Feature Friday - Rage Music
22 May 2015
On Feature Fridays we picked one company from our Directory and got to know their business a bit better by asking them a few quick questions.
1. Who are Rage Music?
We are a music production company who compose bespoke music and soundtracks for Films, TV, Advertisements and Videogames.
2. Where are you based?
We have studios in London and LA, but Glasgow is our HQ. We are based up near Park Circus in the Woodlands/West End of Glasgow. It's quite a little creative community up here, lots of filmmakers, editors, production companies, graphic designers etc. and of course we are close to Kelvingrove Park (which is the perfect place to stretch your legs on a sunny afternoon and clear your head) and lots of great pub and bars on Woodlands Road and in nearby Finnieston (to fuzz your head back up again!)
3. Tell us some of your most notable work
We have composed numerous soundtracks including Spooks (MI5 in US), A History of Scotland, A Year In The Life of JK Rowling and Silent Witness. TV themes include Blockbusters, Relocation Relocation , Scotland Tonight and Jimmy Carr.
Our music has been placed in various well-known programs both in the UK and US including; Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, Top Gear, Made In Chelsea, America's Next Top Model, E True Hollywood Story, American Idol, The One Show, The X Factor USA, Don't Tell The Bride and Saturday Night Live.
In advertising, we have composed music for various brands including RBS, UPS, IBM, Disney, Chevron, Amazon, Stella Artois, Ford, Irn Bru and NBC.
In 2008, we composed the new US Olympic anthem (previously scored by legendary film composer John Williams) and then in 2012 we created the soundtrack that accompanies the new interactive experience and ride, "Test Track" (presented by Chevron) at the Epcot Centre, Walt Disney World Florida.
Our film soundtracks include US and UK box office No 1 Limitless (starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro), UK box office No 1 DREDD (starring Karl Urban) The Numbers Station (starring John Cusack), Fox Films release Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, as well as a series of short Minion Movies that accompany the DVD release of Despicable Me 2.
As for videogames, we composed the soundtrack for EA Games latest release in their popular series, Battlefield: Hardline, which was released worldwide in March this year.
4. What are you up to at the moment?
As well as the usual selection of advertisements, we are currently working on a new UK TV pilot with Thames and will soon be starting work on a new USA TV series after the pilot was picked up last week. Other than that, we are hard at work organising our upcoming Studio Sessions. These acoustic gigs will showcase 4 bands across 4 weeks this summer, performing live at our Glasgow studio with drinks sponsorship from Glasgow's own Jawbrew - let's just hope the sun shines!
5. What sets Rage Music apart from the rest?
We're a small team; there are only 8 of us. Considering the scale of projects we work on, this is quite surprising to some people. But we are a tight-knit team (you have to be when you are working across different time zones!). We like that we are not a huge, faceless company simply churning out tracks off a conveyor belt. We are hands on, we take pride in all our work - be it a small scale advertisement or a massive feature film, regardless of budget or client, we treat each and every project with the same level of care and attention to detail.
6. What is your favourite project that you've worked on and why?
That's a really tough question! We can't simply choose just one. Though the Orchestral recording for Walking With Dinosaurs was really good fun. We flew to Potsdam, just outside Berlin and recorded in one of the sound stages at Studio Babelsberg ( where the likes of The Hunger Games, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men were all filmed).
It was 4 long days in the studio with a full 90 piece orchestra. Although the musicians were total professionals, it was a lot of music to get recorded, so it was tough going. We left with a real sense of achievement though, and the music sounded outstanding - and it still does!
7. Where's your favourite place in Glasgow to relax after work?
After a busy day in the studio, Team Rage can often be found having a few well-deserved drinks and a bite to eat in The Drake or The Kelvingrove Café.