Music Festival Frenzy: Don't Miss These Three Festivals

Music festival season is underway, which means it can be easy to let great lineups slip through the cracks.

We’re calling out three festivals that are either burgeoning, breaking onto the mainstream scene or have been around for year but we’re just excited to attend. See you at these festivals!


Women Sound Off

Kicking off with Women Sound Off Festival — 2019 is only the second year for this bufzzworthy and widely turned out event. A weekend long fest, WSO is an inclusive, empowering space for women to network, connect and collaborate. It’s the kind of festival that truthfully feels as though it should have already been in existence for decades — yet WSO being so successful in its first year and now highly anticipated, it’s proof that events like this are actually rare for womxn music industry professionals. We’re here for this kind of thriving and game-changing.


Treefort Music Fest

With a huge lineup of Marmoset artists performing at Treefort Music Festival this year, there’s no doubt where we’ll be during this week of March. As a certified B Corporation, Treefort also happens to represent a ton of great values, upholding and executing positive social and environmental impact, all while still proving it’s possible to have an epically fun time. Learn more about how Treefort i s setting the bar high for responsible festival-going etiquette here.


Pitchfork Music Festival

This will be the 14th annual festival for Pitchfork. Operating as an independently run festival, the musical event focuses on presenting festival goers with an affordable — for festival standard anyway — and chill. Equipped with an awesome lineup, the festival feels like a community coming together with their thoughtfully assembled forts on site like their book fort and renegade craft fair.

Posted on March 21, 2019 and filed under Community, Marmoset, Music, Music Licensing.

Turn up the Volume on March’s New Music Mixtape


On the hunt for new music? We’ve got you covered.

March’s mixtape has all the newly added music that’s now available for music licensing. From the psychedelic witchgaze vibes of Candace (think Fleetwood Mac meets Mazzy Star) to new Marmoset artist, I$$A (dishing out a fusion of Afropop and hiphop), there’s a taste for everyone. Start off with these five staff picks then dig into the rest.

If I Wanted To” by Cabri x Sub Q Taneous

Your Love's a Drug” by I$$A

Body Move” by Mofak

Midnight Blue” by Candace

Body Move” by Mofak

Dig into the rest of Marmoset’s new music mixtape below. Can’t find what you need? Get in touch with our music licensing experts, our Creative Services Team is here to help. Shoot us your questions here.

Teaming up with Music Supervisor Experts for Design Week


There's an art in getting people to pay attention. Whether this be getting audiences captivated by your film trailer or the brand campaign you’re crossing your fingers in hopes it’ll go viral.

For music supervisors, they understand there’s a strategic technique in getting content noticed — it’s part of their jobs when it comes to placing compelling music to picture. But every wonder how they approach searching for and licensing the music they find for film, TV and other media? There’s a story or two (or three) behind it.

Join us at Marmoset headquarters for this Design Week Portland special event where three industry Supervisors take us through the intricacies of placing music and how they connect & support their music community. 

Sound Perspectives: the Art of Music Placement takes place on Wednesday, April 10th at Marmoset Headquarters. 

Doors at 5:30pm

Event begins at 6:30pm

Space is limited — RSVP below before it's too late

About the panel

Morgan Rhodes is an LA-based music supervisor who is known for her work on projects such as Selma, Queen Sugar, and Dear White People which has allowed her to collaborate with filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Simien. Since the early days of cutting her teeth as an on-air personality at influential independent radio station KCRW, Morgan has spent the last several years as a music programmer with shows on Philadelphia’s WURD 900AM and LA’s KPFK. Her blend of avant-garde R&B, left-field soul, electropop, beats, dance and world music has won listeners both domestically and globally.

Brooke Wentz is CEO and co-founder of the new international music discovery site Seven Seas Music.  As the former Music Director of ESPN she founded the music supervision and licensing firm The Rights Workshop. She has authored numerous articles about music and published the book Hey, That’s My Music!: Music Supervision, Licensing and Content Acquisition and most recently Music Rights Unveiled. She is a Billboard Award winning producer for one of the best selling world music recordings, and a former NYC radio host. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Business School, Brooke resides in her native city, San Francisco.

Megan Barbour is a music supervisor at Buddha Jones in Hollywood CA. For the past four and a half years she has worked on numerous theatrical, broadcast, and video game trailer marketing campaigns for major studios including HBO, Netflix, Paramount, Amazon, Focus, and Warner Brothers. She is honored to be a part of the amazing Buddha Jones team.

You Voted, We Donated: 3 Non-Profits to Know


Recently Marmoset asked the community what organizations we should give a bit more to attention to and the message was heard loud and clear. Here are the three non-profits we’re doing a bit more for this year — and here’s why you should also care about each one.


Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls empowers girls through a creative environment, where attendees can experiment with music and art, building confidence through performance and collaboration.

Marmoset has partnered with Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for a consecutive amount of years and for good reason: music is our purpose and we believe in the cultivation of a more inclusive and diversified future for the music industry.

Donating to the organization doesn’t stop at making the camp’s program even more accessible and dynamic every year, it casts a wide net over their provisions — like how donations provide tuition assistance for campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial burden. Then there’s the cost of instruments, gear, venue spaces, materials for their immersive workshops, food and provisions for volunteers and interns.

Since starting the camp 18 years ago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp has served over 3,000 girls and gender expansive youth in Portland. Zooming out to look at the bigger picture, each camper takes those lessons and experiences back with her, contributing to a better and brighter future for music and her community.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $320


The Salvation Army does a lot and we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of them too. Since they have such a global presence and far reaching influence, we wanted to offer support on something closer to home — to their Care for Camp chapter.

Care for Camp provides assistance to the Del Oro region, covering Northern California and Norther Nevada. Subsidizing the group means supporting their team as they tackle natural disasters, while also going toward their on boarding program, food and resources, rent + utility assistance, shelter, rehabilitation, transitional housing, plus youth and senior programs. It’s a bit of everything that can help a community recover, flourish and thrive.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $340

IRCO is that kind of like that overachieving kid you knew in high school who played every sport while still acing all their AP classes. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization supports immigrants and refugees from all over the globe, providing a limitless amount of resources when coming to a new country.

From educational programming, employment and training, language to legal services, IRCO covers all facets of living. But they go beyond just the necessities, they focus on building community within their organization, facilitating a habitat for celebrating one’s culture. IRCO realizes the importance in creating a shared and safe space for individuals, allowing them to connect with others who share similar experiences and backgrounds — allowing people to proudly continue carrying their stories and cultural inheritances.

What Marmoset is giving to kick off the year: $1,260

Womxn of Music: Sulene van der Walt

Photography: Ivan Clow

Photography: Ivan Clow

In closing our Womxn of Music series, it’s like that popular saying — it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. For our final chapter, we speak with Sulene van der Walt, the South African 26 year old musician and film composer living in New York.

As a freelancing artist, Sulene is the Swiss Army Knife of the music industry. From touring, shredding as the lead guitarist for Nate Ruess (of fun.), composing film & TV scores to writing her own music, she’s continually putting in the work to bring her ideas to life. This year she’s busy finishing up her next album — and of course, she’s producing all of the art, video content and photography to go with it.

We chatted with her to learn more about her journey in music, where her inspiration comes from and the different challenges she’s faces working in music.


Marmoset: What was music’s role in your life as you were growing up?

Sulene: Since the early days of singing into my hairbrush, I diligently started studying music. I have a musical family and grew up going to music lessons and I went to Berklee College of Music to study composition and film scoring.

During that time I really went inward and developed my skills. My music became more complex and I experimented a lot — I mostly composed for film and television and wrote instrumental pieces. As I finished college I realized I missed songwriting so I dove into that again and back into the pop world.

M: How do you view your music evolving and where are you headed?

Sulene: In the last three years my music has become simpler in some ways. Much clearer, refined… it’s totally pop music! Instead of showcasing my musicality at every opportunity, the challenge now is how to convey a clear message in a pop song, which is actually surprisingly difficult to do! A lot of people think pop music is easy to make because it sounds effortless, but it takes a ton of effort and clear communication lyrically.

My music has evolved from an emo place into a more dance-oriented sound. I learned how to produce which meant a whole world opened up to me  as far as vibe and movement and tempo and how something makes me body move on stage. I also started DJing, so I naturally become inspired by dance music. I even shed the guitar on stage sometimes now and just sing and dance, and it feels right.

M: When growing up, who were some artists you looked to for inspiration?

Sulene: Well, I grew up listening to The Spice Girls and Britney Spears. I used to dance around my room singing into my hairbrush and copying their dance moves. I even had a DVD by Britney Spears' choreographer that broke down her dance sequences in her music videos. I guess that’s not entirely different from what I do on stage now.

These days I’m massively inspired by Madonna and Lady Gaga — two women who continuously reinvent themselves, who are insanely musically talented and who are total badasses. They've pushed the boundaries of art and stigmas and forced people to face thought-provoking material.

My latest inspiration was Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech at The Oscars; she talked about hard work and it really resonated and put a fire under me.

M: What’s something you’re proud to have accomplished as an artist?

Sulene: I’m proud that I wrote some songs that people connect with, I kinda did it without even realizing — when I wrote the Strange EP it was more of a cathartic admission of certain facts in my life; like I miss my band in college, being sad that I had lost my best friends, that I was growing up (“What We Had”), or that I broke up with a lover but still deeply missed them and would fantasize they still wanted me (“Haunting”).

In a way, I’m proud that I have the guts to say these things on stage. I even say little intros now, sort of like a monologue, about the songs. I hear the audience sing the lyrics with me or sing back the gang vocal parts on “Haunting” and I understand in that moment that the song has now taken on a life of it’s own. It’s not just mine now — it belongs to a bunch of people. It’s a very fulfilling and deeply moving feeling.


M: What do you think it takes for women working in the music industry to “make it?”

Sulene: Being a woman in the music industry is such a complex thing. It comes with both its merits and its disadvantages.

It’s tough to know when to use your feminine characteristics — the things that make you who you are, think the way you think, look the way you look — and when to hide them. It’s an ongoing battle for me. My advice is to chose your battles. There will be sexism, you will probably be pursued at some point, you will probably feel like you need to prove yourself as a musician. You might even find yourself doing things to be “just one of the guys” in the music biz, that’s what happens when you’re somewhat of a rarity within a scene.

Be aware of it all — be aware of how much time you spend with the guys, if you’re in close quarters alone too often, how much you drink, what you wear, how people talk to you, how they might be overly touchy with you or hug you a lot or comment on the way you look. All these things… I used to sweep them under a rug and think “that’s just the way it is.” Now I realize that the power inside, as a woman, or really just as a person, is to say wait a minute, that’s actually not how it has to be. 

I’m not afraid to call someone out if they make me uncomfortable and I don’t answer after-hours phone calls from people I work with. Know yourself, know who you are, what you’re okay with and what you’re not. It’s a lot more fun working as a performer once you have those honest conversations with yourself. That’ll also be an ongoing journey as you navigate this nuanced career as a musician and performer.

It’s a real grey-area type of job because so much of your work involves hanging out and being at venues and bars, being social, networking, being in the right place at the right time. And a lot of the time, there are no clear rules and boundaries in this gig. So you have to set those for yourself so that you can focus on your art and goals.

Most importantly, I would tell a woman starting out in the music industry to have convictions in her ideas. Always have an open mind and heart and listen to others, but deep down stay true to who you are and what you have to offer. Don’t be afraid to show your unique perspective in your art even if people don’t flock to it right away or tell you how amazing it is. Sometimes something ground-breaking or new is just a little bit outside of the norm.

Womxn of Music: Olivia Thai


In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re continuing our Womxn of Music series by highlighting the amazingly talented Olivia Thai. We’re honored to present the release of her new single, out today and available for music licensing — read on to learn more about the talented American Idol contestant, then head over to our catalog to listen to Circles!”

Marmoset: Which women artists were you inspired by growing up or are you continued to be inspired by today?

Thai: Female artists are my faves. I only spoke and sang in Chinese until I was six years old, so I listened to a lot of Teresa Teng, Faye Wong, Sammi Cheng and Cass Phang in the early ‘90s.

After I started speaking English, I mostly listened to power vocalists — Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion. I wanted to learn how to sing just like them growing up… still can't, but hey, I found my own sound, and that's pretty cool!

I am continually inspired by Amy Winehouse, Sia, Jessie J, Joss Stone, India.Arie, Kelly Clarkson — love and respect them so much.

M: What did your journey into music first look like?

Thai: I never knew that music could even be a career when I first started playing music. I started college when I was 13 years old believing that school was the only way to become successful in life.

My community probably still believes that music is only supposed to be a hobby, which is just sad. I would tell my younger self that there are so many career options in the future. Everyone's potential is limitless.

M: How would you describe the music you like to make? Where would you like to take it in as you grow as an artist?


Thai: My music has always been on the darker side lyrically and I would like to explore lighter and more inspirational writing in the next few years.

Those dark days are over and I want my music to genuinely reflect how I am feeling at the moment.

I am proud to have been able to connect with my fans on another level through my music. Many of the supporters from the last decade know me through comedy and covers on YouTube, so it's amazing to develop a new connection through my original songs.

M: The music industry is known to be particularly challenging, but even more so for women artists. What do you think it takes for women to “make it?”

Thai: I think everything comes down to being genuine and being unapologetically you. I have struggled with this throughout my life and still do sometimes as an adult.

As an artist in 2019, it's not just about the music anymore. It's about connecting with people.

M: How do you reset after a challenging day in the studio (or just in general)?

Thai: I think hard days are all about perspective. Hard days are just life lessons for me — it happens, I learn something important and life goes on. Knowing my purpose is enough to keep me going. My driving motivators are my family, my friends and my fans.

M: What are you excited about in 2019?

Thai: I’ve been working on my album and I am most excited about the two new singles that will be released this year.

The next release is titled, "Circles" produced by Graham Barton at Marmoset, which is super exciting! The one after that is titled, "Temporary High" produced by Christian Mochizuki. I can't wait for everyone to hear the new jams!