What is the process of music making if you are a sample artist?
May 28, 2008 8:58 PM Subscribe
Do all sample based musicians/bands basically have a full time legal staff?
posted by figTree to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've read on here and many other places how you basically need permission and pay royalties to any music you sample. I am wondering how this actually works in the real world.
Lets say you are someone like DJ Shadow or Orb, or any other musician/band where essentially ALL you do is mix previously made sounds to create new music.
What is the process of making of music for these guys? Do they only ever start dabbling with music they know they already have permission for, or do they first do a mix, then seek all the legal permissions?
That said, is the legal side of this a full time job? How much time and resources are required for this? These days could you even start as a sample artist if you don't have a legal team/lots of money to begin with?
Perhaps someone could break down what they think/know a balance sheet would look like for such a music production. If you use lets say 30 samples in an album, what is the average "cost" of this, and how much could it range? On average, how much time would it take to get these rights (both in process and in human hours)? Is there a central agency that one could deal with rather than going to all the separate labels?
Basically any sort of info along the lines of "how would you actually do this from start to finish" type of answers would be greatly appreciated!
(I dont know how much geography would come into the mix with this, but I am most interested with how this would apply to Canada and also for U.S. or England)