David Banks

David Banks

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Member Since: 2010
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Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


Thanks so much for the 5 stars for my song Love At First Sight. Very much appreciated!

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Yeah! great tune, as I've said before I think you do the dramedy type tracks really well (better than I do them). Although things have slowed down for us all. I've just had a beatbox type track taken by an Australian company (exclusive) they have a lot of contacts in Europe and pride themselves on big TV commercials so I thought "go for it". I'm not very good at beatbox stuff but they found my track quirky (that will do). Strange that I never get tracks placed in Europe even though I'm in Europe! I had to go via Australia to get Europe to use my music lol. Watch this space! Keep pumping out the good stuff Jim! David


Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago


Thanks so much for the encouragement David. I am surprised that your tracks are not getting placed in Europe. I find all of them to sound modern and top-notch production, mix, and everything. I've not been having enough time to spend on my songwriting in the past couple of months as my day job in IT has become more hectic. I feel lucky to have a job where I can work from home, but long for more balance where I can have more time outside of work for music projects. Best of luck with your songs, and placements in Australia!




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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Mike for looking out for us!


Mike Cantwell - TalentEast Productions posted over 30 days ago


Congratulation on your many successes. You are one of the most likely to be Selected. Update, I just went through more BJ results by this provider and they selected 1 song (Considered no other songs). One song was selected out of an even 580 songs for 9 opportunities. So far the odds are .0017


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Although I'm a big fan of Broadjam and they have helped boost my career in leaps and bounds, you do get the occasional charlatan (or should I say unprofessional) Music Of The Sea is an example, I first dealt with them 3 years ago when he asked for a dozen tracks of mine but when i sent them via Dropbox he never downloaded them? And six months ago he requested several more track (unexclusive) only to discover the contract stated EXCLUSIVE? and a week ago Broadjam got in touch to congratulate me on several tracks chosen for a library? He sent a link saying follow the link and they will send a contract so I did but the link failed? The link was to "Music Of The Sea" (lol). Their website looks good but I have no idea what they are playing at? All the best to you! David


David Banks posted over 30 days ago to RockHound Producers


Love the vocal on Love Trip! 5 stars well deserved!

   
 
Alan Gillis (Gulliver) posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


Hello David,
Thanks for the 5* rating on PHOTOGRAPHS MEM'RIES. Much appreciated. I need to check out your music. I should have plenty of time now that house arrest is looking inevitable.
Alan


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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Hi Alan, yes uncertain times right now! Perhaps when this is all over we will appreciate a lot more of what we had! I wouldn't be surprised if Rap music stops glorifying guns/killing and starts giving youth a positive message (my God was that me ranting lol). I know my music is very different to what you do but I can still recognize your talent (not to mention your great voice), after all I use to listen to Frank Sinatra's album "Songs For Swinging Lovers" when I was around 12 before I moved on to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd at 14 (ha). I still listen to that Sinatra album occasionally (Producer/arranger Nelson Riddle was a genius). Stay safe! David


Alan Gillis (Gulliver) posted over 30 days ago


Thanks again David
I wish that I could take credit for the singing but that song is a Nashville Demo. I’m a bit too old to sound like that these days. On my page the titles in block capitals are professional demos, and the lower-case titles are all me.
My tastes too are very diverse, and I remember that my first records were Ricky Nelson 78s. When my parents upgraded to a new record player, the first 45 single that I bought was ‘Never on Sunday’ by the Don Costa orchestra and my 1st vinyl album was Chet Atkins ‘Teensville’.
Alan


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Alan, are you a member of Taxi because there is a listing just right for you under 1950s crooner style pop songs with male vocals (nonexclusive) for film and commercials. David


Alan Gillis (Gulliver) posted over 30 days ago


I used to be a member, and had a little success with them, but gave it up a couple of years ago. Apart from Broadjam, my only other membership these days is SongLink International.
Alan


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Yes I find Taxi a letdown too! I averaged 2 placements a year as apposed to 20 to 30 placements a year with Broadjam! A site called Audiosparx gets me several placements a year with no subscription? David


Alan Gillis (Gulliver) posted over 30 days ago


Thanks. I'll check it out.
Alan


Folsom & Friends posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


You've got some primo content here. I'm in awe.

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks so much, very kind of you!


Michael Scott posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


Thanks so much for giving my track 'Impulso' 5 starts. I see you have been successful with placements and have much experience, this gives me a lot of encouragement! Mike Scott.

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


My pleasure! It is a great track! Wonderful vibe and perfect for many media use situations! Please feel free to ask if you need advice on anything. Hopefully it will be something I've personally dealt with before! David


Michael Scott posted over 30 days ago


Thank so much for getting back, I really struggle to find anyone for help, like you I've been around the live circuit a while, (don't know whether you ever bumped into my music teacher and mentor Nigel Portass? An amazing session player, played with Tom Jones, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Chuck Berry). Anyway, I've been submitting tracks for about 5 years now and it's been tough but I'm good at listening to advice and making a little progress, I've signed about 4 contracts for licensing, and managed to grab the interest of a couple of decent supervisor, I've also turned down publishing deal because of the wording although I don't think the label new themselves what they had written, I get all my contracts checked over- do you have anything I need to look out for regarding contracts? I've starting doing more orchestration with my piano tracks, I'm in 2 minds whether I'm wasting my time for film/TV work, solo piano seems to be all the rage right now and so much easier to get 'authentic' with vst's, what do you think? Thanks for listening.


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Hi Michael, I know what you mean about the complicated and varied wording of contracts. I gave up paying for a solicitor to look at them because every contract can be changed and that's even more money for a solicitor/lawyer (I have over 900 tracks out there). If you stick to nonexclusive contracts you will be fine. Which also means you can have the same track in 10 different libraries (one of them is going to make you some money!). It is a hard slog but worth it in the long run. Film/media etc. It is definitely the way forward (kids don't want to pay for music anymore they just download it for free but you always get paid when your track is in a reality show or film). It's taken me 10 years to start making a living. A lot of people give up before then! Luckily I'm not a quitter and quite stubborn at times (lol). Yes I gave up chasing the record deal and finally woke up! Media is the way forward!


Michael Scott posted over 30 days ago


Hi David, seems I chose the same path as you, 5 years in and things are more positive now, just noticed I have the Broadjam Earth No. 1 spot! Have a listen to Night Out, that's the one this record label went crazy for a distribution deal but I turned it down, gut feeling I was right. I only have about 20 tracks but I'm always working on a tune, I'm actually a Farmer so get little time for composing. This job has taught me resilience amongst other things, I will keep at it.


Michael Scott posted over 30 days ago


Thanks for giving 'Night Out' 5 stars David!


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


You definitely know how to create a nice underscore with your piano playing. You mentioned about the record label wanting to release "Night Out" but you declined. Could this label get your music into films and adverts? I have had to let a few tracks go exclusively in the past but managed to have them insert a clause that gave me the track back after 2 years if no placements were met? Maybe you could do something like that? Seems a shame to miss out on this deal. Some people think I'm silly not having my music agreements run by a solicitor but I would have had to spend thousands of pounds and for people like you and me it isn't worth it! Bedsides, I've weighed up the pros & cons if someone tried to rip me off (as they do from time to time) it doesn't really matter. The track is making money elsewhere under a different tittle. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it! For you It must be difficult running a farm and trying to write tracks. I often keep my music under 2 minutes so I get a lot more writing done that way? I said I've got over 900 tracks out there but come to think of it, this includes the alternative versions as well, so it probably only adds up to 400 tracks with only about 40 of them being used at any one time! Not great but getting better. To think just 1 track placed as a theme tune or commercial can earn you a living for a while!


Michael Scott posted over 30 days ago


Thanks for your comments, I really feel like my writing has become easier now I know what these guys are after, as a blues and rock and roll pianist its natural to want to show off one's talent and cram it all in, but like a lot of people I soon found out that no good for media work! Definitely settled down now to doing tracks like 'Night Out', I'm really comfortable with it and seriously enjoy playing these tracks, now I have enough different moods with my tracks for all sorts of placements I'm concentrating new tracks one at a time, it is very difficult to juggle with my work for sure, but find when I get a new tune going, it's a work when it evolves whilst humming in my head, almost like it sorts itself out, the time I get back to my keyboard I'm ready to play a few more bars. The contract was sent to the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers. They have a guy that pretty hot on the legal side and I just pay the subscription, they do my copyrights as well. I got the label to change it twice but they still wanted the first refusal on all new tracks with a 30 day period for yes/no. It was essentially a non-exclusive contract but had some wording in it that was too restrictive for me, I'm pretty sure the label over complicated the wording and didn't really understand what they had written themselves, I didn't want to waste anymore time on it so we went separate ways, I'm aware I may have lost an opportunity, but being a farmer has taught me to trust my instincts. Interesting you mention keeping tracks fairly short, this is something I need to do know to progress and build up tracks quickly, most of my work to date is still really me playing what I want and not fully 'media friendly'. So I need to be king to myself and keep 'em shorter and more usable. I had a guy I was pitching to for years suddenly email me a few weeks back, wanted a track for a 'super hero' film coming up, sounds really big with a very large payout so fingers crossed. They just wanted any kind of music to play on a radio in the film, I'm not holding my breath but it would be amazing to get this one of course!


B&S posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


Thank you very much for the stars!!!

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


You're welcome! I really enjoyed it! Great stuff!


David Banks posted over 30 days ago to Jim Pfeifer


Hi Jim, Just listened to Dramedy Shmamedy. You are so good at this Dramedy stuff! I would write more of these if I were you! Any listing requesting Dramedy: you've nailed it!

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Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago


Thanks David! I was making some songwriting goals for myself this year, and that's one of the things I was planning to do, writing more tracks in that genre


Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago to David Banks


I saw your Latest News update. I'm not surprised at the success you've had with placements. Your writing and production quality is some of the very best I've heard. I'm sure there will be many more placements to come!

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David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Jim, Yes it was a good year 2019/2018, I've just signed another 2 to Perpetual Music Group (last week) and a couple to Doug Diamond. Have you got much in PMG. PMG must have a few hundred tracks of mine by now! It is hard to keep track of it all but you have just got to have faith in the system. A few will of course slip by and no royalties paid but i think that has always been the case! Friends of mine wrote "Every Body's Free" by Rozala in the 90s made over £400 grand a piece (before it was a hit in USA) but those days are over! We just have to be grateful for a decent living these days! Thanks for keeping in touch!


Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago


Thanks David, yes, I've had the best luck with PMG Music so far. They have been my favorite publisher to work with to this point. They got one of my songs on Ozzy Osborne's RealityTV show which was a nice surprise.


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


It's trial & error in this game isn't it, get your music everywhere to everyone and eventually you start to discover who is getting placements for you and then concentrate on supplying those libraries!


David Banks posted over 30 days ago to Jim Pfeifer


Hi Jim, You are No.1 again with "Give Me Park Avenue" well deserved! Such a great track! I will be away in the North of UK spending Xmas with my Mum, About time I gave the music a rest (if only for a week lol). Happy Christmas to you! David

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Jim Pfeifer posted over 30 days ago


Thanks so much David! I have to ask, No.1 on which list? I think it may be only Arizona. But I really appreciate to comment! Enjoy your time with your family! Have a Happy Christmas and enjoy the much needed rest! I always enjoy your songwriting and production. You're world class indeed!


David Banks posted over 30 days ago


Yes I think you're right it is Arizona. I also have to apologize to you Jim. I recently suggested you place some music in Audiosparx! Only to realize later that it was you that introduced me to Audiosparx in the first place (a couple of years ago!) Sorry about that Jim but I was only trying to help (as you're great music deserve). All the best to you. See you back here in the New Year! David


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