Start Browsing
  Loading... Please wait...
Stock Music for Media Production - Music Licensing Made Easy
Stock Music Library
Questions? Call Customer Support
1-888-316-0971 (Toll-Free)
1-718-965-9230 (International)

Stock Music Notepad

Most popular stock music tracks composed by Dan Morrissey

Posted by

Dan Morrissey


Some of the most popular tracks that we license at UniqueTracks.com have been written by Dan Morrissey.

Based in London, Dan has been a full time guitarist, musician & composer since the age of 18. Recently his work has been licensed by Molson Coors Brewing Co., ESPN, BBC Radio 5 Live, and Eurosport Network.

We talked recently about his musical experiences, his background and how he conceives of the tracks he produces. A brief excerpt from that conversation is featured below.


You mentioned that one of your songs was covered by Jeff Beck on his 2006-2009 world tours. How did that relationship come about?

I met Jeff Beck at an Imogen Heap concert in about 2006. I plucked up courage to quickly go and say hello to him and asked if he'd mind if I sent him a CD of my music. He agreed and gave me the details of his manager.

About 5 weeks later I got a call at just after midnight. A female voice told me that Jeff Beck would like to talk to me. He came on to the phone and I was almost speechless. He told me he'd really enjoyed all of the CD but there was one track called ' Scottish One' that he really loved. He asked if I'd mind if he played it during his impending tour 'to relieve the boredom' of playing all his old tracks. Of course, I was gobsmacked and told him it would be an honour. He went on to play 'Scottish One' round the world, as his encore for the concerts over the next 3 years.

What musical experiences did you have that made you want to pursue music as a career?

After studying classical piano for 5 years until age 13, I gave up music for a few years to concentrate on playing football, I got back into music through my school friends, who all liked ‘70s hippie music - Cream, Hendrix, the Doors etc. This was entertaining but when I heard harder bands like UFO and AC/DC, my world of possibilities suddenly expanded infinitely and I knew that I had to learn the electric guitar and in that style.

So from the age of 17, I was in bands playing original music. Cover or tribute bands were never my thing. I'm not sure I ever really decided to make music as a living. It was just my obsession and I simply could not stop.

What is your favorite thing about performing? Least favorite?

The best thing about performing live is the rush and the reaction of the audience. It makes all those hours of driving to venues, loading gear and waiting around to soundcheck all worthwhile, no question.

How do you conceive of your tracks. Can you elaborate on your recording/producing process.

Tracks can come into being in a manner of ways for me. Sometimes I sit down with a guitar and play until something pops up that I can envision developing into a full blown track. Sometimes I go through various synth sounds until a spark appears and that leads me on to gradually build upon it. Other times I get an idea just as I am about to fall asleep and decide that life is too short, that I simply have to get up and start recording, lest it be lost in the ether forever. Quite inconvenient!

But inspiration cannot really be ignored. Sometimes though, ideas have to ground out and crafted. To be really worked at until they take shape. I'm very fortunate not to suffer from writer's block. Recently I was very generously passed on an ear infection by my two year old daughter, Minnie. I was half deaf for 3 weeks. When I finally regained my hearing, it was like the dam walls had burst. Ideas came at me tumultuously for about a month solid. Nothing inspires like absence, I've found. I rarely take a day off from music. My brain won't really allow it.

ENERGY WAVE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/energy-wave/
Soft piano builds towards a huge uplifting rock chorus. Positive with great energy. Nice guitars! Business presentation, video marketing, on hold marketing, video production uses.

DISTANCE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/distance/
An example of a PSA or Documentary style using the soundtrack DISTANCE composed by Dan Morrissey. Longing, want, separation, hope, being alone... These are the moods conveyed in this dramatic track. A heartfelt piano is the lead instrument.

ADRENDALINE by Dan Morrissey
www.uniquetracks.com/adrenaline/
Raw energy, big guitars, conveys strength, winning, achievement attained through effort. Post Punk Foo Fighters style mixed with strong, mucho shredded lead guitar lines.

UniqueTracks Production Music Library prides itself on the quality of its music.

We know you don't have time to sift through pages of unfocused search results. Instead, we show you stock music selects that quickly satisfy your soundtrack needs.

We feature a limited number of professional composers whose music we believe is licensable and useful to music supervisors and media creators searching for a stock music solution.

Our experience has led us to believe that the greatest challenge for customers on sites like ours is managing the speed of the search process. Reducing the time it takes to find workable music is the main thrust of our site.

To that end, we do not offer a library of hundreds of thousands of tracks. Rather, our library is somewhat narrow, with each track having to pass an ‘ear test’ as to its functionality as soundtrack. We hope that by raising the quality/functionality bar at the outset, you will reduce the time it takes to find the track you need.

View Comments


License the music of zircon (Andrew Aversa) at UniqueTracks.com

UniqueTracks is very proud to represent three albums by electronic music composer/producer Andrew Aversa (a.k.a. zircon).  We started licensing Andrew's music back in 2008 and are happy to say that his tracks are some of the most popular music we have available. After studying piano classical piano for several years, Andrew began writing and recording music.  His first [...]

Read More »


High-Impact-Sound-Effects.com

UniqueTracks has just launched its own sound effects site at  high-impact-sound-effects.com.  High-Impact-Sound-Effects.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in big-value, low-priced, professional sound effects, royalty free music and video/motion backgrounds.Low-Cost Professional Sound Effects & Royalty Free Music High-Impact Sound Effects Series Volume 1 Radio Imaging Volume 2 TV Production Volume 3 Multimedia Elements Volume 4 Game Design FX The High-Impact Series is [...]

Read More »


Stock Music for Thanksgiving Projects

Our list of stock music soundtracks that would contribute a heartfelt and hopeful mood to your Thanksgiving production. DaybreakFamily ReunionFrom the PastHomeward BoundAutumn, Mvt 1, Allegro from Vivaldi's Four Seasons Autumn, Mvt 2, Adagio Molto from Vivaldi's Four SeasonsPastoral ScenePeace of MindClear SkiesFamiliy PortraitSomething BeautifulAdagio, 2nd Mvt: Concerto for Violin, Piano & OrchestraAlbinoni: Adagio Mvt 2 [...]

Read More »


Top 10 stock music tracks for Halloween Projects

Our top ten horror/mystery soundtracks for the Halloween season: Queen of the Vampires Out of the Ruins Mysterious Passage Big Horror Dark Forces Destructive Impulses Dimension Unknown Dark Clouds Anatomy of a Nightmare Creature Feature Also see: Slasher Interlude-Mystery Rocky Horror The Macabre Criminal Intent Creatures Ghosts Desert HellPremium Stock Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Interactive. Editor-selected, Easy Search, Fast Results UniqueTracks has a vast library of music loops and grooves plus a [...]

Read More »


Evil, Horror, Fear - How do you convey the feeling of being scared in a music soundtrack?

How to Create Background Music For the Horror Film Genre The most effective and frightening example of background music I can think of is from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho. Famed soundtrack composer, Bernard Herrmann, created a chilling effect using piercing and screeching violins played in their highest registers. As the film progresses, when you hear that [...]

Read More »


Witty response to craigslist ad asking musicians to play for free

Ad posted in Vancouver, CanadaNice response.Whereas royalty free music is a term meaning the musician is being paid to license their music recordings with very broad usage rights, promoting your music.  This ad, just means playing for free or playing for the exposure or experience, all of which gets old very fast. Premium Stock Music for [...]

Read More »


Remembering the vinyl album as its own art form

Don Was co-founded the eclectic ’80s band Was (not Was) (hit single – Spy in the House of Love) before becoming a highly regarded record producer having produced Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones. Mr. Was has been writing a blog for MetroTimes in Detroit amongst other things.I have a slight connection to Mr. Was [...]

Read More »


Music Clearance and Music Licensing

All Clear? Every few weeks or so I'll get a phone call with an inquiry that goes something like this... I’d like to use Elvis Presley's recording of 'Don't Be Cruel' as background music in my film. Can you help me do that? Regretfully, beyond recommending some other companies to investigate, I am not much help in this [...]

Read More »


Where Have All the Jingles Gone?

In Defense of the Commercial Jingle There was a time when advertisers packaged their marketing messages within the lyrics and melodies of songs written specifically for TV commercials. The songs came to be known as jingles because they were catchy, singable tunes. Today, commercial jingles have essentially disappeared from American TV advertising. Advertisers now are more [...]

Read More »