Song Placement in Indie Film 'Odd Brodsky"

Song Placement in Indie Film “Odd Brodsky”

Sandshifter Music is happy to announce their song “Fantastic” has been placed in a new Indie Film, “Odd Brodsky”, that is opening at the Mill Valley Film Festival October 4th, 2013. The movie was directed by Cindy Baer, an acclaimed director, producer and actress, whose debut feature Purgatory House,  screened at 25 festivals, won 12 awards and appeared on five critic’s lists for “Best film of the Year”. “Fantastic” is featured twice in the film most notably during the end credits. It was co-produced and co-written with Hugh Colocott And Jimmy Santis of Vortex Music and sung by the very talented Amber Rhodes. For more info on the film go to To hear “Fantastic” go to:


Posted on September 19, 2013 .

NARIP features Gail Vareilles of Sandshifter Music

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"Awesome!" Says Spalding About NARIP London Sessions

"The [NARIP] sessions were amazing. I'm really excited about a lot of the music I heard and can't wait to send stuff to my trailer clients," says High Bias Industries' Toddrick Spalding after his two pitch sessions in London, which took place at the BPI. "I'm going to make a special NARIP mixtape and send it to all my clients, kind of like a tipsheet... just some extremely COOL MUSIC out here!!!!! Gonna do all I can to get some trailer love these guys' way."

And NARIP thanks YOU Toddrick! We look forward to reporting success stories soon from these two SOLD OUT sessions. Click here for photos, and here to read Toddrick's tips and preferences.

Audio Recordings of Both Sessions On Sale Now:
Session #1 and Session #2


NARIP Member News

Gail Vareilles
Frank Pescod

Multi-award winning songwriter Gail Vareilles and composer for Nickelodeon's mega-hit Dora The Explorer established Sandshifter Music 7 years ago. She frequently co-writes with Glee music producer (and multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer) Tommy Faragher. Gail has placed many songs in film, hit TV shows, in iPhone apps and video games, and had many artists record her songs. Recent projects include writing and producing for Jovi Rockwell and American Idol finalist Tim Urban, among others.

Says Gail, "My association with NARIP has introduced me to virtually every music supervisor at every ad agency in New York and led to the inclusion of many of my songs in their prestigious libraries. I'm collaborating with many talented people I've met through NARIP. I am honored to host the wonderful NARIP networking brunches in my apartment in NYC and welcome all of our NARIP friends to attend."

Gail flings open the doors of Sandshifter Music to our friendly music biz mob on Sat, Jan 19 in New York. All are welcome. Click here to get more details and register now.


Frank Pescod is the director of Solebay Music, a new production house in the UK providing music and sound branding for the commercial sector. Music has always been in Frank's genes - his great great grandfather was composer Michel Bergson, taught by Chopin himself. Solebay Music has worked with Louis Vuitton, Harley Davidson, River Island, Triumph Motorbikes and others, and has produced music for film, TV, online media, games and apps. Frank produces under the moniker "to be frank" and is recording his own album to be released in 2013.

Says Frank, "NARIP has helped me in many ways as they are simply such a lovely and helpful group of people, they really are there to assist you and do all they can. The networking / pitching events are always an exciting way to catch new opportunities and even more importantly meet people, this is so critical in today's industry.”


Michael "Nomad" Ripoll

LA Jackson

While his first priority is being an artist and singer-songwriter himself, Michael is also Musical Director for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. He has worked with countless major artist such as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Natalie Cole, the American Idol Tour, the Pussycat Dolls, India Arie and more. He is one of the industry’s most sought after session players and touring musicians.

Michael's artist project Nomad was featured in the recently released film Atlas Shrugged II, and he also took on multi media tasks for the film. Nomad's guitar skills have been showcased on films like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Men In Black 3, Happy Feet I & II. Nomad is partnered with fellow NARIP member Danyelle Sanders.

Micheal has created his own instructional guitar videos, learn more about these here.

Check out a behind-the-scenes videos: and on Youtube, click here

With 31 years in the industry as a record executive, engineer and producer, LA Jackson has completed a 4-book series about the history of music and how it has traveled. Read more here.

"NARIP has been a super value in helping me to get out, meet people, network and assist in the growth of today's music industry," he says. "NARIP gave me the fuel I needed to complete my book and now it's finally out this December. I'm happy I included a great section about NARIP in one of my Musicology books."

LA is also owner of MKM Multimedia Works. We asked LA about his favorite accomplishments. "Building a recording studio from scratch, executive producing the Atlanta Artists Against Gun Violnece CD for the Million Mom March Foundation, getting Baba Oje of Arrested Development into an international GAP commercial, and my son, who is now going to the same college I went to - Georgia State University."

Photo (L-R): Randy Jackson, Jackie Jackson, LA Jackson, Tito Jackson and Jermaine Jackson



Kristi Carlson
Jesse Morris

Artist manager Kristi Carlson represents The Sons, a 5-piece British band. She recently organized an acoustic mini-tour for two members of the band, brothers Paul and Steven Herron, who traveled from London to Los Angeles to play in the US for the first time.

Thanks to good timing, Paul and Steven were able to join Kristi and attend the recent NARIP brunch at Universal Mastering Studios. Universal's Nick Dofflemyer (also a NARIP member) and team worked on a project with the band over the summer, so it was nice for everyone to meet face-to-face. It's great to see NARIP from all parts of the globe coming together!

Click here for their Kickstarter Campaign and here for their Web site.

Jesse E. Morris is an attorney at Morris Music Law, a law firm that specializes in representing music professionals. Recently Jesse helped set up two placement / publishing companies and drafted
a management contract for an American Idol top ten finalist.

“NARIP has helped me connect with numerous music industry professionals who are in need of personal and affordable legal services," says Jesse. "I've met several of my current clients at NARIP brunches."

Jesse offers a free initial consultation. For more information go to or call 310-439-3737.

What's in our iPod? Lisa Sniderman!  
Award-winning singer-songwriter, recording artist and performer Lisa Sniderman celebrates her recent win at the 2012 LA Music Awards for Children's Album of the Year “Is Love A Fairy Tale?” This album is also being considered for BEST Children's Album in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards along with Aoede's "Skeletons of the Muse" and "Fairy Tale Love" music video."Is Love A Fairy Tale?" has received 3 LA Children's Awards.

“Placing Aoede's music in film, TV and advertising is one of my primary goals”, says Sniderman. “NARIP helps facilitate this by offering direct access to key music supervisors and music producers through pitch sessions. So far, Aoede's music has been extremely well-received at the sessions, and I'm optimistic that NARIP will help me pave the way to building relationships with more supervisors, placements, and more exposure.” We wish the best of luck to Lisa this Grammy season and a big congrats on her LA Music Award win!

Aoede (A-E-D)-muse of song


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Posted on January 8, 2013 .