St. Paul’s Catholic College – Thorn Lane
Contacting Tanner Howe
When working out what music we wanted for our trailer, we narrowed down
what popular songs we knew as a group that would be linked to our trailers
themes and issues. We had many songs in mind but after many group meetings
we decided that we would use Imagine Dragons – Demons. When we heard the
song by the artists themselves we decided maybe that it would be better to use a
cover version of the song from a YouTube cover artist. From looking at various
YouTubecover artists, we came around various artists some of the people we
This was one of the first covers we heard when looking for music for our trailer.
From listening to this first we learnt very quickly that we wanted a male to sing
the song to our trailer as girls voices stereotypically tend to be more innocent
and sweet and would not give the haunting effect that we desired during our
trailer. Also we felt this song like many others that we went on to hear had a very
strong echo. When finding this song we also decided very quickly that this song
was not authentic enough and did not have a haunting feel to the song for us to
justify the use of it for our trailer.
We were very fond of this song when we found it in our early stages of music
searching. Although we really did like the version of the song and how they made
it their own, we felt that the song was too upbeat for what our trailer was
displaying and the haunting effect was once again missing from their trailer.
Another fault that we felt this cover had and why we couldn’t use it would be
that during the song one of the band members said ‘1,2,3,4’ and this is a feature
that we did not want in our trailer.The group itself was also quite far away from
the microphones and the recorder themselves so at times could have been
clearer and to the standard we needed the music to be.
We really liked this cover of the song, however we felt that the way the song was
recorded at times made the lyrics more difficult to hear than other covers we had
heard. Similarly to this we felt that the song throughout had a strong echo and
although we wanted the song to be haunting this was not the effect we wanted.
Also we felt this song was quite similar to the original and we wanted something
that although stuck to the roots of the song had their own twist on it.
Although we found this cover interesting and thought it was a different
interpretation of the song, we decided against this song. This was down to many
reasons, one of which was we knew the song the drummer was drumming too
was the official demons song and we wanted something that was a bit more
original although the drumming was a very clever way of interpreting the song.
We also decided against this song cover as we felt the beat of the song was not
know we wanted our trailer to be considered. During one of our group meetings
we felt that we needed the song to be more haunting and this version of the song
would overpower what we seen on screen.
Our trailer’s non-diegetic soundtrack:
The demons cover by Tanner Howe has become the song to our trailer. There are
many reasons why we decided to pick this cover; we unanimously decided that
we loved the entrance to the song that Tanner had done with the piano and we
felt this would work well with what we wanted to be in the scene at this point.
We also thought the way that the song had been covered didn’t make it song like
a happy song and didn’t make it sound so sad that no one would want to watch
our show. We also stated that the vocals within the song were ones we all liked
and thought the recording of the song was very clear and made sure that the
lyrics were heard over the music in the background.
After we decided on Tanner Howe’s cover version of the song we tried to
contract him on different forms of social networking. However we never
received a reply therefore if he ever did reply and was against us using the cover
we had a back up option of using the ‘Heart & Heads’ version as we felt that we
could make that song work as a second option and we could play around with
the sound of the song and make it want what wanted.
After waiting for just over three months we received a response from someone
on his account responding on his behalf. The response allowed us to use his
music and wished up success within our project.