Alec Puro Breaks Down the Music of Netflix’s ‘The Crew’ and ‘Black Summer season’

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We managed to nab an unique interview with music composer, Alec Puro who talks about his two initiatives with Netflix and his thought course of into the TV collection (which couldn’t be extra totally different from one another). Different credit of Puro’s consists of The Fosters, The Artwork of Getting By, Depraved Tuna and The Mighty Ones.

Alec Puro serves because the present’s composer for Netflix’s newest sitcom The Crew, creating the retro rock tunes that we hear all through the collection, highlighted most throughout the catchy major title sequence. When Puro is just not scoring the comedy collection for Netflix, he’s being absolutely encompassed within the zombie apocalypse, Black Summer season, which he begins scoring lengthy earlier than the present is even shot. To study extra in regards to the composing course of for these two, very totally different reveals, we spoke with Puro solely under.

WON: Andy Fickman is the director of The Crew. Are you able to speak about his major notes for the way he envisioned the rating to sound?

Andy Fickman is such a fantastic director!  In TV although on the subject of music, I primarily get my notes and artistic route from the present runner/creators of the present.  On this case I labored with Jeff Lowell very intently to seek out the sound of the present and refine it as episodes started to lock. From the outset Jeff actually wished to infuse a slight throwback or retro sound into the theme and rating to go with Kevin James’ character who has been within the racing sport for years.  We find yourself with a driving seventies onerous rock retro kind sound that not solely compliments Kevin’s character, but in addition the NASCAR backdrop for the present.

WON: The Crew’s major title and finish credit score sequence has a really rock, heavy guitar vibe. Is the top credit score sequence simply an prolonged model of the opening credit?

As soon as we landed on the suitable really feel and tone for the primary title theme, we determined to increase it into an extended piece that would play over the top credit to bookend every episode.

WON: The Crew is a 30-minute, multi-cam, comedy collection. With multi-cam reveals, is there a selected formulation that composers are alleged to observe? Against an extended, horror collection like Black Summer season.

I’m undecided there’s a particular formulation whenever you rating a multi-cam comedy, however normally the general sound of the present is derived from the primary title theme.  Within the case of The Crew, as soon as we found out what the primary title theme was going to be, I used to be in a position to create a ton of sub-themes based mostly on that sound and really feel for all of the transitions and underscore within the present.

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WON: The Crew has a whole lot of fast musical hits. Are every of those hits totally different for every episode? What number of of those did you create for Season 1?

All the rating transitions are totally different for every episode and for probably the most half don’t get re-used too typically.  Generally if we are attempting to name again a theme from a unique episode one among them could also be re-used or reimagined.  I believe I created round sixty or seventy totally different transition cues for season 1.

WON: The Crew is clearly lots totally different present then Black Summer season. How totally different was the pre-scoring course of for these reveals? What did you do earlier than starting work on them?

For The Crew, we actually began by focusing in on the primary title theme and what the general present sound was going to be.  This course of started months earlier than the present began capturing.  We had plenty of artistic conversations and from these I wrote a number of themes in numerous instructions and feels till we found out what was going to work finest for the present.

With Black Summer season I additionally begin writing months earlier than they begin capturing which is unquestionably not the norm on an hour present.  Often on hour reveals you begin scoring to image as soon as episodes are near locked and able to go.  With Black Summer season I’m given the artistic freedom to actually experiment with totally different sounds and tones to seek out what is going to work finest for that season.  We’ve an preliminary artistic dialog after which I take a pair months to experiment and write round twenty or so three-to-four-minute items.  Once they begin modifying, these items set the thematic tone and tempo for every episode.  From there I start scoring to image and composing different themes and cues as we go.

WON: Are you able to speak about how you bought concerned with Black Summer season? How would you describe the rating for Black Summer season?

John Hyams who created the present has been a buddy of mine for years.  I’ve at all times wished to work with John and by no means had the chance till Black Summer season.  John is such a visionary and I’m so lucky to have the chance to work with him on Black Summer season!

The rating for Black Summer season creates a really darkish, atmospheric and digital heavy soundscape.  With Black Summer season I take a extra minimalistic atmospheric/ambient method which I really feel actually helps improve what’s occurring on display screen. I work very intently with the sound designers on the present to create a seamless soundscape between the rating and sound design that doesn’t distract from what’s occurring in any given scene however enhances all the things in a practical and terrifying method.

WON: Do you’ve gotten a favourite musical second from Season 1 of Black Summer season?


Within the Diner episode for the “Weapons” chapter I actually loved making a easy but efficient cue that signified a serious turning level for Rose (Jaime King) that modifications her trajectory within the collection.  I additionally actually like how every finish credit score sequence in each episode performed out a unique one among my themes in its entirety.

WON: How do you suppose your rating will likely be totally different in Season 2, if in any respect?

Season 2 of Black Summer season has an entire new set of themes that replicate the brand new environment and characters inside the present.  I’m additionally constructing upon earlier themes from season 1 however

the sound of the present has positively advanced and is much more refined and focused on this new season.

WON: Has there been something you learn on-line about Black Summer season that has shocked you?

The most important shock I learn on-line when season 1 got here out was a twitter publish from Stephen King praising the show.  He stated, “BLACK SUMMER (Netflix): Simply whenever you suppose there’s no extra scare left in zombies, THIS comes alongside. Existential hell within the suburbs, stripped to the bone.”

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