Getting Your Music Into Film: An Interview with Whiskey Tango

Recently, I was an extra for Matthew Lillard’s “Fat Punk” short film shoot.  Whiskey Tango was the band used for the film shoot, so I decided to ask them some questions about the experience.  Sean and Mike were awesome enough to reply.

Q:  How did you get to be the band for this film shoot?

Sean: I know the bulk of the crew on the shoot because I’ve edited for most of them. They needed a punk rock band and someone to get a room full of punks for the shoot, so they immediately called me.

Mike: Well, after doing 5 Dollar Cover Seattle we are now the coolest most radical punk band in Seattle. But seriously, we have a good relationship with the indie movie scene here mostly thanks to Sean and we’re not dicks like RVIVR.

Q:  What was it like being filmed for this?

Sean: It was great. At first we had to ‘fake’ play our instruments and it felt just as fake. Then Matt told us to just start rocking it out and it went amazingly after that.

Mike: Totally awesome. Who wouldn’t want to meet Matthew Lillard?

Q:  Did you have music licensed for this? Will your songs be used in the film?

Sean: See Mike’s answer

Mike:We have no licensing for anything…maybe a few songs, but I don’t think anyone would steal anything from an unknown punk band in Seattle thats been around forever.  If we ever decide to put out records in a more traditional manner or get signed, then perhaps…
And yes, our songs will be used. ZING!

Q:  If Matthew Lillard gets the go ahead to make this a feature film, do you know if Whiskey Tango will be used again?

Sean: Matt did say that we were going to be in the feature should it get made.  He kept saying during the shoot that he was going to make our song that we played a bunch of times ‘Meanwhile…’ famous.

Mike: Oh we’re in it soooooo deep.

Q:  What’s the next move for Whiskey Tango?
Sean: Right after we hit up taco bell we are going to record a new album and plan a Europe/japan tour.

Mike: Go to Taco Bell

Q:  Anything else?
Sean: Punk rock is not bread.

Mike: hail satan

Thank you to Whiskey Tango for the interview!  Go check them out:

Update:  Whiskey Tango just mentioned that they have free downloads on their site.  Make sure to snag some free music!

So, my takeaway from this is they networked with friends that happened to be in the film biz.  So making friends seems to be the way to go in order really grow your band.  What do you think?

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9 Responses to Getting Your Music Into Film: An Interview with Whiskey Tango

  1. Adam says:

    I know you’ve got to network and all that jazz but what if you can’t even make friends in real life? No but seriously, where exactly do you network as a band? Do you go to bars, talking to strangers?

  2. Start with your friends. Networking isn’t really something you do as a band; it’s more of an individual exercise. And, stop using the word “networking”! Look at what your friends are doing and go out and support them. In addition, strike out on your own to different shows or try something new. Look at where you are, right now, and see who’s around you. Just talk to ’em, and be interested in what they’re saying. If you find yourself doing most of the talking, you’re doing it wrong!

    So, yes, bars. Be careful networking at porn shops.

    • thekai says:

      on a side note, I was successful with getting in touch with bands over the internet back when MySpace wasn’t full of cam whores. Not sure what’s next, but there are some online options out there too. Probably not as good as meeting in person, but okay if you’re the type of person that’s not making friends otherwise.

  3. Spooky says:

    I think they need to get the song ‘Meanwhile’ needs to be licensed. They are entering a business deal, and when someone with higher profile connections tells you I’m going to make your song famous, I find it means two things: 1)They are buttering you up to take advantage of your services (a band that has been established for a long time, shouldn’t roll over for the “exposure pitch”.)
    2) Someone can make a ton of money from the song. This means who ever can make this money is going to find ways to make sure they don’t have to share a lot of said money.
    Pushing paper sucks, but it is something that should be done expediently, because if one of your songs happens to be the next hit, who ever gets their paper pushed the fastest makes the most money.

    • They should definitely register for ASCAP or BMI. However, I think ‘free’ might be great for exposure for something like “Fat Punk”. If it was for something like Tron Legacy or Avatar, hell yeah, get at least $10,000!

      • Spooky says:

        I agree. It is in the vein of punk rock and it is a punk oriented film, so the exposure would be well targeted. Where as if was something like an appearance on Jersey Shore, the exposure angle wouldn’t quite pan out as well.

        • Hell, I wouldn’t turn down free exposure on Jersey Shore! If musclely weird dudes want to like my music, they will become my new best friends! 🙂 But I see your point. However, I wouldn’t discount a market that may actually enjoy things that believe whatever they are marketed by MTV is good.

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