This past August I had the pleasure of catching Disclosure, the brothers behind one the year’s best dance albums, at Central Park’s Summerstage. The set, comprised of songs from the 90’s house inspired Settle, was tailor made for an evening set at the height of the season. The guys even treated the audience to special guests from their album with VH1 You Oughta Know alum Jessie Ware singing “Confess To Me” and Sam Smith belting out the signature falsetto on the chorus of the duo’s lead single, “Latch”.
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It’s always a treat when the music supervision team here at VH1 has the opportunity to feature a song in our shows at the same time the artist premieres their video. Fortunately, today, we get that distinct pleasure. You may have caught “Hey Love” by Quadron in Sunday night’s season finale of Mob Wives. The song helped walk Carla and Big Ang into Drita’s 80’s themed birthday party. A party promising a good time … and an appearance by the fiery Love Majewski.
Last October I had the opportunity of taking a trip to South Africa. I stayed primarily in Cape Town, but on my way back to the U.S. I stopped in Johannesburg to check out a gig from a band that’s no stranger to VH1, Civil Twilight. The openers that day? Gangs Of Ballet: four guys from Durban who, at the time, had only released one single and existed as a band for less than a year. The live show was memorable and the new tracks I heard in the car the following day seemed tailor made for our Rehab With Dr. Drew series. Lyrics of hope, love, and fear echo throughout their EP (released March 2012) but the theme of hope rings loudest in the songs “Hello Sweet World,” “Warm Skies,” and “Breaking The Silence” which were stuck in my head when I returned home. Nearly a year passed when I received a message from their drummer, Josh Klynsmith, with a link to preview their beautifully shot music video for “Hello Sweet World”. I’m not sure what I was expecting from the video but to say it impressed me would be an understatement. This is when we realized how perfect this song was for our show. The images took it to a whole new level.
We had conversations with our promos department, almost immediately, about using portions of the video along with clips from the upcoming season in a promo campaign. It didn’t take much convincing. In fact, this might have been the easiest sell ever. What resulted was a minute and a half look at the new season of Rehab with a very powerful score. The tone of the verses helps reflect the dark side of the disease that is addiction and the aspirational build of the song’s bridge represents the optimism of recovery. Further discussions placed the song in the opening sequence of this new season. The song’s verse and lyric “hello sweet world” help complement shots of an empty highway with the words “Addiction. Isolation. Hope. Rehab”. “Hello Sweet World” captures the message of this show perfectly.
The entire process from discovery of the band, song, and working with our promos department happened so effortlessly it seemed fortuitous. We’re looking forward to watching Dr. Drew help save lives this season and hope that “Hello Sweet World” can help the audience find inspiration and courage to overcome hardships.
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Way back when, in late 2010, we were tasked with music supervising a brand new series set to premiere in January, 2011. The series was called Mob Wives, and to be honest, we were a little afraid. Ok, a lot afraid. But we knew it was going to be good, as the characters were undeniably compelling. The women’s rich histories, blended with their tough-as-nails personalities, all set against the NYC backdrop was going to produce nothing less than riveting television.
One afternoon, when we were sitting in a listening session for the new Raphael Saadiq record (and his song “Good Man” specifically), it struck us. This was the type of music that would define and help edify the story lines in this brand new series. Retro Soul/Blues were genres coming back with a vengeance and Raphael was the first of many great artists we would find to create the defining soundtrack to the series. Plan B, Charles Bradley, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Pauline, Eliza Doolittle, Sola Rosa, Aloe Blacc, Graffiti 6, Maverick Sabre, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Gary Clark, Jr. , and of course the theme song, “The Big Bang” by Rock Mafia, were just few of the artists we placed throughout the first two seasons of Mob Wives.