SUNDANCE SERIES: ROGER SUEN

For the first episode of our Sundance Series, we talk to Composer Roger Suen about his work on last year’s Sundance hit, “Gook,” and of course, the film he has premiering this year, “Ms Purple.” Have a listen and enjoy! (See below for Roger’s bio).

Composer extraordinaire Roger Suen has lent his expertise to numerous feature films, television series and documentaries. Best known for his critically acclaimed score for the 2017 Sundance award-winning film, Gook, Film Music Magazine said Roger’s score waspowerfully unexpected, musical color” and included it in their Top 10 Scores of 2017. Roger recently reunited with Gook director Justin Chon to score the modern Asian-American drama film Ms. Purple, premiering Jan. 26 at the Sundance Film Festival, and produced by MACRO, the production company behind critically-acclaimed films such as Mudbound, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and Fences.

Roger’s diverse music portfolio includes scoring additional music for Guillermo Del Toro’s four-time Oscar winning film The Shape of Water, 21st Century Fox’s science fiction thriller The Darkest Minds, starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore, Netflix’s five-time Emmy-nominated series Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll, and Marvel’s Emmy-nominated series The Defenders, starring Cox, Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter.

Through his mastery of orchestral composition and modern electronica, he has created heart-pounding additional music for blockbuster films such as Oscar-nominated X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Roger’s musical versatility is even more apparent in Sony Pictures’ animated film The Star and Warner Bros’ comedy The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, as he seamlessly navigates groovy funk to Wagnerian orchestral drama without missing a beat.

A Southern California native, Roger studied music composition as an undergraduate then graduate student at UCLA and CSUN. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

DAN MAROCCO

Today we sit down with Brooklyn Nine-Nine Composer, Dan Morocco. Dan has been composing the show since its origins with FOX, and now with NBC and is extremely talented. Have a listen as we discuss his process!

LYLE WORKMAN

We are so delighted to have Composer Lyle Workman on the show this week. Workman has composed some of the more legendary comedies of the 2000’s so far. This includes: Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and 40 Year Old Virgin. He Also does a wide array of TV work, and is an accomplished musician. Listen as Jake and Lyle get to know one another, and discuss his illustrious career!

JOGI TAUTZ

Today we bring you the story of Jogi Tautz, his father, and Brillant Music. Together, Jogi and his father created a wildly successful music catalogue, and they didn’t really mean to! Today you can hear their music adorn “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as it’s main theme, but the tale of how this all came about is so much larger. Have a listen and enjoy this story of family & great music!

 

ADAM DORN

After witnessing one of the greatest games in NFL history, in person, Jake ventures out to Adam Dorn’s studio. Adam is a versatile Composer who has worked on a wide variety of projects such as Showtime’s “Enemies,” and of course, one of the most popular Podcasts ever, “Serial” (season 3). Jake and Adam talk about all this and much more so have a listen! (see Adam’s bio below).

Multi-talented composer Adam Dorn has lent his expertise to countless feature films, television series and documentaries. Dorn’s music will be heard on Showtime’s upcoming docuseries, “Enemies,” from Oscar and Emmy-winning director Alex Gibney, premiering November 18. The four-part docuseries provides an in-depth look into the long history of conflict between American presidents and the FBI, and features a dark, melodic musical palette.

Dorn recently scored Season 3 of the Peabody-winning investigative journalism podcast, “Serial,” which holds an ongoing record as the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads and streams in iTunes’ history. Earlier this year, Dorn scored HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary and Sundance selection “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” directed by Emmy-winner Marina Zenovich. This was Dorn’s second collaboration with Zenovich, having previously scored the Emmy-nominated film “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” which won the NAACP Image Award for Best Television Documentary.

Dorn’s other credits include scoring HBO’s Emmy-nominated docuseries, “The Weight of the Nation,” from thirty-one-time Emmy-winning producer Sheila Nevins and four time Emmy-winning producer John Hoffman; the trilogy reboot of the “Kickboxer” action film series; and Melissa McCarthy’s TV Land comedy, “Nobodies.” Additionally, Dorn scored the end credits for AMC’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated crime drama, “Better Call Saul,” and reimagined the music for ESPN’s iconic sports program, “Around The Horn,” hosted by Tony Reali.

Beyond his career as a composer of prestige documentaries, film and television, Dorn is a successful jazz-oriented dance music producer and DJ. Under the moniker Mocean Worker, his music can be heard in numerous films and television shows including “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

Dorn is the son of renowned jazz and R&B producer Joel Dorn. Growing up, he was mentored by Grammy-winning producer and musician Marcus Miller and had the honor of working with jazz legend Miles Davis.

In conjunction to his apprenticeship with Miller, Dorn studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and is an accomplished bassist. He currently resides in Los Angeles after living in New York City for the better part of 25 years.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DAVID NORLAND

Well, HBO has done it again. They have put out an amazing piece of work, based on a true story, filled with great actors, from a great Director, and of course, scored by an amazing Composer. That film is “My Dinner with Hervé,” and that Composer is David Norland. He is the focus of this week’s Artist Spotlight!

ROBBIE NEVIL

Our host was lucky enough to sit down with prolific song-writer and producer Robbie Nevil. Robbie has written with many of the greats, and has had an absurd amount of success placing music in Film/TV. Jake and Robbie discuss his illustrious career which included Billboard hits, as well as writing the music for Hannah Montana. Nevil gives great insight into the business that should be considered invaluable for aspiring musicians.

 

MICHAEL D. SIMON

We are incredibly excited to be joined by Emmy-Nominated Composer, Michael D. Simon. Michael earned his Emmy nom composing the ABC series, Once Upon a Time, and has been working along side Cindy O’Connor & Mark Isham on the show basically since its inception. Jake and Michael discuss Once, and much more. Have a listen!