A Week In The Life Of… Gary Seeger, Creative Director At Peer Music and Music Supervisor For Trackdown

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With over 25 years experience in the music and film industry, Gary Seeger has a great range of tips for this week’s Week In The Life Of! Gary’s experience and knowledge stems from numerous music industry jobs such as music licensing, management and publishing. He has worked with oodles of artists, from the unknowns that nearly had a hit, to Powderfinger and Nick Cave. He’s also started his own company; Seegermusic, which has done music supervision over the last ten years on a number of Australian television shows. Currently, Gary rocks two roles, one as Creative Director at Peer Music and the other as Music Supervisor for Trackdown.

Job Description

I wear two hats seesawing between my Peer Music role as Creative Director, and as a Music Supervisor from Trackdown. On the Peer side, I look after all the film and TV syncs, pitching music from Peer’s vast catalog, negotiating sync fees, securing the deals, as well as A&R duties. On the Trackdown side, I music supervise a number of TV and film productions: reading briefs, scene descriptions and scripts, and suggesting music across all labels.

The Week

PEERMUSIC: It starts with morning coffees then… reading overnight briefs for sync pitching.  Meetings and music sessions with clients.  A&R meetings and working closely with the artist/writers discussing film/TV briefs, co-writing opportunities, managing demo recordings and nurturing parent duties!

TRACKDOWN: Depending on the size of the job, my Music Supervision duties could last a few days clearing music or weeks working on a large TV or film production.  This entails script reading, music spotting, song pitches, negotiating sync fees with third parties, overseeing contracts, checking music credits and cue sheets.

Challenges and Accomplishments

Every week is a challenge from minors to majors. It’s a great feeling when you throw an out-of-the-box idea in meetings and weeks later they work! I love it when writers from very different backgrounds work together and how the songs formulate. Of course, it’s always a great accomplishment when you hear the music you pitched end up on the big screen or feature in a TV series.

Highlights of the week

Highlights of the week would include keeping my bosses, writers and artists happy, and the latter two busy with ideas.

Lowlights of the week

Lowlights would be pitching some great songs on behalf of your local writers and your international sub-publishers, only to find out that the client had a musical change of direction or you got bumped off by another publisher’s great idea! To be honest, there are very few lowlights. It’s a great job!

Words of Wisdom

Here are my 6 “words of wisdom” points:

  1. Know what you really want to do in this industry and focus purely on that, stay narrow and deep, don’t venture and spread yourself to wide.
  2. People skills are a major asset. You have to network, network and more…
  3. Be prepared to go the distance. Get amongst the live scene, but have your wits about you for the next full day of work commitments.
  4. You have to appreciate all genres of music. Even if you’re not fully into classical or folk, you need to get your head around it.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions no matter how silly they may sound. The more answers to your questions, the more knowledgeable you’ll be!
  6. Enjoy and be confident to suggest crazy out-of-the-box ideas.

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