writing deals. The critiques add to my knowledge of what is current, and I am trying constantly to update my songwriting to fit the listings that are posted.” Keep writing, Mike!
Scott Hanson – Cleveland, OH
We were so excited when we heard that TAXI member Scott Hanson has recently had his song “Terrified” played for more than a minute on the Melissa McCarthy-produced show, Nobodies(TV Land)! Scott’s work has also been featured in Kevin from Work (Freeform) and Halt and Catch Fire (AMC). All of these placements were the result of being forwarded to an awesome Music Publisher through a TAXI Listing!
Scott says, “Thanks to TAXI, I have been able to make the connections I needed to get my work out there and in the mix. TAXI was well worth every penny I have invested.” We’re so excited for all of the success Scott’s had and will have in the future! Keep up the amazing work!
Kurt Kreimier – Clermont, FL
Attending the TAXI’s free, yearly convention, the Road Rally, is one of the best ways to network and create connections with Music Industry Companies; and Kurt Kreimier has definitely taken advantage of that! This year, Kurt’s music was featured in the feature film John Wick 2 (Lionsgate) through a Music Library that he connected with at the Road Rally! His material has also been in two other movies: Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie (Castlerock Entertainment) and John Wick (Thunder Road Pictures).
Kurt tells us that in addition to these movie placements, he continues “to see new domestic and international placements each quarter through publishers that I developed relationships with through TAXI.” Recently, he’s had placements on a few TV shows: The Detour (TBS) and Still the King (CMT)!
Kurt’s favorite thing about TAXI is the Road Rally. He says that “it provides a great opportunity to learn, network, and develop relationships and friendships with the people who can get your music placed ... were it not for TAXI and the Road Rally, none of these successes would have happened.” Thanks for the kind words, Kurt!
Alasdair Dodds – Hornchurch, Essex, United Kingdom
Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone really pays off, and TAXI member Alasdair Dodds can definitely attest to that! Like a lot of other members, Alasdair began his TAXI career less than a year ago with mostly returns but received his first Forward in the “Contemporary Pop” genre (something he had never written previously). Within two hours of receiving a notification of the Forward, the Music Library contacted him and offered him a contract to sign the track!
Alasdair says that “the thing I love the most about TAXI is when the Screeners take the extra time ... to give a more detailed Critique of my work; it’s invaluable and absolutely priceless.” We look forward to seeing more success from you in the future, Alasdair!
Ashleigh Watson – Melbourne, Australia
For some TAXI members, it doesn’t take long to see success in the Music Industry! Ashleigh Watson has been a member for less than eight months, and just signed one of her soul tracks to a London-based Music Licensing Company! She says that she “applied via the listing a few months ago and out of the blue it was forwarded, then accepted. It felt great to have something positive come out of submitting one of my songs ... it’s encouraged me to keep trying in the future.”
Ashleigh says that she also enjoys watch TAXI TV interviews with TAXI-published author and hit songwriter Robin Frederick! “She offers great insight into the world of songwriting which otherwise can seem very daunting.”
To sum it all up, Ashleigh says that “TAXI is a great bridge between independent artists like myself and the professional world.” She also says that TAXI TV offers a wealth of information that can really help propel your career forward!
Jeff and Lori Allen – Wyckoff, NJ
The last time we talked to long-time TAXI Members, Jeff and Lori Allen, they were signed to three Music Libraries, now they’re signed to nine different Music Libraries––all of these connections either being made through TAXI Forwards or connections made through fellow TAXI Members on the TAXI Forum.
Jeff and Lori also let us know that they’ve found out that they’ve gotten six of their songs placed on Shameless (Showtime) under the band name Piewackit Quku! Their song, “Can’t Be Rolled” can be heard on an episode of MTV’s Challenge 29 as well. “None of this would have happened without joining TAXI,” they told us. Keep up the hard work, guys!
David Bluefield – Redondo Beach, CA
It’s always nice to know that TAXI Forwards can lead to years of placements. TAXI Member David Bluefield had his music sent to a Music Library a few years back and just found out that one of his songs was placed in two different popular TV shows: Chicago Fire(NBC) and Goliath (Amazon Studios)!
David says that this song was a track off a live album recorded in collaboration with another TAXI Member! How cool is that? He says another song off of the record was placed in the Canadian web series, Whatever, Linda.
David tells us that his favorite thing about TAXI is “the high-standard consistency of such a wide variety of leads.” We’re glad to hear it!
Jerry Brunkala – Oceanside, CA
We caught up with Jerry Brunkala, who let us know that he just had three instrumental cues placed in an episode of Catfish (MTV)! Though this wasn’t the result of a TAXI Forward, Jerry made this connection through the TAXI Forum and the TAXI Road Rally. He also let us know that he had another new track signed to a Music Library he met through a TAXI Forward!
Jerry says, “TAXI and the entire TAXI Community have made these successes possible. The information and opportunities TAXI provides as well as the contacts and friendships I've made within the TAXI community are priceless.” Thanks for the kind words, Jerry!
Stan Morris – Torrance, CA
TAXI Member Stan Morris has been a member of TAXI for 20 years (that’s almost as long as some of our staffers have been alive), and he’s still seeing the benefit of his TAXI membership! In late 2016, Stan was forwarded to a Music Library and heard in February that the library wanted to sign four of his songs! Then a couple weeks later, another Library that he had connected with through a TAXI Forward signed two more of his tracks! “That’s six instrumental signed during one four-week stretch. Best month ever!” Stan says.
Stan says that through TAXI Forwards and relationships made at the TAXI Road Rally Convention, he has “45 pieces of music (with over 100 cues if you count the alternative mixes) in seven different libraries.” Wow!Stan has stayed a member for all these years “not only for the feedback from the screeners, but also for the motivation, education, and the supportive friendships that have come from attending the Rally ever year.” We’re glad you’ve stuck with us from the beginning, Stan!
Terrell Burt - Orlando, FL
A lot of TAXI members’ music has been heard around the world, and Terrell Burt is no exception! His song “No Gravity” has been featured in the International Film, Heartbeats, which was produced and directed by Duane Adler (Step Up and Save the Last Dance). This placement came about from a TAXI Forward Terrell achieved back in July!
The film was released back in February in over 20 major theaters in the Middle East and will also be shown in select theaters in Europe and the United States! Talk about world-wide!
Terrell has had numerous other successes through TAXI - his most recent being signing a few tracks with a Music Library he met through the TAXI Road Rally and a placement on VICELAND’s Payday with fellow TAXI Member, Owen Chaim!
Terrell says that he likes TAXI because “I am always challenged to grow as a writer with each song I do. I am not the same writer and artist I was when I first joined TAXI in 2014, and the collaborators that the TAXI community have led me to has benefitted me so much!”
Mike Collins - Wilmette, IL
Sometimes our members don’t know that they’ve gotten placements until they get royalty payments from their PRO! TAXI Member Mike Collins had his music forwarded to a Music Library three years ago and recently found out that one of his songs was on Catfish(MTV)!
Mike has been a TAXI Member for five years and says that “[TAXI] gives me a chance to get my music heard...I am looking forward to more forwards and placements in the future.” Keep up the awesome work, Mike!
Tom Hoy - Brantford, ON, Canada
We were so excited to hear that TAXI Member Tom Hoy’s song “I’d Miss My Life” was on an episode of Freeform’s Switched at Birth! Tom got this awesome placement through a Music Library he was connected with through a TAXI Forward a few years ago.
Tom says, “If I had not joined TAXI almost seven years ago. I would still be struggling and wondering how in the world people get their music into TV and film.” He also told us that he spends a lot of time on the TAXI Forum and has been able to make numerous connections with collaborators through it! “I am constantly amazed at the talent and generosity of the members of TAXI.” We are too, Tom!
Bill Gordon – Baltimore, MD
Good relationships with Industry Companies can help your career out a lot! TAXI Member Bill Gordon made a connection with an awesome Music Library at a TAXI Road Rally, and has been able to sign 10 of his jazz trio instrumentals with them. Through this library, Bill’s song was recently heard in an episode of Amazon’s new show, Sneaky Pete!Bill has been with TAXI since close to the beginning - 1995 to be exact! He’s also been to every single TAXI Road Rally and is an extremely helpful volunteer year after year! “There's a lot to like about TAXI, but it's been the people, starting with Michael Laskow himself, that have made the enterprise so rewarding. The tens of thousands of dollars on placements and gigs via TAXI have also been pretty nice!” Bill says.
David Mau – Folsom, CA
TAXI Member David Mau has discovered that connections made through TAXI Forwards can really pay off in the long run. About two years ago, David’s 80s rock tracks were sent to an awesome Music Library who ended up signing them! Because David was connected to this company, he was able to build a relationship and keep sending them material! (He’s says that they offer sizeable up-front payments as well!)
Through this Music Library, David’s music has been placed in multiple films. He just found out that one of his tracks will be in the upcoming thriller, Above Suspicion (starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), coming out later this year!
David says that through TAXI he’s been able to make a lot of connections with other TAXI Members on the TAXI Forum and Industry Professionals at the Road Rally Convention. He says, “The thing I like best about TAXI is that they really do care. Their help, advice and mentorship ... has gone a long way.”
Alessandro Mastroianni – Frosinone, Italy
It takes a lot of TAXI Members months, even years, to get their first deal, but Italian member Alessandro Mastroianni is an exception to this! Alessandro got his first Forward AND signed his first Music Library deal within the first two weeks of his membership!
Alessandro submitted two of his instrumental tracks to a TAXI Listing back in January and had both forwarded! A few days after the Forward, he was contacted by the Music Library and was asked what else he had! “I ended up signing five tracks with them. The two cues submitted will be used to pitch for an advertising campaign next month,” he explained.
Alessandro says that he loves the TAXI community and has learned a lot from the critiques from TAXI Screeners! “...It’s a great catalyst to write more music, which is the only thing that really matters!” Keep up the awesome work, Alessandro!
Rob Simpson – Friday Harbor, WA
Rob Simpson, like a lot of our members, was able to sign music to an awesome Music Library that he had in his catalogue for years! Through a TAXI Forward, Rob was connected with a Music Library that signs vintage tunes, and they ended up signing two songs!
Rob moved away from Los Angeles in 2009 and says that he had a lot of trouble adjusting “I was really feeling disconnected from the creativity in my old Home-La-La-Land,” Rob explains. Joining TAXI that year, Rob was able to reconnect with the Music Industry: “TAXI is a creative community with a special vibe.”
Rob’s advice to fellow TAXI Members? He says that members should really take critiques from screeners to heart. “Take that insight with you the next time you sit down to write.” He says that he’s received far better and more valuable feedback from TAXI Screeners than any A&R Person he talked to while living in LA! “If you want to learn from TAXI, there’s plenty there to learn!”
Casey Hurowitz – Fort Washington, PA
TAXI Member Casey Hurowitz also knows that TAXI Forwards can result in awesome relationships with amazing Music Industry Companies! He just let us know that he had some of his singer/songwriter songs signed to a Boutique Music Library after having them forwarded from a TAXI Listing. “As with most TAXI Forwards, this started a new relationship with a library... As of now, I have signed a total of eight songs with this library!” Casey says.
Casey says that his favorite thing about TAXI is that “the listings keep you motivated to create new music, stay current as to what is in demand for Film/TV, and result in feedback from screeners.” He also loves the TAXI Forums and the community of members. “Most of these songs [that have been signed] are co-writes and would not exist if not for the TAXI Forum and the Road Rally.”
Danny Infantino – Pinehurst, NC
We caught up with longtime member Danny Infantino, who let us know that his jazz-waltz vocal version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was placed on NCIS (CBS)! He got this placement through a Music Library he met through a TAXI Forward!
Danny’s music has also been heard on Sleepy Hollow(FOX) and will be in the movie The Big Sick, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Both of these placements also resulted from TAXI Forwards!TAXI has been an invaluable resource for Danny by connecting him with companies he says he’d never be in contact with otherwise. “I live in North Carolina and am certainly not knocking on doors in LA to advance my music. TAXI opens those doors for me,” Danny says.
Michelle Lockey – Germantown, MD
We were really excited when we heard that TAXI member Michelle Lockey and fellow member, Ethan Okamura, landed a placement on Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt! Michelle got this placement through a Music Library that she connected with through a Forward and networked with at a TAXI Road Rally!
Lately, Michelle’s music has also been heard on Just Jillian(E!), Weediquette (VICELAND), Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), Longmire(A&E), Reign(The CW), and more!
Michelle says that she’s been able to meet countless people within the Music Industry because of TAXI. Also, as an attendee of the TAXI Road Rally she’s been able to make connections with other TAXI members for collaborations on projects! “TAXI is definitely a place to learn, network, form collaborations, and get songs in the hands of industry folks,” she said.
Martie Echito – Ontario, CA (California)
You never know when a top Music Industry Company will pick up music you recorded back in the day! Some of TAXI member Martie Echito’s music that he recorded in the 70s and 80s was signed to a Music Publisher that he met through a TAXI Forward. He just let us know that his music has been recently featured on Red Oaks(Amazon) and the upcoming Feature Film, The Discovery, starring Robert Redford!
Martie says that these placements are proof that “you should never give up on the older songs, just because you think they aren’t relevant anymore.” We definitely agree with that!
NIXBOI aka Jan Baars - Puttershoek, Netherlands
TAXI Member NIXBOI (aka Jan Baars) has been a member of TAXI for less than a year and has already signed his first cue with a Music Library he was connected with through a TAXI Forward!
He has found that through TAXI, he’s been able to find valuable collaborators in other TAXI Members! “Last year before I was a TAXI member, I was trying to find ways to collaborate with some likeminded musicians. First of all because I knew my lyrics were terrible (English is not my first language), but also because I wanted to get to know people who already have some deals with libraries or are working with publishers in the industry.” Sounds like NIXBOI’s making some awesome strides toward success with his music! We can’t wait to hear what he does next!
Georgina St George - Eastbourne, United Kingdom
TAXI Member Georgina St George just let us know that she’s had multiple tracks signed to multiple Music Libraries as the result of TAXI Forwards, and two of those were within a week of each other! Throughout her many years of membership, her music has been played on over 90 TV shows!
Georgina says, “TAXI has been the best thing I ever did for myself, musically. The critiques have been incredibly important to my development, not only as a composer, but also as a source of knowledge for music samples, recording and mixing.” Georgina is also an avid user of the TAXI Forums and has been to the Road Rally four times where she has “met many incredibly talented and supportive friends and collaborators.”
Robert Zimmerman - Bishop, GA
TAXI Member Robert Zimmerman is living proof that those tracks you recorded way back in the day could be a goldmine! After seeing a TAXI listing for “Vintage Recordings from the early ’90s,” he sent a few tracks that he had recorded with his band during that time! Long story short, the Music Publisher loved them and signed them all!
Robert says that he’s learned a lot as a TAXI Member: “The listings describe in detail what they need and TAXI provides a list of songs to reference. This has helped me gain a much better understanding of the industry, the lingo, and what is happening with music today.” He’s also an avid viewer of TAXI TV and loves the “wealth of information on songwriting, sound equipment, and mixing” it offers. Keep up the awesome work, Robert!
Jerry Brunkala - Oceanside, CA
Congratulations to Jerry Brunkala who contacted us this week to let us know about his many successes! To date, he has had 120 pieces of music signed to four different music libraries. Within the last year, he’s had placements on MTV’s Catfish, VH1’s Basketball Wives LA, The Viceland Network, and 16x9 Canadian News Magazine. His music has now been played in the U.S., the UK, Hungary, and Canada.
When we asked him about what led to his successes, he had this encouraging comment to share with our staff: “I could not have accomplished any of this had it not been for TAXI. Everything flows from that first encounter with TAXI. Michael, his staff, the Forums, TAXI TV, and the TAXI newsletter all provided me with the tools for success, however you want to measure it! One of the most rewarding things a person can do is to use their artistic abilities to create something each day ... keep creating, learning and using the tools available out there to make the creative experience rewarding for you. Rock on, TAXI people!”
Chris Jones - Swansea, UK
We were thrilled to hear that TAXI member Chris Jones is experiencing so much success with his music! This month, he wrote to us to let us know that he’s just secured a deal with a competitive Music Library through a TAXI Forward. Today, he has a contract for five of his unique sports cues and he is already hearing them on TV. Several of his songs have been played on three different episodes of HBO’s hit TV-show, VICE.
For Chris, it’s been a huge accomplishment to move forward with a career in TV music. As a high school music teacher located in the UK, he welcomes the convenient and unexpected success from abroad. He shared with us that, “It's been great to search out the episodes online and hear my music played alongside such high quality images ... this simply wouldn't have happened without TAXI!”
The TAXI team is incredibly proud of your success, Chris. Thank you for including us in your success!
Chris Sandberg - Akarp, Sweden
Here’s a success story that will make you tingle with excitement! We just heard that TAXI member Chris Sandberg has had a massive amount of television placements in just this year alone! Recently, he’s heard his music on several episodes of NBC’s Golf Channel, the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, and on FOX’s popular American Idol.
What really surprised Chris was that not only were so many companies interested in using his music, they were also interested in getting to know him as a musician. Chris commented that, “this happens very seldom, so it was a nice and personable experience.”
When we asked him to comment on success, he shared, “It feels great to be a part of such a great group of talented composers and to contribute to building their catalog ... it is a really great educational resource, both in terms of the business side of the industry, as well as production-wise, but most importantly, I have met so many new friends through the TAXI network.”
Congratulations to you, Chris. We couldn’t be more proud of your accomplishments!
Ted Lampidis - Miami, Florida
This month, our staff had the joy of reading a rather unique success story from member Ted Lampidis. He wrote to us to let us know that his moving song “Close My Eyes” will air on Episode 209 of Amazon’s Red Oaks. This placement came about through a TAXI Forward which landed him a contract with a prestigious music publisher.
Ted shared that in addition to writing songs, he has devoted most of his professional career to cancer research. Recently, the U.S. Congress congratulated him on his research breakthrough of combining two non-toxic drugs to treat a wide variety of cancers, eliminating the use for toxic chemotherapy.
Needless to say, we are proud of both of Ted’s groundbreaking accomplishments! When we asked him about how TAXI has benefited him most he had this to share: “Since I started writing songs it was always my dream that if they ever made any money I would have another source to finance the research that I’m doing. Every researcher in the United States involved with medical research at a University or Research Institute is obligated to find money through grants, industry, or philanthropy to support their work.”
Today, Ted is happy to collect competitive royalties and sync fees on any music that is placed through his publisher. Congratulations to you, Ted. Your story has moved us all!
John Finbury - Haverhill, MA
TAXI member John Finbury just let us know that his song “One False Move and I’ll Blow This Love Apart” earned him a nice spot on TV! After signing with a publisher through a TAXI Forward, he will now hear his music on Episode 209 of the Amazon series, Red Oaks. John shared that while this song was originally recorded in the 1980s with the Pointer Sisters in mind, it continues to bring him success today.
In other good news, John has also been nominated for the “Song of the Year” on behalf of the Latin Grammy’s Foundation. He shared his enthusiasm by writing to us personally:
“This is unreal ... we have no label, no videos, just a few Forwards of the instrumental track on TAXI.”
Congratulations on your success, John! We couldn’t be more proud of your work!
Ken Morrison - Bellevue, WA
Hats off to TAXI Member Ken Morrison who just had his music signed to a successful music publisher. This month, he’ll hear his song “When I Dance With the One I Love” on the series premiere of the TV show Graves!
To add to the good news, you can also hear his music played in theaters nation-wide beginning October 21. His song, “Goodbye, Little Girl, Goodbye,” will be featured in the horror film Ouija: Origin of Evil directed by Michael Bay. Both of these placements were the result of TAXI Forwards. Congrats, Kevin, and thanks for sharing your story with us!
Bob Kelly and Jay Ramsey - Las Vegas, NV
Bob and Jay’s latest placements are a perfect example as to why musicians should never throw out old material! A few years ago, they both received an offer from a music publisher they had met through a TAXI Forward. This publisher was interested in many of the songs they had recorded together back in the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, this relationship has landed them a whopping 28 placements in major TV shows and nine placements in feature films! The most recent placements include two songs that will be featured in King & Queens (CBS) and Man in the High Castle (Amazon Studios).
Bob and Jay said, “with our group Expression, we were sure that what we were recording all those years was good but we couldn't ever get that elusive hit record. Thanks to TAXI and our great publisher, we are now finally getting our music heard from a world-wide audience.”
Congratulations to both of you! The TAXI team is so happy for your success.
Patrick Welch - Hendersonville, NC
We’re not surprised that Patrick Welch gained the attention of a reputable music publisher last month. He wrote to us to let us know that several of his songs have been successfully signed to an esteemed company.
“The publisher contacted me through my relationship with TAXI, and we began to talk about a couple of my songs. He was interested in the story behind them,” he said. As a Reverend, Patrick writes songs that reflect his faith. Now, he is able to share these songs with an audience nation-wide.
Needless, to say we’re proud of Patrick’s hard work and success. He thanked our staff with this heart-warming message: “Thank you and TAXI for being a way for me to, after 50 years of hoping and working, begin to be able to share my songs in a more public way.”
Tamara Miller - Austin, TX
We are undoubtedly proud of TAXI Member Tamara Miller who proved her networking skills at the last Road Rally. After attending one of the panels, she followed up by talking with our guest speaker and sending him some of her music. The publisher loved what he heard and hired Tamara to compose/produce 12 custom songs for his catalog.
Since then, Tamara’s music has been featured on Fox Sports during many of our favorite games. Her other success includes work with a music publisher (another Road Rally connection) who landed her placements on several episodes of The Dr. Oz Show.
Tamara added, “It's been such a pleasure working with my publisher and his team! He is such a nice guy, always professional and is very dedicated to his composers. I always appreciate our open line of communication and I know my music is in good hands.”
Keep it up, Tamara! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you in your music future.
David Bluefield - Redondo Beach, CA
Like many of our TAXI members, David Bluefield is no stranger to success. In the early 1970s, he was signed to Warner Bros. as a member of the hard rock band, Kindred. After the group disbanded, David continued to play and write music. Today, he is experiencing a new kind of success as he ventures into the world of Film & TV.
Just this month, David let us know that his song “We Found Love” will be featured on an episode of Goliath. He was pretty thrilled to let us know that this came about through a TAXI Forward. When we asked him about the benefits of his membership, he shared, “TAXI is what keeps me in the game - knowing there is always an opportunity out there with it’s constant flow of legitimate leads and great advice.”
We’re glad that we could help you on your journey, David. Congrats on your recent success!
Brian Donnelly - Hinsdale, IL
We received some great news from Brian Donnelly about his latest placement in TNT’s new show, Good Behavior. His catchy song “She’s From the City” will air on episode 105 of the next season. Brian shared with us that this deal came about when he signed a whole library of his songs to a publisher for a “sizeable fee.” Since then, he’s had his music played on TNT, the Hallmark Channel, and in several films.
Brian shared, “I so much appreciate the opportunities that TAXI has afforded me. Thank you all so much!”
We’re so proud to be a part of your success, Brian. Keep up the good work!
Danny Infantino - Pinehurst, NC
We’re sending our biggest congratulations to TAXI member Danny Infantino who just broke into the TV market in a BIG way! After submitting his music through TAXI, he was signed to a successful Music Publisher. He now hears his music on shows like Orange is the New Black, The Mindy Project, Murder Book, and Wives with Knives. Danny asked us to let members know that, “new opportunities are always emerging...each of these deals are a direct result of my being a TAXI member.”
Donna Stokes - Crewe, VA
After 37 years of leaving music behind for family life, TAXI member
Donna Stokes wrote to us with some ground-breaking news! After one year with TAXI, she successfully signed six songs to a Music Publisher. Today, her song “No More Games to Play” can be heard on AMC’s hit show, The Preacher.
“After 37 years, my songs are out of mom’s basement and starting to earn their own living ... to all of you TAXI members, keep making wonderful music and don’t let go of your dreams!”
Congratulations, Donna! The TAXI team couldn’t be more proud of your success!
Mike Steimel - St. Louis, MO
TAXI member Mike Steimel had great news to share with us about his last Road Rally experience. Through networking with a fellow TAXI member, he was able to meet a Music Publisher who loved his work! After signing a handful of songs, they can now be heard on shows like The Fosters, Blood and Oil, Arrow, ABC’s The Mistress, and American Pickers!
“The network shows actually pay nice license fees in addition to royalties so the extra income from those placements is welcome and has paid for all of my membership fees and costs for attending the Rallies,” he said.
Mike also shares, “I was a bit shy at my first Rally and I didn’t talk to as many people as I should have, so at my second one I made a point to correct that ... one very successful member was kind enough to suggest a non-exclusive publisher that might be interested in my songs. That led to several songs being signed to them.”
Steve Probst - Riverside, CA
We were so excited when we heard that Steve Probst had four of his songs signed to a Publisher after a TAXI Forward. To add to the good news, Steve let us know that one of these songs has already been picked up FOX Sports and another will air on Access Hollywood. Congratulations, Steve!
“My first love is writing music/lyrics but being involved with TAXI has led me to writing/trying all of these other instrumental avenues and finding success with it,” he said.
Henry Winckel - Springville, CA
Congratulations to TAXI member Henry Winckel! He just gave us the news that he’s signed 10 pieces of music to a successful Music Library.
“On September 2, I received an email ... this publisher asked me how quickly I could come up with nine more dark drones for him to listen to. I sent everything requested and today I signed a contract for the 10 instrumental cues I sent him,” he said.
The best part of Henry’s story is that it doesn’t end there! He let us know that he’s been contacted by three music libraries this year as a result of TAXI Forwards.
Here are Henry’s biggest words of advice for other Film & TV composers like himself: “Keep it simple, stick to one theme, never use a multi-pressor, and learn to EQ your mix so that it’s not mid-rangey!”
Tom Martin - Okeana, OH
We couldn’t be more proud of TAXI member Tom Martin. He reached out to us this month to let us know that his song “Borrowed Time” was signed to a publisher through a TAXI Forward. As a result, it will now be featured on a brand-new show, Nirvana, The Band, The Show, on the VICELAND network. This is his first television placement since the 1980s so he couldn’t be more overjoyed!
“I’d like to send a big thank you to Michael, the screeners and their helpful, constructive advice, and the great staff at TAXI who help us to connect with opportunities for our Music,” he said. Congrats again, Tom!
Robert Hamilton - Peoria, AZ
Robert Hamilton has been a member of TAXI for over four years! He recently posted a list of a lot of the placements that he’s gotten recently on the TAXI Forum. There were so many that we can’t fit half of them here! His music has been heard on Catfish (MTV), NFL Today (CBS), Twinning(VH1), Rabid(Animal Planet), and Southern Charm(Bravo) – and that’s just to name a few!
Robert says that he loves that TAXI offers opportunities that he can constantly submit his music to! Robert is an active member of the TAXI Forum, and loves interacting with other Members there. “[The TAXI Forum serves] as education and inspiration to keep going and getting better.”
Kurt Kreimier - Clermont, FL
Long-time TAXI Member Kurt Kreimier reached out to us to let know that one of his instrumental tracks has been placed in the Feature Film Being Charlie (Castle Rock Entertainment) directed by Rob Reiner! “This was great news, and the fact that I found out about it at the Road Rally made the experience even greater!”
Kurt was able to connect with the Music Library through which he got this awesome placement through a TAXI Forward and the Road Rally! He also told us that he’s had a lot of placements on International TV Shows! “Were it not for TAXI and the Road Rally, none of this would have happened,” Kurt says.
John Kwiecinski - Sydney, Australia
TAXI Member John Kwiecinski proves that it’s never too late to find success with your music! “I was a TAXI ‘stalker’ for quite a while, until I saw a listing for Authentic Vintage 90s Rock,” John explains. John couldn’t ignore the great opportunity, and joined to submit three songs that his band had recorded back in the 90s in London!
Two of John’s tracks were Forwarded to an awesome Music Publisher who reached out to see what else he had! “...when I told them I had a whole album sitting there, they asked to hear it – and ended up taking the lot!”
When we asked John what his favorite thing about TAXI is, he said, “The ability to get direct contact with the label or industry person is great.” He also says that he finds TAXI Critiques really useful, and he gets a lot of great advice from fellow Members on the TAXI Forum!
Josh Coleman - Orinda, CA
We caught up with TAXI Member Josh Coleman who is a placement machine! He just let us know that his music has been placed in Mistresses (ABC), The Night Shift (NBC), Fresh Off the Boat(ABC), E! News(E!), Fix My Mom (Oxygen), and a prom for CBS’s Supergirl. These placements are all within the past few months, and the coolest thing is that Josh got all of these through connections made at the TAXI Road Rally!
Josh says that everything he’s learned about pitching to libraries, he’s learned through services TAXI provides - from the Road Rally to TAXI Forums! “The TAXI Community remains one of the most consistently knowledgeable, supportive, and giving music communities that I’ve encountered.” Keep it up, Josh!
Joey Hatcher - Wasilla, AK
TAXI Member Joey Hatcher has signed two dozen songs to three different Music Companies through TAXI Forwards since he joined two and a half years ago! He reminds new members to be diligent: “It took me about one and a half years of being a member to really get a better sense for what listings NOT to pitch to, and which listings TO submit to.” Through listening to critiques from TAXI Screeners, Joey knows that he’ll be able to grow his success in the Music Industry.
Joey has also been able to find a collaborator through the TAXI Forum that he really clicks with creatively. “We have had a lot of songs signed through our partnership. Don’t underestimate the power of the Forum!” he says.
Randon Purcell - Sandy, UT
Success isn’t something that you’ll see overnight as a TAXI Member. Randon Purcell is a great example of this fact! Through perseverance and hard work, he’s signed a bunch of songs to a couple different libraries. Recently, he got a song placed on HBO’s Vice and just signed a 10-track buyout deal with a Music Library!
“I submitted two tracks for a TAXI listing last year. Both got forwarded. A week later, I heard from inStyle Music and licensed both tracks.A week later, I heard from a great Music Licensing Company and licensed both tracks. One of the original drum tracks (Odaiko Solo) I submitted for the listing ended up getting used on Vice!”
Randon’s buyout deal wasn’t the result of being forwarded from a TAXI listing, but he credits TAXI with giving him the push to produce more music. “I thank TAXI because it is due to the dozens and dozens of listings that I have chased after that I’ve developed my skills to the point I can get into these big houses. I NEVER would have gotten referred or signed into this place without all I’ve learned through TAXI listings. I have NO doubt about that!”
“It’s hard to say what I like most about TAXI. Aside from the mass of awesome listings, I really like the feedback. In fact, 2016 has REALLY beefed up the critiques! The feedback is priceless. As I noted above, it is because of all the feedback that I’ve learned so much about tailoring cues. The Road Rally really helped me out on that end too. I took all I learned about cue writing and started applying it after the last Rally. I’ve had loads of good things happen since then, and my forward/return ratio is something I’m extremely proud of now.”
Jack Stone-Morgan – Kent, United Kingdom
Jack Stone-Morgan has been a member of TAXI for less than a year, and he already signed two songs with a Music Library!
“The deal came about through a TAXI listing requesting Chillout Instrumental Cues. After reading thoroughly through the listing I realized I had a track I composed a few months back that I thought could work well for the listing. After receiving the news that TAXI had forwarded the track it didn’t take long before the library was in contact. I was very excited to hear back from them and even more excited when I realized they also wanted to sign another piece of music. I submitted to another TAXI listing a couple of weeks back looking for Action Instrumental Cues that was also forwarded to them. To top it all off, I have signed another new track to the same library this week. I couldn’t be more happy.”
If you ask Jack what his favorite thing about TAXI is, he can’t decide on one thing! “It’s very difficult to describe my favorite thing about TAXI because there’s so much I love about it. I have only been a member for eight months and can already say that TAXI is responsible for all the success I’ve had so far. I have learned so much from Screener Feedback, the Forums, TAXI TV, and of course attending my first Road Rally back in November. I really feel like TAXI has helped me become a much better musician and has taught me a hell of a lot more about the Film/TV Business.”
Paul Croteau – Universal City, TX
Imagine going from zero library deals to two deals in the same week from different companies––this really happened to Paul Croteau! Here’s how it went down:
Paul submitted to two songs to a listing back in January, and both were forwarded to UK Music Library, Platinum Music. “They liked one of the two forwards and asked for at least three different versions in addition to the original. I sent five.”
Like a lot of other TAXI Members, Paul was able to make some great connections at the Road Rally. “The other library deal came about due to a face-to-face meeting with Beth Wernick from Imaginary Friends Music at the lunch round tables at the Road Rally…I ended up sending her seven or eight instrumental cues for a batch of Reality TV music. She thought they were ‘terrific...I really like what you did.’ I’ve since sent a second batch of cues last month and am working on another batch for this month!”
What’s Paul’s favorite thing about TAXI? “Access to successful people in the industry via the TAXI Forum is probably the best thing for me. Unlike much of the highly competitive, cut throat, backstabbing soul draining music world many of us are familiar with on stage and behind the scenes, the TAXI Forum community is full of both experienced and novice musicians and engineers willing to share their knowledge with others.” He does say that the Road Rally is a close second! “So much knowledge and energy in once place. A composers dream!”
Michelle Murray – Olney, MD Michelle Murray is a perfect example of a TAXI member that has seen success from attending a Road Rally! Michelle was able to sign deal with a Music Library through connections she made with a Mentor there!
“Two years ago I met a library owner at the rally and saw him for the One-to-One Mentor Session. I saw him again at the Rally this year and after the Rally, sent him links to a couple of new tracks. So it turns out that he wants to sign both tracks! This is a direct result of networking at the TAXI Rally, so that's really cool! These tracks were produced and co-written by Scott Free, who I also met at the Rally.”
A lot of our members collaborate with fellow members, and Michelle is no exception! She’s written numerous songs with veteran TAXI Members Michelle Lockey, Steve Guiles, and Robbie Hancock!
“Through the advice and encouragement of my TAXI collaborators, I’ve learned so much in the past few years, and I'm now recording vocals and guitar at home, something I never thought I’d be doing.”
Ken Morrison - Bellevue, WA We caught up with TAXI member Ken Morrison, whose story really shows how tracks created by past generations are still relevant in the music world. Ken owns the rights to his grandparents’ back catalog and submits their music through TAXI. His grandfather owned one of the first recording studios and record labels in the Northwest. Both his grandfather and grandmother were composers throughout their lives. His grandmother even had a couple of minor hits in the 1920s. Through a TAXI forward, Ken was connected with Fervor Records, which has found dozens of placements for Ken’s grandparents’ songs. Currently, their catalog has gotten six placements on FX’s American Horror Story alone!
When asked what he most enjoys about TAXI, Ken says, "I enjoy the networking at the Road Rally. In fact, Jeff (owner of Fervor Records) and I had lunch at the last one and will hopefully be working on another project together in 2016 with TAXI member Steve Rice."
John Columbo - Brevard, NC
John Columbo’s success with TAXI all started at one of the annual Road Rallies. He explained, "I signed an instrumental Electronica cue over to a Library in late 2014 due to a relationship I made during my first Road Rally in 2013. On December 31, 2015, I found out that this cue was placed twice within episode four of the E! TV show Hollywood Cycle during August 2015. This was my first placement ever and I couldn't be more excited!"
"2015 was my third Road Rally and it was the best yet! Each Rally seems to get better and better. I'm currently working with some unbelievably talented folks I would have otherwise never met if it not for TAXI. We are on the edge of a huge breakthrough in 2016 with what is currently in the pipeline," he continued. On what makes TAXI a great experience, John has this to say, "It is a family, period. Before TAXI I felt like the music business was out of reach and I needed some way to ‘get in.’ After joining TAXI and attending my first Road Rally I felt like I was all of a sudden a part of the music business. Everyone is so giving and gracious, from Michael and the team to the newest of members. I look forward to the day when I can say goodbye to my current day job, though I am very grateful to God for it, and can call composing my new day job. I plan to then schedule in more time to give back to the TAXI community."
Matt Vander Boegh - Nampa, ID Matt was excited to share the new that he has reached the milestone of having 1,000 signed tracks through TAXI! Matt explains that, "This was a culmination of feeding tracks to 17 different Music Libraries that I’ve been signed to. Sixteen of these Music Library deals were from TAXI (either through Forwards, meeting the right people at the Road Rally, or meeting the right people on the Forums), and only one of these deals was from me actually cold-calling a Music Library. Because of all of these deals, I’ve been able to send tracks directly to Music Library owners when needs arise."
Matt shared with us the break down of his music placements as follows, "568 exclusive tracks, and 439 non-exclusive titles (the combination of maybe 150 or so tracks with different titles). Only about 20 of them are full songs with vocals, the rest are all cues. As a result of all of these signings, I’ve had my music placed on over 40 TV shows. One of my hip-hop tracks is now being used on nearly every college basketball game aired on the Big Ten Network."
When asked about the keys to his ongoing musical success, Matt had this to say, "You know who/what I can thank for this? TAXI and the Road Rally. Those two things have introduced me to some really great libraries, and countless great friends, and a handful of people who took me under their wing when I was just a newbie and showed me the ropes and helped me figure this whole thing out. The complete TAXI experience can truly be life-changing if you embrace it all and keep a-plugging away!""Where else are you going to get genuine listings (I call them the ‘want ads’) full of detailed information on exactly what the listing party is looking for? On top of that, the education TAXI offers is mind-blowing. From TAXI TV, to the Forums, to the Road Rally, to the often overlooked ‘Studio Buddy,’ to the subscription to Mixing Magazine, TAXI is like a world-class university to further your music education, suitable for beginners to even the most advanced pros. And for a measly $300 per year, it’s the steal of the century. For example, you could easily spend $40,000 on a state university’s music program and not get nearly the amount of education you get through TAXI. Or you could spend $100,000 at a specialized music production college and not get the experience of working in your own small project studio and grinding out ‘assignments’ for TAXI Listings, and never find out what really happens in a 90-second music cue. Really, TAXI is hands-down the BEST place to learn and perfect the craft of making good useable music," Matt said.
Loren DiGiorgi - New Castle, PA
We heard from Loren DiGiorgi about his success and experiences with TAXI in his first couple of months since joining. "I joined TAXI in August of 2015, so I’m relatively new. Since then, I’ve had over a dozen forwards, but recently received my first deal through TAXI with a Music Library. The deal came through a TAXI Listing that requested melancholy, solo piano instrumental cues. As piano is my main instrument, I jumped at the Listing and composed two tracks for it. After TAXI forwarded the music, the Music Library contacted me about two weeks later. I was thrilled!" he said.
"Where do I even start about what I like about TAXI?! First off, the fact that I’m sending music to screeners who are professionals in the industry is an enormous help. The feedback, critiques, and advice I’ve gotten from screeners definitely turned me into a better, more attentive writer. It's good knowing that the music is in good hands and ears! Then there is the TAXI community. What a network of friendly and talented artists. I’ve learned so much on the Forums just by listening to and conversing with the many respected and experienced people there. All of them are willing to help, and one can’t help but learn when going through those forums. Top it off with quality Listings from vetted companies, and access to them via TAXI for (in my opinion) a modest annual fee," Loren continued.
Robbie Hancock - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Long time TAXI member Robbie Hancock shared with us his most recent successes with TAXI, which came out of a song collaboration with another TAXI member. "This is the first song that Amanda and I collaborated on together. She is a very strong lyric writer and has great ideas that I had noticed through an online songwriting community called GYAWS created by TAXI members, Steven Guiles and Patty Boss. The connection certainly worked in this case as the song we created was eventually accepted by three different Music Libraries! Amanda and I have already finished our second song and we plan on writing a lot more together. There is nothing better than when you just click with another writer. It should be easy and should just flow," Robbie said.
Further discussing his success from being a TAXI member, Robbie said, "I now have my music signed to 15 Music Libraries. Most of the deals came from the friendships and advice of other members in the TAXI community that I can trace back to either the Forum, TAXI TV, or the Road Rally. I was having a conversation with one of TAXI’s successful members recently and we were discussing why TAXI works so well. It is like a music university education. If you do the work, listen to the current contemporary charts, and give back whenever you can, I feel that those are some of the most important key elements that I have learned in my short time as a member of this community. Success in my book is to FAIL FAST and use the knowledge you gain from the A&R screeners from either returns or custom critiques and apply it to your future productions."
"TAXI is a no-nonsense kind of company. The connections and relationships are real and I have experienced so much over the last few years that I never thought possible. TAXI gives you the opportunities to get your music in front of the people that matter. You can even meet them face-to-face at the Road Rally every year, and it’s free with your membership! If you are serious about your music and don’t give up easily then there is no better company out there to help you get your music heard, signed and placed. Big shout out as well to Robin Frederick whose books, Road Rally presentations, and advice have helped me to climb up another rung on the ladder. Thank you, Robin!"
"TAXI is honorably lead from the top down and Michael Laskow, the staff, and the member community of good people have changed my life. I look forward to what the future has in store. Thank you, TAXI!" Robbie said.
Michelle Lockey - Germantown, MD Michelle Lockey expressed the importance of networking through TAXI to be successful. She explained, "Most of my music placements, like in The CW’s Reign, Netflix’s Longmire, and TruTV’s The Hustlers, were the result of building a relationship with a Music Publisher through a TAXI Forward a few years ago. We then met at the Road Rally and formed a business relationship. Now we are friends, and the Music Publisher and I talk regularly and he sends me regular requests. Each request that I get, I will then contact co-writers and we get to work. Most of the time he accepts the songs we create, and now I am seeing these songs placed in prominent shows! We have built a relationship all because of meeting him through that Forward."
?She continues, "The Young and the Restless placement on CBS was the result of a TAXI friend introducing me to another Music Publisher. I also signed several songs to another Music Library this past year, which has gotten numerous placements for TAXI folks."
?"I like the supportive relationships that I have formed over the years by interacting with people through the Forums and the Road Rally. I have become friends with so many people, who are also my co-writers and producers and the bonds that we have are great! This TAXI Tribe constantly supports each other on this musical journey and it is great! This year I have had the most placements ever, and I hope this trend continues as I make more music and more relationships. Thanks, TAXI!"
Russell Landwehr - Pleasant Hill, OH "This year went really well for me musically. I signed to three more Music Libraries. I got four decent (quarterly) Royalty payments from BMI. And I now have over 300 titles signed to various Music Libraries. All of it thanks to TAXI," Russell said.
"Earlier this year a TAXI forward of some Hip-Hop cues turned into a signing with a hard-working high-quality Music Library from Canada. I now have quite a few cues signed with this company including Tension, Ambient, Hip Hop, Trip-hop, Chill, and Punk. And I’m continually signing new cues with them," he continued.
"In August this year, I got a phone call from the owner of an A-List Prestigious Music Library in greater LA. TAXI had forwarded some crime show music to him about 10 months earlier and he loved the stuff. On the phone, the owner was telling me he gets so much music that it takes a lot of time to go through the things that get sent to him... so that is why it took him a while to get to me. However, it’s a non-issue for me ... After all, he signed my stuff!"
"You know, this is something we hear often. Many months and even YEARS later a contact will come through from a TAXI forward. This is just the way this industry works. The trick is to just keep making music and getting it out there. The rest will take care of itself. There’s no sense staring at the phone."
"At any rate, now I’ve got the go-ahead from this company to regularly submit more crime show cues. This is something I really like about TAXI as an A&R company. Signings from TAXI Forwards become relationships! I think this is because the companies that list with TAXI are first vetted by TAXI for quality and professionalism. Then the screening process puts quality composers, writers, and artists in touch with these people. The result is an on-going relationship that can be nurtured and ‘leveraged’ for success. Not just TAXI members’ personal success, but the success of our business partners as well."
"It’s like TAXI is this special high-quality networking conduit. And while the relationships created through the Listing/Screening process are gold, there is MUCH more to this TAXI ‘networking machine.’ The TAXI Forum is a worldwide 24/7 place to hang out with like-minded people at varying stages of success in this industry. This network of fellow composers, writers, and artists is a resource like none other. It’s a place to develop ideas, increase knowledge of the industry, improve your craft, and find collaborators who are on the same path as yourself. Another networking gold mine is the TAXI Road Rally. It’s the Big Daddy of the TAXI ‘networking machine.’ This four-day event is networking cranked UP! Not only do TAXI members (and guests) get to hang out with their fellow members in person, but we also get to hang out with, rub elbows with, and talk with some of the best and most outgoing Industry Pros. The TAXI Road Rally is so inspiring and impactful that you will find members planning the next year’s attendance immediately after arriving home."
"I can’t imagine how I could EVER have made as many contacts as I have through the TAXI Networking Machine. TAXI is the most significant vehicle I have on my road to continuing success," Russell said.
Axel Bauer - Vienna, Austria Axel Bauer got in contact with us to tell us all about some recent music placements through TAXI. He said, "I got a connection to a Music Publisher because of a TAXI Forward. I encouraged my co-writer Nick Moxsom to submit some of our songs to them. From this, one of our songs together was placed twice in the same show, Grandfathered on FOX, just a few weeks ago. In addition, this past year I had music placed in Showtime’s Shameless, NBC’s Chicago Fire, ABC’s Revenge, ABC Family’s The Fosters, ABC’s Blood and Oil, and an independent documentary called Not Black Enough."
"There is so much good about TAXI, I love the way TAXI motivates their members and encourages them to learn. It's all about ‘you can do it.’ If you are not there yet that’s no problem you just need to learn it. That was an eye opener for me. TAXI knows what works and gives me hope and helps me to stay current."
Randon Purcell, Sandy, UT We were very pleased to hear about Randon Purcell's three recent placements. The first two were short background cue usages in Hotel Impossibleon the Travel Channel and Dallas Car Sharkson Velocity. Those deals came about from a Music Library deal that Randon landed through a TAXI listing last year. After signing his track, “Cinema Dubstep” as the result of submitting to a TAXI listing, he ended up signing another 20+ Cues with the company over the past year. The third placement came about after Randon received a few forwards from TAXI for some tension underscore cues several months ago. All three tracks he submitted were forwarded, and the Music Library took them all. Additionally, the company ended up asking for more, and since then, Randon's signed another eight Cues to their catalog. Additionally, in the past few months, Randon signed over a dozen tracks to a few more Music Libraries, all thanks to TAXI. In the past 16 months, TAXI has gotten Randon's music into five different Music Libraries: three in the United States, one in Canada, and one in the UK. Randon feels that, “None of this could have happened without TAXI!”
Randon noted the value of TAXI beyond his successful deals by saying, “I love the listings and the honest feedback from the screeners more than anything. Rejections just fuel me, and almost every time I've had a rejection I have taken the reasons and fixed those things in my music. And guess what, almost every time I submit those same, fixed tracks for other listings, they end up getting forwarded. I have improved so much in the past year just because of the TAXI process.”
Bob Mete, Earlysville, VA We caught up with TAXI member Bob Mete who told us all about his most recent placements from TAXI and about his experience at this year's Road Rally, “What a wonderful way to end this year's Road Rally than by being notified that I got my fourth placement this year on ABC's hit show Nashville. This was my ninth Road Rally, and by far it was the best. I remember Michael on stage at my second Road Rally playing a simple piano melody, and then a simple guitar melody.... then he asked how many of us could do that. We all raised our hands, and he said, ‘Well then you can write for TV & Film.' With that encouragement, I was off to the races.”
In the last year, Bob's Jazz tunes have been placed on four episodes of Nashville, ABC Family's The Fosters, ShowTime's Ray Donovan, HBO's Silicon Valley, Netfilx's hit series Hemlock Grove, and two movies Any Day and Adult Beginners. In the last month, Bob was notified that another one of his Jazz piano pieces was going to be played by a Jazz musician on camera in an upcoming episode of The CW's The Originals. Bob has these final words about TAXI, “I can't praise Michael and the TAXI staff enough for all of their hard work. Without TAXI none of my musical successes would be even remotely possible.”
Larry Magee, San Antonio, TX Larry is a new TAXI member who joined in late December 2014 and submitted his first instrumental cue in February 2015. He told us about his experience with TAXI in his first year saying, “I've had a total of 33 submissions forwarded this year. I signed my first cues with a Music Library at the end of May from a Reggae listing and they also signed several other Cues in my portfolio. Another TAXI submission led to me getting several Cues signed with another Music Library, as well. I've also signed a lot of Cues with a few other Music Libraries that I contacted myself (after learning the ropes from TAXI).
“I joined TAXI knowing absolutely nothing about composing for Film/TV. One of the first things I did after reading Robin Frederick's great book, was to get a custom review on an Instrumental to see if I was doing the things Robin talked about like edit points, etc., right. I also was a very active user of the TAXI Forum. I had a ton of detailed questions and really got wonderful advice there. I always watch TAXI TV and I've learned a lot there, too.
“The thing I like most about TAXI is everything! I'm retired and can dedicate long hours to composing and producing. TAXI's focus on education has brought me up to speed quickly on everything from composing, working with libraries, contracts, mixing, etc. I'm signed up for year two and I'm really looking forward to both the submissions and the rejections because I've found that I can tweak the rejected songs per the advice of the screeners and get them placed with libraries that already know and love me.”
Ron Kujawa, Glendale, AZ Ron Kujawa was excited to tell us about his successes using TAXI by saying, “I recently found out I have a 44 second placement of a happy acoustic cue in Becoming Us on ABC Family! The placement came about through a Music Library I've been working with for a few years now. My relationship with them started as a direct result of a TAXI forward. This same Music Library also got me four placements in MTV's Catfish in the last few weeks!”
When asked about the benefits of a TAXI membership, Ron enthuses, “What I like most about TAXI is the community. I joined TAXI for the opportunities, but quickly realized that there is even more value in connecting with like-minded people with similar goals. It is one of the most generous, encouraging supportive group of people I have ever come across. I get a similar feeling around TAXI people as I do around my church family, and I mean that in the best way possible. :) Another great aspect that I love about TAXI is the educational component. Between the Forum, TAXI TV and the Road Rally, I'm not sure where you could go to learn more about this business. And the first two of those are free!”
Casey Hurowitz, Washington, PA Casey Hurowitz gave us some great insight into the perks of collaborating with fellow TAXI members. Looking back on his collaborations, he had this to say, “Collaborations with TAXI members have yielded fantastic results! I met Bob Mete quite a few years ago on the TAXI Forum and then at the Road Rally. We started a co-writing partnership this past year that has yielded four piano tracks being placed with a very credible Music Library. Bob and I continue to create new tracks and I am very lucky to work with someone as talented as he is-an amazing writer, producer, and piano player. Over the past year or so I've also signed songs to Music Libraries that were co-written with Scott Free and F-M Cossey, Singer-Songwriter songs co-written with Joshua Coleman, and Indie Folk songs with Nathan Nasby and James Carvalho, and in the past many co-writes with the incredibly talented Paul Otten as well.
“What I love about TAXI is the whole ‘TAXI experience'—listings, reviews, community, relationship building, etc. TAXI has so much to offer if you embrace the whole experience including the TAXI Forum and Road Rally. Solidifying relationships at the Road Rally has been a key to success. I currently co-write with many TAXI members.”
Edgars Dzenitis, Latvia
Edgar's success story shows that no matter how far away you live from Hollywood it only takes one Cue to be noticed by a Music Library, and they will most likely come back for more. He wrote, “About a year after I joined TAXI, an EDM composition I submitted was sent to a Music Library that loved it. When I signed my first contract with them, they added 15 of my instrumental compositions into their Music Library. Within a year, I was constantly sending my best compositions in a variety of styles as well as created new ones, as requested, for specific TV shows. One of those TV shows was MTV's Catfish. I created several tension pieces, and one of them was selected for the show!
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to TAXI. They are true leaders in the music industry, providing help in any aspect, including forums, and latest music trends. This has helped me to progress in this tough industry, which would not have been possible without TAXI.
“Although, I started with EDM, at this point I feel comfortable creating Hip-Hop and Hybrid Orchestral compositions. I am looking forward to this new journey, as long as I know the TAXI is there for me!” he said.
Martie Echito, Ontario, Cananda
Martie let us know about his recent success thanks to TAXI by saying, “I submitted three songs to a TAXI listing for ‘authentic old songs or instrumentals that date from 1939 to 1989.' All styles [were needed], but they wanted the original recordings, not recently recorded ones that attempt to sound like they were old. Since I had a closet full of old recordings from the late '70s and early '80s, I submitted three, and the Publisher picked one. After talking with the Publisher, I sent them more songs and they accepted seven others. These are songs that I never thought would see the light of day, very dated, not useable in today's market, but according to the Publisher, perfect for ‘period pieces' in TV and Film. I've had many forwards over the years, one that led to a deal with a Music Library that placed 10 songs on the MUZAK playlist. From that connection, I've signed deals for several songs with the same company.
“What TAXI helped me do early on, was to detach myself from my songs and not be afraid to accept the helpful hints and honest criticisms from the A&R staff. Most importantly, I learned to be REALLY specific with matching the requests of the listings. And the TAXI Road Rally? Well...if you attend one and don't get totally inspired to be the best you can be, then you shouldn't be pursuing music at any level. It's an AMAZING event...and, oh yeah... it's free!” Martie added.
Jerry Brunkala, Oceanside, CA
Jerry shared with us his networking successes from the TAXI Road Rallies and the deals and relationships he's gained from attending over the years. “When I returned from the Road Rally this year, I noticed that my PRO listed four placements for me in the third quarter [of 2015] for MTV's Catfishseries. One episode used two of my cues. I am in that Music Publisher's catalog because of a relationship I made with a successful TAXI member initially on the Peer-to-Peer section of the TAXI Forum, and in person at my first Road Rally a couple of years ago. Additionally, as a result of meeting a talented composer and producer in person at this year's Road Rally, I completed my very first collaboration, and we are in the final stages of finishing a second song.
“Without the Road Rally, the TAXI Forum, Michael Laskow and his talented staff, none of this would have happened. Being a member of TAXI has been a wonderful experience and has put me in contact with so many talented and generous people.”
Peter Sivo, Middletown, NY
“I'm in my 93rd year of life and I've been a TAXI member for over 10 years. I am very happy that I did not miss the chapter of life that TAXI influenced.” Those inspirational words are from TAXI member Peter Sivo. Peter told us about his most recent placement which was on HBO's hit show The Leftovers. Peter says, “This placement of ‘No Heart For Love To Know' was part of the deal I made with a Music Publisher who placed a listing with TAXI for old vintage masters. TAXI chose my submissions and I signed a deal for 35 of my masters which are 40 and 50 years old!”
In addition to that great use, Peter has also had some other great placements including: AMC's sci-fi hit The Strain, USA Network's original show Suits, the Canadian sitcom Young Drunk Punks, MTV's teenage comedy Awkward, Lifetimes' Witches of East End, and two feature films L.A. Slasher, starring Mischa Barton and Andy Dick, and Loitering With Intent with Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell. This is just a small sample of Peter's list of 18 total placements so far!
Peter concludes by saying, “Listen to this pleased passenger, hail a TAXI and get on board!”
Ken Morrison, Bellevue, WA
We were very pleased to hear about Ken Morrison's latest placement. Ken's song “America, We're Standing By” was recently used in two episodes of the WGN popular series Manhattan which aired in October. Ken says, “About five years ago, I was introduced to a Music Library through TAXI. Since that time this Music Library has made me thousands and has placed several dozen songs in high profile films and TV shows. This most recent placement was my 110th!”
When asked about the benefits of a TAXI membership, Ken enthuses, “The biggest benefit I've found through TAXI has been the networking through the Road Rallies. In addition to meeting Music Library owners and getting tips from those with a history of placement success stores, I have met collaborators from Philadelphia to Austin and from San Francisco to Nashville. I approach others with a very simple, one line message, ‘I'm a good lyricist...if you've got good melodies in search of lyrics, here is my email address.'”
Gareth Ebbs, Dublin, Ireland
“I didn't imagine myself composing post-rock for libraries but then again, nothing has happened like I imagined it would,” said Gareth Ebbs who recently signed a number of tracks with a great Music Library. Gareth told us how the deal happened, “The deal with the Music Library came about after I submitted a track to a post-rock listing a few months back. The Library contacted me and I submitted a track and began work on some more material – which got the thumbs up too. I'm just really happy that it's my first Library deal directly through TAXI! I wasn't sure if my styles and genres would find a home here at all but I'm happy to haven been proven wrong.”
Gareth told us what he attributes his success to, “I really do put a lot of my success down to the advice, support and wonderful humor of the TAXI community – which is worth the membership fee alone. You cannot put a price on it. There are many skeptics that I've met, especially in my part of the world (I'm from Ireland, in case you didn't know) – and it's nice to be able to show them that things can happen. Viva TAXI – see y'all at the Rally!”
Tom Marsh, Modena, Italy
We got in touch with Tom Marsh to find out about his latest deal with a Music Publisher. Tom explained, “The deal came from a Publishing listing that was looking for some up-tempo/quirky rock songs. All three of the songs I had pitched were chosen by TAXI and the Publishing company wanted all three. They have since taken another and are currently checking out other similar ones, so the number may rise.” Tom says proudly, “Overall in the past three months I have had eight tracks chosen by TAXI!”
Tom also had some nice things to say about the screening process, “TAXI is a great way to hone your material and get it out there and critiqued. Even if a track is not chosen, this is obviously disappointing, but the feedback is generally very useful and allows you to improve your work and increase your chances of getting pitches.”
Robert Coe, Gothenburg, Sweden
It took a couple of months for Robert Coe to sign a Music Library deal through TAXI. Robert told us how it happened, “I recently signed one hybrid trailer tune and one classical trailer tune to a Library based in the United Kingdom. It's my first placement through TAXI but I am super pleased, as I have only been pitching my music through the service for about two months. I pitched the tunes individually to two separate listings through the website and what do you know, they both got picked up!”
Robert relates how TAXI listings keep him focused and motivated, “I am finding that working with TAXI is really helping me to stay on track with getting pieces completed due to the deadlines given. Plus, it helps to know that the pieces I am composing are getting sent to someone that is looking for that specific style/genre/etc.”
Marlene Glass, Valley Stream, NY
We recently got in touch with TAXI member, Marlene Glass to hear about her success stories with TAXI. Through TAXI's services, Marlene has been able to sign two non-exclusive Publishing deals to date. She was contacted by one Publishing company after they discovered her music from a TAXI listing. It only took two weeks for them to offer her a deal. Since her deal is non-exclusive, she was also able to sign another non-exclusive Publishing contract with a second company that was interested in her music they obtained through TAXI. Marlene is able to benefit from multiple Publishing deals and continues to post to TAXI listings and seek career advice from TAXI.
Frank Longo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We were excited to hear from Frank after he signed a Publishing deal recently, Frank said, “I have been a long-time TAXI member and through TAXI I was lucky to have secured a multi-song Publishing deal with a large Publishing company out of Los Angeles. That connection has resulted in songs placed in several TV shows including AMC's Breaking Bad, Netflix Original All Hail King Julien, Tony Hawk's Ride Channel on YouTube, as well as feature films including Freaks of Nature (starring Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary), The Wedding Ringer, Cyrus, and Crazy Stupid Love.
Over the years, Frank's two music projects, “Frank Longo” and “The Longo Brothers,” have had several top 10 songs in Canada and have consistently earned performance royalties from media all over the world. Many of his songs continue to be used worldwide as background music for commercials and television shows including, NBC's Up All Night, Saturday Night Live, and Prime Suspect; USA Network's In Plain Sight; and E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Frank gives his praise for TAXI when he says, “TAXI is not only a tremendous vehicle for songwriters to have their music exposed but there is also great value in having songs critiqued by professionals in the industry. Their guidance has definitely assisted me in song-crafting.”
Charles Hurowitz, Washington, PA
“A few years back I had a TAXI forward to a Music Library that led to placements on two episodes of Becoming Us on ABC Family. The Music Library signed some of my tracks and that was the start of a long relationship. Since then the Music Library has been accepting more tracks on a regular basis. Similarly, I've had other placements from one TAXI forward that led to me regularly sending additional tracks to another Music Library. This happened with the show 10 on Top on MTV. Sometimes all it takes is one forward to the right library to get things really rolling!”
Charles has also learned the value of collaboration from TAXI. After meeting fellow members at the annual Road Rally and getting to know them through the event, Charles developed a working relationship and started collaborating with a few members. These collaborations have led to several successful placements. As Charles puts it, “It just shows the power of networking with your fellow members! If it wasn't for attending the Road Rally, this would never have happened.”
“I love TAXI because the listings are so motivating to keep us writing and writing for what's currently in demand. Every forward can be the start of a vital relationship for the future. It's not only about the track(s) that were forwarded; it's what it can lead to as demonstrated by my above successes. And NOTHING beats the TAXI community—the road rally, the forum, etc.”
Rodrigo Antonio Villaronga, McLean,VA
Rodrigo let us know about his recent success thanks to TAXI saying, “My latest BMI royalty statement was, by far, the largest royalty payment I've ever gotten. My placements included a piece of music on the Discovery ID show Happily Never After which was broadcast in numerous occasions and one on a TV show in Latvia, yes, that would be the country in the Baltic region of Europe. Apparently they used my music a lot in Latvia as it generated over $700 in royalties from ONE piece of music in one quarter alone. I am also now getting royalties for YouTube licensing for several pieces of music, which is nice. All as a result of deals I made through TAXI with several Music Libraries.”
“The most interesting part is that both the Latvian placement and the YouTube placements are for pieces of music I signed with a Music Library over eight years ago. They had generated small amounts of royalties over the years and it has now snowballed very nicely. So, for those who are impatient and think TAXI doesn't work because they're not becoming rich overnight... it takes time, it takes the right relationship but it does work.”
Kurt Kreimier, Clermont, FL
It was great to hear from Kurt Kreimier about his ever-growing list of great film and TV placements. Kurt explained how it all happened, “My placement of two instrumentals in the feature film John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe came through a Music Library/Publisher I met while attending the TAXI Road Rally, who later signed some of my music.” Some of Kurt's other placements that also came as a direct result of his membership in TAXI include: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Crackle, Magic City on Starz, Finding Carter on MTV, Say Yes to the Dress on TLC, When Vacations Attack on The Travel Channel, and Hollywood Hillbillies on REELZ, as well as numerous placements in a variety of European travel and historical documentaries. Kurt says he, “Presently has music signed to six different music Libraries/Publishers that are a direct result of attending the TAXI Road Rally!”
“My favorite thing about TAXI?” Kurt asks enthusiastically, “The Road Rally, of course!” Ours too Kurt! See you next month!
Joe Dancsak, Malibu, CA
Hip-Hop and Electronic music artist Joe Dancsak, aka DVisionquest3000, has been a TAXI member since 2014 and has already scored an impressive placement. His song “Flow So Cold” was used in the season 4 DVD release of HBO's monster hit, Girls. Joe says, “A Music Library picked up my EDM song ‘Everybody Rock the Party' for a non-exclusive deal, to pitch to film and TV after they received it from TAXI. They also picked up the other five tracks from my EP including the Trap/Hip-Hop song ‘Flow So Cold.'” Joe went on to say, “I've also had five of my instrumental Hip-Hop tracks picked up by another Library, after TAXI sent it to them, which are being pitched to shows like HBO's news program Vice. TAXI has also forwarded about a dozen of my Hip-Hop and Pop tracks to major and independent labels that I would be unable to reach if not for this service.”
Joe continued, “What I like about TAXI is exactly that. Instead of my tracks sitting ignored in an inbox, I know what when I am pre-screened and forwarded [by TAXI] there is a better chance of the A&R person taking an actual listen. They are actually in need of the material, and actively looking for the music I've sent in.”
Danny Infantino, Pinehurst, NC
Danny Infantino has had a banner year. Danny has garnered some impressive placements, including the instrumental track “Odessa Waltz,” which appeared in the broadcast network show, CBS's NCIS, and “Skid Row Smash And Grab,” which was placed in Red Oaks (debuting on Amazon this month). Danny told us that, “A Music Library that specializes in vintage songs and recordings signed a bunch of my older music a couple of years ago. My relationships with these Libraries are solely due to TAXI.”
Danny went on to describe what impresses him about TAXI, “From old songs to newer instrumentals of various ilk, I've developed a very nice catalog of signings and placements with many Music Libraries, again thanks to TAXI. Valuable input from TAXI rejections has helped me to focus in on what's right for a certain pitch. I'm a long-time member and fan!”
We're your fans too, Danny! Congratulations!!
Michael Mazzei, Pittsburgh, PA
We were elated to hear that Michael Mazzei got the break he was looking for when he submitted songs for a TAXI listing looking for vintage recordings. Michael enthuses, “I am a member of a family singing group who've been writing and producing our own material for many years. We've been answering TAXI pitches for quite a while, we had a few nibbles, and were put in catalogues, but we never got a ‘bite.' Then, we answered a listing for songs written and recorded in the '70s and '80s. This led to ‘the bite' we were hoping for! A Music Library accepted one of the songs forwarded to them by TAXI, and subsequently, bought five of our songs. They have placed one of them in a Canadian Show for syndicated and international broadcast, and another in an episode on Amazon's new show, Red Oaks!”
Michael went on to say, “TAXI is wonderful! Our old songs would have remained on the shelf, still collecting dust, considered ‘outdated' in today's music market. But, thanks to TAXI, our material has been given new life. If you stay with TAXI long enough, you're bound to find a pitch that will fit! All I can say is DON'T GIVE UP ON TAXI. I'm so glad I never did!”
We're glad you didn't either, Michael! Yep, patience is a virtue!!
William Livesay, Pembroke Pines, FL
William Livesay is dusting off those old recordings and is putting them to work. Williams told us how a TAXI listing enabled him to breathe new life into his old songs, “TAXI put up a listing for recordings of original songs, any genre that were from the '80s, '70s, or earlier that the artist still owned the rights to. I submitted 1 song and got a forward to a Music Library. The Library called, and I received $5,000 for the publishing rights to 10 songs! One of those songs has been place in the Amazon TV show Red Oak, which [aired] October 9, and I still receive writer's royalties. This was like found money because these songs were literally in the garbage and I never expected to do anything with them.”
William confesses it's the access to music professionals that he appreciates about TAXI, “What I like most about TAXI is the fact they do have the resources to get music in the hands of people looking for songs for specific situations.”
Scott Horton, Prague, Czech Republic
“I got my first deal with a Publisher four months into my TAXI membership!” said a glowing Scott Horton. He continued, “I've since signed (and continue to send) more songs with this Publisher, and have had three songs featured on TruTv's The Hustlers. I also signed a good number of [instrumental] cues with two other non-exclusive Libraries. Through participating on the TAXI Forums, I had a few co-writes with other TAXI members and eventually got into a few other music Libraries, to which I've since signed over 100 cues and songs throughout the year. From these relationships, I'm already seeing placements on NBC Sports, the NBCSN's new show Mobsteel,and during NFL games on CBS!”
Scott expounds on what he likes about TAXI, “In addition to the friendly and helpful [TAXI] forum community members, I find that I am most motivated and successful when writing to specific TAXI listings. TAXI clearly lays down exactly what is being asked for. All we have to do is deliver the tailor-made music by the deadline. Very excited to be attending my first TAXI Road Rally in November!”
Jerry Honigman, Alexandria, LA
Jerry Honigman recently had his song “Deny, Deny, Deny” placed in Amazon's new series Red Oaks. In addition to that choice placement, Jerry also had his music used in a number of popular shows, including the broadcast network show, NBC's groundbreaking series, The Office, USA Network's popular hit Mr. Robot starring Christian Slater, and the CW's smash Sex in the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. Jerry describes how it all happened, “Well, the deal came about due to the efforts of my Publisher of the last few years. And that deal came about due to TAXI.” When asked how TAXI has influenced his musical career, Jerry says simply, “Without TAXI, none of this would have happened.”
Chris Winston, Highland Village, TX
Chris Winston learned that sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone to become successful. Chris had a total of 12 instrumental cues used in the broadcast network show, CBS's hit series, Madam Secretary. Chris describes how the deal came about, “We signed a deal with a Publisher that came from a TAXI listing. While working on that deal, he mentioned a need for “World Pop” stuff for a new library. It was a completely new genre for us, so we listened to a lot of cues in that style. We borrowed as many instruments as we could, got to work, and delivered 15 cues, of which they used 12! Also, some tension cues that we wrote about two years ago ended up in six episodes of Ice Cold Killers on the Investigation Discovery network.”
“What I like the most about TAXI is that although it is a lot of work to get your name out there, build up cues, and get your first success, it is worth it. It seems to me after many years of doing it, and over 200 cues published, that this is a marathon.”
Bob Lograsso, Salem, IL
We were thrilled to hear about Bob Lograsso's first deal with a Music Library, which came about through a TAXI Dispatch listing and guidance from other TAXI members. Bob explains, “My deal with a Library came about through a TAXI Dispatch listing looking for Hick Hop music. I had attempted this genre several months back and had put a track out on the [TAXI] Forum for advice. I got some from Andy Gabrys and Russell Landewehr, they helped me understand the genre better. That track ‘Hickin Hop' from that night also got picked up, but the track they really liked was, ‘Four Wheelin,' which I wrote after understanding the genre better. Since I upgraded to [TAXI] Dispatch, my success rate is better, which has led to more opportunities!”
Bob raves, “I would like to mention that what I like most about TAXI is the people who are involved. I have met a lot of people on TAXI's Forum and through Facebook. I am involved in the GYAWS Facebook group, in which we write cues and songs every week.”
Scott Hanson, Cleveland, OH
“I have worked very hard and spent a lot of time, money and energy working on what I consider to be a life's passion of mine,” said TAXI member Scott Hanson. Scott continued, “Since the beginning, I have had a lot of ups and downs in my career, and I truly believed I had it in me to make this work. I have been rejected more times than I care to admit, but I never let stop me or slow me down. I did what I was being taught to do: Write, Record, Submit, and Repeat. Now after three years of waiting for something to happen, I can joyfully report to you that on August 26, 2015, my song, ‘Terrified,' was used in a scene on the ABC Family Network show called Kevin From Work, thanks to a relationship made through TAXI.”
Scott says candidly, “You cannot describe the feeling of validation one feels hearing something that started out as a thought in your head, watching it grow, and then hearing it on a nationally broadcasted television show. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. I could not have done this without you TAXI, and for that I will be forever grateful.”
Robbie Hancock, Ontario, Canada
“I can tell other skeptical musicians that TAXI really works, and I can back it up!” exclaims Robbie Hancock. Robbie recently had two deals offered in a single day from relationships that originated through TAXI. Robbie elaborates, “I just got my first international song placement in Peru for a collaboration with [fellow TAXI member] Andy Gabrys for a song called ‘Into the Bright.' I negotiated, and earned my first paycheck as a songwriter!” Incredibly, only hours later, Robbie inked another deal for an instrumental cue for use in HBO's hit series, VICE. “I have wanted this for so long and now that it is here I am just overwhelmed with emotion!” exclaims Robbie.
Robbie sang the praises of TAXI's Dispatch service, saying, “It's fast and I am so glad I did the upgrade. As always, it is about timing though and I felt now just into year three that I was ready. I am so glad that this happened, not only for me, but more importantly to validate TAXI and celebrate the incredible community of great people that TAXI has created. Thanks for everything and I look forward to the Road Rally this year!”
Ostin Drais, Portland, OR
It was great to hear from Ostin Drais about his recent Music Library deal. What's even better is that this was his very first deal. Ostin explains, “This is my first TAXI deal. I read the listing for Suspenseful Instrumentals and realized that I could easily meet the requirements, and honestly went into it with a devil-may-care attitude. I would certainly do my best, but I had no expectations.” Ostin continues, “I heard nothing for months. Then, eight months later I get a voicemail from the client. I called him back and three days later I signed the track (and potential future tracks) to a non-exclusive deal. They're actively shopping it, so I'm pretty confident that the royalty machine will start to chug.”
Ostin explains, “Best of all, my confidence in myself and my abilities to meet client needs has jumped big time! I've got this. Now it's time to do it. What I like most about TAXI is, it provides an opportunity for the product to sell itself by its quality rather than the personality behind it.”
Tore Thomassen, Sande Norway
Tore Thomassen recently told us about a great placement he'd gotten since joining TAXI. Tore explains, “After 4-5 months of hard work to get the best possible instrumental songs, I got a deal with one company that provides cues to the HBO hit series VICE, and they want more from me! This has opened up more opportunities. Recently I got the opportunity to deliver test cues to a console video game!”
When we asked him what he values most about TAXI, Tore responded, “I really appreciate the TAXI Forums. I have been a diligent user for the last five months and have learned a lot from my TAXI mates. The same goes for TAXI TV, it's fantastic, instructive, and inspiring. And not least, I've used TAXI's Custom Critiques a lot. It is worth so much to let someone who knows the business and music give you the right feedback and direction. I think it is important to take advantage of all TAXI offers for reaching your goals. For me it has just started!”
Seth Littlefield, Seattle, WA
Seth Littlefield is having a great year so far, having his music placed in national TV commercial and now a feature film! Seth elaborates, “About two years ago, I had a song sent through TAXI to a small L.A. boutique Music Library. The company contacted me, and I ended up signing three songs with them. But it wasn't until this year that my placements with this Library really picked up. First, a McDonald's commercial and now, a feature film! The movie After Words, starring Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Fifty Shades of Grey) and Óscar Jaenada (Pirates of the Caribbean), is opening in theatres at the end of August. My publisher told me that my song, “Around” replaced a Paul Simon temp track. Yikes!
“Patience is a must. Even if you had all of your ducks in a row to begin with, feeling confident with your recording chops, understanding the ins and outs of the business, utilizing ALL of TAXI's tools and resources, placements can take months or even years to occur. Then it will take 6-9 months to see any royalties from those placements. So keeping an eye on the overall/long-term plan and focusing your action on writing and submitting is crucial. While you wait, why not create?!”
Words of wisdom, Seth, and congratulations on those awesome placements! And thanks for letting us know about them!
Amund Maarud, Oslo, Norway
Member Amund Maarud got some stellar news when he got a call from a respected Music Supervisor who wanted to license his track “I Can't Believe” for the upcoming film Badge Of Faith. Amund explains how the deal came about, “After receiving the song from TAXI, the Music Supervisor of the movie sent a request to license ‘I Can't Believe' to use it in the film. We received a master/synchronization contract (non-exclusive) to sign and the Music Supervisor got the master wav file and lyrics.” He goes on to add, “This is my first deal coming through TAXI. I've had a total of five songs chosen by TAXI until now, but this is the first time I've heard back from a Music Supervisor!”
Amund describes his favorite thing about TAXI, “I like the feedback of the submitted songs whether they get chosen or not. It is a very good way to know if you've read the submission listings correctly.”
Not too shabby for your first placement, Amund! We hope you get many, many more!!
John Cirillo, Nashville, TN
Persistence is key. John Cirillo developed a relationship with a Music Publisher/Record Label in Nashville that got his songs through a pitch to a TAXI listing. John learned that patience is indeed a virtue. John explains, “I'm really good about not bugging the companies I have a relationship with through TAXI. But over a few months' period, I noticed that I had four or five songs in the same Catalog. After getting the OK from TAXI, I got them on the phone and we talked for a bit. The company's owner remembered my songs and liked a few of them quite a bit. He called me up a few weeks later saying he's meeting with one of his artists, and he wanted to play her my song, ‘Woman Up.' The artist was recent American Idol contestant, Tori Martin. Short story from there is that they decided to cut it and release it as a single! It went from ‘maybe we'll cut it' to single release in all of about two weeks!”
“What I like most about TAXI are the targeted pitch opportunities. It took me a while to figure out how to best apply my songs to TAXI's pitches. But once I finally got a better handle on that, I have a much higher percentage of my songs being chosen!”
Yep, you're right, John! Don't bug them, and good things will happen. Getting a song released as a single is a big deal. Nice going, and congratulations!
Jerry Brunkala, Oceanside, CA
Jerry Brunkala was happy to tell us about a recent deal he signed with a Music Library. Jerry says, “I sent in three tracks for a TAXI ‘Trip Hop' listing. I received an email from the Library that they wanted to sign two of them. The Library also requested that I send them any other Trip Hop tracks that I had, and they ended up signing two more! Needless to say, I was very pleased, as this is a really great Library. Recently, while watching an episode of Catfish on MTV, I heard one of my cues playing underneath a scene for nearly 30 seconds!”
“I have to thank TAXI for providing the vehicle for me to get my music out into the world. The TAXI Forum, the Road Rally, TAXI TV and the entire TAXI community are extraordinarily supportive. In fact, one afternoon a couple of years ago, a quite successful TAXI member, whom I met at the Road Rally, called me at home to find out how my music production was coming along. At the time, I was not too enthusiastic, but because of his encouragement and enthusiasm for my music, I soon got back on track. And I'm very glad I did!”
Thanks for letting us know, Jerry, and congratulations. And yes, the community, and using all the aspects of TAXI pay off. We hope other members are inspired by your story!
Diane Ridaeus, Ontario, Canada
With a single TAXI listing, Diane Ridaeus was able to turn her love of World Music into the fulfillment of a life long dream. Diane describes her experience, “I have always had an interest in World Music, but not too many chances to do any till the recent travel show listing came up. I love Scandinavian culture so put together a Finnish track. I pitched it, and the Library signed it for use in a Travel Show! It's a completely engaging way to write, to try and capture an international flavor through music.”
Diane goes onto say, “I was never confident enough to offer my music for commercial use, but since being a TAXI member I've done that two times successfully now, So I've had three ‘yes' responses so far. Wow, what a thrill, especially since that has been a goal since I was reeeeeaaaaally young. TAXI listings are like discipline for me. Gets me reined in and focused and deadline-conscious, which really speeds up the process. The Forums are invaluable for feedback, especially when it's so accurate, relevant to the craft, and unbiased. “
Dan Michaels, Brentwood, TN
“Through a few calls and some emails, a deal was signed, and new life was breathed into 30+ year old songs.” Dan Michaels echoes the hopes of many TAXI members, to see their old recordings appreciated and find a place in today's market. Dan describes the origin of the deal, “The listing for ‘Rock Songs recorded in the '80s' caught my eye. I submitted through TAXI three songs from 1985, which have been taking up hard drive space for years. Several days later, I got a call from the Publisher. They simply couldn't have been more pro, friendly, and easy to work with. After sending them a few others songs from 1983, the company settled on three of our songs!”
Dan says he admires TAXI for, “being around for so many years and earning such a respectable reputation in their efforts to serve both artists and industry. They genuinely meet a need for independent bands, writers, and producers and in turn meet the need for busy music supervisors, A&R, publishers and music libraries. After hearing of TAXI for over a couple decades, I'm kind of kicking myself for not reaching out years ago!”
We hear that all the time… people wishing they'd joined years earlier. Oh well, at least you're out there pitching now, and hopefully making up for lost time! Congratulations, Dan, the company you've signed with is an awesome Publisher, and we have little doubt that given some time—it DOES take time—you'll start getting placements in some great TV shows and films through that Publisher!
James Thompson, Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
It's great to hear about people taking advantage of all the services that TAXI offers its members. We reached out to James Thompson to find out what resources have helped him the most. James says, “I've been a TAXI member for just over a year now, and I recently got a deal for the song ‘Baby Steps' with a Publisher and it's thanks to the TAXI community that this has happened. I started implementing advice about song structure/making things contemporary etc., and also bought and acted upon both the TAXI books. Most of the success has came within the last two months, so clearly something has sunk into my brain.”
James also had some suggestions for other TAXI members, “The advice my songwriting partner and I would give would to be to listen hard to the submission criteria and reference back to the example tracks often whist composing to keep yourself on track, watch TAXI TV and engage with members on the TAXI Forums. Our success rate has been increasing more recently as we continue to grow as writers, and the TAXI books by Robin Frederick have been invaluable.”
Bruce Ray Brown, Nashville, TN
Longtime TAXI member Bruce Ray Brown reached out to us after hearing a cue he co-wrote with fellow TAXI member Adonis Aletras played on a recent episode of TAXI TV. Bruce says, “I joined TAXI in 2011. At that time I had zero cues on TV and zero cues signed to music libraries. Today I received my quarterly BMI statement. Thanks to TAXI, the list of my cues reads something like this: ABC, A&E's Duck Dynasty, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, History Channel's Pawn Stars, Discovery Channel, Esquire, Fox Sports, National Geographic, CBS's Let's Make a Deal, TLC's Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers and Tiaras, and NBC Sports. This is a partial list, but it gives you an idea of what has happened since 2011. I now have 1,678 registered cues in my BMI works catalog! None of this would be a reality if I had not joined TAXI and attended a Road Rally.“
When asked how TAXI has helped his writing for Film/TV he proclaims, “The things I have learned from other members on the Forums, the Rally, and hanging out with other TAXI members here in Nashville have been invaluable. Thanks for opening the door to production music for me, but more importantly thanks for the TAXI community.“
Dennis Lacey, Atlanta, GA
It was great to hear from Dennis Lacey about his most recent deal, a placement in episode 12 of NBC's new hit, Aquarius, starring David Duchovny. Dennis went on to say how this placement originated: “The deals basically came about via my placement with a Library in Los Angeles via a TAXI submission of mine in 2007, followed by the subsequent acceptance of three more songs of mine directly to the Library.”
When asked what he enjoys about TAXI, Dennis explained, “What I like most about TAXI is the expertise and specificity of the [A&R people], the valuable feedback for improving submission accuracy, and likelihood of [getting] placements, and the varied categories to pick from.”
Thanks, Dennis! You know what we like about you? You get it!! Congratulations on that sweet placement, and we're sure we'll se many more of those coming from you in the future.
Juan Avila, North Miami, FL
Once, and future, TAXI member, Juan Avila, wrote to tell us about the placement of his song “Esta Noche” in the ABC/Marvel Studio hit, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The placement was the result of a relationship made through TAXI. Juan goes on to describe the deal, “The Library offered me a non-exclusive contract. This contract auto-renewed over the years. I had forgotten about it and one day they contacted me that the song was used on the show. The song was used at the beginning of that episode for around 34 seconds. This happened almost four years after my initial contact with the Library!”
Juan goes on to say earnestly, “I felt obligated to share this story so TAXI members know that TAXI is truly a successful medium to get you and your music where you want to be. This successful placement got me into going back to work in music. I'll be soon re-joining TAXI!”
We look forward to that, Juan, and it's hard to pass up the opportunity to remind members who've let their memberships lapse, that they could have been filling the pipeline with a lot more music and generating a lot more placements if they hadn't taken a break. Just sayin'!
We look forward to having you back, Juan, and thanks for letting us know about this great placement.
Tim Jennings, Hitchin, UK
New TAXI member Tim Jennings is off to a great start! He has already had a song placed in the truTV hit series The Hustlers. Tim explains how this deal came about, “I wrote the song with a very successful TAXI member named Paul Cufflin. Paul had been introduced to the Music Library owner through TAXI. He signed the song as soon as we had recorded it, and a few months later it was placed. Great news!”
Tim breaks down how TAXI has influenced his growth as a songwriter, “It's taken me a while to work out exactly how to cater to the needs of the industry. TAXI has helped me big time to stop trying to make everything perfect, not saying that I don't strive for excellence, but I no longer fall into the trap of over thinking and overdoing my songs.”
Thanks for saying that, Tim! You're not alone in those habits that are so hard to break. But, you're proof that there's great value in shedding those old, unproductive habits.
When asked what he likes about TAXI, Tim replies,” TAXI has so much advice, so much knowledge and the best listings I've ever come across. And so far as the music is concerned, I think TAXI has made me grow up and have a more considered and professional approach to what I'm doing.”
Awesome, Tim. We hope we're having that effect on many, many more songwriters, artists, and composers!
Johnny Moore, Los Angeles, CA
Johnny Moore tells a story that is probably familiar to many TAXI members. Johnny recalls, “After being in a touring band, and being broke while living in a van on the road for most of my 20s, I was at a crossroads. It was around that time that I discovered TAXI and the world of composing for Film and TV. I already owned a laptop and had previously spent some time messing around on GarageBand, but TAXI's Industry Listings helped me focus, the TAXI Forum provided me with motivation, and the panels at the Road Rally educated me on how to get started on a new career path.”
Johnny eventually signed a deal with a Library and recently had two placements in the MTV hit show Catfish – all from a relationship that started with a TAXI listing.
When asked what he appreciates most about his TAXI experience, Johnny enthuses, “I'm grateful for so much more than just the online submission process, clear listings, and the Road Rally (where every employee I've met has been nothing less than welcoming, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be around); I'm grateful most of all for the one things that's so hard to find these days ... HOPE.”
Paul Otten, Cincinnati, OH Talk about success! TAXI member Paul Otten had an incredible 27 placements in the first two episodes of truTV's new hit show, Hustlers! Three of the songs were co-written with Paul's fellow TAXI members: Ethan Okamura, Paul Cufflin, and Greg Mandel.
In addition to that awesome bit of news, Paul told us about another great placement on a broadcast network show: “TAXI member Helen Austin (whom I first met at the 2011 TAXI Road Rally) and I had a huge placement on NBC's The Nightshift. Our song closed the show and played for two-and-a-half minutes!”
Paul recounts how all of this came about, “I signed with a great Publisher in the spring of 2010 through TAXI. Since signing, I've had hundreds of placements through them!”
When asked about the significance of his TAXI membership Paul says, “TAXI has been invaluable in hooking me up with many different Publishers, a few direct [to supervisor] placements and loads of co-writers. I've created close, professional relationships with many top Publishers in the industry. I can honestly say that I would not be in the position I'm in, that of being a go to composer/producer, without the help of TAXI. I learned the language of the business from TAXI!”
Danny Infantino, Southern Pines, NC Danny Infantino continues his 2015 winning streak with some impressive placements. Danny had an instrumental track used in Fox's The Mindy Project. Danny says of the track, “This was a piece I signed about six years ago to a great music Library, from a relationship made through TAXI. They have gotten me numerous placements over the years.” Similarly, Danny got a big surprise when he found out a solo guitar piece he wrote and signed several years ago was used in, of all places, Latvia! “I'm a hit in the Baltics!” he exclaims. He goes on to say, “All of these signings were the result of relationships made through TAXI.”
“One of he great things about TAXI, and the deals I've made through the company, is that music signed years ago can still be used and generate income in the future. TAXI's guidance and education, whether through the Forum, the critiques, and of course the Road Rally, have made me better at what I do. This is all paying off now, and will continue to do so looking forward. Bravo TAXI!”
Thanks, Danny, but it's you who deserves to take a bow!
Jeff Allen, Wyckoff, NJ We were thrilled for Jeff and his collaborator Lori Quku when we found out about their recent placements and deals, including a killer placement in Showtime's popular series, Shameless. Jeff explains how it all came about, “TAXI ran a listing for a ‘gritty blues-inspired Alt Rock song.' The Library received our songs and quickly contacted Lori and me to sign three songs. Since that time we've signed a total of five tracks with them. They pitched our song and it was placed in the season five finale [of Shameless]!” Jeff adds, “We are also fortunate to have three additional pieces signed between two other great Libraries... all deals originated through TAXI!”
“There is a lot I like about TAXI, but I think the education is the best part of the service. I learned how to write songs that can be used in TV and film, and the Road Rally was extremely helpful!”Nice going, Jeff and Lori, and thanks for the kind words!
Katianne Timko, Youngstown, OH TAXI member Katianne Timko reached out to tell us about her recent successes, including a placement in Hulu's new original series, East Los High. Katianne says of the deal, “After I submitted my song through a TAXI listing, a Music Supervisor reached out through email and asked me to keep sending songs as I make them! So, I'll have two songs in this upcoming season, but probably some more in the next.” In addition to that great news, Katianne also told us about another deal that was “with a Photography Company that licenses songs for huge companies like Google, Nikon, and Canon!”
Katianne talked about how TAXI has influenced her songwriting: “I love the feedback aspect—it's really helped me understand that everyone listens to songs differently. For one listing, a song won't be forwarded, but for another, that same song will land me a deal. It really depends on who's listening and what they're looking for. It helps me a) make my songs better if I hear the same critique [comment and suggestions] a few times, and b) not take it personally when someone passes on my music. TAXI's screeners are all so supportive and they're rooting for me to do my best work!”
Gene Baynes, San Diego, CA We reached out to TAXI member and multi-instrumentalist, Gene Baynes when we heard about his recent successes. Gene broke new ground by having a track placed in the new Chinese film, Hollywood Adventures from a relationship with a Library made through TAXI. The film was shot in LA and will most likely only be made available theatrically in China.
Gene also told us about placements in a pair of feature films, the upcoming Big Stone Gap starring Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg, and a Canadian film called Bad City. He also had music used in the Netflix animated hit series Bojack Horseman. All of those placements are through TAXI connections!
Gene had some nice things to say about the resources that TAXI provides to members, “I really enjoyed the last, and my first Road Rally, and the fact that there is a lot of information available for songwriters like myself on the TAXI website and TAXI TV. This last [placement] has me getting ready to fire the studio up again and get recording!”
That's what we like to hear, Gene! Can't wait to hear what you cook up next!
Patty Boss – San Francisco, CA We noticed Patty Boss posted on the TAXI Forums about her recent successes. We reached out to her, and were delighted to find out about placements in several TV shows including: CNN's Special Report, Witnessed: The Assassination of Malcolm X; VH1's popular Hollywood Exes; MTV's Catfish; History Channel's hit show Pawn Stars; and the Travel Channel's Fantasy Foods show. We couldn't be happier for you, Patty!
Patty effusively says: “All of these placements are a direct result of being a TAXI member. These latest ones are all stemming from Publishers with whom I became connected as result of attending TAXI's Road Rallies. The thing I love most about TAXI is that it's a one-stop-shop for development. They won't shove a guitar into your hands and force you to play it (unless you're at the Rally, and then it may come with a beer). But TAXI does offer an incredible amount of resources, on what sometimes feels like a silver platter.”
Way to go, Patty! We love it when hard work pays off!
Michael Hendrix – Tujunga, CA The year 2015 is turning out to be an exciting year for TAXI member Michael Hendrix. Michael has seen his music placed in two documentary films this year: Call Me Lucky directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and Rolling Papers, a film about the legalization of Marijuana. He previously had music featured in the 2014 crime drama God's Pocket that resulted from a TAXI connection. In addition to those great placements, Michael also had music used in a number of broadcast network TV shows including the hit NBC shows, Chicago P.D. and Parks and Recreation, and the highly rated Criminal Minds on CBS. Michael laments having let his TAXI membership lapse, but has been inspired to renew his membership by these recent successes.
“Two-thousand and fifteen has kicked off with a bang, thanks to TAXI! I am so thankful for the great opportunity made possible by TAXI to connect with a great publishing company that I would never have even known about without their help. I particularly like the way TAXI makes it easy to submit material for possible connections with music users. Life has taken some turns that took me away from TAXI for a while, but I will soon be a member again. It is amazing to see my songs still being placed [even though my membership had lapsed.] I am looking forward to reconnecting as a TAXI member and getting the ball rolling again to find a place for more of my creations. I highly recommend TAXI for anyone looking for a home for their music in a variety of venues with endless possibilities.”
Richard Flood – Salley, SC Richard Flood, a.k.a Okefenokee Joe, is already a legend in the state of Georgia. Dick was recently inducted into the Georgia Family Entertainers Hall of Fame, and dubbed “A Living Georgia Icon” in a book entitled Georgia Icons, written by Don Rhodes of the Augusta Chronicle. Dick has been a TAXI member for almost a year and has already seen his music placed with various films and network TV shows, among them, CBS's The Good Wife, Adult Swim's hit show Children's Hospital, and the indie film The Driftless Area starring Zooey Deschanel. Dick was happy to discuss his journey to success and what he loves most about TAXI.
“It all came about when TAXI submitted several of my songs to a Music Library, and a couple of Film and TV Music Publishers. I like the fact that TAXI is tight with so many A&R people, publishers, recording artists, major network TV shows, movies, etc., and alerts its members of possible song placements. All I can say is, TAXI I love you, thanks, and please keep it up.”
Steve Rice – Philadelphia, PA Never give up! That's the message from TAXI member Steve Rice. Steve's catchy Bossa Nova track, “Tropical December.” was prominently featured on the A&E hit show Better Call Saul. This fantastic turn of events was the result of a relationship that began with a single connection he made with TAXI. Steve never gave up on the song, and after some tweaks and reworking it was rewarded by this incredible placement.
Steve explains: “This placement came through an A-list Music Library, whom I have had a great relationship with since my very first TAXI forward. This track kept getting shot down when I first pitched as a vocal track, but I always believed in the goofy retro Bossa Nova vibe of it. After I recast it with a bleepy-sounding '60s organ lead part, it really came into its own and has had several uses as a tongue-in-cheek elevator track. This is a great high profile placement for me, and, even cooler, the track gets a spot to really sparkle in the show. Thanks for everything you guys do!”
Great job, Steve! Your experience should be an inspiration to all TAXI members who aren't afraid to work on improving their material.
Jay Fortunato, New York, NY Jay Fortunato received an unexpected surprise when he submitted songs that were recorded back in the 1970s. Jay recalls: “I submitted a couple of ‘basement tapes' from the early '70s for a TAXI listing seeking vintage music, and how exciting it was to get my first ‘forward,' and then to receive an offer to have them published. It took a while, but the Record Label came through, placing my songs on four network TV shows, including NCIS. And now this fifth placement on a Canadian TV show called Motive. I can tell you it's just as thrilling every time.”
When asked what he likes about TAXI, Jay responded: “I would say it's ‘balance.' It is the music ‘business,' and we all would like to be rewarded for the work we do and for what we create. The balance between art and commerce can be tricky, especially today in a world where art seems to have taken a very distant back seat to monetary gain. It seems to me that TAXI gets that balance right.”
Pedro Costa – Ontario, Canada We received some great news from Pedro Costa about his latest placement in HBO's hit TV series, the hard-hitting news show, Vice. Pedro recounts how a single TAXI connection with a Music Library two years ago, and participation in the TAXI Forums, led to some amazing opportunities: “Since then I've signed approximately 40 instrumental cues with this particular Music Library. It was great to see one track used on HBO. It was a first placement for me on that network. My placement count is now nearing 150, and all of them can be traced back to either direct connections made by TAXI or relationships started in the TAXI Forums. In fact, fellow TAXI member Steven Guiles and I met on the TAXI Forums in late 2012, and since then we have collaborated on songs and cues as the band Dove Pilot. We have just released our debut album!”
When asked about the benefits of his TAXI membership, Pedro said, “TAXI provides the environment, the tools, the support, and the community for someone like myself from northern Ontario, Canada, to become an active professional in the music industry. Thank you, TAXI! I'm forever grateful!”
Dylan Winstanley – Mobile, Alabama Dylan Winstanley, and his Metal band Excessum, got some great news when they returned from a recent SXSW gig. After a TAXI connection with a great Music Publisher, they found out their music would be used in the upcoming indie horror flick Condemned, starring Michael Gill from House of Cards, which is scheduled for release in 2015!Dylan explains, “The film's Music Supervisor contacted us and wanted to license two of our songs for the film! We look forward to seeing our name in the credits!”
Dylan goes on to say: “TAXI has allowed Excessum to score seven deals with a top-tier Music Library, and we also got an exclusive deal with an Australian boutique Music Publisher. I love how TAXI has given my band opportunities that I never would've gotten if I didn't join two years ago. I've learned so much about the music business, gotten my band tons of exposure, and made some money!”
Congrats, Dylan and Excessum! We love to see TAXI artists get the recognition they deserve, and a paycheck as well!
Axel Bauer, Austria It's always wonderful news to hear about the great success of TAXI members through our community Forums! The latest news comes from Axel Bauer, who has recently placed three of his instrumental tracks in the long-running hit show Styled to Rock on Bravo! The deal was a result of a TAXI forward to a music library. In addition, the library asked for over 100 of Axel's tracks, with the majority being in the EDM and Hip-Hop genres. Congratulations, Axel! Looking forward to seeing many more tracks placed through this great connection!
Axel reports, “There are a couple of things I like about TAXI. It helped me to get better, stay focused, update my music, and be open-minded. I also really love the TAXI community and I get to collaborate with really great people.”
Eric Campbell, Atlanta, GA No stranger to long distance collaborations, Eric Campbell has been working with the above member, Axel Bauer, on a number of tracks intended for Film/TV placements. Eric just recently let us know via the TAXI Forums that one of these collaborations has been placed on the hit primetime show Revenge on ABC. Eric has been a TAXI member for about 18 months now, and is really starting to see some fruit from all the seeds he's been planting! Way to go, Eric!
Eric says, “I love when people ask me about TAXI. I come across a number of people who are wary about paying for placements. I quickly let them know that I've never paid for a placement. But I gladly paid for an invaluable service that taught me about what works in Film/TV music, introduced me to a host of successful composers and writers, and connected me with some top publishing companies. TAXI is the only reason why my music is getting heard in film and televisions shows. I'm a fan for life.”
Thanks for making that distinction between not paying for placements, but using a service that helps you make music that's worthy of getting placed, Eric!
Billy Hale, Olympia, WA Billy Hale joined TAXI with a five-year plan in mind to get his music into the TV and Film world. He was happy to report to us that two years ahead of his five-year plan, he has placed 250 cues (since last August), including placements on the three popular A&E shows: The Wahlburgers, Nightwatch, and Donny Loves Jenny, as well as the Lifetime show Killer Kids! Incredible news, Billy!
Billy had this great advice to share: “After two years of returns and hard rejection I discovered TAXI TV, and the [TAXI] Forums. Michael [Laskow] started playing TAXI Forwards and Returns on the broadcasts, and through his guests on the show, the pieces of the puzzle started to fall in place. Listen and learn all you can from the screeners' comments, watch TAXI TV, read the Forums, and write as often as you can. During year number two, I started getting encouraging feedback from screeners, then some more forwards and finally an email came from a Music Supervisor asking me for more of my music.”
So great to see you created a solid plan, Billy, and that it's panning out well ahead of schedule! Keep up the great work!!
Robert Hamilton, Peoria, AZ Another great post appeared on our TAXI Forums recently, which came from long-time member Robert Hamilton. His latest placements include the hit show Escape Club on E! and the brand-new Leann & Eddie on VH1! Both placements were from a library that Robert had signed with through a relationship that originated from a TAXI Forward. What's great about these placements is that one of the cues was written specifically for the show that it was placed on, while the other was selected straight from the music library. It's great to see these kinds of deals stemming from different avenues, Robert. Congratulations!
Robert had this great advice to give for other TAXI members who want to get more TV placements, “I think there is a strong parallel between writing for TAXI listings and writing for briefs by publishers. You may write something for a [TAXI] listing that you think is spot on, and it gets returned. Likewise, you may write a cue for a show thinking that it's perfect for it, and it doesn't get used. Neither of those situations is a waste of effort. If you step back each time and look at how you can improve what you just did, and then follow through with it, you will keep getting better. Pretty soon you will have more and more really good tracks. Good tracks will find their place.”
So true, Robert, so true! Even “rejections” are actually each a step forward and a success in that regard.
Walter Grund, Germany When our TAXI members reach out to us to let us know of their success, it makes us wonder how many more members are out there who don't. In Walter Grund's case, he contacted us to share part of his very impressive quarterly performance royalties. Among some of his 125 placements are: six cues in multiple episodes of the world-renowned Oprah show, a cue in the popular CBS show Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and music featured on NBC Sports! What incredible news, Walter! Thanks so much for letting us know and keep those placements coming! Walter said, “So here are just the few tracks I have complete information about – of 125 total placements in this quarter. Thanks, TAXI!”
Thanks so much for letting us know, Walter, and we have little doubt that many more will be on the horizon!
Craig Marsden - Burton, MI This past year has been an exciting one for returning member Craig Marsden. He has scored several exciting placements over the last 12 months including songs in the critically acclaimed FX show The Americansas well as Showtime's new Golden-Globe winning drama, The Affair! This year appears to be no different! Craig has had three placements on the new Canadian show Young Drunk Punk, as well as his first feature film placement in the upcoming Staten Island Summer, written by longtime Saturday Night Live writer Colin Jost! Craig has established some great relationships in the entertainment business thanks to TAXI and had this to say:
“I see TAXI as a major force in bridging the gap between aspiring musical artists and the greater music business at large. TAXI essentially turns dreams into reality for those with the talent, the fortitude, the patience, and the work ethic to push ahead, regardless the barriers, towards ultimate success in the music business, whether big or small. And my thanks to Michael Laskow and all of TAXI's amazing crew cannot be expressed enough. For in just one submission, my life and future as a composer and recording artist has taken a quantum leap. And there's no stopping here!”
We agree, Craig! Thank you for letting us know about these great placements and wishing you continuing success on TV and Feature Film work!
William Milliken - Cincinnati, OH
Bill's latest placement is a perfect example as to why a musician should never throw out any old material! Along with fellow TAXI member Craig Marsden, he recently placed a song on the highly anticipated indie film Staten Island Summer! The track was recorded more than 30 years ago in the 1980s using a ¼” 8-Track recorder in a hotel room after a gig. Great to see a recording made more than three decades ago find its way into today's media! In addition, Bill has also placed multiple instrumental tracks on the primetime show Access Hollywood, distributed by NBC Universal, as a result of a TAXI connection. Way to go, Bill!
He had this to say about his TAXI experience: “The best thing about TAXI is the ability to listen and learn from seriously established writers and producers whom Michael [Laskow] makes accessible to us either through TAXI TV or The Road Rally. I was fortunate to have met a Grammy Award Winner at the 2014 Rally who has been so generous with his knowledge and time. My level of production/writing values has shot skyward because of this.”
Congratulations, Bill, and thank you for letting us know about your success. We're pretty sure we'll be hearing from you again!
Christoffer Sandberg – Sweden Christoffer reached out to us recently to let us know of his most recent placements on NBC's HIT series America's Got Talent, as well as on-air promos for another NBC show: Parenthood! These placements are a direct result of a collaboration that Christoffer established with a fellow TAXI member at the Road Rally in 2009! This collaboration is still going strong, and it's a great example of how TAXI members frequently get placements just by maintaining relationships with their fellow members! When asked about his experience with TAXI, this is what Christoffer had to say:
“I can't say enough about how valuable TAXI is to me. I really enjoy Michael's brilliant TAXI TV—it's really useful and equally entertaining! The members are really the nicest and coolest group of guys, always willing to offer their advice, feedback, or encouragement. The Rally—well it's THE place to be! I'm from Sweden and have gone to a handful of other conferences and they weren't as good as The Rally—its educating, friendly, and not to mention, FUN! I'm hungrier than ever and will go all in and I do think I'll make some good deals and placements via [TAXI] listings.”
Thank you for the kind words and a big congratulation on your awesome accomplishments, Christoffer! We hope there are many, many more to come.
Norman Mitchell - Nova Scotia, Canada Norman let us know that after seeing an interesting TAXI listing, he submitted a Tension Music Cue, which was forwarded to the client. Shortly after, he was contacted directly from the editor/music supervisor of the TV show R.I.P. Files! Norman's music will be used in the first episode of the second season, and he was told that it would likely be used again in several other episodes of the show. Norman has become very dedicated about doing his music-related work since joining TAXI, and is really starting to see his dedication pay off!
“I have spent a great deal of time learning what is required by TAXI to create an excellent product. I joined three years ago, and I sent in close to 400 submissions. I did not want to give up even though I was a very slow learner. The most important advice I can share is, be sure to check and double check the listing information and listen carefully to the sample songs. At first most of my rejections were ‘Not broadcast quality.' Then I began receiving ‘Not the right vibe or style based on the listing requirements.' Now, I am getting closer with each new attempt. Even the failed attempts were an important learning experience. I am looking forward to greater success in the future, and I hope to attend the Road Rally in November.”
Hope to see you there, Norman, and congratulations on having the perseverance to stick with it and see your efforts pay off!
2 Parts Analog - Denver, CO Tonisha Hampton and Robert Watts are at it again! This songwriting and production duo has already had their hand in placements for several TV shows on major television networks such as HBO, MTV, and Bravo! They still continue to stay very busy, and they recently reached out to us and let us know that through TAXI, they are now writing music for a Major Record Label! Great news to hear Tonisha and Robert! The duo had this advice to give other artists out there:
“Since our first forward from TAXI, we have been getting better and better. One thing from TAXI always leads to another and we are now writing for a MAJOR record label. It is so amazing that the same things TAXI has taught us are the same things that the majors require. They require short intros, contemporary production and instrumentation. This is a wild ride and only getting better. We cannot say which label we are working on, or the artists we are writing for, but we can say we all know them. Stick with TAXI, study YouTube, read forums, keep your hustle going, and always try new things. You will graduate your mind.”
Wow, we can't wait to hear which record label and artists you guys are writing for. Very exciting, please keep us posted!
Seth Littlefield Seattle, WA
We just got some huge news from member Seth Littlefield. The instrumental version of his song, “Dance While We Sing” is going to be used in an upcoming McDonald's TV commercial, which will be broadcast in eight different languages and airing in numerous countries, as well as several U.S. metropolitan areas! This awesome placement is a direct result from a connection with a publisher Seth made through TAXI two years ago. Nice going, Seth! He has also gotten some other very juicy deals lately, including several placements on MTV's hit show Catfish and TLC's Return to Amish. Last but not least, Seth licensed almost two minutes of his music in the MTV documentary Nicki Minaj: My Time Again! These placements were also all direct results of connections he made through his TAXI membership. Congratulations on all of these great placements, Seth! We're all very proud of you. “I can't thank Michael [Laskow] and the good folks at TAXI enough! Last week, I also received my biggest BMI quarterly [payment] to date. Unreal! It all just goes to show...write, submit, forget, and repeat! And be sure to keep your chin up through the many ups and downs! TAXI provides such a friendly, generous environment, and at the same time, offers awesome successes to anyone who's willing to put in the work. I can't thank Michael, the TAXI team and the supportive network of other TAXI passengers enough!”
David Alex Barton Boston, MA
We were thrilled to find out that David's song“I'm A Mess” just got placed in an Indie Horror Film called The Hallow, which just had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. This awesome placement was a result of a six-song deal David got with a Music Library after being forwarded to them by TAXI. Last year, the same Music Library placed three of his tunes on the CW's The Carrie Diaries. Nice! Congratulations, David. Make sure to let us know when you get more placements. We have the feeling there will be more on the horizon for you!
“I'm an independent artist from Boston - TAXI has given me excellent exposure to labels and music directors. TAXI allows me to concentrate on what I do best: writing and recording!”
Danny Infantino Southern Pines, NC
The year 2015 has already been pretty eventful for TAXI member Danny Infantino. We had just found out that his track “Deck The Halls” made it into the opening of CBS's show Scorpion,when we learned that the same song had already been placed on NBC's series A To Z. Not only did he get these awesome placements through a relationship he made through a TAXI connection, Danny also signed eight more of his songs with the Music Library. Congratulations, Danny! All your hard work is paying off, and we couldn't be happier for you!
Danny commented, “In addition to signing pieces with a dozen music libraries, I have learned a great deal from my experience with TAXI. The TAXI Road Rally is great for networking and keeping up on the latest recording techniques, gear, and samples. In March I will be on a panel at the University of South Carolina to discuss alternate ways of making a living in music. TAXI will be high on my list of recommendations. TAXI is the best way to enter the music industry if you write and record music.”
Bob Mete Earlysville, VA
Bob recently got notified that his tune “Every Blue Morning” was placed in an upcoming Feature Film called Scout,starring Nikki Reed, Jane Seymour, Danny Glover, and Ellen Burstyn, set for release later this year. The year 2014 was fantastic for Bob. From placements on HBO and Showtime to a couple of film placements, and a placement in a game app as well. Look out 2015, here comes Bob Mete!
Bob also said, “Thanks to you and everyone at TAXI for providing a vehicle for us to be a part of this crazy music business.”
Barry Gould Hudson, MA
Barry recently let us know that he had a placement in the SyFy Network primetime three-episode mini-series Ascension. It was his piano-based Jazz piece that was licensed, and the placement was a result of relationship with a publisher that started at the 2011 Road Rally. Now, four years later, his music has been heard on various shows including the Kevin Bacon Show, and FOX's primetime show The Following. Keep up the great work, Barry. We can't wait to hear about more of your upcoming successes!
“I've thoroughly enjoyed the Road Rallies and getting forwards, and really appreciate the critiques and education. Thanks again, TAXI, for all you do to connect composers to opportunities.”
Jay Ramsey & Bob Kelly Las Vegas, NV
We recently found out that the writing and producing duo of Jay and Bob got two of their songs placed on SyFy's three-day event, Ascension. These two have been friends and writing partners since the 1960s, so this was a long day coming, but definitely worth it after all the success they've had lately! This placement was a result of a TAXI Forward that ended up with a deal with one of the most well-respected Music Libraries in the business. Once they got that deal, they've been gaining momentum ever since. In the last couple of years their songs have been heard on AMC's Mad Men, ABC's The Following, NBC's Chicago PD, and in a bunch of major motion pictures as well! Although Jay and Bob had a successful career on the road for 16 years prior to joining TAXI, they had still never been able to get their music heard by millions of people, until now!
“We definitely do appreciate all that you are doing for us. It is gratifying to both of us that someone is finally noticing the hard work we did in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, and someone (other than ourselves) is finally getting a chance to listen to and appreciate what we thought were quality masters for each specific decade.”
Congratulations, Jay Ramsey and Bob Kelly, on all of your very well deserved success! Here's to another great 50 years!
Tamara Miller Toronto, Canada
We were very excited for Tamara when we found out that she's been asked to license 12 new tracks for an awesome Music Library. Want to guess how she got the gig? She got it after attending a class at TAXI's most recent Road Rally, following up with questions, and showing initiative to write for the library! Voila! That's all it took for Tamara. She has also gotten a similar opportunity in the past through another TAXI introduction, and as a result of that her music has been heard on different TV Shows including The Dr. Oz Show! Congratulations, Tamara! You're in good hands and we're happy to have helped you get there!
Tamara told us, “TAXI has been wonderful in providing such a creative and friendly atmosphere that brings together so many like-minded people from all over the world! I love meeting new people, reconnecting with TAXI friends, and meeting new co-writers! There's always something to learn every year [at the Road Rally]! I find that I am always motivated both during and after the Rally, and that really puts everything in check and gives me another ‘creative push' to continue my journey. I love attending the Driver's Ed classes because they're a fantastic way to gain insight about the industry in such an inspiring and intimate environment. Thank you TAXI for your ongoing support!”
Robbie Hancock Kitchener, ON Canada
Robbie called us up recently to tell us about his exciting news. He was recently offered a Non-Exclusive deal for five of his songs with a Music Library that he was introduced to at a TAXI Road Rally! Robbie said that he cannot take all the credit for his success because he owes a lot of it to his fellow friend and TAXI member Andy Gabrys, who has helped him master his craft with his mentoring and the production knowledge he has shared with Robbie. He also gives credit to Robin Frederick, who inspired him enough to give him the confidence he needed to get to the next level, and guess what, it worked! He was offered another Non-Exclusive deal after that boost of confidence! We can smell more juicy deals coming your way in 2015, Robbie!
“The thing about TAXI is that they give you real opportunities and all you have to do is have the courage to take the first steps, and put in the time and the work. As the experienced fellow members say, ‘It's a numbers game,' and they are right. The three most valuable things that I have learned from the other successful members in this family oriented community are: Watch every episode of TAXI TV, spend time posting your music and connecting with members in the TAXI Forum and go to the Road Rally. I have never experienced a musical community more supportive of each other in my life. It is truly special and I am so glad to be a part of it. Thank you, Michael Laskow, and all the TAXI staff!” Thank you for the kind words and great tips, Robbie. You're doing all the right stuff, and it's no surprise that you're getting deals!
John Finbury Haverhill, MA
John just joined TAXI in September of 2014, and he has already been pulled into the Film & TV world. He just signed over a handful of songs to a Music Library after getting his '80s tunes forwarded via a TAXI Listing. John joined TAXI to try to place his Brazilian Jazz music, but shortly noticed that there was an opportunity to submit his long forgotten 15ips reel-to-reel 8 and 16 track recordings he made in the 1980s. He quickly digitized them and submitted them to the appropriate listing. It was only a matter of days until he got the call from a great Music Library! And that's inspired him to compose and record more music. He also confessed, “I have another career, and six months ago I didn't know what Internet-based A&R was, and had never heard of TAXI. I only climbed on the learning curve of music self-promotion because I decided to do a little ‘vanity/legacy project' and record an EP of some of my original Jazz tunes this past summer.” It seems like this was all meant to be for John and we couldn't be more excited for him and his fast-paced success now that he's actually in the music industry.
He also added, “The last time I was in the studio and looked in this direction was in 1981. Back then I blindly and unsuccessfully sent out cassettes of my songs to publishers and record companies. It is truly remarkable that now, 33 years later, music professionals are buying my old songs and listening to my new ones! Many thanks to TAXI for making this possible, and a note of earnest appreciation to Michael for taking my due diligence phone call and validating and encouraging this deal.”
We are very happy for you, John. Congratulations again!
Bill Gordon Miami, FL
Everyone should know who Bill Gordon is by now. He is a long-time TAXI member who has been with us from the very beginning. He also has had a very successful career in music and it never seems to be slowing down for him. I don’t think we can count all the placements he’s gotten, but we’re always very happy when he lets us know about his most recent successes. Last summer, he signed a 14-track Jazz and R&B deal with a Music Library we’ve had a very successful relationship with. Another publisher picked up a couple more of his tracks this past autumn. Most recently, one of the Libraries placed his song “Blues Jays Dancing” on ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last month! And Bill said this is “All thanks to TAXI and the Rally.” Another well-deserved tip of the hat to you Bill!
Bill said, “Joining TAXI 20 years ago was one of the best things I’ve ever done as a lifelong working musician. Not only have the many deals resulted in nearly half my income, but the astounding array of brilliant people met, and the invaluable lessons learned are perhaps even more important. People who dismiss TAXI don’t know what they’re talking about, for it is indeed the rare industry entity whose name can be used in the same sentence with the word honorable.”
Lenny Macaluso Tarpon Springs, FL
Lenny recently got his first placement when his song “Ain’t Nobody Home” got placed in CBS’s hit show Criminal Minds. It was a quite a thrill for Lenny because the song was actually recorded 40 years ago with his band, The Lenny Mack Band. Lenny gives TAXI credit for connecting him with a first class Film/TV Music Publisher, which ended up also signing a Publishing Deal for several more of Lenny’s songs. How cool is that? His music has also been heard on NBC’s Believe and FX’s Legit this year, all of which are a direct result of being a TAXI member! Congratulations Lenny, we think this is just the beginning of some great placements to come for you!
Lenny told us, “My experience with TAXI has been nothing but positive in every sense of the word. Considering that I am retired from the music business, and that my catalog is not current, I am quite pleased and surprised that I've had placements. I only wish that I had found TAXI a whole lot sooner!! I think Michael Laskow is a genius for putting this great company together and helping so many songwriters and artists. Michael deserves to be highly commended for his great vision! Thank you TAXI for all of your support!!!”
Thanks for the kind words, Lenny. We appreciate the compliments!
Dan Walker Madbury, NH
Dan didn’t initially tell us about his first placement in a TV show, but he eventually did after we reminded our members how much we appreciate it when they let us know about their success stories. He told us that one of his songs was placed in an episode of CBS’s TV series Stalker, which was aired last month. He also told us that he wasn’t convinced that TAXI was right for him at first, but when he finally became a member he realized what he had been missing out on!
Dan tells us, “But now, I am completely on board and love how I am beginning to focus on the actual listings. I still get distracted by the artist in me, but I find that if I do what TAXI is asking for, my chances at getting a forward are like 100 times greater and in the end it is more rewarding to hear my song on a TV show instead of looking at it on my iTunes playlist. Thanks for all the years and experience you have put into such an exciting career.” Here’s to many more forwards and placements for you, Dan!
Greg Presmanes Atlanta, GA
We just had to include Greg in this newsletter once again because he is on fire!! We just found out that his song “Found Love,” will be used in the Showtime’s hit TV show Shameless, airing on February 1, 2015. Greg’s music keeps getting placed in some of the highest rated TV Shows in the world. Congratulations, Greg, on yet another amazing placement!
He added, “TAXI is the best A&R company in the world! Their connections have placed my music in four major TV shows (Mad Men, NCIS, Aquarius, and Shameless), and one documentary film, The Lesson Plan. It’s a thrill to hear my music on TV and in the movies. I couldn't have placed music with those shows. The music industry people TAXI works with are really the best there is. It’s great to have a partner like TAXI. They actually produce results!”
Thanks for saying such nice things about us, Greg. We’d like to add that your music is great, and the publisher we hooked you up with is aces as well. We can’t do what we do without your awesome music and the hard working publishers we connect our members with. It takes a team!
Michelle McKibbon Toronto, Canada
Michelle’s song “The La La Song (It's a Beautiful Day),” was recently placed in the hit TV show Mistresses, airing on ABC! Yay! This placement came through after a TAXI forward turned into a deal with a great Music Library we work with regularly. Earlier this year, Michelle got her first placement through TAXI, which was in Netflix hit, Hemlock Grove. Michelle seems to be on a roll, and we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing more placements in the near future.
“TAXI is indispensable because you connect us to people in the industry who are the decision makers who would be difficult to reach directly. But first, you make sure we’re at the level and have the skills we need to compete. My songwriting has definitely gotten better as a result of feedback from TAXI.”
Steve Buckner Morrice, MI
We’re very proud to hear that Steve signed a deal with an awesome Music Library after being a TAXI member for only seven months! That’s relatively fast! He actually got the deal because he got two songs forwarded through two different listings to the same company! They loved his tunes so much they decided to do a deal with him on those songs and sign another 12 tracks! In addition, he has signed a couple of other tracks to two other Music Libraries, all a result of forwards through TAXI. It’s probably just a matter of time until we hear about some juicy placements for Steve!
Steve wanted to tell us, “TAXI has definitely opened some doors that I wouldn't have opened had I not joined! Thank you TAXI! The Road Rally was phenomenal and an eye-opening experience. I think it is only a matter of time now until I get my first placement!"
We couldn’t agree more Steve :-)
Steven Guiles San Dimas, CA Steven recently gave us the full layout about how his career has changed since he joined TAXI in 2012. In the last two years, he has had songs placed on ABC's All My Children, FOX's The Mindy Project, AMC's Game of Arms, and many other shows and Indie Films. He told us that relationships with TAXI members have helped in 90% of all of Steven's music placements and income! Steven believes that the key to his success is all the “returns” and feedback he's gotten from TAXI! Without the feedback, he might never have tweaked and improved his songs for the better! “Because of TAXI I, have signed on with seven Music Libraries and have had over 40 placements in the last two years. That's 39 more than I've had in my entire music career spanning 1992-2005.” Congratulations on all of your success, Steven. We can't wait to see where the music takes you in the future!
He added, “I like the friendships I've formed that will last a lifetime. If not for TAXI, I wouldn't have met one of my close friends, Pedro Costa. I can't imagine making music WITHOUT him. Thanks, TAXI!!”
Michael McAllister Cortez, CO We love it when members share their success with other members on the TAXI Forum. Michael recently announced that he finally got his first TV Placement and got even more excited when he got his first royalty check! Six of his tunes got placed in two episodes of the reality TV show Bad Girls Club on Oxygen, which was a result of being offered a Music Library deal last year! As of today, he has music in three different Music Libraries. He said, “It's just a little [the royalties], but after 15 years of statements that say $0.00, it's a milestone for me.” Congratulations, Michael! Keep it up and you will be getting more placements before you know it! Michael also said, “I've been in TAXI for years, but it was only after I took the TAXI music education (i.e. critiques, TAXI TV, Forums, Rally) seriously, that I began to find success. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a supportive and knowledgeable community of hard-working, inspiring, and (a little) crazy musicians like myself."
Randon Purcell Sandy, UT Randon has been a TAXI member for two years now, and he's starting to gain momentum. He recently got one of his tunes forwarded by TAXI, and that resulted in a deal with a Music Library that has now signed eight of his tracks! This is the second deal that he signed through TAXI. The first one came through after Randon submitted a track to a Christmas listing that got forwarded, and the Music Library ended up signing that track as well as a couple of other Christmas tracks and has entire solo album! Congratulations, Randon. We feel a placement coming in your future. Hopefully it will be for this year's holiday season!
Here's what Randon had to say: “My TAXI experience is what keeps me connected, focused, and believing in the possibility of reaching my goals as a musician. Without TAXI, I felt like a single note in a Beethoven symphony, unable to be heard at all, but having something to offer. TAXI gives me the opportunity to get my music out there to real leaders in the industry. The feedback I get is invaluable, and has always led me to make changes for the better.”
Jay Fortunato New York, NY We had just heard from Jay when his song “Thoughts Of You” had been placed in Red Band Society. Then, we found out that the same song was placed again, and this time on CBS's NCIS! Both placements were a result of a publishing deal he singed through a TAXI connection. The NCIS episode aired on October 7 and Jay told us that he felt like the song was written specifically for the scene it was placed in because it all worked together so well. It was clearly meant to be! Jay is really on fire these days, and we congratulate him on these awesome placements he's had gotten in the past few months.“I just wanted to let you know how awesome the placement was on NCIS … they did a great job with the editing and the mix too. I was totally thrilled. Can't thank [the Music Library] and TAXI enough. I think with [the Music Library] and TAXI anything is possible,” Jay said.
Richard Dance Phoenix, AZ Richard Dance has really been on a roll lately! Right after we let you know about his recent successes a few months ago, he got another Music Library deal! He told us that his entire Gulf Coast Funk & Soul CD — totaling 13 tracks — got signed! He made this CD just for the 2013 Road Rally to promote himself, brought multiple copies, and handed it out to peers and industry people alike! Six months later he got a phone call from the Library that wanted to take the whole CD! How cool is that? Keep it up, Richard!
“I have only been a TAXI member for two years, and in that short time, have signed over 100 songs to music libraries. In addition to the production music library world, I also recently got my first film placement in a movie starring Eric Roberts (Julia's brother)! New Music Libraries I haven't even done business with are starting to call me now! If you put in the hard work, remain open to change, and take advantage of all the educational tools TAXI offers, the process definitely works. Then just hold on for the ride...” he said.
Richard Flood Salley, SC We were thrilled to find out when Richard told us that his song “Warning Signs” will be used in episode 604 of the CBS hit show, The Good Wife. The reason we're so excited for Richard is because this particular song was recorded in the early 1960s, and he's been sitting on it ever since! It's not even been a full year since Richard joined TAXI, and he was already offered a Publishing Deal after one of his songs was forwarded through us. All of the songs that he's signed to that Publisher are recordings from the early '60s that he really never expected anyone to hear. We're very happy that your music is finally getting heard, Richard. Better late than never! Congratulations, and we look forward to hearing about many more placements!
Richard told us, “What a wonderful break! Signing on with TAXI is the best move I have ever made in my music business experience.”
John Shine Morristown, NJ John Shine and his band The Soul from the '60s decided a couple of years ago to digitize all of their music they had been sitting on to see if anyone could use it. They had been referred to TAXI, so they decided to give us a spin. They didn't think they had much of a chance at success with their old tunes, until they were forwarded to a Record Company/Publisher through TAXI that wanted to sign some of their songs! Recently, they finally got their very first placement! Their song “The Train,” made it into Episode 709 of AMC's iconic show, Mad Men, which will be aired in 2015. We're so thrilled to know that we have helped John Shine and Richard Flood get their music from the '60s out there for millions of people to hear. It is also a good reminder to other members to see that there can always be a place for your music, not matter how old it is! Congratulations, John. We hope that this is just the beginning!
John also said, “It's so different than how we all remember the experience with record companies and producers back in the '60s and '70s. TAXI and the record company they matched us with are what you would wish all music business transactions would be like. Everyone does exactly what they say they will do! Quite a dream come true for four senior citizens...”
Frederick Isaac Lansing, MI We reached out to Frederick Isaac recently when we found out that he just had one of his songs placed in Moments of Clarity, and upcoming Independent Feature Film. Just like several other TAXI members who got placements in the movie, the deal came about from a TAXI listing posted in July of this year. Followed by this good news, Frederick was contacted by a Music Library CEO after one of his tracks was forwarded to them through a TAXI Listing. The Music Library signed the song, and since then they've signed another 25 songs (if not more) to the library! We are sure you'll have some more juicy placements coming up in the near future, Frederick! Congratulations! Frederick adds, “TAXI does exactly what they say they will do. For me, it seems that the main obligation of its members is to not only work very hard on their end of it, but also to acquire the technique of patience. I've been a member for over six years, and this is my first placement.”
Tom Hoy Brantford, Canada We recently found out that member Tom Hoy got a Music Library deal through relationships with fellow members made on the TAXI Forum. He hasn't gotten any placements yet, but he thanks his fellow TAXI members on the Forum for getting this far. Through the Forum he has met other members who have given him effective feedback, which helped him point his music in the right direction. Congratulations, Tom! Make sure to keep us updated when you get your first placement!
“Some people may say that what they like most about TAXI is the Forwards. Even though I love getting a Forward, I would have to say, for me it's the Forum. The wealth of information and the generosity of the members is what's fueling any success I may have had. Although I haven't had a placement yet, I know that it is just a matter of time. As I am retired, time is all I have. If you are a songwriter, TAXI is the only place to be. That's where you will find me!!!”
Bob Mete Earlysville, VA We couldn't help but include Bob Mete again in our Success Stories. He's been on quite a roll! The last time we spoke to him, he had gotten a couple of great TV Placements. But now, one of his dreams has finally come true; he's landed his first Feature Film placement! This is something Bob has been hoping for since he was a teenager! His song “Chance of Snow” is the one that made the cut, and the film it's in is called Any Day, starring Eva Longoria, Tom Arnold, and Kate Walsh. Now, Bob just has to wait for the film to hit theaters so he can finally see his name in a feature Film's credits! Be careful to not choke on your popcorn, Bob ;-) Bob's tunes have already been heard on HBO and Showtime, and a national TV Commercial. And most recently, he also got a placement on Showtime's mega-hit, Ray Donovan, which is one of Bob's favorite shows. Sweet, Bob! That must have felt incredible! Congratulations on all of your achievements. And thank you for always keeping us up-to-date on your placements. We wish more members would follow your example ;-)
He added, “[I am] so grateful for a fantastic Publisher, and for all the great folks at TAXI who made it all possible.”
Ed has been a TAXI member for 7 years now, and his success has been growing steadily year by year. Most recently, he got a track into a Music Library through a TAXI Dispatch listing, and he’s expecting to have more tracks signed to them in the near future. Ed has also had his track, “Football Funk” placed in a national Coke Zero radio advertising campaign, as well as couple of MAJOR films, including the Oscar award-winning film The Blind Side and Scooby Doo, the Mystery Begins. Ed has had great success through other TAXI connections, which have helped him get placements in ABC’s Revenge and in Greek on ABC Family. Nice going, Ed! We’re certain we’ll see many more great placements from you in the future, and thanks for being a loyal member for 7 years!
“I continue to use and recommend TAXI to other composers and songwriters. I tell musicians that TAXI will motivate you to write music and teach you a ton about the industry. If a track is not forwarded, you will still likely get valuable information about making it better. A review recently found a digital click in a track that I missed! Keep in mind, many returned tracks will get used in the future with other clients and pitching. It may not be the track for one usage, but great for another. My advice is to keep a healthy psychological distance between you and your tracks. Your latest ‘masterwork’ may not sound so good in a few weeks. Of course, another, even more ‘amazing’ piece, will inevitably replace it. Before you know it, you will have hundreds of titles in your own library. It’s a game of numbers and pennies that all add up to real dollars on your PRO statement. I have had tracks on multiple TV networks in one evening. There is nothing like sitting in a theater, waiting for your name in the credits. You will know you are a media composer when you have written actual ‘elevator music’ used in an elevator, or write a waltz with a dog barking. I have, and I’ve been paid for it!”
Gotta say, Ed, we’ve probably heard about tens of thousands of placements by our members over the years, but yours is the first waltz with a barking dog!
David is 11 months and 80 Forwards into his TAXI membership and he wanted to tell us about his experience so far. He just recently completed his first “loop” of submitting a cue, getting it forwarded and being offered a deal just three days after the submission. Unfortunately at that time, the ball was already rolling and he had just signed the cue to a Music Library through another TAXI Forward! But the Music Supervisor who just missed the track wanted to hear something else instead, so he started writing and sending cues on a daily basis. Today he’s signed over 100 tracks to the Supervisor and now he finally got his first placement on A&E’s Walhburgers! David is also working with another Music Library and his music is actively being pitched to TV Shows.
He also said, “TAXI is the center of my five-year business plan. It’s bringing discipline and focus to my work on a daily basis. I would have never written 200 cues in a year without TAXI listings! It helps me being a better composer ... and it works! Now I know. One year down... four to go... the exciting part begins.” Patience is a virtue, and your focus is enviable, David. Keep up the great work and congratulations on your first placement!
We recently found out through the TAXI Forum that Kevin’s track “The Freaky Flayday” was finally picked up for a placement in an episode of TLC’s Honey Boo Boo. The song is to be featured on their Halloween special this fall and is the co-main title theme song of the episode! Kevin also has music on other 22 different TV episodes, on shows such as Dr. Oz, Storage Hunters, Welcome to Myrtle Manor, and America Now. TAXI has been a huge part of Kevin’s success, and he told us that a majority of his placements were a direct result of TAXI Forwards and from networking at the Road Rally. Congratulations, Kevin!
He also said, “Without the knowledge and connections that TAXI has provided, I doubt I would be as far as I am now. Michael Laskow and TAXI has helped me find a place for my music!”
We had just been notified that one of Richard’s tunes was placed in an upcoming Indie Feature Film Moments Of Clarity when he also reached out to us to tell us all about it. This particular placement is a direct result of a TAXI Forward, and the entire deal was finished only 3 DAYS after it was submitted! How awesome! Richard also has over 90 tracks in an Australian Music Library. He connected with them and got offered a deal with after meeting the owner and becoming close friends with him at the TAXI Road Rally in 2012. Way to go, Richard, and congratulations on this awesome placement!
Richard adds, “Getting your music into Film and TV can get very complex and convoluted. However, TAXI Independent A&R has built and refined a system over many years that works efficiently to help get that done for you. If you take advantage of the educational tools TAXI gives you, network with other members, attend the annual Road Rally, and work hard, the system definitely works. Just trust the process, learn as you go, and keep writing and submitting."
Eric reached out to us recently to let us know about the different placements and deals he has landed in the past few months. One of the placements he got was directly through TAXI and a popular Music Library that signed his track. Now he also has a couple of other TV placements as a result of a Publishing Deal he just signed after being referred to the company at the Mentor Lunch at the Road Rally! His music can now be heard on Access Hollywood and various shows on the E! channel! Thanks for following up with us, Eric, and congratulations on your deal and placements!
Eric said, “The best part of TAXI is the Road Rally! There's no better convention for networking and learning about the business. I also like the feedback I get from submissions. The high standards of the reviews make sure you can compete with the best.”
Singer/Songwriters Helen Austin and Paul Otten were both on the Successful Members panel at TAXI’s 2011 Road Rally. They were also invited to play a private showcase in TAXI founder Michael Laskow’s hotel room. Michael invited seven songwriters to play for each other, hoping they’d meet and end up collaborating.
“I could just hear how some of these talented people would sound together, so we held a little ‘mini showcase’ in my hotel room, and sure enough, some magic happened,” reports Laskow.
“It all started in Michael Laskow’s hotel room, but that’s all we’re saying about that particular Friday night,” jokes Helen Austin. “From there, Paul and I became Facebook friends and that was it, until a year or so later when I wanted a producer for a new song, ‘Colour It,’ that I had just written. I saw that Paul [Otten] had done lots of collaborations, and even though I had never enjoyed co writing, I asked him to help me with this.”
Helen adds, “I loved what he did, so I asked him to produce another song, this time adding his vocals to mine. That song was ‘This Road With You,’ which has been placed in IKEA ads, MTV’s Catfish, and ABC’s The Vineyard.”
When my publisher heard that song and a few more that Paul and I wrote together, he got really excited and said that we should be a band. The name Big Little Lions came about because Paul is really tall and I am… not! From there we have been steadily writing and released our debut EP, Paper Cage, in May.
“I never imagined co-writing could be so much fun and we both enjoy writing over email as you can’t see the looks on each other’s face when we don’t like something :) This summer Paul is coming to Canada where we’re playing a bunch of live gigs, and then we head to Ohio where will play some more. This is the first time we will have seen each other since that hotel room encounter nearly three years ago!”
Paul adds, “TAXI’s Road Rally is such a great experience, and it’s collaborations like this one—born at the 2011 Rally—that make it all worthwhile. The connections we make with other like-minded songwriters are the most valuable part of the conference in my opinion. Michael and lots of other TAXI members are always preaching about the friendships, the collaboration, and overall community vibe at the Rally. But it’s not until you experience it for yourself that you truly understand what they’re talking about.”
Congratulations on your big win, Helen and Paul. We’re tickled pink that we were able to introduce you, and you’ve come so far so in little more than two and half years. We’re sure there are many more exciting things for the two of you on the road ahead.
“Having TAXI is like having a contact placed DEEP in the music industry. The opportunities TAXI provides for this land-locked Ohioan are priceless. TAXI is the whole package, though, and not just a ‘contact.’ There is a whole community of wonderful and supportive TAXI members in the Forums. There is a wealth of information on TAXI TV. Having direct access to Michael’s knowledge and opinions there (as well as his guests) is wonderful. Plus, we’ve got the Road Rally! All these TAXI Tools add up to some serious Artist SELF Development. But for me the most beneficial thing about TAXI is the focus this whole package provides. The focus to provide specific music. The focus to become ‘excellent enough’ to be forwarded. There is no way I could ever have placements on prominent cable TV shows like this without TAXI. TAXI IS awesome!”
“Being part of TAXI has allowed me to achieve things with my music that before I first joined five years ago would have been virtually impossible for a guy like me in his 40s living in a small town in southern Spain. I also love being part of the wider TAXI community, and feel fortunate to know and learn from so many incredibly talented fellow members!”
This is what he had to say: “For me, the Road Rally is really the highlight of TAXI; not to take anything away from all of the other great things TAXI does throughout the year, but the Road Rally really brings everything together for the composer or artist. The information and education you learn there is amazing; plus you meet new people and leave excited to get back to work! Thanks to everyone at TAXI for all of the hard work you do!”
Congratulations on these awesome placements Charles!
“The great thing about TAXI is that they get you in the door, which is the hardest and most time consuming part of this business. Once you are in the door, and if your work is good enough and on the mark, it will likely lead to more opportunities. I still have a long way to go, but I can see building this into something significant. I would never be where I am at today with out TAXI’s help and for that I am truly grateful.”
You’re on the right track Brian and we are looking forward to hearing back from you when you get some really juicy placements. Congratulations!
“I joined TAXI in 1995—a life-changing moment. My life as a pro musician (since a teenager in the ’60s) has taken some wonderful new turns since joining TAXI: lots of deals, lots of people hearing my music in films and on TV, a nice addition to my income. But best of all have been the education received and the people I’ve met – could not imagine my life without TAXI.”
“The thing that I love about TAXI is the connections. I’m a full-time writer/producer, and I first learned about TAXI from other artist/co-writers I was recording music for. I was intrigued and thought I’d give it a try. So many of my artist/writer clients are only thinking about getting the immediate cut or placement, and don’t understand the importance of developing relationships. I had a Los Angeles Music Supervisor pitch something almost a year ago through TAXI - it didn’t get on that show, but we kept in touch. She got all 3 of those cuts last month using the same song from last year! Another Music Supervisor from New York got a cut for me a year ago on Playtex Sports Commercial (through TAXI of course), and has since pitched the same song again to another client.
I also love the diversity of listings and opportunities. A writer has opportunities no matter what genre their music; and I like the Film and TV markets especially as that is where most of my previous placements had been. And I can’t stop without mentioning the staff at TAXI, [they] are great at communicating and always helpful, which is rare in this business. :) Thanks for being there, and keep up the great service!”
Best of luck, Gary, and we’re looking forward to hearing even more about your future successes.
Kayle was also happy to announce that he also just had his first MAJOR TV Network placement, and his music will be heard on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight around the holidays! He told us that all of his placements to date are direct results of his involvement in TAXI, either from Forwards or the relationships with other members he has met on the TAXI Forum and the Road Rally. That’s the way to do it Kayle!
“As for my TAXI experience, I know of no other service so dedicated to its members; not only providing opportunities to get our music heard, but also educating and offering ways to build life long friendships and relationships. And I believe TAXI genuinely puts its members first! In short, TAXI Rocks!”
Thank you for the kind words and congratulations on these huge accomplishments Kayle!
“All of this is because I met these people through TAXI, formed relationships, and received boat loads of encouragement and knowledge from TAXI and its members. I am forever grateful that I joined TAXI, learned so much, have had such awesome encouragement and met so many people that are now friends. I love this music life!!! Thanks, TAXI!” Michelle said, WOW, Michelle! We are so happy too hear about your success and how you are sharing it with other TAXI members. We look forward to many more success stories from you!
“As a musician, I enjoy the challenge of being able to write in any genre. It’s a real thrill for me to listen to the type of tune that the client is asking for and do what I can to make sure that my writing and mixing matches that need as closely as possible. What I’ve enjoyed [about TAXI] is doing the best we can to perfect our mixes and to try to compete and to be indistinguishable from a major studio. To that end, listening to the critiques is very helpful. I don’t always agree with the critique I receive, but when there is an issue that I can correct, I try to do that.” Keep it up Chris, and we look forward to hearing even more success stories from you in the future!
“I think TAXI is a great way to get your music into the hands of those who are specifically looking to license it for Film, TV, and Games. Using TAXI’s Dispatch listings, I get anywhere from 8-12 qualified leads [in his genre] per month. Even if I worked the phone really hard I’d never get that many opportunities. With TAXI I can focus on what I do best (write the music) while TAXI opens the door for opportunities. Thanks, Michael and the staff at TAXI.” Congratulations, Bill, and we look forward to some more record-breaking successes!
The CEO of one of the Music Libraries we frequently find new music for, recently told us about TAXI member Carl Coccomo’s (aka “The Singing Sicilian”) placement in ABC’s show, The Neighbors! What makes this placement bittersweet is that Carl passed away a year ago. We’re so glad that even though Carl’s family must miss him, they’re certainly beaming with pride that his music lives on! Not only do they get to enjoy the legacy of his music being heard by millions of people, hopefully the income it generates will help his family in his absence. We are so happy to continue to be a part of Carl’s legacy and wish his family well! And here’s a fun fact: It was none other than Frank Sinatra who gave Carl the moniker of, “The Singing Sicilian.” How many people can lay claim to something like that?!
Like many TAXI members, Bill Kelly has experienced the highs and lows of becoming a better songwriter. Happily however, Bill recently shared that he got a placement in the Feature Film, Promised Land! The placement happened after his song “You’re Always Welcome Here,” was forwarded by TAXI to a Music Library. It was 18 months before the song was placed, which just shows how there’s no such thing as a “typical timeline” for songs finding a home in the right project! In the mean time, the same Music Library has signed two more of Bill’s songs, and he now has a valuable relationship with the company. That’s something not to take lightly! Bill also mentioned that he attended the Road Rally last year, and is currently in the process of establishing a relationship with a Music Publisher he met there! Congratulations, Bill!
We first found out about Bruce Brown’s success on the TAXI Forum. He shared that after three years as a TAXI member, he just signed a new deal with a great Production Music Library! Bruce said the deal includes his co-writer, and fellow TAXI Member, Scott Gerow. Bruce and Scott met each other at the Road Rally a few years ago. Bruce told us how much he appreciates the TAXI community in Nashville; the community there meets on a regular basis to work together on their craft, which Bruce said is very inspiring and can also be humbling. Bruce also told us that prior to joining TAXI, he had no tracks signed to any film/TV music licensing companies, and now, because of TAXI, he has well over a 100 tracks published, and has had lots of his tracks placed in TV shows! So cool! Congratulations, Bruce!
Barry Gould recently told us that he just had his first very TV placement as a result of belonging to TAXI! Barry decided to branch out into the Film & TV world after being involved for years in other areas of the music business as composer, arranger and performer. Barry’s song was placed in the February 17 episode of the Fox Network’s primetime show, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon. That’s only one degree of separation by our count! The song played for 2 minutes and 27 seconds as an underscore for an entire scene in the first 8 minutes of the episode! Since then, the episode repeated on February 22 and has aired in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. This placement is a result of a connection Barry made at the 2011 Road Rally; Barry sat down with a mentor who connected him to the owner of a Music Library, where he signed a deal for three tracks. Barry said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Road Rallies and getting forwards, and really appreciate the critiques and education.” Nice going Barry! We’re very happy for you, and wish you continued success.
Bryan Fusilier reached out to us, and we’re so happy he did because he let us know that he’s now had his music placed in b since joining TAXI. He said the vast majority of the placements have resulted from just one Music Library deal he landed as a direct result of a TAXI forward nearly four years ago. Since his initial signing with the company, he is now considered one of their custom composers, and has had the opportunity to write music specifically for shows that the Library works with. Bryan said, “The thing I like most about being a TAXI member is the friendships I’ve made with other TAXI members. I’ve gotten many other deals via those relationships, and have learned so much from them via the TAXI forums.” Some of Bryan’s bigger placements include: Alien Encounters, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras, Wives with Knives, and Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Not bad, Bryan!!
We came across David Hollandsworth’s success story on the TAXI Forums and wanted to make sure you all got to share in his joy! David recently had a song forwarded to a Music Library back in October 2013. When the company offered him a deal, David smartly asked if they would like to hear more of his tracks. They said “yes,” and so far, the company has now signed 25 more of his songs! That’s awesome, David! David told us, “TAXI has been a great learning experience for me as a composer. I’ve learned much from the returns and forwards, and the forums have been invaluable. Two years ago, I never thought I would be composing music for media!”
Songwriting and production duo, Tonisha Hampton and Robert Watts of 2 Parts Analog, have had quite a bit of TAXI-related success! Not only have they written songs for MTV’s Catfish, VH1’s Lee Ann and Eddie and Hollywood Exes, and HBO’s Vice, but they have also written Hip-Hop tracks for Internet videos and are currently working on the title sequence for a top-secret TV show! These placements have been a product of their work with a Music Library they met through a TAXI connection. The duo stated that since joining TAXI, their songwriting has improved in a variety of different genres. They went on to say, “We have so much work to do it is a blessing. We are so thankful for TAXI and all the extra things that you do, unlike other A&R Companies, to help us become better business musicians. We are proof that it works. If you apply yourself and you’re open to change the way you think about music, you can make it. One last thing, checking our pride and ego at the door made us soar. Thank you, TAXI.”
Christopher Greenwood sent us an email that started off with “I wanted to let you guys know [that] since signing up with TAXI one and a half months ago, I’ve had 9 forwards, 1 synch (synchronization license) for $200, and today just got contacted by a Music Library who wants to sign 2 of my songs.” Chris shared that it took a few listings for him to narrow down the listings that his music truly fits, and that although he was a little discouraged at first, he kept watching the listings and figured out how to pitch more accurately. He got his first forward (which is now the first a many more than nine at this point!), signed up for a Dispatch Listing (to get more access to listings in his genre), and has since been contacted by a Music Supervisor and was paid $200 (plus royalties depending on some other factors) for the use of his song in a film! Chris said, "”I like the fact that [my membership is] not only getting me paid, but [is also] exposing me to new music when I’m listening to the referenced songs. I love hearing new tunes; I’m becoming a fan again!” Congratulations, Chris!
Nicholas Rodriguez updated us on his success he originally heard about in the spring of 2013. It took several months to receive confirmation, but he recently found out that one of his songs will indeed be used as the main title theme for A&E network’s new TV show, Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne! Nicholas wrote the cue specifically at the request of the Music Publisher who got the placement. He was connected to that publisher through a TAXI listing and forward. The show just premiered in January of this year. Nicholas said that this is his first placement, and that it looks like more of his work will be placed as well. The Publisher told Nicholas that “many” of the cues he wrote will be used in future episodes of the show! Awesome! Congratulations, Nicholas!
Ethan Okamura wrote into us to fill us in about the placement he just landed on the thriller/drama feature film, Holy Ghost People that will be in theaters this month! Ethan’s song, “A Song Before I Go,” was licensed for this film as a direct result of a TAXI forward. Ethan’s deal was a “step-deal,” which means he got more income once the film was picked up for distribution. Ethan just found out that the film will be distributed, which means that he will receive additional payments as the film reaches certain attendance plateaus! What a cool deal!
Robbie Hancock updated us about his success following the Road Rally. Not only has he been signed to a Music Library, he also just landed a placement in a feature film! The placement wasn’t a direct result of TAXI, but Robbie said that he would not have been as confident in signing the deal without the information and knowledge he has received from Michael Laskow through TAXI TV, TAXI’s online Forum, and his fellow TAXI members. Robbie said, “I have watched almost all of the TAXI TV episodes now and I feel informed with the ammunition I need to succeed. I am so very thankful for everything that TAXI does for artists, writers and composers like myself (also really getting into producing now too thanks to a Rob Chiarelli mentoring session [during the Road Rally]). It has given me a new hope in the music industry, and joining TAXI was one of the best and smartest things I have ever done for my career.” Congratulations, Robbie!
Not even a year ago, we boasted about Hank Jones getting a cool deal with a Boutique Music Licensing Company. Since then, Hank has had some more success, particularly with his song “Born Lonely.” Hank submitted “Born Lonely” to a direct-to-Music Supervisor TAXI listing. The song was forwarded, which resulted in the song getting placed on the CBS television show Vegas! Congratulations, Hank!
We highlighted Juliet Lyons’s music career in the October edition of the Transmitter’s Passenger Profile section. Since then, she’s had even more success! A song that she co-wrote with Dean Taylor and TAXI member Vince Constantino, “You’re My Christmas,” was placed in the final scene of Lifetime’s original Christmas movie Christmas in the City, resulting from a direct connection to a Music Supervisor via a TAXI Listing. The movie aired a total of nine times during December! Juliet said that the icing on the cake was that she and her co-writers got to see their names in the final credits! So cool! Congratulations to you, Dean and Vince!
Speaking of Christmas and Lifetime, Bruce Bergh’s song “Christmastime of the Year” was also placed in Christmas in the City! It’s so cool to have multiple TAXI members’ music placed in a film – all through a direct connection to a Music Supervisor! What’s even cooler is that Bruce’s song was also placed in the Hallmark Channel’s original film Snow Bride, also resulting from a direct-to-supervisor connection through a TAXI listing. What a great season for you, Bruce! Bruce told us that he’s been writing and recording music for over 30 years, but that TAXI has changed the purpose for his writing as well as the way he writes. He said, “Here is the most awesome gift TAXI gave me: motivation. Knowing that a REAL opportunity is dangling right before me is an exciting experience! I have learned to read a listing, formulate the concept, write the music and words, record the tracks, and create a mix within a 24 hour period!” He also shared that prior to joining TAXI, he felt that he’d never “make it” because he knew no one in the music business, but that TAXI has given him an “in.” Cool!
Cheryl Ashton has been a TAXI member for 15 years! Her newest success is having her song “Undeniable” placed on the ABC’s hit TV show, Nashville! The placement came about only a couple days after her song was forwarded to the Music Supervisor via TAXI! Cheryl is also working with a couple of Music Libraries and her work is paying off. Cheryl told us that the critiques she’s received over the years have been very helpful. She also told us that attending the Road Rally has also taught her a lot and has been beneficial to her songwriting career. She actually got her first publishing deal because of attending the Road Rally several years ago! Cheryl shared that the most important thing she has learned over the years is to always be prepared with the correct documentation and song files if someone is interested in signing any of her material. That’s sage advice, Cheryl! Congratulations on the placement!
We know Clark Van Norris loves the Road Rally because of his willingness to help during the event, as well as his recent quote, “I would spend $300 on just the Road Rally, it’s that good!” We love hearing that from our members, and we love hearing about successes that come from attending the Road Rally even more! During the 2012 Road Rally, Clark’s song “The River” was played for the Music Library panel. One of the panelists, a Music Library executive, liked the song quite a bit. Clark followed up with the executive at this past Road Rally. Clark gave the owner his CD, which resulted in Clark receiving a phone call the following Monday after the Rally! In the past two months, three of Clark’s songs have been signed to the Library and there is further discussion about signing more of Clark’s songs as well! Great news, Clark! Congratulations!
The Road Rally continues to prove how beneficial it is through Eric Baum’s recent success with a Music Library. Eric attended a mastering class during Road Rally 2012, which caused him to think about how he could make his tracks more usable for TV. He spent the following year applying what he learned to his songs. At this past Road Rally (November 2013), Eric showed his new material to the class teacher. The speaker liked Eric’s work, and since the speaker happens to work for a Music Library, a deal was struck! Eric now has a couple dozen songs signed to the library! Eric said that he used to write music for himself, but TAXI taught him how smart it is to write what the industry needs. Now he spends his time more productively, and has learned to write for the right audience. He closed by telling us, “The Road Rally also helped me improve my recording techniques. Now my tracks can compete with tracks recorded in million dollar facilities.” That’s awesome, Eric!
Walter Grund had some great successes with Music Libraries in 2013! His second-quarter royalty check in 2013 showed that his music was placed on the Dr. Oz Show, four years after he initially met the owner of the Music Library! Walter also signed 32 classical compositions to a different Music Library, and his Metal instrumentals album to yet another Music Library! Further, Walter and his 15-year-old daughter co-wrote an album and it was also signed to a Music Library! So cool! Walter told us that all of the TAXI resources (TAXI TV, book referrals, the Forum, the Road Rally, the free subscription to Recording Magazine, and helpful members) have helped him learn what the industry is looking for, and have helped him improve his songwriting and production skills. Walter said that although he is busy working as a music teacher, music director, and music engraver, TAXI has helped him build a catalogue of over 300 cues and songs, which are currently signed to eight different music libraries! His hard work is paying off, as the royalties have started come in. Congratulations, Walter!
Adrian Dresar told us that his song “More Than an Arms Reach” was placed in the fourth episode of The CW’s Reign! This placement happened from a TAXI Forward almost four years ago to a successful Music Library. The Library originally signed two of Adrian’s songs, but later signed seven more songs! As a result of his recent placement, Adrian’s fan base has grown and a number of other Libraries have approached him to sign his music as well! Adrian stated, “The constructive criticism from TAXI has helped me to progressively employ more hooks into my songs. Through critiques, I realized I had to tighten up the pitch of my vocals (unfortunately my older tracks do have some off notes that make me cringe). I appreciate the positive feedback too that increased my confidence: I do have the ability to write songs people like!” That’s awesome, Adrian! Nothing feels better than being validated for your hard work and talent.
Ruby Muse recently got forwarded to a Music Library through a TAXI listing that ended up signing a couple of her songs. That resulted in Ruby’s song “Mr. Horizon” getting a placement on the ABC Network’s Ravenswood. Ruby told us that she specifically uses TAXI so that she can gain insight to the music business. Ruby has already learned how to adapt her writing styles and genres to what the industry really needs, and has also found that her previously written material still has a place in the industry too based on the placements she’s received! Ruby said that she and her partner, Malc, feel like they now have ears in the industry to help them get their music heard. She said, “I really appreciate TAXI. I love Michael’s [TAXI’s CEO] enthusiasm, and I am impressed by the whole operation so far. Thanks especially to those who have listened to, critiqued and forwarded our songs – hope to meet you all someday soon!” Three words for you, Ruby: Road Rally 2014!
This past September, we shared Owen Chaim’s success story about getting his Hip-Hop songs signed to a great, Los Angeles-based Production Music Library through a submission and a TAXI Forward. At the time, the deal was brand new, so he hadn’t had any placements yet. Owen reached out to us again just two months later—in November—to let us know that one of his tracks had already been placed in an episode of NBC’s hit TV show, Parenthood! Congratulations, Owen! That was really quick by anybody’s standard, and we hope you get a bunch more of those super fast, primetime, broadcast network placements!
We found out about Patrick and Maia’s (Mad Rapture) recent success from the Publishing Company who signed two of their songs after a TAXI forward! The songs are now being pitched to Film and TV projects. The duo shared with us that one of the things they love about TAXI is that they have access to opportunities that they never knew existed. They also shared that they appreciate having access submitting to a wider range of genres as they are “a bit left-of-center” from the typical Pop genre. They said, “It’s exciting to know our music is being heard by incredibly smart and influential people in the music business who would never hear our tunes otherwise. We also been impressed by how friendly and responsive everyone on the TAXI team has been. You guys clearly are rooting for independent musicians to succeed!”
Brian Wheat posted on the TAXI Forum about a deal he signed with a Music Library. We found out later from him that the deal developed from his very first forward! The Library signed 10 of Brian’s tracks, and has already placed one of his tracks in an episode of “I’m Married to a...”! Brian has also had success with another Library as well after he created his first-ever underscore piece for a listing. The track was forwarded, and the Library contacted Brian less than a week later to offer him a deal! Brian told us, “The thing I love about TAXI is the different genres that are listed. It has expanded my music composition skills into other music styles, which I didn’t realize I had the capability to compose.” Great job, Brian! Congratulations!
Larry Penny (Seven Points, TX) recently shared some very exciting news. A while back, Larry’s song “Kiss That Memory Goodbye” was forwarded to a Los Angeles-based Music Library. Having signed his songs to a couple of companies in Nashville some years ago but with no placements to show thus far, Larry didn’t anticipate that anything would happen with the song. Larry’s luck has changed though! A few weeks ago, the Music Library emailed him to let him know they placed his song in the Paramount Pictures Film Nebraska that will be showing in theaters later this month! So cool! Congratulations, Larry!
Brent Magstadt (Pahoa, HI) has had a lot of success with Film & TV Licensing Companies through TAXI forwards over the past few years. One of his recent connections resulted in him landing a “little” Walmart commercial placement! Throughout his membership, Brent has signed multiple tracks to other Film & TV Licensing Firms; he just signed three more of his tracks to another Publishing company as well! Brent said, “There are a multitude of benefits from being involved with TAXI, but the one that always sticks [out] in my mind is ‘focus.’” Brent went on to explain that the help he receives from his fellow TAXI members on the TAXI Forums, the networking opportunities at the Road Rally, and the help of supplied “a la’s” and other details provided in TAXI’s Industry Listings have all helped him focus his songwriting to fit exactly what the industry professionals are looking for! That’s awesome, Brent!
Kevin Pike (Port Crane, NY) recently received his first royalty check for the use of his songs in the TV shows Storage Hunters, Dr. Oz, and Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Kevin’s Music Library relationships have come from different TAXI avenues and in different time frames. For example, the Storage Hunters placement came eight and a half years after a TAXI forward! The Dr. Oz placement came about after Kevin met the owner of a different Music Library at the TAXI Road Rally in 2011. Kevin told us, “Without TAXI, I don’t believe I would be composing music for four libraries. [TAXI] gives you the information you need to succeed... Probably the biggest impact TAXI has had on me as a composer is that it has given me a purpose for my music. People out there (mainly music libraries) actually want me to compose music for them and they value it. That’s a great motivator!” Nice job, Kevin!
We recently heard that Simon Larsson’s (Göteborg, Sweden) band, Bernard Et Bianca, landed a great publishing deal with an awesome Los Angeles-based Publishing Company as a result of a TAXI forward. The publishing deal included all of the songs on the band’s album, as well as all of the instrumental versions of the songs. The company is now working to get the songs placed in Film & TV. Simon told us, “TAXI has opened a whole new world for me, full of opportunities that I did not have before. Since I became a member, less than a year ago, I’ve been writing and finishing more songs than ever [before]!” Awesome Simon! We’re so glad to provide those opportunities to you and your band!
Two years ago, Alyse Black (Austin, TX) was forwarded to a Music Production Company. The company contacted her six months after the forward and signed a few of Alyse’s songs for TV Licensing projects. A year later, the company informed Alyse that one of her songs had been placed in ABC’s The Vineyard! Since then, the company has discussed more opportunities for Alyse to write additional songs for them. Alyse said, “I love the candid feedback I get from TAXI’s [screeners] – both [on how] I [can] improve a particular song or my songwriting on the whole, [and] where I excel from an industry standpoint. [TAXI provides] invaluable feedback for [songwriters] looking to reach any aspect of commercial success with [their] music. I’ve already referred several friends to TAXI.” Thank you, Alyse! We’re looking forward to hearing many more success stories from you!
Stan "JazzStan" Morris It would be difficult to find another member like Stan “JazzStan” Morris who has been so dedicated to sharpening his musical skills through using TAXI. It took Stan 16 years to get a deal from a TAXI forward so you can imagine his excitement about signing some deals with a very well-respected Indie Music Library with many Film & TV placements. The company recently signed Stan’s Christmas Dubstep tracks, as well as a Dubstep rendition of a classic Bach prelude and fugue! We are SO proud of Stan for all of his hard work!
Andy Gabrys has had some incredible successes in this year. For example, a track that Andy wrote and recorded in only four hours for a Dispatch listing was forwarded, which resulted in a Direct-to-Music Supervisor relationship! So far, the Music Supervisor has signed 16 of Andy’s tracks, and has placed several of them in reality TV shows! His music has also been placed in Episodes 3 and 7 of the ABC Family Network’s show The Vineyard! Andy also recently signed a Music Library deal for one of his tracks, and is currently writing more tracks for that Library! Andy said that his TAXI experience has allowed him to make valuable contacts in the music industry, as well as with other TAXI members. He went on to say, “[One of] the best things about TAXI [is] the camaraderie of composers from across the globe, and the chance to meet and trade notes with them both in the TAXI forum and at the TAXI Road Rally... I think its great to be able to live in a small town in the middle of the country and still make relationships to place my music in TV and Film productions. TAXI works!!” Glad to hear that, Andy!
Eric Campbell's success is based on connecting and collaborating with a fellow TAXI member (Axel Bauer) via the TAXI Forums. Eric and Axel formed a group called “Mom’s Basement,” and together they’ve co-written several songs. Their collaboration must be working because their song, “Too Big For The City,” was forwarded to a Music Library that signed them to a deal. Eric is excited because the Library is now pitching the song to the very TV projects Eric had in mind when he and Axel wrote the song. Eric told us, “I can’t say enough about how valuable the membership is to me. I’ve been pursuing music for a while, but I never felt that I had a trustworthy sounding board. I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve chased – only to be left hanging without even the benefit of a definite rejection. Between TAXI’s listings and their A&R department, I’ve been able to focus my sound into something that I know the industry is looking for. I’ve never had that before!!
David Ross Benson success originated back in 2006 after his songs were forwarded to a Publishing Company. The company signed five of David’s songs, which resulted in his songs getting placed on VH1, as well as multiple TV shows in Japan! It took five years, but the royalty payments finally started coming in from BMI just last year. David said, “Thanks to TAXI, I am now a published song writer, and collect royalties from licensing deals!” Congratulations, David!
Brian Watson wrote to us to let us know that he’s recently signed his songs to two incredibly well-connected Music Libraries because of TAXI forwards! Naturally, he was excited about getting more than 50 tracks signed to these companies, but he was even more excited when both of the libraries asked him to write additional material for them! Sounds like it’s the beginning to two very good relationships! Brian shared that one of the best things about TAXI is how it has helped him understand the weird world of music licensing. TAXI has taught him to break out of his comfort zone to write music he might not normally write. That’s really cool, Brian! We’re happy to be a part of your learning experience and your success!
Stan Swiniarksi is a busy guy! Not only does he teach at Berklee College of Music, he also happens to be a very successful songwriter. In this past year alone, Stan has been signed to a new Music Production Library, which has resulted in him writing custom cues for three companies! His music has landed in shows airing on CNBC, A&E, SyFy, Discovery, A&E, TLC, and Oxygen. Not too shabby! Stan told us his goal is to continue to build his relationships with the companies he's working with so he can continue to fill the pipeline with new music upon their requests. Stan said, "A few years back now, I got a Nashville cut with a new artist on Blue Steel Records. This was while I was living full-time in Nashville. It [is] ironic that I had taken the plunge to write and pitch in [Nashville], yet my first success [there] came through TAXI. What I like most about TAXI is that it's the real deal. The variety of opportunities available is really great [because] it allows me to pitch both as a composer and a songwriter, which gives me a wider scope for success."
Kayle Clements wrote Michael Laskow (TAXI's CEO) an email recently that made us beam! It started off like this:
"Hi Michael, I am pretty excited tonight. I just checked my BMI statement and I had three placements on TLC show up tonight. This is my very first placement. After years of dreaming about being a TV composer – tonight it happened. I get that it is just three small placements on reality TV – but it feels like a million bucks!"
Naturally, we're excited that we got to be a part of Kayle's journey to success! The three placements Kayle is referring to originated from a TAXI forward to a Music Library. The Library didn't contact Kayle right away, but Kayle met a fellow TAXI member at the Road Rally who already had an established relationship with that same company. Kayle's new buddy also told the Library about Kayle, which resulted in the company offering him a deal once they heard 10 of his tracks. Those tracks ended up TLC's show Welcome to Myrtle Manor! Kayle left us with the following note: "It took three years of submitting, getting returns, getting forwards, and working to be a better writer. But it works, and I couldn't have done it without TAXI."
Kyle Kniceley shared with us awhile ago that one of his first forwards turned into a deal with a Music Library that resulted in the library signing 70 of Kyle's tracks, meaning that his royalty payments from placements quadrupled from what his first check was! Since then, Kyle has signed tracks over to three additional Music Libraries! Part of his success with Production Music Libraries comes from meeting the Library owners at last year's TAXI Road Rally! Kyle shared, "I've come to find that if you follow every bit of advice and work on your craft that good things will happen. TAXI has offered me opportunities to improve myself, learn about the industry, meet people I would never otherwise meet, and get my music into their hands ... and ears! I plan on continuing this marathon and using TAXI to help my music business grow. Thank you so much!!"
Eight months ago, we ran a listing for a Music Supervisor who needed songs about a teenager feeling insecure about who she was. Amanda Ihle emailed to let us know that her song "Far From Perfect" got a placement in the Independent Film called Senior Prank! Amanda also shared that she recently recorded her latest album All Over the World!
Brett's relationship with a Music Publisher started as a result from a TAXI Listing back in 2005. Sometime later, the Publisher made a request that caused Brett to partner with Derrick. Together, they have written and recorded 30 songs, which have been placed in dozens of TV Shows, including My Name is Earl, Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, and The Office (series finale).
Brett says about his TAXI experience: "You may be surprised to hear this, but perhaps the most beneficial thing to me about TAXI is the critiques you receive when your songs aren't forwarded. Once an artist puts his or her ego aside and takes the advice to heart, the artist truly has a chance to improve as a writer, performer, producer and engineer. Over time, if you stick with it, you really see the critiques get less harsh, and the number of forwards steadily increases. I honestly feel that the TAXI reviewers can be more picky than the actual music publishers and music supervisors they screen for. In other words, if you can pass the TAXI test, you're ready for prime time. I credit TAXI critiques for improving my musicianship, writing and production not only to the point where I get regularly hired to produce music for television and advertising, but also to teach music as well as perform in professional bands that specialize in corporate events, weddings and casinos. I can honestly say that TAXI helped me grow from a hobbyist to a professional."
Kevin states: "I have had 17 songs forwarded since January 2012. Several of them led to me getting into dialogues with the listing company's owners - several did not - but the key thing is that these are all people I could not have reached without TAXI's help. I have been a TAXI member for several years. I primarily use TAXI for song submissions and critiques. Although I am very excited about the Forwards and placements I have gotten from TAXI, the most important thing for me is becoming a better songwriter and I think the feedback I get from TAXI has been a huge help to me in improving my writing and also enhancing my understanding of how to be more successful in placing my material to clients in ways that help me better connect with them, build relationships, and enable more opportunities."
"Years ago, TAXI forwarded my music onto [an owner of a Music Library]. In turn, [the Library] added songs from my CD called You Were Here. Even more recently, [the company's owner] wrote to me with the good news that one of my songs from that CD, called "Wait For You," was chosen to be on the series finale of NBC's The Office. And, at minute 52 of the show, just as Ryan and Kelly were running away together from the wedding, my song appeared. [It] was the song that played the couple out to commercial. And Bruce Springsteen—one of my musical heroes—was the song that opened up the program again, coming out of the commercial break. So, through many degrees of separation, I got to 'open' for Springsteen on the series finale of a major, broadcast network TV show.
As someone who knew how to write songs, but didn't know anyone in A&R in the music business, TAXI was and is a really worthwhile resource. I submitted a reasonable amount of songs to TAXI. I got a good number of forwards. I didn't always move past that stage, but all it took was [the music library's owner] listening to my music, and all the sudden I had a top connection that I never had before. In very practical terms, my music would have never been on the series finale of a major network show if it didn't first get into the hands and ears of [that company's owner]. And it wouldn't have made it [there] if it weren't first submitted to TAXI. It again took a tremendous amount of passion and patience to get this placement on the part of many. But this was time, energy, and effort that was well worth the expense."
"TAXI rules...Thanks, ML (Michael Laskow) and everyone at TAXI for all your hard work," he said.
"I can't say enough good about TAXI. When I joined, I didn't know what a music library was, and I thought I knew what broadcast quality was. Err, not quite! I've learned a ton from TAXI and from the incredibly generous member community. I'm now earning a living from a variety of music-related work, and I have TAXI to thank for giving me the confidence to try—but also for helping me see, on a practical level, how it could be done. TAXI serves up a healthy combination of inspiration and realism from which any musician could benefit."
Jon states that TAXI offers many advantages to our members including, "A wide array of opportunities, the free Road Rally, [and] supportive song feedback." He goes on to say that, "By far, what TAXI has been to me is an incredibly rich source of experience, support and camaraderie with TAXI staff and TAXI members. The value of the membership is worth the price." We're glad to hear it, Jon! Thank you so much for filling us in on your success!
"I am just so grateful to be a part of TAXI. The amount of support, knowledge, and encouragement is unbelievable. From the Road Rally, to TAXI TV, and certainly the Forums, there is such a gold mine of information to be had. [I'm] coming up on the end of my first year, I have experienced more success than I ever imagined I would in that time. Thanks TAXI!" he said.
So what's been happening with his music? Well, in March, 2012, a Music Library made a deal with him for his instrumental blues song "Moore Blues (Remembering)!" Then, in August, 2012, that same Music Library signed his song "Set You Free!" That same month, two more of Richard's instrumentals, "Indulge" and "A Serpent's Tale," were signed to a Production Company/Music Library!
"It's truly gratifying to know that a company like TAXI exists to help musicians like myself achieve our goals. I respect the high bar set by TAXI and I relish the challenge to meet and hopefully one day surpass their expectations. Thanks again, TAXI!" Richard said.
"I have been composing songs since I was 12-years-old, and have been in several original music bands, but I have always wanted to write music for Film and TV. I had no idea how to get connected to the music supervisors that call the shots, so I thought I would give TAXI a try. I came aboard skeptical, yet hopeful that something would work out. I had no idea it would happen this fast.
To be quite honest, even without a forward or deal, TAXI is worth the yearly fee for me, because I am having a blast writing music for the listings. They challenge me to create something I might not have created otherwise. Equally important are the deadlines! They force me to create within a short time frame, which is how things work in the real world. This along with the great support system (reviews, forums, etc.) has made TAXI worth every penny, and then some.
Don't get me wrong, the fact that I may make some money is a huge deal. It is also a huge confidence builder for me. I really did not think I could compete with the great talent that is here at TAXI. To know that my music, and the quality is worthy of someone paying me money for playing it is a great feeling!
So I guess you could say TAXI has exceeded my expectations on all accounts!"
After being forwarded on a TAXI listing, where the representative from the music licensing company directly screened the music coming in, TAXI member Billy Desmond found out that his solo, bluesy guitar piece "Bye Now," was placed into the new CW Network television show Hart of Dixie. "No TAXI, no placement. Thanks TAXI, you guys rock!" he said.
Mike Young let us know that after signing two of his songs to a very successful independent music placement company as a result of a TAXI forward, his song “Tropical Holiday” was placed in the A&E cable television show The Glades. “I’m extremely appreciative of the opportunities that TAXI has provided. Although I still have a lot of room for improvement, I feel that the quality of my work is so much better since I’ve joined TAXI. I’ve been a member for several years and I’m still in awe that I’m competing with this quality of talent,” he said.
Tim Barton’s music was placed in the HBO television show Bored to Death. This placement came after Tim was forwarded to an independent music licensing company through a TAXI listing opportunity, and ended up signing a deal with them to have his songs pitched for film and TV!
Andrew Gray (a.k.a AM Gray) has only been a TAXI member since February, and he recently landed his first deal! AM’s song “Christmas Eve” was signed to a very TAXI-friendly music library that pitches to many different film and TV music supes! “I’ve had people tell me for years that I need to relocate and move from Australia to L.A. if I want to make it. Though, I’ve always hoped and believed that my songs would do the talking for me. I just needed a vehicle (pun intended) to get my songs in front of the right people. Thanks to TAXI, I have just landed my first deal in America! So, it just goes to show that TAXI really does work, no matter where you live!” he said.
“This is the 3rd US TV Placement I’ve had recently as a direct result of joining TAXI. A forward from TAXI also lead to me signing a deal for one of my songs to be featured in the new Taco-Time TV commercial currently on air in the North West, plus I’ve signed over 50 licensing deals with various film/TV music publishers who are actively pitching my music to music supervisors on some of the biggest U.S. TV Shows! These deals have generated a significant income for me from my music over the last couple of months, and quite frankly this would not have been possible if it weren’t for TAXI. They have opened doors for me which would otherwise have been closed. Equally important is that they have provided some very insightful critiques which are continually helping me improve my songwriting chops. I simply cannot praise the service they offer ‘independent’ musicians like me enough.” he said.
“I am so grateful to TAXI for providing me with exciting opportunities for my music!” he said.
“How does TAXI help me? I really go over the videos. I have bought Robin [Frederick]’s books and continue to read them! Every now and then, one of my songs is forwarded – persistence IS the name of the game!” he said.
“As a direct result from a TAXI forward, I signed a three-year publishing deal with a music library in L.A. for my song. I now also have an open door to submit new music to this company when I have it. TAXI rocks!” she said.
“TAXI is great because not only does it give me opportunities for my existing music, but it actually forces me to create new opportunities for myself, by writing music for listings that I might not have otherwise thought about doing,” Shane said.
Mike added: “It has taken almost three years, but my first TAXI deals are starting to come through. Receiving the call from a publisher who wants my music was a cool surprise. A big shout out to those who have helped along the way!”
“I’m a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and although I loved my education, being a Berklee grad has never gotten me any work in the music business. TAXI is a great avenue for providing direct access to the music business,” Robbie said.
“TAXI helped me get focused and now I’m getting my music placed!” David said. Jeff added, “Even though I’ve been a musician for several decades, I was completely clueless about how to record and write music that is relevant in today’s industry. After joining TAXI, attending my first Road Rally in 2009, and getting feedback from screeners’ critiques, I was able to start getting a few forwards for my music and signing tracks to libraries.”
"I will list some placements from last five BMI Statements:
America's Got Talent - Episode 205B Dr 90210 - Episode Titles (Body Meets Soul, Family Ties That Bind, Hollywood Mending) (A VERY popular daytime talkshow) - 26+ different Episode Titles Pimp My Ride - Episode 503, 504, 512, 514, 516, 517, 518 You On A Diet - Discovery Health and PBS My Super Sweet 16 - Episode Titles (Priscilla, Rachel) American Idol Rewind - Episode 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 117, 122 Cities of the Underworld - Episode Titles (Freemason Underground, Rome's Hidden Empire, Rome the Rise) Dateline NBC - Episode June 17 2007
I have received approximately $11,264.00 in royalties and approximately $1080.00 in license fees."
Through the same company, Paul also had his song cut on a major artists album with Universal in Germany. This was a result of a forward through TAXI almost two years ago!
Bill also gave us an update on some of the TV shows on which he has had his songs placed through music libraries. They include: The District (CBS), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (UPN), Angel (WB), Boston Public (FOX), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC), Felicity (WB), Passions (NBC) . . . whew!
Its safe to say that the talented and very hardworking Mr. Gordon will be seeing royalty checks from his music for many lucrative years to come.
And another good thing happened recently as a direct result of the Road Rally. Someone who runs a center for the arts in Toronto, Ontario picked up my album Mosaic at the Rally and passed it on to the contemporary/smooth jazz station WAVE 94.7 in Toronto/Hamilton. I got the call this week that they will be adding 1 or 2 tracks to the rotation. A major market commercial jazz station; hopefully thatll help give me the boost I need to get a slot in the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival next summer. Thanks so much for your efforts on behalf of all of the independent artists out there!
Elliott (whos more detailed account appears in the Letters section) currently has songs on hold for Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, and Diamond Rio. Not bad for a guy who had never even been to Nashville a year ago! Well have more details of Elliotts signing next month.
I also loved the 03 Road Rally and now have books by all the great authors that I have been meeting there over the years. They are very helpful and I continue to appreciate your help to me. Thanks!
Ive also included one new one that just came in, serving to kick off my second year of membership. You guys are the best! Its good to be ridin in the back of your lil yellow cab that could!
Four different publishers picked up nine of my songs.
Im so grateful to Taxi for believing in my song and opening this door for me. Not only has Taxi improved my songwriting, its gotten me my first deal! The fact that TAXI can connect a Massachusetts transplant writing Country songs in New Jersey with a publishing company in California, sight unseen, is pretty close to a miracle. One friend I told about it has already decided to join. You guys rock!
I have developed a nice relationship with this publisher that started through a forward of some of my rock instrumentals in April of 2002. Since that time, I have signed 17 songs and I am working on more for them. I have started to see some checks coming in (and have upgraded my recording equipment with the money). Im still waiting to see where my tunes have been placed. Thats a great thing to look forward to.
Matt also learned a lot about how this business works: TAXI helps me with everything. They give me new ideas about what to write and then give me feedback on the writing. They also help me connect with publishers and music libraries. They help me make money. But its more than that. For someone like myself who is not good at self-promotion, and not good at schmoozing, TAXI is the difference between having success and not having success.