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PETER MCKINNON – “Music You Choose Will Make Or Break Your Video… Entirely”

December 18, 2019

Music definitely adds style to your content. My name is Peter McKinnon, I’m a youtuber, photographer, cinematographer,
wear a lot of hats. If you really think about
a world without music, it’s such a gift that’s been given to us
and without it, so many things would be missing just
emotion, memories. I think it means more to everyone
than they think it means. Especially that I was, you know, brought up in such a musically inclined family
where I would leave high school, I’d leave public school at lunch and go
to piano lessons and all that stuff so it’s like a part of my upbringing, it’s a
part of my DNA so it means a fair amount. It means a lot. With regards to my
creative process I typically like to hear a song first, which also makes it
easy because when I’m out there doing it when I’m out there with my camera in the
environment, I can hear it. I know the beats, I know the drops, I know the
chorus and I know the shots I can get to match to make it perfect. The music that you’re gonna choose for
your videos is either going to make or break it. Entirely. It’s all in that track.
You could have what you think is a pretty good track, but you drop something
else in either makes it a hundred percent better or a hundred percent worse. I started using Epidemic Sound
from the very beginning. Having to try and find
copyright free music that’s good in the past – total nightmare. Having the ability to browse a library to find basically anything you
want like that’s the nicest thing which makes making content easier. You find
what you need, get it on the timeline, you export, you’re on to the next movie.


  • Reply DJ Wolferno -SK- [The Archangel Demonic Wolf] February 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    True, Music Is Life If You Choose It To Be With. Yet, Music Is Based On How You Make It.

  • Reply Malem Soubam February 27, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    have been waiting for this?? Andreas is a beast in editing

  • Reply Lovisa Falk February 27, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Extra everything, please!! Nailed it!

  • Reply Anna Sidorova February 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Woooop Andreas Hem x Peter McKinnon <3 content goals!

  • Reply Art Svanberg February 27, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    This is what I've been waiting for! ??? Peter a magician behind the camera. And Andreas is a genius capturing all of Peter! ???

  • Reply Shawal Rahman February 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Woohoo its peter mckinnon series! Loving it!

  • Reply Jedi mmaster February 27, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Hi epidemic sounds pls could u kindly remove ure copyright claim from my video it does not contain any of your sound or music seems like a misunderstanding.

  • Reply FREDDIE- Z February 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    OOYY and Andreas hem dope as well

  • Reply The Enthusiasm Project February 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I love these profile pieces. ?

  • Reply Paulo André Carvalho February 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Love it! Great job Andreas! ???

  • Reply Mistersllim February 27, 2019 at 3:20 pm


  • Reply Caryl Barquin February 27, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Another awesome piece! What a great way to start off the day?

  • Reply Driven Trucking February 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm


  • Reply Stephan Madersbacher February 27, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    That‘s just pure motivation, great job! ???

  • Reply Jennifer Wasylenko February 27, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    How/Where do I learn how to edit music BETTER in a video? It's one thing to choose a song and it's another thing to edit the video TO the music better.

  • Reply Sandy Deshpande February 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Epidemic sound's music, Andreas Hem's filming, Andreas Hem's editing and… Well, Andreas Hem's storytelling is a BEAST of a combo!!! I hate waiting for videos on his channel… Bring them on bro! ?

  • Reply wanglov February 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Boom ? ?

  • Reply Matt Jarvis February 27, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    You think an epidemic sound video would get the first audio cross fade right?! Nice editing 😉 0.06

  • Reply Roaming Remodelers February 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Loved it!? We're definitely huge fans of using your platform for our YouTube content, & we're pumped to keep creating, sharing, etc. Thanks for making it that much more possible to create great sounding vids!!

  • Reply 1st Element Endurance February 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Jeez… McKinnon and Hem…! What a combo. I’m a professional musician that makes Triathlon vlogs for fun/hobby. I use Epidemic sound – I love their content. Good work, team.

  • Reply Chris McKiernan February 27, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    nice job @Andreas 🙂

  • Reply Roman The Explorer February 28, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Love it!

  • Reply Napper February 28, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Hey epidemic sounds any plans for 3rd world countries ??

  • Reply Plattinum Films February 28, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Y'all have made good music for videos so accessible. Keep it up!

  • Reply Sanath Kumar Naibhi February 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I'm a musician… How can I work for epidemic sound?

  • Reply mrZak Tv February 28, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Big fan Peter big FANNNNNN

  • Reply ANDRIAN FEMIXOBOY February 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Good explanation & the music magnificent ?

  • Reply 555 SouL February 28, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Peter is referring to music by bands that matter….no offence to the artists in your library. Also based on the song selection for Peters video it doesn’t sound like he puts much thought into the tracks. Or maybe it’s his generic slow motion contrived b-roll is so utterly pointless to his “story telling”. Yes I’m peter mckinnon-Ed out, can’t wait until the tropes move into some other hack who copies everything he creates, included his Owl James Coffee logo.

  • Reply ANAK Creates February 28, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    So so good. Peter McKinnon filmed by Andreas Hem, like, cant get much better then that. Andreas is just amazing.

  • Reply Spruce And Smoke Studios March 1, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Brain explodes 5 seconds in

  • Reply Jake Rich March 1, 2019 at 7:23 am

    this tune gets a good run on fair few youtube vids, we fkn love it

  • Reply XALIRATE March 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Signed up to Epidemic Sound last month, it’s worth the money for sure ??

  • Reply Jose A. Rubio March 2, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Stunning video!…. couldn’t be better with such a great talent behind.
    Pls Epidemicsound, open your ambassador program to all creators. I’ve been member since I know Peter and that was when he got 200k subs.
    All the best!

  • Reply Sam Marleo March 3, 2019 at 2:47 am


  • Reply majki m March 3, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Peter best Youtuber on Earth. Epidemic most Epic Music Creator's 🙂

  • Reply ThienLC March 6, 2019 at 1:57 am

    andreas hem + peter mckinnon; oh yes.

  • Reply Scrampat Studio March 7, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Which is the background music in this video bro?

  • Reply Cuts™ March 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Kudo’s to Andreas Hem! Great filmmaker!

  • Reply Charlie Freeman March 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Can anyone tell me what's the song in peter's new intro?
    BTW what a great video! love it!

  • Reply ZebulonJames March 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I didn't skip this ad.

  • Reply Travels on Toast March 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Your video's are awesome dude!! No offence its just an opinion, but the music in this video is horrible, mainstream americam style edm sounds, not very unique at all. Feels like every other mainstream youtube music video. Like I menntioned its just an opinion coming from a dj/promoter/producer. Great video editing skills tho✌

  • Reply Dian Wulandari March 25, 2019 at 5:51 am

    I just made an account @ epidemic sound but I can't find the song I was looking for :'( Mark Wiens has a video " Traveling in Bali – AMAZING FOOD and attractions…" and I'm looking for the name of the song @5:20. Does anyone perhaps know the name?

  • Reply Paveen Prateek March 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Man i do the same thing…..first o listen to music and then i make my slideshow video clip….it help me a lot

  • Reply The Life Griffin March 26, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    can i know an info of your artist? just the name?

  • Reply LAMZ Cinematic Tech Reviews March 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the music guys! This is insane…

  • Reply Reza Esfahani March 28, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Peter McKinnon is an institution in himself.

  • Reply CYNN MUSIC March 31, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    what music is used on this?

  • Reply Itsme Eiei April 10, 2019 at 5:25 am

    I like background music

  • Reply José Tolentino April 17, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    stupid video

  • Reply Kristoffer Bøgvald April 18, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hey Epidemic sounds

    What's the name of the song that was used in this video??

  • Reply TechTalks Mumbai April 18, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Can anyone please tell which background music is used in these video ????name ????

  • Reply Andrew Baxter April 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Which song is used in this video?

  • Reply Jorge Olandes Flores May 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I used epidemic sound for peter 🙂

  • Reply Видеограф Александр Никитин May 17, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Nice! I love canon 😉

  • Reply simpli2 city May 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Hey epidemic sound I have used your two music and I have got strike two times so please can you remove that strike and can I use only one song from your collection please I hope you will reply back

  • Reply Ace Zero The Weeb May 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Music was actually really important to my stepmom when she was a kid to silence out the arguing( her childhood was rough) and music has helped me get through some obstacles in life especially recently with my parents divorced and not seeing my dad for many months but I'm finally going to see him tomarrow so I'm excited

  • Reply Yeti’s Place June 2, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Epidemic Sound truly rocks. Just got it to add to my videos. Thank you for creating such an awesome library, with great tools. Another great tool to use to offer, would be the ability to loop tracks.

  • Reply Sandeep Sahoo. June 8, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Background music name please…

  • Reply EVIL KH June 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    What in the world is this 😀
    Btw nice background song, can you tell the name of it?

  • Reply Arbaz Aadeex June 13, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    which music is this ?

  • Reply Arbaz Aadeex June 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    thanks alots sir we are enjoying your songs

  • Reply AiM DUCKY June 24, 2019 at 10:09 am

    What is the background music plz tell love it 🙂

  • Reply Prog June 26, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Are you pz9?

  • Reply Jorge Padilla July 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Epidemic sound is the best hands down love their selection and professional sound and even customer service is superb! Plus peter McKinnon

  • Reply Abhishek Krishnakant July 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Can i use the music from this site , for my short film and send it to festivals does it cover festivals too along with youtube and facebook …the individual subscription i mean to say. Plz revert fast .thank you.

  • Reply Rabinarayan majhi July 17, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I like epidemic sounds

  • Reply david ccasani July 31, 2019 at 4:11 am

    where is the name of the music of this beautiful video?

  • Reply Shutter Power August 31, 2019 at 8:03 am

    should you suggest me the name of Music Track, which you are using in background?

  • Reply La gildiskubrez August 31, 2019 at 10:08 pm


  • Reply Compilation Central September 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    OOYY is lit af

  • Reply ifirex September 29, 2019 at 6:47 am

    hi i really want to know the music using in HTE BUCKET SHOT Peters film tell me the name please!!

  • Reply Dayana Rodriguez October 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    hello Peter, thanks for sharing this amazing tip. I want to create an account with Epidemic sound and try the 30 free trial but I cannot add my website to the subscription, only facebook, Instagram, youtube, podcast and Twitch (I don't really use the last two). Is there an option to add this, please?

  • Reply PPG GORILLA October 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Epedemic Sound has changed my channel in a great way. Love it guys!!

  • Reply Ishwar Thakur October 15, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Background music name and link to buy it

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