Film producer and director Abel Mutua has revealed how rapper Khaligraph Jones, Sauti Sol and Hart the Band helped him reduce the expenses of shooting his recently launched movie “Click Click Bang”.
Mutua, under his company Phil-it Production which he co-owns with Phil Karanja, said that music is one of the main reasons why movies are so expensive to make.
According to the seasoned director, movie soundtracks claim a huge share of a movie budget a reason why even Kenyan songs are rarely used in local movies.
“Of the most expensive element in film production is music. Let me tell you there is nothing more expensive. The moment you watch a movie in Hollywood and hear a song you know, believe me, money has been poured. You might find that in the total budget of 100million dollars, half of that has gone to securing music rights. It’s super expensive,” he said.
Mutua narrated how he tried getting “Geri Inengi” by Wakadinali in the movie but it proved too expensive.
“I called Wakadinali, coz I wanted their song for Click Click Bang. They have a massive banger ‘Geri Inengi’ but Wakadinali are under management. The thing with management lazima they follow rules. So they did the math and found for us to get 30 seconds of ‘Geri Inengi’ for our film, would have cost us not less than 450k. It is actually true it cost that much to have a 30-second clip on my film. So imagine Hollywood which uses almost 10 popular songs,” he said.
Lucky, Khaligraph Jones, who is also in the movie, allowed them to use his music catalogue.
“Khaligraph came and told us ni sawa. I have seen what you guys are working on and where I can offer my support is with my music. Do you know he gave us his entire music catalogue and this guy has close to 500 songs?” he said.
Sauti Sol and Hart the Band also helped Mutua with a few songs even though there were some hiccups here and there.
“Alafu manze it was so helpful coz Khaligraph is not signed. Blue Inc ni yake. In fact, last year the other people who gave us music were Sauti Sol, God Bless them so much. Sauti Sol told us, ‘Take our music.'” he said.
“They were signed by Universal and before they were signed under Penya so we had a short window to use the music. But for Khaligraph, he owns the entire music catalogue. Same with Hart The Band. They came and told us niaje, look at our music and use the one you want.” he added.