HEY ELEMENTARY FANS
Did you like the music on the pilot screener? One of the main repeated tracks is Optimist by Zoe Keating. She’s a supercool independent musician who layers her cello by using a loop pedal and a computer. I’ve seen her do it live and it’s pretty amazeballs.
You know what’s less cool? The fact that CBS used her music in the screener without a license. Which means she didn’t get paid for it being in the screener. (And in fact didn’t know it had been used at all until it got tweeted at her.)
Keep in mind Zoe releases all her music independently, ie. isn’t signed onto any label. This is super sad because if she were signed onto a major label I feel like they’d be all over that.
You should tweet/email CBS about keeping Zoe’s music for the Elementary premier if you liked it! At the very least I thought I should drum up some publicity on her behalf for having her music in the screener, and get her some more fans because she wasn’t paid anything for the music she provided.
I haven’t seen the show yet, but I gave her music a listen and it is just beautiful.
I find it interesting that the OP has deleted their tumblr account.
In CBS’s defense? Screeners are for INTERNAL USE ONLY (not public consumption — hello digital pirates, congratulations on illegally distributing the work of the type of artist you like to claim you’d support) and screeners often have placeholder music inserted to get a general feel while music and other editing and license decisions/agreements are still being made. I note that the song in particular that is being said to have been used is listed on FreeMusicArchive.org as a licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License. They might never have intended to use her music in the long term or they might have been waiting for internal response to see if the music went over well so that they could see about licensing it for commercial use. Given the public hubbub being drummed up over an illegal leak of the unfinished screener pilot and that she is drumming up public disdain instead of privately contacting the company first to try to get things worked out will probably make them less likely to keep her music in the show. She’s starting her contact with them about the use in a negative light. The fact that it being used is out in the public is from a leaked test video instead of an intentional release will probably (long-term) absolve CBS of any guilt because it was not meant for public/commercial release.
It’s a shame because a lot of shows are getting more and more in the habit of sourcing independent musicians that they can go to as being a) cheaper and b) they can connect the musician’s name to the show itself and have a go-to artist for future similarly styled music pieces. But when you start with hey they stole my shit, everybody dogpile! instead of sending at least an initial private contact attempt; you’re telling the company you’ll be difficult to work with in a professional manner. She’ll likely get a well-deserved apology for the leaked usage, be assured that it was never intended to go public and a promise that they won’t use her music even for test purposes again.