Leaseplan: What's Next?
LeasePlan is, as the name suggests, a company that specialises in leasing cars. Any car, any time, anywhere. It’s your access to the next generation of mobility.
This is a story of how a song from the past can envision the future.
Curious to know more? Let us show you.
We teamed up with agency Etcetera and production company PostPanic for ‘What’s Next?’, the latest three-minute-long film by LeasePlan, starring journalist and Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond.
Such a film needs an appropriate track – one that fits the futuristic mood and at the same time would work for a commercial that’s slightly on the long side. You don’t want to lose your audience’s attention, of course.
“Because of the length of the commercial, the challenge here was to find a track that triggered recall and that could be easily shaped into something similar but unique”, comments Guido Blom, Senior Music Producer at MassiveMusic.
We went on a quest for a track that could fit this futuristic and visionary mood of the moving picture, which resulted in finding and licensing ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan.
Peter van Leeuwen, Creative Director at Etcetera, explains: “Together with MassiveMusic, we did an extensive research in finding the right track, but it was the potential of the arrangement and the memorable opening that made us go for ‘Cars’.”
In the LeasePlan film, Richard Hammond embarks on a cinematic, action-packed and unexpected journey, which gave us at MassiveMusic the chance to craft and adapt the original song to the movie’s different scenarios.
The experimental song from 1979 features a rock rhythm section of drums and bass guitar. The use of additional analogue synthesisers, principally the Minimoog, makes the track sound ahead of its times and sets the pace for the entire movie.
We certainly believe we’ve succeeded. Read what some of the people involved have to say about the final result below, and then don’t forget to scroll to the top to see it for yourself.
Philip Oomen, Head of Search & Licensing at MassiveMusic, explains: “The collaboration between MassiveMusic, Etcetera and PostPanic proved to be a successful one, as we’re all very happy with the final result. Even though it was released 38 years ago, the post-punk electro track ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan was the perfect match for a commercial set in the future. During the production of the song, Numan decided to replace guitars with synthesisers and recorded them through guitar effect pedals. He’s considered one of the pioneers of electronic pop music.”
Mischa Rozema, Director at PostPanic, concludes: “It took an extensive search of multiple musical directions. MassiveMusic provided us with incredible tracks to choose from and Cars came out on top. The trick was to find a known track that would fit the dynamic of the film. The problem here was that the visuals had an enormous narrative range. The track needed to work on an epic and cinematic scale only to change abruptly to comedy. We also decided to juxtaposition the futuristic visual treatment with a retro but future-proof, credible song. Music was the final magical element indeed.”