Mike Douglas aka “The Godfather” needs no introduction, so we’ll start out his pro playlist in his own words. “I spend a lot of time listening to crappy indie music to use in our productions – occasionally we find some gems. The rest of the time I’m picking up things I like on the radio, classics, or songs that my kids like that make me laugh.”
Mike Douglas | Pro Playlist. Hit play, rock out and check out the accompanying photos and Q&A below…
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Mike Douglas | Earlyups Pro Playlist
1. Bronze Radio Return – Everything Moves
2. Mickey Factz – In Search OF
3. Gotye – Smoke and Mirrors
4. Dan Mangan – Road Regrets
5. Rush – Limelight
6. Eight and a half – Scissors
7. Sigur Ros – Von
8. Robotic Pirate Monkey – Last Night
9. Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
10. Sir Mixalot – Baby’s Got Back
[Earlyups] Do you listen to tunes while you’re out skiing? In-bounds? Touring?
[Mike Douglas] Not very often and never in the backcountry. Your ears are an important tool for staying safe in the mountains. Music is great for getting fired up for a day though.
[Earlyups] AWOLNATION’s “Sail” was in several movie segments and countless POV edits last season. Have a prediction for a catchy tune that’s going to end up in multiple web edits this season?
[Mike Douglas] I just came from the Freshtival in Calgary and there is definitely a new song like that. I’m not sure the name of it, but it’s in at least 4 movies. It kinda sounds like Eek-a-mouse. Thankfully, we didn’t use it in any of our stuff this year.
[Earlyups] There are probably some people out there that don’t realize it’s your production company (Switchback Entertainment) that is behind the majority of the Salomon Freeski TV episodes. Do you think that high-quality web edits like this are beginning to take over the traditional ski movie, or do you envision a role for both down the line?
[Mike Douglas] I think there is room for both. One thing you learn when you go to ski movie premieres is that it’s much more about getting skiers together to get stoked, than it is about the movies. A lot of the people in the audience at the Freshtival had already seen the movies at home. It’s hard to beat the theatre vibe. One thing that’s happening is the film companies are starting to have to push their craft because of some of the web stuff that’s coming out. These are creative times.
[Earlyups] When we watch ski movies from 10+ years ago, some of the music choices seem to reflect the age of the ski film. Do you consider this and try to choose music that is “timeless” when choosing tunes for Switchback’s production work?
[Mike Douglas] More than anything, we try to pick music that sets the emotion and mood we are going for. Sometimes that’s done with popular music and sometimes with stuff that we would never normally listen to. We just licensed a song for Salomon Freeski TV that is by a guy known as the ‘king of the flamenco guitar’. That made us laugh! The music coming out in the new season is for sure the broadest mix of music we’ve used. Hopefully we pull off what we’re trying to do.
[Earlyups] Have any music selection and/or production advice for our viewers that are making their own POV edits?
[Mike Douglas] Break the mould and try different things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least you won’t get lost in the crowd. Most POV edits are way too long. Keep them tight. You’re way better off having people wanting more than having them turn it off because they get bored.
[Earlyups] Describe your perfect day of skiing: the people you ski with, the terrain, conditions and how you celebrate after the fact:
[Mike Douglas] Being at a lodge in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of the Salomon crew like Rubens, Abma, and Cody. We’ve had a great week of filming and we’ve got so much footage that we don’t need to shoot anymore, so we just go powder skiing either by sled, heli, or touring. It’s dumping snow all day and we ski until it’s dark. Then we come back to the cabin, have a nice meal and pass out in front of the fire at 8 o’clock.