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Interview with Rock Guitarist and Soundtrack Producer Dan Morrissey

Some of our favorite tracks at UniqueTracks.com have been written and produced by Dan Morrissey.

Based in London, Dan has been a full-time guitarist, musician & composer since the age of 18. Recently his work has been licensed by Molson Coors Brewing Co., ESPN, BBC Radio 5 Live, and Eurosport Network.

We talked recently about his musical experiences, his background and how he conceives of the tracks he produces. A brief excerpt from that conversation is featured below.

You mentioned that one of your songs was covered by Jeff Beck on his 2006-2009 world tours. How did that relationship come about?

I met Jeff Beck at an Imogen Heap concert in about 2006. I plucked up the courage to quickly go and say hello to him and asked if he’d mind if I sent him a CD of my music. He agreed and gave me the details of his manager.

About 5 weeks later I got a call at just after midnight. A female voice told me that Jeff Beck would like to talk to me. He came on to the phone and I was almost speechless. He told me he’d really enjoyed all of the CD but there was one track called ‘ Scottish One‘ that he really loved. He asked if I’d mind if he played it during his impending tour ‘to relieve the boredom’ of playing all his old tracks. Of course, I was gobsmacked and told him it would be an honor. He went on to play ‘Scottish One‘ round the world, as his encore for the concerts over the next 3 years.

What musical experiences did you have that made you want to pursue music as a career?

After studying classical piano for 5 years until age 13, I gave up music for a few years to concentrate on playing football, I got back into music through my school friends, who all liked ‘70s hippie music – Cream, Hendrix, the Doors etc. This was entertaining but when I heard harder bands like UFO and AC/DC, my world of possibilities suddenly expanded infinitely and I knew that I had to learn the electric guitar and in that style.

So from the age of 17, I was in bands playing original music. Cover or Tribute bands were never my thing. I’m not sure I ever really decided to make music for a living. It was just my obsession and I simply could not stop.

What is your favorite thing about performing? Least favorite?

The best thing about performing live is the rush and the reaction of the audience. It makes all those hours of driving to venues, loading gear and waiting around to soundcheck all worthwhile, no question.

How do you conceive of your tracks? Can you elaborate on your recording/producing process?

Tracks can come into being in a manner of ways for me. Sometimes I sit down with a guitar and play until something pops up that I can envision developing into a full blown track. Sometimes I go through various synth sounds until a spark appears and that leads me on to gradually build upon it. Other times I get an idea just as I am about to fall asleep and decide that life is too short, that I simply have to get up and start recording, lest it be lost in the ether forever. Quite inconvenient!

But inspiration cannot really be ignored. Sometimes though, ideas have to ground out and crafted. To be really worked at until they take shape. I’m very fortunate not to suffer from writer’s block. Recently I was very generously passed on an ear infection by my two-year-old daughter, Minnie. I was half deaf for 3 weeks. When I finally regained my hearing, it was like the dam walls had burst. Ideas came at me tumultuously for about a month solid. Nothing inspires like absence, I’ve found. I rarely take a day off from music. My brain won’t really allow it.

ENERGY WAVE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/energy-wave/
Soft piano builds towards a huge uplifting rock chorus. Positive with great energy.  Big guitars! Perfect for business presentation, video marketing, on hold marketing, video production uses.

DISTANCE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/distance/
An example of a PSA or Documentary style using the soundtrack DISTANCE composed by Dan Morrissey. Longing, want, separation, hope, being alone… These are the moods conveyed in this dramatic track. A heartfelt piano is the lead instrument.

ADRENALINE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/adrenaline/
Raw energy, big guitars, conveys strength, winning, an achievement attained through effort. Post Punk Foo Fighters style mixed with strong, mucho shredded lead guitar lines.

UniqueTracks Production Music Library prides itself on the quality of its music.

We know you don’t have time to sift through pages of unfocused search results. Instead, we show you stock music selects that quickly satisfy your soundtrack needs.

We feature a limited number of professional composers whose music we believe is licensable and useful to music supervisors and media creators searching for a stock music solution.

Our experience has led us to believe that the greatest challenge for customers on sites like ours is managing the speed of the search process. Reducing the time it takes to find workable music is the main thrust of our site.

To that end, we do not offer a library of hundreds of thousands of tracks. Rather, our library is somewhat narrow, with each track having to pass an ‘ear test’ as to its functionality as a soundtrack. We hope that by raising the quality/functionality bar at the outset, you will reduce the time it takes to find the track you need.

Game Composer Andrew Aversa featured at UniqueTracks

UniqueTracks is very proud to represent three albums by game composer and electronic music producer Andrew Aversa (a.k.a. zircon).  We started licensing Andrew’s music back in 2008 and are happy to say that his tracks are some of the most popular music we have available.After studying piano classical piano for several years, Andrew began writing and recording music.  His first electronic works were video game music remixes created for free distribution at the online community OverClocked ReMix (The relationship with OverClocked Remix had an unforeseen, surprising benefit as he would later meet his wife, Jillian through his association there).

After studying piano classical piano for several years, Andrew began writing and recording music.  His first electronic works were video game music remixes created for free distribution at the online community OverClocked ReMix (The relationship with OverClocked Remix had an unforeseen, surprising benefit as he would later meet his wife, Jillian through his association there).

Those initial successes led to professional work.  Andrew has written video game soundtracks for Soulcalibur V, Super Street Fighter II, Dungeonmans, Globulous, Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition and much more.

As zircon, Andrew has released 10 albums of electronic music in progressive breakbeat,  trance, dubstep, drum and bass, atmospheric downtempo, and many other highly rhythmic electronic subgenres.

UniqueTracks owns publishing rights to license 36 zircon tracks from these albums.

  1. Impulse Prime
  2. The World Circuit
  3. Mass Media Constant

Here is the complete listing of zircon’s music available for licensing at UniqueTracks.com

These videos feature Andrew’s music.  You can see how well it sync’s up with visuals.

Star Trails by zircon (Andrew Aversa) can be licensed directly from UniqueTracks.com.

This movie features the zircon song Nimbus which can be licensed here at UniqueTracks.com

The Koto Chill (Nipponica) is available to license here at UniqueTracks.com

Shadows pairs Andrew with his wife, vocalist Jillian Avera.
Shadows can be licensed here at UniqueTracks.com.  There is also an instrumental version of this song.

ABOUT ZIRCON: zircon (Andrew Aversa) is an EDM / electronic music producer, remixer, and game soundtrack composer. He has released over a dozen albums and soundtracks in styles ranging from breakbeat, big beat, dubstep, and drum n’ bass, to epic orchestral, atmospheric, chillout, and vocal trance. He frequently collaborates with his wife, vocalist Jillian Aversa and has written for such soundtracks as Soulcalibur V, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Monkey Island 2 SE, and many others.

Here is the complete list of zirconMusic tracks available for licensing at UniqueTracks.com

High Impact Sound Effects

For many years UniqueTracks sold sound effects series directly on its home website.  Starting this month, we are launching a new site dedicated only to sound effects and motion video backgrounds.  The site is called High Impact Sound Effects.

High-Impact-Sound-Effects.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in big-value, low-priced, professional sound effects, royalty free

High Impact Sound Effects Series

The High-Impact Sound Effects Series is a four volume set of audio imaging sound effects. Each volume includes over 300 effects. This specially-priced Sound FX package will deliver just the right shot of audio adrenaline for your media projects.

 

High-Impact Sound Effects Series

Volume 1 Radio Imaging
Volume 2 TV Production
Volume 3 Multimedia Elements
Volume 4 Game Design FX


Blastwave FX is a major supplier of professional sound effects to Hollywood and the game production industry. Its design and engineering teams push the sound envelope with innovative product formats, rich metadata, multi-channel libraries and the highest resolution audio that technology allows.

Blastwave FX Premium Sound Effects

Podcaster – Podcast Production FX and Music Loops
Webtones – Buttons, Clicks, Beeps, Sounds for Flash Production
Spoilers – High Definition Commercial Beds
Drones – Expressive, Dramatic Low Register Sound Beds


Each volume in the ArtLoops series presents 40+ broadcast quality animated backgrounds. The set is geared towards International Relations, High-Tech and Business projects with a series of volumes offering animated national flags, globes, and world money. There is also a unique set of all alpha elements.

ArtLoops Video Backgrounds 6 Volume Series

Volume 1 High-Impact Tech
Volume 2 National Flags
Volume 3 All Alpha Channel
Volume 4 World Money
Volume 5 Subtle Expressions
Volume 6 Global Connections

 

New stock music – Hollywood Action Adventure soundtracks

Stock Music for Action Adventure Projects

UniqueTracks is proud to release a new collection of Hollywood-style action/adventure stock music soundtracks. This set features orchestral movie soundtracks perfect for battle scenes, chase scenes, and subject matter relating to military, conflict/war.

The collection features a big orchestral sound featuring powerful horns, strings, and eerie choir textures. The music reflects the Spiderman or Iron Man franchises for a big orchestral style.  Also, think of big epic Hollywood films like Gladiator or Braveheart.

The collection contains thunderous orchestral soundtracks in Hollywood’s powerful action-adventure style. This volume can be used to underscore heroic emotions like victory, battle, bravery, combat and discipline. There is a martial quality to these soundtracks which make them perfect for projects dealing with the military or patriotism.

Stand-out stock music tracks include:


Premium Stock Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Interactive. Editor-selected, Easy Search, Fast Results.  UniqueTracks has a vast library of music loops and grooves plus a large selection of classical production music available for licensing into your production.

UniqueTracks stock music in action

Eric Wyatt and the video production creatives at e-media, in Ft. Myers Florida recently produced a promo spot for Bedslide which featured some tracks from the UniqueTracks Production Music Library.

Bedslide makes a unique sliding utility for loading and unloading trucks. Basically, it turns your truck bed into a sliding drawer.

As Eric told me recently,

“The marketing department [at Bedslide] wanted to use something with a hard rock sound for music. Thankfully we had your stock rock music tracks.”

Here is the spot, shot for under $3000. Neat product.

The songs licensed in this video are:


Premium Stock Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Interactive. Editor-selected, Easy Search, Fast Results.  UniqueTracks has a vast library of music loops and grooves plus a large selection of classical production music available for licensing into your production.

Retro Hollywood Movie Soundtracks – New Stock Music

UniqueTracks has just released new stock music soundtracks written in the style of the grand Hollywood films of the past. This collection was composed by Emmy Award-winning film composer Misha Segal.

Included in this set are grand orchestral fanfares, underscores for suspense thrillers, film noir themes, a good helping of early Dixieland jazz, action adventure, and cowboy western scores, spy movie themes and romantic comedy cues, all performed in a retro orchestral style from Hollywood’s glorious past.

Retro Hollywood Movie Soundtracks is a collection of film scores that captures the Hollywood of bygone eras from pre-war black-and-white movies up to the movies of the 1970s.

Highlight Stock Music Tracks include:


Premium Stock Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Interactive. Editor-selected, Easy Search, Fast Results.  UniqueTracks has a vast library of music loops and grooves plus a large selection of classical production music available for licensing into your production.

New Rock Music from UniqueTracks Stock Music Library

Speed Demons, UniqueTracks’ latest stock music release features one of tightest, most hard-driving bands in our whole portfolio.  Riff-driven hard rock, metal, and punk styles are included. This is some of the best rock music you will hear in the stock music market.

The set creates great energy and matches perfectly with sports footage, high-speed vehicle imagery or any product that needs a boost of testosterone. Upbeat and unabashed, this music creates a fearless, powerful and confident soundtrack.

These are instrumental tracks driven by huge guitar riffs, stellar lead playing, and a great overall band vibe.

Highlight Tracks Include:


Premium Stock Music for Film, TV, Advertising, and Interactive. Editor-selected, Easy Search, Fast Results.  UniqueTracks has a vast library of music loops and grooves plus a large selection of classical production music available for licensing into your production.