Melodic Treks 87: Melodic Treks Part V: A New Beginning / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

Jeff Russo Interview.

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Two-time Grammy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film, and video games. Russo won an Emmy and received two additional nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score the FX series Fargo, which itself has been honored by the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Two recent shows, The Night Of and Counterpart, as well as the currently airing Legion, are fine examples of this young composer’s stylistic work, and he scored the first season of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. In addition to film and television, Russo recently received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s indie video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala talks with Russo about his early days with his band Tonic and how he progressed to become one of the hottest composers for film and television.

Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome Back (00:00:55)
“Milton's Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:06:05)
The Jeff Hello (00:06:18)
Becoming A Composer (00:08:38)
The Launch Point (00:11:30)
Blew My Socks Off (00:13:46)
A Singular Voice (00:16:15)
“Main Title” from The Night Of (00:16:35)
Lush Emotional Feeling (00:20:27)
“Edith’s Theme” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:23:03)
The Audition for Star Trek: Discovery (00:26:05)
The Theme (00:34:00)
“Main Title” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:37:17)
“Persistence” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:40:00) “Captain Mudd” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:41:04)
Final Thoughts and Finding Jeff (00:44:26)
“Milton’s Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:46:26)
Closing (00:48:58)

All tracks composed by J. Russo.


Host

Brandon Shea Mutala

Guest

Jeff Russo

Production

Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Music heard on Melodic Treks is used under license from the Performing Rights Society.