Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa


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Pedro Costa

Title
Music Publisher, Composer/Producer
Bio
Pedro Costa is the CEO at InStyle Music, a music publishing company for Film, TV, and other media. He leads a great team including several Grammy and Emmy award winning artists and composers. 

Pedro is also a Music Composer/Producer. As an artist Pedro's music charted in Poland's Top 40. In 2012 Pedro switched gears and began writing and producing for the Film and Television market. His music has been used in hundreds of shows around the world.

Pedro is also a judge for the Emmy Awards.

Visit his IMDB page for a listing of some of his credits:
http://www.imdb.me/pedrocosta
Website
Expertise
music supervision, music industry, music producer, sync licensing, music publishing, music licensing / syncing, music production / mastering, music performance, music composition
Interests
hip-hop, indie rock, rock, electronic, indie, singer/songwriter, alternative rock, instrumental, instrumental hip-hop, tv
Location
Ontario, Canada

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tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Painted Blue ( non released) by Tiphanie Doucet

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission.
I really enjoyed the performance. I wished the arrangement had gone "somewhere" as it progressed.
I tend to listen with Film/TV synch licensing in mind as that is the area I specialize in. From that perspective the vibe is great, could easily sit under a scene. Lyrically however there are some specifics in there that could potentially compete with the story on screen.

So if this is not yet the final version I would recommend doing something the arrangement to further pull at the heartstrings with a build. As far as synchronization goes don't be afraid to pitch it to some music supervisors or filmmakers that you may know. It could just be what they may be looking for in the right scene.

Wishing you all the best with the release and your career.
Look forward to hearing more music from you in the future.

Best,
Pedro

Kathy Mathes submitted media.

Everything Changes by Kathy Mathes

Pedro Costa

Hi Kathy, nice to e-meet you!
Lovely piece. Really enjoyed it.  Something one can easily listen to,use as background music to relax to, use as dinner music, or with some company over.
From the description it seems you are just looking for general feedback. 
There were some sections in it where the performance of the lead could be cleaned up a bit. 
Other than that it sounded lovely.

From a commercial perspective the production comes off a little dated. So in my particular world of licensing music for use in media it's not something I'd be able to use. 

Having said that, it would definitely make a good track in an album of similar music. You would definitely find an audience out there for it. 

Wishing you all the best. Look forward to learning more about you and your music.
All the best,

Andrey Kotelnikov submitted media.

Blazing Light by My Ria

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission. It was a real pleasure to listen to. 
A couple of things that could improve the presentation would be to bring in the build of arrangement a little earlier in the song. And the make it got even bigger more epic. Performance-wise I had a hard time understanding the lyrics. And I don't think it was because of the accent. Better enunciation in  the performance perhaps might help.

My sector is sync placement for film and tv: In that space this could work very well. This may work well in a montage scene. But the lyrics would have to be very understandable to make it work. Looking forward to watching your career evolve. Keep up the great work. All the best!

chasbo zelena submitted media.

The Claw by Chasbo Zelena

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission. I enjoyed the song and the video. Though it had a really cool vibe that would work great on an indie movie. For most of the song it was straddling the a fine line between being cool vs being too disjointed. But the vibe kept it together. Really enjoyed the vocal tone and delivery. Good energy. I think you've on to something here. Looking forward to learning more about this artist. All the best!

Jeff Watson submitted media.

The Bright Lights by Ember Atom - Jeff Watson

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission. Great energy in the instrumental for this song. Lyrically and vocally i didn't find it quite matched the amped up energy. Unfortunately the track is damaged after 1:40 so I couldn't listen to the rest.
For my world of syncing music for film and tv I could definitely see the instrumental portion being useful. As a song I don't currently have any clients that would use this particular style. If licensing for film and TV is something you are interested in it may be an avenue for promotion for you as well.

Best of success with this project and future ones. Look forward to hearing more of your work.
Cheers,

Pedro 

Sean Adams submitted media.

You and Only You by The Anchoress

Pedro Costa

Thanks for your submission!
I really like this song. Great hook and vibe.
Almost authentic 80s sounding which could be great for source music on films or tv shows set in the 80s.
As an artist single the one thing that bothered me were the vocal mix. The female singer's vocal track was not processed very well, with lots of fluctuations i volume. While at times the backup male singer was over taking the lead. Also I would only keep the make vocal on for some phrases of the chorus. It should not be in the verse at all. Perhaps in the pre-chorus on specific key words.

Also if the right opportunity presented itself my licensing company may be interested in pitching it for a sync deal. Great potential here. Looking forward to what this artist does next.
All the best,

Pedro

Paul Otten submitted media.

In Knots by Paul Otten

Pedro Costa

Hi Paul,
Great work as always. The production is very well done.
Composition works. Starts contemplative with and underlying unsettled feeling. As it progresses it builds emotionally reaching a triumphant, life is great, love conquers all, kind of feel.

Uses:
It would have to be pitched for a very specific ask in a: Trailer, ad, or montage scene.
As an regular underscore cue this doesn't work because of the various emotions in it.

I'd like to know more about what your thought process was for it. What you were aiming to accomplish.
Look forward to talking some more.
Thanks for sending it in Paul.

Best,
Pedro

Real Roger Houdaille submitted media.

ON THE SIDELINES by EX NORWEGIAN

Pedro Costa

I really enjoyed the song.
Lots of cool hooks, great energy, well produced.
Great vocals and harmonies.

For my world of music for Film/Television there may be some usage possibilities.
Perhaps an indie Film. Looking forward to checking out more about your band and your music.
All the best,

Pedro

Liam Chagal submitted media.

Pripyat by Liam Chagal

Pedro Costa

What a great piece!!! Thank you for sharing. The elements in it are all great and the piece really transported me on a journey. Having said that, when it come to use for licensing it is a tricky one. It feels more like a score of a scene. So to try to match it to an actual scene out there would be rather difficult. Generally when writing production music you want smaller pieces 90-120 seconds that don't have too much variation. They set a mood, a vibe, a tone. The arrangement may change a little to give it a bit of dynamic. And the editors can cut and loops as they see fit to match the segment of video they are working on.

I am very interested to hear more of your work and will visit your soundcloud page. 
Thanks so much for your submission. It was a real pleasure to hear.

Best,

Pedro Costa

Mardi Morillo submitted media.

If I Had You in My Life by Mardi Morillo

Pedro Costa

Nice song! Some things are very distracting though: There are some tuning issues on the guitar. And the guitar is mixed too loud against the vocal. You'd want to hear the lyrics a lot more clearly. Other than that very nice. But those last 10-20% on the production make the difference between it being enjoyed/signed/licenced.

I really like your style and vibe though. Keep up the great work and keep the last 20% in mind. There is a LOT of good-great stuff out there. Makes the last 20% much more important to take it to a great level and set it apart from the rest.

All the best,
Pedro

P.S. just noticed that you said this is the first song you've ever written? AMAZING!!! Can't wait to see your career develop. 

Chris Euton submitted media.

Dravidian Daydream by ADeight (Chris Euton)

Pedro Costa

Thanks for the submission.
I enjoyed some of the textures used in this track. The arrangement was could use further development. It felt like it stays on theme A throughout. The bridge attempted to add interest but seemed to lack focus. Try adding more dynamics to the arrangement and instrumentation. And writing a B section. The production could also use some polishing. The mix at times could have certain instruments come forward as they were doing more unique parts, that would add to the interest of the listener. I wish I knew what your goal is for this song and your music so that I could give you more specific pointers. It was an interesting listen but I just can't see an application of it in it's current form for anything specific in the music industry. Wishing you all the best!

State.com submitted media.

Pedro Costa

My expertise is more specific to the music industry.
My opinion is that having a product that really stands out will drive the virality of the product. But unfortunately I really don't have any marketing expertise to assist here. Best of luck with your new venture!

Charles Hull submitted media.

Pedro Costa

If you are an indie artist there are several ways to get exposure. One way would be to get this song placed on Film/TV/Commercials. If radio is your target you can utilize several music delivery services direct to radio. There are several options depending on your promotional budget. You can also contact some radio stations directly and send the music. But this is a tedious process. But at the end you will gain contacts to be able to go to directly on other releases. Best of luck!

AWaking Dream submitted media.

Can't Be by Grifta

Pedro Costa

I really like it just the way it is. I can hear a lot of usages for this track in media. But also stands well on it's own as an artist track. Well done!