from the yet-another-use-of-free-in-a-business-model dept
They're not giving away all the tracks, but at least half of the soundtrack. They worked with a bunch of indie bands for the movie -- and most jumped on the idea pretty quickly, recognizing that the more successful the movie was, the more attention they were likely to get. He admits that bigger bands almost certainly wouldn't go for such a thing (nor would bigger movie studios), but they might be missing out on a lot in fearing the free promotion.
One of the key points Gielen makes is that to get The Graduates attention, they had to do something different because:
We don't compete exclusively with low-budget films. We compete with everyone. So what do we have to offer our potential audience to set us apart? A great film and a great soundtrack isn't enough, we need people to know about it.Of course, it also helps to have good music, which is why the team working on the movie went out to find indie bands that they actually liked, which they felt would really mesh well with the movie and match well with the tastes of the target audience. But, of course, someone will stop by in the comments to explain why such a thing could never work on a bigger scale.