How to choose a song for an edit

May 19, 2015

After you get all the clips you want and you’re ready to start the editing process, finding the right song can be a tough obstacle. You want something that fits the video and won't deter people away. I decided to give my input into this situation and try and help you solve the struggle of finding a good song and knowing if it is infact a good song.    

  • First thing - Make sure your song has not been used in the scootering community. This topic has people on both sides of it. Some think its ok while others think its absolutely NOT ok. Personally, I don't think you should use a song if its been used in a scootering edit. There are millions of songs out there and the scootering community is small enough where you can find a new song. If the song you want to use has been used in say, a skateboard or BMX edit I think its fine to use it. No skater or BMXer is going to be watching a scooter edit anyway so its fine. If you’re not quite sure if the song you want to use has been used in a scootering edit just try and look around at edits to see if you can find it.

  • Second thing - Make sure your song is good. When I say good I mean atleast 8/10 people are going to find it enjoyable/tolerable. The last thing you want is a song that people hate. If people don't like the song in your edit it could cause them to not watch it or even comment bad things in the comments. Thats the last thing you want.

  • Third thing - Make sure your song fits the riding. What I mean by this is, does it feel like the song is going with the clips? Say you have just a ton of bangers and you’re going really fast in the clips, you don't want a slow song thats going to take away from how crazy the video is. Visa versa as well. If your clips are super chill and its just like a day edit with friends you dont want some hardcore rock song that doesn't give off the chill vibe you are going for. You will know if a song fits the riding or not.

  • Fourth thing - Make sure you edit the riding to the song. This last thing is a bit off topic but I thought I’d shine some light on it anyways. Edit your clips so that when the beat drops, you land. This will make the edit much more enjoyable to the human eye and ear. The only reason I included this part in the article is because if your song doesn't have a lot of drops or notes where you can edit clips to it, it may be the wrong song for your video.


Thats about it. I hope this article helped make your song choosing choice a bit easier or helped you make the right decision if the song you had picked out is good or not. In the end it doesn't really matter if anyone has used it or if it fits the riding. If you like it and you’re happy with it, use it!   

Written By: Bayley Maxcy

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