Soundtracks support cinema releases

The Kings of Mykonos soundtrackAccording to Sandcastle Music’s marketing manager Skye Riggs, the commercial release of a music soundtrack like Accidents Happen or The Kings of Mykonos can help generate media attention and therefore promotion for a local film.

“That can only help a film’s release,” Riggs told Encore.

Although historically many soundtrack albums – international and local – have become big hits, physical releases of Australian film or TV show soundtracks have become increasingly rare. Most available CDs are musical scores, but few projects are able to spawn a more commercial project

Sandcastle Music recently worked on the Accidents Happen soundtrack and, according to Riggs, the title track from that release (by Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele) has generated the attention of radio and music TV.

The next project is The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2, which will be available this month to coincide with the May 20 release of the film.

The album will be primarily promoted at point of sale, with 1,000 copies pressed initially.

“Hopefully will pressing a lot more,” said Riggs. “We will be serving the album to radio; some of the classic hits stations will get behind some of the album’s tracks,” she added.

The Kings of Mykonos’ music supervisor Norman Parkhill was in charge of the soundtrack, which is based on the ‘party’ atmosphere of the Greek island where the film is set. It includes disco anthems like “You Should Be Dancing”, current hits such as TV Rock’s “In the Air” and a Greek-style version of “Down Under”, performed by the cast.

“Parkhill wanted classic party tracks to accompany a fun film like this,” said Riggs. “Wog Boy 2 lends itself to music and fun, and that’s why we think this soundtrack not only reflects the film but is an integral part of the film promotion as well.


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