Freeloader Friday: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White, Dowsing & More

Welcome to another edition of Freeloader Friday! Charlotte here with you again, happy to provide you with The Orchard’s best new releases. Let’s get right to it.

Opening up this Friday’s list is “Admitting the Endorphin Addiction”Open Mike Eagle‘s latest track from his new LP Hella Personal Film Festival out March 25. Recorded in London, the album is a collaborative work with producer Paul White. The song boosts a heavy funk instrumentation, sweet guitars licks and punchy drums. The L.A. based art rapper keeps things addictive, his mellow deep voice carrying us through all different phases and forms of addictions.


The Orchard Stays Up With Latest Acquisition “All These Sleepless Nights”

all-these-sleepless-nights 2It’s been a minute since we had some film news to share, but that’s about to change. We are thrilled to announce that we’ve picked up All These Sleepless Nights for North American distribution! The film, directed by Michal Marczak, won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Direction Award in the World Cinema Documentary competition, and was also shown at True/False 2016 where it was warmly received. This is our second acquisition of 2016 to have won a Direction Award, the other being Life, Animated(more…)

The Musician’s Essential Guide to Merch: What to Get, How Much to Charge, and Where to Buy

Merch_SonicbidsThis article, written by Founder of New Artist Model, Dave Kusek, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to exchange industry tips and trends for your business.

Merch is something any musician can (and should!) use to drive revenue and spread awareness for their music. But there are definitely a lot of merch options, and it can be totally confusing and overwhelming to figure out which is best. To help you out, I’m going to go through them all and give you some tips and pricing ideas.


Welcome, Maite!

MaiteAlvarezIntroducing Maïté Alvarez, Film Acquisitions Coordinator

My name is Maïté and I’m new to the film acquisitions team in LA! I moved from NYC a bit over a year ago and am thrilled to be working at The Orchard and also to have gotten to cut down on my commute by an hour and a half a day.

I was born and raised in Miami FL, and graduated from Northwestern University where I majored in Communications and Religion. Just a couple of months ago I was working as an assistant in the Global division at WME which handles independent film sales, packaging and financing. Not long before that I had a 5 year stint as an actor in NYC where I was trying to live off of doing theatre (whoops) and waitressing at a little hole in the wall in the west village called Westville.


Label Spotlight: ZE Records

michel-esteban-1979Imagine New York in the late 1970s: the post-punk era, smoky underground clubs. There is where the terms ‘Mutant Disco’ and ‘No Wave’ were forged and brought to live by an élite group of artists: musicians, poets and painters willing to break with the past, exploring and exacerbating old habits.

ZE Records, founded in 1978 in New York by British Michael Zilkha (Z) and French Michel Esteban (E) was the perfect fit for exponents of this new musical and cultural trend. Producing several independent artists during their NY years (Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and The Coconuts – to name a few), ZE Records reached worldwide exposure through its licensing deal with Island Records. The label’s success and influence peaked around 1981-82. Esteban left New York in 1982 and ZE Records closed down in 1984. In 2003, he restarted the ZE label in France to record new artists.