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2014

Wow! It's already late summer in 2014! I'll update this at some point but I've been sorta busy. Enjoy  the "older" news below. Thx...
2013 Wrap Up
 
There were a number of independent songs we produced and branding music for clients from Seattle to Canada to Virginia Beach. Here is one video I want to highlight. It's the new brand Teadora. I did the sound design and music for it. Visit www.TeadoraBeauty.com for more info. 
2013 1st Qtr Highlight : "Movie 43" uses music from Epic Soul for network TV trailer.  

"Movie 43" is an upcoming comedy film produced by Charles B. Wessler, written by Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko and Patrik Forsberg. The film will feature segments directed by Patrik Forsberg and Peter Farrelly and co-directed by Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. It's starring Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone and Kate Winslet, among others. 
2012 4th Qtr : "Finding Oregon" becomes a VIMEO 'Staff Pick.'

FINDING OREGON breaks 500,000 views on Vimeo.
   
I was excited when filmmakers Ben, John, and Steve from Uncage The Soul Productions wanted to use a composition of mine, originally written for my licensing agency, Sonic Librarian. The result – remixed and renamed “Oregon Mist” - is the musical driver of this stunning visual project, FINDING OREGON. (See it on my VIDEO page.)

From this production, I am
offering a mini-collection of “Oregon Mist” in various remixes - plus one bonus song of a similar style. I also have piano sheet music available. And please sign up for the mailing list. Thanks. ~ Michael Nelson Rizzo

TURTLE ISLAND PROJECT 

 Once again, the video gurus at Uncage The Soul and I, created a powerful timelapse video together. (See it on my VIDEO page.) This time for Turtle Island, an all-inclusive, private island with room for only 14 couples at a time.

As we started the project, I had no video to score the music to, since it was a music driven piece and they needed finished music to edit picture to. How to begin? I had us all sketch out an "emotional time-map" and I went to work.
This video is the finished product and was premiered at a local launch party for the new campaign. I actually saw the video for the first time that night, as the music had been finished for weeks.

The final and alternate mixes are available for sale here > TURTLE ISLAND. ~ Michael Nelson Rizzo 
 


Broadcast
Here is a quick list that includes recent teasers, trailers, promos, scoring, pitches and in-show usage. 
 
2013 

ABC "Scandal"FOX "So You Think You Can Dance?"
ABC "Castle"
DuPont - Various corporate training videos
E! “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”Fuel TV “UFC Ultimate Insider”
MTV “Extreme Cribs”
Outdoor Channel “Benelli On Assignment”
Travel Channel “Bizarre Foods”
MTV “My Super Sweet 16”
ABC “Americas  Got Talent”
MTV  “Pimp My Ride”
FOX Sports “Ultimate Fighting Championship - Bad Blood Chuck Liddell Vs”
Dr Steve O
Netflix
Hulu
YouTube
...and more...


 
2011 - 2012

NBC "The Voice"
Adidas
EA "Kings Of Amalur : Reckoning" / non-final
NBC "Harry's Law"
NBC "Prime Suspect"
Dave's Killer Bread 2012 
NBC "Law & Order - SVU"
NBC " Chuck"
NBC "Minute To Win It"
Nature Bake "Oregon Grains"
ABC "Scandal"
Ricki Lake Theme / non-final
Nature : The Himalayas
The Force
MTV "Pimp My Ride"
CBS "Person Of Interest"
DuPont - various
Wii "Living"
E! "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"
MTV "Extreme Cribs"
MTV "My Sweet 16"
Turtle Island Resort - Promo 2012
 
2010 - 2011
 
NBC "Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale 
NBC "Who Do You Think You Are?" : Brooke Shields
DISNEY "Bambi" BlueRay Release
Dave's Killer Bread "Blues Buns" Animation
ABC "Brothers & Sisters" 2 Hour Movie Special
NBC "Chuck"
DuPont "Harassment"
ABC "Detroit 157"
ABC "Castle"
DuPont "Title???"
E! "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"
MTV "My Super Sweet 16"
MTV "Pimp My Ride"
Travel "Bizarre Foods"
NBC "Law & Order"
ABC "Grey's Anatomy"
NBC "The Tonight Show w Conan O'Brien"
ABC "Happy Town"
CBS "NCIS"
 

Archives


2011 NEWS

FALL-WINTER  
// It's been a great year! Here's a quick list of some recent projects : Adidas, DuPont, Simon Tucker Group, Jaymes Vaughan, Uncage The Soul, Dave's Killer Bread, Nature Bake, The Sing Off and other TV credits I can't remember at the moment.  Oh and check out Jaymes Vaughan's music video of our clubby song, "Vampire."  DISCLAIMER: It's a bit naughty. SPECIAL NOTE TO MY MOM: I just write and produce the songs/artists. I can't control what they do with them later. :-) 

SPRING-SUMMER  //
  • Katy Harmon (a recent Miss America) was in the studio for a session with Tim Ellis producing. I played piano with a full band being recorded live. It's been a long time to record a full session with all the players at the same time. I NEVER get a chance to play a whole song down. Fun!
  • Bob Stark and got a little press about a local issue with Mt Hood Comm. College
  • I moved upstairs into the A room of Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios. KFB is considered the best room between Seattle and LA. I'm pretty stoked to be surrounded by such good company and gear! :)
  • Some pretty cool things going on at the studio that we can't talk about. (OK, now we can. Esperenza Spalding was in the studio with Bob Stark.)
  • New credits and placements but I don't yet know what they are! Waiting on the cues sheets.
  • Working with Brad Hooper on some hot new blues, rock tracks. This dude is like Ry Cooder.
  • Working on new music with Emmaline - stay tuned.
FEB // NEWS and PLACEMENTS
  • I wrote a column called "The Art Of Sellable Music" for international music website, www.Bandzoogle.com - it had over 1000 views within 2 weeks and will now be a featured column on their site. It is now being reblogged. JOIN THE LIST and stay tuned for more developments.
  • On the heels of that post, I also launched my own blog. Check it out at www.EpicSoulBlog.com
  • Epic Soul Music Group will be changing to Epic Soul Music Family (ESMF). It better portrays the position I want to have.
  • ESMF is proud to be working with Childrens Cancer Association on some cool music initiatives!! JOIN THE LIST and stay tuned for this exciting collaboration.
  • Jaymes was on "Ellen."
  • New placement on Jimmy Fallon, Detroit 157, Cold Case, Chuck and Celebrity Apprentice. Thanks to Erik our #1 agent-publisher in Hollywood.
JAN // NEWS and PLACEMENTS
  • Jaymes, one of my artists, opened for the main FOX pre-game show at the SuperBowl.  Stay tuned for some great things happening in his career.
  • I'm supposed to write some new cuts for some video game trailers. 
  • At request, we pitched some black gospel music for shows on CBS. 
  • I'm busy writing music for some new promos for some network TV shows.
  • Disney asked for some custom trailer music for a couple of their new movies coming out.
  • I wrote some Kompa music for a Haitian documentary.  Never heard of that style of music before. 
JAN // Launching The NEW EpicSoul Music Library mid-2011

After years of waiting, I'll be releasing my music library filled with Award-Winning music I've written for scoring projects through the years. I managed to keep the copyrights and now have well over 2000 quality pieces - when it's all said and done.  Think you have music cool enough to submit?  Signup for the EpicSoul mailing list first and then contact me.  We'll be adding other quality composers and artists to this library as time goes on. Stay tuned.


2010 NEWS

NOV // Jaymes Vaughan : A Star In The Making

Jaymes and I go way back. Like 10 years! He's come a long way baby - and this year he felt ready to really do his own thing as an artist - in a big way. So he flew up in November and we wrote two new "clubby" songs.

Jaymes has been a headliner in various Vegas shows and was voted "SEXIEST MAN IN VEGAS 2010." Currently, he has the attention of club owners, promoters, TV producers and quite a few players in the biz. There is some pretty cool stuff going on so stay tuned.





OCT // An Invite For A Steve Carrel Movie


Epic Soul was invited by our Hollywood music licensing super-publisher Erik (he rocks) to submit songs for the next Steve Carrel film.

I wanted to crank out two new songs and so I asked the amazing Sutton Sorensen to co-write and sing. We'll have to wait and see what happens but they are great songs.

OCT // Oldies But Goodies For Warner Bros.

Epic Soul was asked (thanks Erik!) to submit songs that sounded like they were from 1949 for a forthcoming Warner Bros film. So I asked my musical bro Matt Voth, to help me write them. He sang one and I sang one but we co-wrote both of them. Now it's just "hurry up and wait."

OCT // Custom For Network TV

Epic Soul "super-agent," Erik, snagged some custom work from ABC for Castle where they wanted the old disco song "Do The Hustle" made into a more modern version with some "Do The Castle" sang instead.  Yeah, sort of cheesy with the vocals but the spot was actually pretty cool looking and I was happy with the track.  It was sort of clubby and synthy and disco - all at the same time. 





We also were asked to do music for Detroit 187 and so I ended up co-writing with Matt Voth, my musical bro and we wrote this funky little jam.  Matt is a bad ass!









Earlier In The Year


Yes, there is a lot of stuff I WISH I would have written about but here is a quick recap: wrote tons of music, spoke at a college, wrote some cool funky ad tunes with Kim Mont, put together a new team to help build a new model for the music business, wrote tons of music, moved into a new studio facility, lived at the beach for the summer, met some amazing people, wrote tons of music, made some great music from cinematic to funk to jazz to pop to club, performed my own artist songs at some garden parties over the summer, wrote tons of music, got some cool placements of my music, I got my music library ready for launching...OK...I think that's enough.