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jade chang in tinseltown

This week unsigned bands and Hollywood blockbusters.

Luke Eddins is searching for the perfect song. He sits in his tiny Hollywood apartment all day long, listening to CDs. Hundreds of them. Thousands, even. All by bands you’ve never heard of. When he’s done with those, he trawls the internet, checking out artist websites and downloading MP3s aplenty. And because of the all-nighters that Eddins has pulled in the name of music, an unsigned New York singer/songwriter named Sarah Fimm will be part of the soundtrack for a high-profile new Tri-Star film, D.E.B.S., premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Eddins’ efforts have also gotten unsigned artists into big budget films like Cheaper By The Dozen (nope, Hillary Duff hasn’t commandeered the whole soundtrack), Uptown Girls, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Kangaroo Jack, as well as scores of TV shows.

The 27-year-old entrepreneur, who started his company, Luke Hits, in early 2002, got his big break when Hans Zimmer called, asking for a song with a “Smashing Pumpkins vibe” for his upcoming film, The Ring. Eddins delivered, and since then he’s been in demand with film music supervisors who want a particular sound, but don’t have the budget to pay a well-known artist. Cheaper By The Dozen, for example, “was the classic case of a hugely-hooky-albeit-mellow, ultra-accessible Branch-Avril-Phair-ish chorus,” as Eddins puts it.

With no previous music or film industry experience, Eddins is almost gloriously uncynical. First off, he actually listens to everything he’s sent. And bands retain all of their rights to the song, entering into an agreement directly with the film studio. They can make up to $15 000 a song, and typically pay Eddins a third of that.

So there it is. A call to arms. I’m sure that at least half of you have been playing local clubs with your band for years – you probably have piles of demos sitting in the back of your closet, unused. Get one out and send it off. This time next year Brittany Murphy might be doing wacky, adorable things with your song in the background. Jade Chang 09 January 04

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