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September 2012 - Music Connection


After garnering serious accolades for composing

four seasons of the acclaimed AMC drama

Breaking Bad, composer Dave Porter has signed

on to score Smiley, the new psychological

horror/thriller feature film from director Michael

Gallagher. The film explores the new urban legend

of a serial killer named Smiley who can be

summoned through the Internet. Smiley marks

the feature directorial debut of Gallagher, the online

creator of Totally Sketch and one of the most

popular contributors to the YouTube Partners

Program. Porter’s score to Breaking Bad has

just been released to retail. For further information,

contact Chandler Poling at White Bear PR,

818-605-2237 or

Now in production is No Mouse Music! (working

title), the story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie

Records. The feature-length documentary

by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling

follows Strachwitz, an archaeologist of the deep

American music as well as a label owner, from

New Orleans to the Appalachians to chronicle his

search for the real roots of American music. The

film features indigenous artists including Clifton

Chenier, fiddler Michael Doucet, Flaco Jimenez

and the Pine Leaf Boys. For more information

about the production, visit http://maureengosling.

com/mouse/pages/about.html. These filmmakers

are currently soliciting funds to complete the film.

Film and TV composers Trevor Morris and

Robert Duncan have each received Emmy

Award nominations for the Creative Arts Emmy

Awards to be announced Sept. 15th. Morris

earned another Emmy nomination for “Outstanding

Music Composition for a Series

(Original Dramatic Score) for

The Borgias. Duncan, who was

nominated in 2009 for ABC’s

Castle, was recognized this time

for “Outstanding Music Composition

for a Miniseries, Movie

or a Special (Original Dramatic

Score)” for ABC’s Missing. For

more information, contact Jana

Davidoff-Morrison or Jordan Von

Netzer at CW3PR, 323-574-

1050 or and

Trevor Morris

Former Three Dog Night frontman Chuck

Negron recently guested on the Ask Dino Show,

hosted by record producer Dino Maddalone. The

music biz/entertainment talk show is available on

Time Warner Cable and all social media including

YouTube ( For

complete info, email

Jamaican-born pop/R&B artist KC Jockey’s

new single, “Toast to the Dads,” has been chosen

by The Walt Disney Company for inclusion on its

new iPhone app, Tap Tap Revenge: Tour. The

KC Jockey

Dave Porter

app is one of the most popular games available

to iPhone users. “Toast to the Dads” is available

at iTunes and through KC Jockey’s

own record label, Sweet Sadie’s Records. For

more information, contact Michele Wilson-Morris

at The Entertainment Bank, 718-619-8554 or Catch up with KC

Jockey at

Anton Sanko has scored the Lionsgate horror/suspense

film The Possession starring Jeffrey

Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, now in

theaters. Anton’s score ranges from a lone piano

playing a single note, to the full power of a 70

piece orchestra, to the composer’s own custom

instrument called the Floor Slide, a four foot long

piece of mahogany strung with the bass strings

of a piano and played with a peanut butter jar.

Contact Jeff Sanderson at Chasen & Company,

310-274-4400 or

Congratulations to Nutty, whose first music

video, a reinterpretation of AC/DC’s “Back In

Black” done in the band’s Jetsetter Jazz style

has already been featured in three different film

festivals. The video short, written and directed by

Clay Westervelt, and produced by Walt Disney

Company executives Diane Fredel-Weis and

Bob Weis along with Westervelt features Nutty

live on stage at the Hip Kitty Supper Club and

Lounge in Claremont, CA. The short depicts Nutty

lead singer Sonny Moon’s comeback with the

band. For more information visit http://nuttyjazz.

com or email

Spencer Kane

Teen singer and songwriter Spencer Kane

has finalized terms for a recording and TV performance

contract with Bema Media, LLC and its

division iShine based in Nashville, TN. Launching

his public music career in early 2011 with his

debut single, “Best Friends,” Kane has continued

to release new music through iTunes and Amazon

MP3 as well as over 30 other Web based

music stores. His YouTube videos have exceeded

100,000 views and aided in his discovery by

iShine founder, Robert Beeson. Contact Patrick

Hess at iShine/Bema Media, 615-525-4010 or Visit http://spencerka

MICRO-BIO: In a 20-year career that includes

extensive experience as an artist, producer and

performer, Tom Kidd has promoted, marketed

and developed Emmy- and Oscar-winning

composers. He is President of Pres Pak Public




Nigel Honney-Bayes

Conceptual Artist & Composer



Most Recent: Klaus Kroak

Q: What do you call a composer without a big

Hollywood blockbuster? A: Very, very creative.

In just over two years, UK-based Nigel Honney-Bayes

has made over 120 recordings, 12

albums (all available from the Honney-Bayes

Productions website) and more than 100 works

of visual art to represent the music and graphics

to depict the adventures of Klaus Kroak, Superhero

and Master of Musical Combat.

“The idea,” Honney-Bayes explains, “was to

combine the things in my life that I love, comic

characters, stories and, of course, music, but in

a way that was original, and in a way that would

provide an endless source of subject material

for my compositions.”

The premise for Klaus Kroak is rather complex

and has become even more so as it has

evolved. In his live show, Honney-Bayes will

challenge other musicians, who will take on the

roles of illustrated foes such as CatmanChin

and the BlueBeast, to a duel on stage. Off

stage, the project evolved the Kroak Army, a

composition technique that commands mastery

of such techniques as instrument choice, sentiment,

musical directions, genre and phrasing.

While Klaus Kroak is fantasy, the comic

keeps its relevance by having modern events

as its base. “Essentially, I take things in the

real world, be it situations, people, government

policies, technology, food, whatever, and wrap

it up in an abstracted variation,” says Honney-

Bayes. “The premise of Klaus Kroak is more

akin to the conceptual thinking of the modern

art world rather than commercial pop or rock


Its creator may not see Klaus Kroak as

commercial, but others certainly do. About

50 percent of the Kroak repertoire at music

licensing companies and Honney-Bayes is

in regular discussions with film, music and

computer game music supervisors regarding

composition projects.

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