“Gorillaz” Musicians Get Their Due

Volume CVI, No. 11November, 2006

Musicians who performed on the Gorillaz show last spring in New York have received money due to them for shooting a video of the production and for a Web stream. Gorillaz is a show with animated characters; when the “band” performs, 3-D animations of the group are projected on transparent film. It seems to the audience that the cartoon characters are performing. In reality, a dozen or so New York musicians were hired to perform the music. Musicians had earned money for both a live performance at the Apollo Theatre along with a Web stream and a DVD recording filmed by EMI-U.K. Because the signatory employer was based in London, it took several months of pressure before musicians got paid for the DVD and the Web stream.