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Heather Gardner

The MIMO Interview: Heather Gardner, Vapor Music (Part 2)

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

Yesterday, we launched a new series of posts under the heading “Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement” with an interview with music supervisor Heather Gardner. Below is the conclusion of that interview. (If you’re just joining us, you should read Part 1 first.) Enjoy!   *****   MIMO:  What type of sound quality are you looking for with song placements? Is it okay to send in a demo or should […]

Heather Gardner

The MIMO Interview: Heather Gardner, Vapor Music (Part 1)

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

With the expansion of cable and satellite into hundreds of channels, the rise of Internet video, and a boon of new films and television shows over the past few years, the demand for song placement and licensing has exploded right along with it. Full-time music supervisors for corporate media entities have become nearly as important to the industry as label A&R reps have been, as they are always looking for […]

Deap Vally Sistrionix

The MIMO Interview: Deap Vally

When two women meet in a crochet class and end up forming a heavy music act, that’s a story in itself. But when you listen to the passionate, raw sound that Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards (aka Deap Vally) make when they get together, that’s a whole other story. Their unique blend of garage rock, classic rock and metal sounds a bit like Black Sabbath and The White Stripes formed […]

Christina Grimmie With Love

The MIMO Interview: Christina Grimmie

In many ways, 19-year-old pop singer/songwriter Christina Grimmie is a picture of indie artist success. Although unsigned, she’s released an EP and a full-length album, gained a global following, toured with her mentor Selena Gomez, and even won an American Music Award as a “New Media Honoree,” (an honor also awarded to hip-pop duo Karmin and rapper DeStorm Power)–all largely through building and maintaining a strong fan base through social […]

Hip Hop: The New World Order

Muhammida El Muhajir Speaks on ‘Hip Hop: The New World Order’ Documentary

The MIMO Interview

Hip-hop culture was birthed some 40 years ago in the Bronx as economically disadvantaged youth developed breakdancing, emceeing, deejaying and graffiti to express themselves. The culture has spread worldwide since, but how it’s perceived and practiced in various cities around the world is an elusive concept either to qualify or to quantify.  Enter Muhammida El Muhajir, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker with a science background. She attended Sundance Film Festival for inspiration […]

Capital Cities

The MIMO Interview: Capital Cities

A couple of years ago, few people had ever heard of electro-pop act Capital Cities. They started off as most indie bands do, with an EP, a single, and a lot of hope. As it turned out, that single, “Safe and Sound,” topped the Modern Rock charts in 2011, attracting the attention of Capitol Records, who signed the act in 2012. “Safe and Sound” got another big push with a […]

Lucy Schwartz Timekeeper

The MIMO Interview: Lucy Schwartz Talks about “Timekeeper”

For being a young indie artist, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz has certainly made the rounds. At age 23, she’s already had dozens of song placements in film and television (most recently her song “Boomerang” on the Season 4 finale of Arrested Development, now available on Netflix). She’s also co-written with the likes of Landon Pigg and Aqualung, toured with Lilith Fair, and even covered a Carpenters song on the […]

Terrace Martin 3ChordFold

The MIMO Interview: Terrace Martin Channels Quincy Jones For 3ChordFold

Sporting a blue Dodgers cap and a home Dodger jersey (Ryu #99), Terrace Martin steps outside the sauna atmosphere of the brightly lit Woodworks Records studio off Manchester Boulevard in the heart of Inglewood to catch a breath. He’s slightly inebriated from an alcoholic beverage or two, and talks a mile a minute. This is how he is most of the time, words rolling off his tongue like notes from […]

Blue October Sway

The MIMO Interview: Blue October

For over a decade and a half, Texas-based alternative rock act Blue October have been steadily building a solid fan base and a reputation for making great music. Their first big foray into the spotlight came in 2006 with their Platinum-selling album Foiled and their first Top-40 single “Hate Me.” Even after going independent from Universal a few years ago, their albums have seen greater and greater chart success, with […]


The MIMO Interview: We As Human

Hard rock band We As Human broke into the music industry in a way that almost never happens anymore: they were “discovered.” After years of plugging away at their craft and playing their big-sounding music in tiny venues, one of their demos was passed to John Cooper of veteran rock act Skillet. This led to an introduction, and eventually a record deal, with Atlantic Records. Now poised to hit the […]


The MIMO Interview: Lissie Talks “Shameless”

Folk-rock singer/songwriter Lissie is one of those artists whom you have probably heard without even realizing it. Her song “Everywhere I Go” (from her 2010 debut album Catching a Tiger) was featured on numerous TV shows, including episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, Grey’s Anatomy and 90210, and her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” featured recently on the film Safe Haven. With her new single […]


The MIMO Interview: Music Supervisor Paul Stewart Talks FUSE TV’s “The Hustle”

Cable network Fuse’s inaugural scripted programming effort is a series called The Hustle, which depicts a fictional up-and-coming rap duo called Brooklyn’s Finest and their team as they progress in their career from upstarts to superstars. The show’s lead characters are mostly unknown but many recognizable faces – Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs, the hosts of NYC radio’s The Breakfast Club, to name a few – make appearances and are part of […]


The MIMO Interview: The Mowgli’s

Since officially forming a little over three years ago, LA-based indie-rockers The Mowgli’s have been spreading good vibes with their contagious combination of rock, folk and surf elements–sort of a blend of the joy of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with the musical legacy of Laurel Canyon. Their EP Love’s Not Dead, and their recent single “San Francisco” in particular, have generated plenty of buzz in recent months. Recently […]


The MIMO Interview: Ivan & Alyosha

Seattle-based folk-pop act Ivan & Alyosha have been hard at work over the past few years, building a following by heavy touring in support of their two earlier EPs, The Verse, The Chorus and Fathers Be Kind. They first came on the national radar thanks to NPR, who has featured the band several times over the past couple of years. Now, Ivan & Alyosha (named after two characters from The […]


The MIMO Interview: BOY

Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, the Hamburg, Germany-based indie-pop duo otherwise known as BOY, have spent the past several years building a strong following for themselves across Europe with their approachable lyrics and hook-laden songs. They recently hit a new milestone when their debut album Mutual Friends (first released in Europe in 2011), was released a couple of weeks ago here in the U.S., propelling the record to debut at […]

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