Posts tagged #Norman

Panel Discussion: Music Production Insights for Composing and Music Licensing

In the modern music landscape, music licensing has become one of the greatest opportunities for making a living as a blue collar, working musician. However, when it comes to crafting music with picture and licensing in mind, it can often times be a challenging, elusive process.

On Thursday, November 6th at 6:30PM, Marmoset is hosting a panel discussion of talented industry insiders in an open conversation to shed light on creating, editing and producing music for picture and music licensing. Through transparent dialogue, our aim is to dispel any mystery, challenges and confusion within the craft and nuances of do-it-yourself music production.

The event is part of Marmoset's ongoing focus on the artists we partner with and engaging them, along with the greater blue collar music community, in education, support and conversation. 

This conversation is taking place at Marmoset HQ - 2105 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

This event is now fully booked and we're no longer accepting RSVPs. Sign up for our email list to learn more about our upcoming panels.

Let's meet the speakers...

Dave Gulick laid the foundation for his career in music by songwriting and performing in bands such as Derby and Fremont. As his career has grown and blossomed over the past three years, Dave has achieved notable success composing music for commercials and recording music for licensing that's specifically crafted with picture in mind. Dave will share his inspiring story and provide insights and examples of how he's been able to forge a successful, blue collar full-time career in music.


Eric Nordby has been on both sides of the coin. He's the songwriter and leader of his band Norman, he crafts music for picture with his friend Johnny Clay in their collaboration project Belvedear, and he also leads the Music Supervision team at Marmoset. He'll share his thoughts and experiences on how to hit the often elusive target that is "music licensing" and will provide examples of real creatives briefs and projects he's worked on.

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Rob Dennler comes with an impressive resume, recording and engineering with the likes of Built To SpillFun., and The Parson Red Heads. Now, as the Lead Producer at Marmoset, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the table, shedding light on the production aspects of music licensing, answering questions like "What ways can DIY recording artists improve their production?" "What tools should they use?" "What are smart investments for equipment and software?" and other tips, tricks, insider secrets.


Moderating the event is our fearless leader, Marmoset Co-Founder Ryan Wines, bringing a wealth of working knowledge in the music licensing industry as a label owner, a band manager, an entrepreneur and a creative director.  Ryan co-pilots Marmoset’s creative teams, overseeing all music licensing and original music projects. He also recently gave a TED Talk on nurturing curiosity, fostering a creative culture, and the thrill of loving the work that you do.

Featured Artist // Belvedear


A song is only as good as the story behind it.  Belvedear is a story of longtime friends Eric Nordby (Norman) and Johnny Clay (The Dimes), and it's a tale that is at once familial and welcoming.

This collaboration between two old friends reveals some incredible results.  Their orchestral-pop ballads present a world of hope, optimism and joy which is a nice breath of fresh air.  

Let's take stroll in sunlight of their songs...

"Drivers" moves like a sweeping cinematic score with acoustic guitar and strings elevating the mood to a bright and revelatory space.  The song starts minimal and ascends into a flurry of multiple crescendos and bursts into an full on anthem at 1:28.

The reflective mood of "Runway" begins in human and vulnerable state, starting with sparse piano and strings.  At :48, the song lifts into an empowered crescendo with oohs & ahhs leading the way.

"Love Lines" starts right out of the gates with confidence and never lets you down. Upbeat and inspiring, this composition will lift any mood in just one minute. An eternally youthful piece that is filled with...well, love.

Marmoset News // Norman releases "Into the Eventyr" with 3 shows


One show is not enough when it comes to the release of Norman's awesome new album "Into The Eventyr".  Starting tonight, they're performing three celebratory shows in Oregon.  Our dear friend and enigmatic music supervisor Eric Nordby fronts the ramshackle ensemble that produces some of the catchiest, boot-stompin' anthems around.

In their perfectly titled album, you are taken on an eventyr; an adventure down a country road with their songs of revelry and joy.  Like the infectious new single "Younger", these gents take a fresh approach in their own brand of folk balladry.

What goes well with a live show? Beer of course. Well, Norman has that covered too with their own line of Norman Ale (in collaboration with Calapooia Brewing) coinciding with the album release.  Below are three chances that you can see this ridiculously talented and fun band. 

Don't worry, for those of you outside of Oregon, you can still get your grubby hands on the album HERE.

11/22 - Salem, OR - Gilgamesh Brewing

11/23 - Corvallis, OR - Bombs Away Cafe with The Parson Red Heads

11/24 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir with The Hugs and Old Age

- Stirling Myles

Download: Marmoset Folk-Pop Mix // December 2012


This month, we've curated five of our favorite folk-pop songs to help keep the winter blues at bay. As always, feel free to download the podcast in it's entirety, or download each song on its own. We're proud to have these songs and more on our roster and available for licensing. Stream or download the podcast below.

1. Cave Country by Quiet Life

2. Younger by Norman

3. Love Love Love by Sunbeam

4. Building Houses by Wesley Jensen and the Penny Arcade

5. The End by The Lower 48

Anthropologie Features Norman's "Hay, Hay Make a Wish"

Anthropologie's Fall 2012 Reel features the song "Hay, Hay Make a Wish" from Marmoset's very own Norman. Also here's a live video of the song, performed by Norman at Portland's Doug Fir. Here's the full album version too. Feel free to stream or download: "Hay, Hay, Make a Wish"

- Kela

Eric Nordby's Euro Tour


Our very own Artist Relations Manager and all around good guy and friend, Eric Nordby, headed overseas on Monday to kick off his European tour. He'll be hopping countries in Eastern Europe such as Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, and France, bringing with him his newly recorded Halos EP - recorded at Marmoset HQ, with the help of Rob Dennler of Loudspeaker Recording and Mastering. The German label Songs & Whispers are putting out Halos and also re-releasing Norman's Hay Hay Make a Wish LP internationally. Check out Eric Nordby's Kickstarter page, and be sure to keep an eye on the Marmoset blog for tour updates.