Speaker Wires: Music Supervisors and Producers

Written by Rory Burbeck | Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014

Music supervisors oversee all musical aspects of films, TV shows, advertisements, and other forms of visual media. Basically, they’re in charge of placing the right music in the right part of a video, making sure that they have the proper licensing, and, sometimes, even producing music specifically for a visual piece.

There are tons of music supervisors and producers working behind the scenes to enhance the viewer's audio/visual experience, and we’re lucky enough to have several music supervisors and producers speaking at the SXSW 2014 Music Conference. We’re highlighting four of these speakers in today’s edition of Speaker Wires.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Bryan Ray Turcotte

SXSW 2014 Session: The Art of Punk

Bryan Ray Turcotte channelled his punk rock upbringing into a book publishing company (Kill Your Idols) and a music supervision company (Beta Petrol). Turcotte’s enormous personal collection of punk flyers from the '80s and '90s eventually turned into his 1999 award-winning book, Fucked Up + Photocopied. His music supervision company, Beta Patrol, has worked with companies like Target and Google.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker DJ Bunny Ears

SXSW 2014 Session: What Comes First: The Music or the Platform?

Eric David Johnson, aka DJ Bunny Ears, does a lot. In addition to being a DJ, director, musician, filmmaker, writer, artist, curator, futurist, and photographer, he’s also a music supervisor and producer. DJ Bunny Ears has a strong advertising background, having worked for Wieden+Kennedy and Young & Rubicam in New York before landing at Search Party Music as an Executive Producer. Search Party Music’s clients include Acura, J Crew, and more.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Rebecca Rienks

SXSW 2014 Session: John Williams to Pharrell Williams: Composers 2.0

No stranger to SXSW, Rebecca Rienks was the music supervisor and associate producer on Becoming Santa, a 2011 movie that took home a Spotlight Premiere Audience Award at SXSW Film that year. She began her career in the music industry as a journalist and event planner before working her way into music supervision on projects such as Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. She currently works as a music supervisor for NBC Universal and E! Entertainment.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Andrew Mendelson

SXSW 2014 Session: Exploring Mystique in the Art of Music Mastering

Andrew Mendelson is the Owner and Chief Mastering Engineer at Nashville-based Georgetown Masters. Although Andrew spends most of his time on traditional mastering work, he’s also worked on stereo and surround sound projects for DVD, Blu-Ray, and broadcast. Since starting his career with Cleveland-based Telarc Records, he’s worked on a number of projects for high-profile artists, including The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Willie Nelson, and many more.

Keep up with the list of Music Conference Sessions here.

Photo credits:
Bryan Ray Turcotte photo by Edmond Lorts
DJ Bunny Ears photo by Edmond Lorts
Rebecca Rienks photo by Jennifer Noble
Andrew Mendelson photo by Yoomi Park