Questions & Answers

This page presents you the most common questions I receive.

General questions

  • Where are you located ?

    I am based in France but I travel a lot.

  • Would you relocate ?

    No, I work remotely. However I like to travel to meet my client time to time, or when I feel my presence is required. Most importantly, I am where I need to record, produce the needed sounds.

  • Are you available for full-time work ?

    Yes and No. It depends on how busy I am. Also I always keep some spare time for other projects to keep my mind fresh. It does not mean that we cannot work together for months/years.

  • Do you work alone or do you have a team ?

    I work alone but anytime it is needed I recommend other highly talented and reliable lonesome cowboys.

  • Do you require the payment of a first installment as we start a project ?

    Yes! It’s a usual practice to commit everyone in the projet.

  • What is a “copyright notice” ?

    It acts the same as an invoice. In a few words, it is an invoice from a creator, because it covers copyrights matters too.

  • Do you provide a contract ?

    Of course yes. I only work with contracts / quotations / copyright notices. Also I will only sign a single contract/quotation for a single job. Simple: 1 job = 1 contract/quotation.

  • Which language do you use in your official documents ?

    The document is in French but if you need, you can translate it and we can add it to the quotation/contract for information.

  • Which laws do your official documents refer to ?

    French laws only.

  • Are you registered with copyrights collecting societies ?

    Yes indeed. SPEDIDAM, ADAMI, SPPF, SACEM, SACD. My client is responsible for declaring any kind of use of the music I write/produce in every country relevant to the project.

  • Does it mean that you only work with copyrighted music ?

    Of course no. I am open to copyleft and/or common creative etc. alternatives but it depends on your project. Let’s talk about it.

  • Is the fee I am paying for the film music covering all uses ? like in a trailer or advertising etc.

    Every use and corresponding fee is to be agreed in the contract. Generally, using the music for advertising requires a different fee than the one for your film or main use.

  • Do you accept cash payment ?

    No. Only wire transfer.

  • Do you charge VAT and other taxes ?

    I follow the French law under the Artiste-Auteur status. As a French client, you should follow the rules as Diffuseur.

  • Does it work if I am not a French client ?

    Of course, it is not a problem. I will invoice (via a document called “copyright notice”) a total amount and handle the French administrative requirements myself.

Production

  • Can you make it in time ?

    Yes but according to a calendar that we agree upon. This means we have several phases: design, production, tests, post production…

  • How do you deliver the end-result ?

    I send you over the high quality digital files via an online transfer platform once every payment and papers are handled. Meaning I don’t ensure files storage, it’s my client’s responsibility.

  • Can you send me some versions of the work ?

    Sadly, no. I only send the end result in due time accordingly to our agreement.

  • How much do you charge ?

    For short projects, I issue quote. Otherwise, it all depends on the tasks and responsibilities. We have to talk anyway.

Pre-exisiting music inquiries

  • Can I use one of your track for my project ?

    Of course, I would be glad to help musically but in order to make it happen, here is a short list of what I need to know from you:

    • #1 the official title of your project
    • #2 the producer(s)'s name(s) and contacts (email(s), phone nr(s))
    • #3 the production company's details (name, registration nr, tax nr, address, phone nr, email)
    • #4 the film maker's name and contacts (email, phone, address)?
    • #5 the cuesheet of your project (with all timecodes and use of the whole music i.e. my music but also every music used in the film).
    • #6 what is the plan for the short film? First exploitation (online, screened, aired, etc.) and the following plans? Where? When?
    • #7 the exact mention of my name, role and track in your project
    • #8 if you have a budget for the above request, try me and we will see if it is matching my fee

    Then I will make a quotation/invoice in French (with an English translation if needed). And once everything is clear and we are done with the papers, we will be good to go and I will send you over the track! You will send me the end result of your project including my track.

Consulting

  • How much do you charge for consulting ?

    Hourly rate: 100 Euros per hour.

  • What expertise you provide ?

    I help with artistic choices, tech choices, management, project development.

  • How do you proceed ?

    Phone or Skype call. Depending on the topic, I can make research and experiment and provide information reports. Larger prototype may fall under “music commission” or “design”.

Artist Coaching

  • How much do you charge for artist coaching ?

    Hourly rate: 80 Euros per hour.

  • What expertise you provide ?

    I help with artistic choices, tech choices, management, career development.

  • How do you proceed ?

    Phone or Skype call. Depending on the topic, I can make research and experiment and provide information reports. Larger prototype may fall under “music commission” or “design”.