No one does whirlwind quite like RHR (looking at you JB), and we’re about to take off on a couple very exciting trips! TO friends and friends visiting, we will be at CMW tomorrow to Sunday morning – get at us if you haven’t done so already:) we love grabbing food and drinks. We will also be in Saint John for East Coast Music Week – catching up with friends, attending conference sessions and of course, enjoying the evening’s festivities.

Hope to see new and old friends alike over the coming week!

Oh, right – that Coversion logo? 🙂 That’s some news for another day.

See ya!


Our latest addition to the RHR team brings Rolling Stone recognized pop artist Henry Hall on board! Hall’s music is fun, catchy and clever drawing humour from his own personal experiences and doesn’t shy away from belting it out. Hall’s inherent quirkiness fits right in with us at Rocking Horse Road and we’re stoked to have such a cool industry shaker on board. He attributes a lot of his sound to the likes of The Weeknd and Paul McCartney, who like Hall are not afraid to sing in a higher octave. Are we ever thankful for that! He has already scored a really cool sync – which we’re not sure we can talk about yet, so we’re just going to keep you on your toes until we’re ready to announce.

Welcome to the fam Henry – we’re happy to have you!

Check out Hall’s video for his song “Company” off his latest EP My Friends Don’t Like Me below!

“As one upbeat, off-kilter track bleeds into another, there’s a sense of unabashed, mood-lifting, retro goodness that feels boldly infectious” – Lauren McKinney, The Wild Honey Pie

 

 

We’ve been waiting patiently waiting to let all of you in on what we’ve have been working on these past few months and well… Today is the day! Read below to get the detailed release on our new Production Music Library.

ROCKING HORSE ROAD’S EASY CLEARANCE PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES TODAY

(February 7, 2017 – Halifax, NS). Rocking Horse Road Productions (RHR), a rapidly expanding multi-service music licensing house operating out of LA, London, and Halifax today announces the launch of its new online PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARY – an easily searchable, one-stop shop offering pre-cleared click-through licenses for your creative projects.

www.rockinghorseroad.sourceaudio.com

The wide range of tracks each have royalty-free pre-set rates for regional, national, and worldwide use in perpetuity. BROWSING IS WELCOMED – NO NEED TO SIGN IN until you want to purchase.

Our roster of quality artists and composers covers everything from hip-hop to bebop, and includes Canadian singer-songwriter / composer, Jim Guthrie, and three-time Emmy award winner Jeff Whitcher.

Plus, you can sound good, do good, and feel good as our Charity Program and tie-in with Unison Benevolent Fund (http://unisonfund.ca) meaning every sync gives back.

Rocking Horse Road Productions is a Canadian multi-service music licensing house offering sync licensing, production music, publishing, and music clearance services.  Established in December 2012 in Halifax, NS, the company now has satellite offices in Los Angeles, CA and London, UK markets.

 

With our newest addition to the RHR family things have gotten a little quirkier – in the best way possible. UK lads The Helmholtz Resonators have joined forces with us at Rocking Horse Road to share their unique take on music and life with the rest of the world. Heavily inspired by the ethos behind concept albums, the band have created a repertoire of songs as eccentric as their imagine – drawing influences from The Kinks, LCD Soundsystem and other music industry game changers. Their most recent album “The Mystery of Woolley Mountain” was released as not only a digital album, but also a video game and an interactive song e-book. These guys bring something new to the table and after all – variety is the spice of life, right?

Welcome to the team guys, we’re excited to have you on board!

 

So most of you have probably heard of a little movie that hit theatres recently titled Moonlight – you know, the 2017 Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture – Drama? The movie starring Mahershala Ali which has created a ton of Oscar buzz? Now that you’re up to speed we can excitedly tell you that the Ad running on tv and online promoting the film features a composition written by RHR Composer Jeremiah Pena and was cleared through RHR!

Check out the trailer below and give a big hoorah for the team at RHR – we told you 2017 was going to be our year.

 

“It was done with such incredible understanding. It was so human.” – Helen Mirren on Moonlight

“From first shot to last, Moonlight is about as beautiful a movie as you are ever likely to see. The colors are rich and luminous. The music — hip-hop, R&B, astute classical selections and Nicholas Britell’s subtle score — is both surprising and perfect.”- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“I cannot recommend this film enough. Every idea, every theme, every emotion you could possibly feel as a human being you feel on screen.” – Trevor Noah, Television Host

Moonlight offers a broad audience the chance to see that humanity, love, and affection exist inside—and, in fact, are freed within—the intimate realms of queerness, Blackness, and carcerality.” Steven Thrasher, Esquire

 

You may have seen this on TV and thought ‘who is that badass singer’? Well, it’s our very own Jon Epworth! Thanks to our friends Steve and the team at SOHO Music Group in London and for making this happen! Not only did Jon lend his vocal, but he composed and mixed this track before work one morning. That’s a very Jon Epworth thing to do.

This has been airing in Europe since April or so. Since November it’s come to North America. So, now… it’s evvvvvvverywhere! Go team, go!

-JB

 

nsmwIt’s that time of year again – the temperature is starting to drop, the kiddies are back in school and Music Nova Scotia has announced their 2016 music and industry award nominations for Nova Scotia Music Week 2016! There were quite a few RHR artists nominated this year and we wanted to give them a special little shout-out for all their hard work over and kick ass music they released. Congrats to everyone nominated and RHR is super excited to see/hear everyone in Truro this November! Check out which of our artists were nominated below and the full list of music/industry award noms and voting info here!

Entertainer of the Year
Adam Baldwin
Ben Caplan

Solo Recording of the Year
Thom Swift

Group Recording of the Year
Quiet Parade

Music Video of the Year
Adam Baldwin – “Daylight”

New Artist Recording of the Year
Donald MacLennan – “Belleville”

Recording of the Year
Adam Baldwin – “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)”
Ben Caplan – “Birds With Broken Wings”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Adam Baldwin – “Rehtaeh”
Ben Caplan – “Birds With Broken Wings”

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year
Maxim Cormier

Alternative Recording of the Year
Ominar – “Leaving”
Quiet Parade – “Quiet Parade”

Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year
Thom Swift – “The Legend of Roy Black”

Digital Artist of the Year
Ben Caplan

Electronic Artist of the Year
Scientists of Sound

Folk Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan – “Birds With Broken Wings”

Jazz Recording of the Year
Donald MacLennan – “Belleville”

Loud Recording of the Year
Black Moor – “Brave to the Grave”

Musician of the Year
Donald MacLennan
Maxim Cormier

Rock Recording of the Year
Adam Baldwin – “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)”

Industry Professional of the Year
Janesta Boudreau (Rocking Horse Road Productions Ltd) – Go JB!!

Beauts

Halifax band Beauts are the latest to join RHR’s sync roster – and boy are we excited. We were introduced to the local noisemakers by a friend in the industry and are oh so glad because these guys rock. With their latest 4 song EP Waves/Wash having been released in June of this year – shortly before their performance at the inaugural Gridlock Festival –  we wanted to scoop these guys up asap. Drawing comparisons to rockers such as Japandroids and laying down powerful, guitar driven, get you up out of your seat tracks from start to finish, there’s no wonder we were impressed at first listen.

“Beauts’ songs are full of bittersweet hooks and shout-along choruses” and RHR couldn’t be more thrilled to have them on board – give them a listen, you’ll understand.

Have a listen to the second track off their EP ‘Ether’ below and check out the rest of Waves/Wash on their Bandcamp profile!

 

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As I mentioned below (in the Ben Caplan post), I was most impressed by the violin player in his band, and it only took 30 seconds into the first track on this record by Donald MacLennan before I was completely sold. I hunted him down, set up a meeting while at ECMAs in Sydney, and I can now announce that he is now part of the RHR family!

I was thinking about how to describe this album and I decided that the write up on his site was too perfect to mess with, so I’m going to post that instead. “Riding the line between genius and madness.” – Can’t say it any better than that!

Chaotic, crisp, and riding the line between genius and madness. Antigonish-based musician Donald MacLennan’s anticipated debut solo album, Belleville, is a brilliant weave of sonic textures and arrangements rooted in the style of the formidable French guitarist Django Reinhardt. A modern twist to the traditional gypsy jazz approach, MacLennan blends both manouche and jazz standards with original compositions, showcasing his arrangements and improvisation with a laissez-faire not often anticipated in a debut record.

So – yeah – all that, PLUS a cover of “I Will Always Love You”. #WinHere it all here! https://donaldviolin.bandcamp.com/releases

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I met Dylan Menzie in person about a week ago in Charlottetown, PEI. It was the day that he released his new album, Adolescent Nature. I, along with some other delegates, were at a songwriter challenge listening session. Dylan came up to present one of his songs, and admitted that he had written (along with singer songwriter KASHKA), and recorded it in only 2 hours. He played it in that listening room and then performed it in a theatre later that night, and each time, it hit me in the face. Like, it ‘got to me’. This dude’s voice is something else. Team members Steve and Emma also agreed. Then I set out on a mission to nab him before anyone else did. Success! We got Dylan Menzie, and we couldn’t he happier.

While he often draws comparisons to Atlantic Canada’s own Joel Plaskett (which I understand), and Ron Sexsmith, this guy also has written some tracks here that Paul Simon would be proud to call his own. His music is both very honest and very catchy (which is another way he reminds me of Simon). He’s already won over a large Canadian audience by landing in the top 4 of Canada’s CBC Searchlight Song Competition. Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) calls his song ‘Kenya’, “completely irresistible” and tells of how one of the Song Competition judges “said that it seems as though this song was pulled from the future pages of the Canadian song book, which I think is a great compliment.

Anyway – I could go on forever, but I’ll let you see for yourself. Instead of posting a track and a video, I’m just posting this video so you can see his live vocal chops for yourself. This kid’s got something real special. Agreed?