The Way We Get Down - Free Download
An amazing track and a story that is equally as amazing and sad. This is a story about a track featuring a vocal sample that will never ever be officially released by any label. A story about greed. You can get it for free.
Back in early 2013, Paul Timothy (Timmy Vegas) and Sarah Favouritizm started a new band project, they called themselves Rise. After bouncing ideas around they came up with their first single, 'The Way We Get Down', a sexy slab of feel good 90's piano house, armed with a delicious seductive vocal and a pressure baseline which featured a vocal sample from Grammy Award winning singer Myron. Excited by their new project, they sent it out to some key music people to get some feedback and see if they could find a good home for it.
Immediately they had a huge response with the likes of Louie Vega: "Ok now! I will definitely play this!", through to Copyright: "Love it and feeling it as a track for Ibiza", and Kenny Dope, Eric Kupper, Quentin Harris, Soulmagic and DJ Meme, among others all supporting it. Then just when they thought it couldn't get any better, one of the biggest dance labels in the world - Toolroom Records wrote to them with a recording contract wanting to sign it!. As a first outing for Rise it appeared big things were on the horizon.
Obviously with the track featuring a vocal sample they had to set about getting it all cleared so Toolroom could release this Summer. At first they re-wrote the song and re-vocalled, just in case they could capture the same magic, before then moving on to successfully track down Myron in person, who loved it and actually agreed to be a featured artist on the final single release!
They were all absolutely thrilled to have the blessing of such a wonderful talent!. But they still needed official clearance of the vocal. After unsuccessfully trying to track down independent writers, they enlisted the help of a publisher and approached the 'major label' who owned the track, to be then greeted with this ridiculous proposal: They wanted to own their new recording, charge them 10,000 USD for the pleasure. And take 85% of net receipts!. GREED GREED GREED!
Rise were absolutely gobsmacked at such ludicrous terms. In fairness they would have expected to have paid a couple of grand for it perhaps, but no one in their right mind would accept that. It was clear it was was the end of our little dream in a heartbeat. So, is there anything they can pass on here to our fellow producers also creating music the current sample heavy environment? Yes, majors do clear samples, but it is a bit of a lottery. Choose your vocal weapons carefully if you are contemplating labels that are transparent and have to clear all samples, or all your hard work may lead to great disappointment.
"We both believe this tune needs to be out there and getting the love it rightfully deserves on the dance floors. So for all you dj's out there, here is the first outing from RISE, featuring the vocals of Myron - 'The Way We Get Down' – a FREE DJ PROMO ONLY that will never ever be released, we hope you love it as much as we do! Massive thanks to Myron, the Toolroom Records crew, Deep Josh, Pete Simpson, Ellie Donohue and everyone who has helped us in this long 5 month adventure!" - Paul Timothy (Timmy Vegas) and Sarah Favouritizm