Hi there renoise folks,
I am in the middle of some serious sample-ripping-chopping-trip-hop-stuff and suddenly my very very german inner voice starts talking to me like: “Nah, what all the effort for? You ain’t never gonna release some of this stuff anyway, but if you will, would you remember all the samples you used for clearance? And then, what if some of the right owners do not like the outcome and won’t give clearance? Here, have some nice writer’s-block!”
So I just want to know, all you renoise-heavy-sample-users and releasing artists (aka the pros!): what are your experiences with sample clearing? Does this ever work out? Do you ever get it? And do you then pay more than you will ever make?
I would be happy to learn from your experience!
When do you expect to get a release? Are you going to send it to a label? If so how established the label? What are your aim? You aiming for the top 40 charts? How famous are you? Do you have a lot of followers and fans?
I ask these, not to sound like a dick but just to say relax and just do it if you want man. If you are chopping that sample, chop it up, muck it about or whatever and use it in your tune. It’s a great learning experience as well. Just do it. As you progress in your musical journey, and I mean really progress, then start to think about clearances, especially if you are selling your music and want to include a payout to the original artist. It’s a good and noble thing to do. At the very least, give credit to the source in your linear notes… or don’t.
I know folks who sampled and used and never paid the original artist, especially in hip hop, even after they have well be established. I know some that do seek out the original artist and ask for permission. Said artist might require a fee, but if you want to go that route, get everything in writing and signed.
But if you are a novice, starting out, or don’t have an extremely large fan base to where the big labels can look at you as someone to get a huge pay check from, they really won’t bother imo. You’re still small fry.
Just do what you love and add it to your catalogue of music.
P.S. many just recreate the sample, changing things up a bit, and many not only source unused records, but twerk them in a way that not even the original artist knows the sample source. That and every chord and scale has been used already.
Point is… don’t worry about it and do you.