Summer hits tend to be some of the most energetic, exciting and all-around-fun offerings put out by the music industry. So why can’t the a cappella world hop on that trend?
Sled Dog Studios will be using this summer – and hopefully beyond – to put out some of their most experimental material, starting with the recently releases “Till the World Ends” and “Keep Your Head Up.” Today, they have released a cover of “My Love,” which is especially well-executed. And fans will initially be able to download all of these tracks – and any others released by Sled Dog Studios during this weekly summer deal – for free!
It’s all part of the production company’s Free Track Fridays (inspired by Boston-based all-male aca-band Overboard’s Free Track Tuesday). Dave Longo and Nicole Milano of Sled Dog Studios are thrilled by the opportunities such an initiative could offer its roster of recording and production engineers.
“We wanted…to explore the different genres, styles, and production approaches involved in contemporary a cappella,” they said. “We’ve already discovered new techniques and approaches that we plan to incorporate into work with clients.”
But if these tracks are free, why go through the trouble of licensing? It’s because Sled Dog Studios also hopes to give back the attention garnered by this initiative – as well as any funds they make after a week goes by, and the free track becomes a track you can purchase normally.
“We thought it best to donate the proceeds from all sales of these tracks to various charities,” Longo and Milano explained. “We are even throwing around the idea of going through the proper channels to release a compilation album at the end of the summer that would be donated to CASA’s Tunes To Teens program.”
In addition to the first two releases, Sled Dog Studios also plans to put out a Timbaland medley, “Zanzibar” (Billy Joel) and a Jessie J song. All of the talent, from the performers to the arrangers, will come from within the a cappella community.