Production music
specialist inks licensing agreements with buzz bands Rare Monk and Misun.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Killer Tracks, the industry’s leading
supplier of pre-cleared production music, is expanding and broadening the scope
of its groundbreaking Artist Series with a focus on emerging talent. The
company is releasing a number of new tracks from breakout artists, including
work from Portland alt rockers Rare Monk and the L.A.-based quartet Misun.
The new music can be purchased through iTunes and is also
available for licensing and sync. Additionally, Killer Tracks will feature the
artists on its YouTube channel and provide marketing support and promotional
services. While the focus of the Artist Series is on licensing, the program
also aims to boost career development and to raise the profiles of its featured
artists among consumers.
“Our Artist Series is unique in the licensing industry,”
says Killer Tracks VP/ Head of Music Licensing Anna Maria Hall. “These are real
up-and-coming bands that are touring and playing club dates. It’s another way
that we are extending our brand promise for having great, cutting edge music.”
Rare Monk

Killer Tracks launched its Artist Series in 2012 as a way to
foster licensing deals for bands and other working artists. Since then, it has
had notable successes with a number of established artists including Rev Theory
and Alex Band. Now it’s placing greater emphasis on recording artists before
they are on the charts. The company is working with indie label B3SCI Records and
music blog BlahBlahBlahScience to identify new talent that have breakout
potential and fit the licensing market.
“We’re helping to develop bands by fronting recordings and
getting the word out,” notes VP of Music Production Carl Peel. “At the same
time, we are offering our clients access to music and artists that are gaining
traction in the world.”
Rare Monk and Misun fit the definition of bands on the rise.
The former, which has a budding reputation as a live act both in the U.S. and
in the U.K., are purveyors of experimental rock with a psychedelic flavor,
tight rhythms and layers of strings. The band describes it as “atmospheric
space rock.”
Misun produces bittersweet pop tunes anchored by singer Misun Wojcik’s soulful vocals. SPIN Magazine
named the group one of its Best New Artists for July.
“These bands are gaining a lot of traction,” says Killer
Tracks, Marketing and Creative Manager Kristin Blanford. “They are the verge of
breaking out and we want to be part of that success.” Killer Tracks plans to
debut Misun’s latest music video, Travel with Me, on its YouTube channel this week.

Hall says that Killer Tracks’ licensing agreements with the
bands are not restricted to original music. “These bands have done great
covers,” she says, pointing to Rare Monk’s new version of the Bill Withers
classic Ain’t No Sunshine. “A lot of
movies, shows and trailers are using covers where artists offer a different
take on familiar songs. We have the ability to assist with that type of
licensing as well.”
The bands appreciate the extra attention. “We’re excited to
work with a company that is an industry leader,” says Rare Monk bassist Forest Gallien. “It’s a great way to get our
tracks played and gain more exposure to film and television.”
Killer Tracks plans to release more music from these and
other artists throughout the year. “We’re very selective with whom we work, but
we are always looking for new talent,” says Hall. “People in the production
community depend on us for that. They come to us when they are looking for cool
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film, television, advertising and interactive media.  With over 2,300
digital albums from 23 global libraries, the Killer Tracks catalog represents
every major genre and features original works from the industry’s leading
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