ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Derek Vanderhorst

We are joined by Mixer, Sound Editor, and all-around sound guy, Derek Vanderhorst to discuss his latest project which recently played at Sundance, “Hala,” and his various other projects. Have a listen!


Maybe you’re a fan of Mission Impossible: Fallout, or The Crown, or Marcella. Perhaps you’re a gamer who loves Call of Duty and Fifa. Or you could be a Mother/Father that loves watching Lego Batman with the family. Regardless of which of these categories you fall into, you are listening to the genius of Composer Lorne Balfe. This week Jake ventured out to Lorne’s studio to chop it up. Have a listen!


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Today we bring you Composer Graham Reynolds. Graham joins the show to discuss his work on this years Sundance hit, “Sister Aimee” and his plethora of work with Richard Linklater including one of our host’s favorites, “A Scanner Darkly.” Have a listen and enjoy! (See below for Graham’s bio).

With over 50 film and television music credits, renowned composer, bandleader and improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for a wide range of disciplines including film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls. Reynolds most recently scored director duo Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann’s “Sister Aimee,” starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Julia White and Michael Mosley, premiering January 26th at Sundance.

A frequent collaborator with Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater, Reynolds just wrapped up “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig, in theaters later this year. He composed and released soundtracks to Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne; Sony Pictures Classics’ “Before Midnight,” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, and the cult classic “A Scanner Darkly,” starring Robert Downey Jr., named ‘Best Soundtrack of the Decade’ by Cinema Retro Magazine. Reynolds also scored the comedy “All Is Bright,” starring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd, and HBO’s documentary “The Diplomat.”

In addition to film, Reynolds has worked on several television series including the Rooster Teeth Sci-Fi mystery show “Day 5,” PBS documentary series “Stand Up Planet,” and the Hulu comedy series “Up to Speed.”  His original work can also be heard in advertisements starting Jennifer Lawrence and Idris Elba.

Beyond these mediums, Reynolds has released a multitude of critically-acclaimed albums including a twelve album set on Innova Recordings in early 2017.  His Creative Capital Award winning bilingual opera Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance just saw its New York City premiere at Prototype Festival and will continue to tour, and the next full length collaboration with Ballet Austin, “Grimm Tales,” opens at the end of March.  As Artistic Director of the non-profit Golden Hornet, he recently curated and released The Sound of Science (along with virtuoso cellist Jeffrey Zeigler) on National Sawdust Tracks. The album bridges the musical and scientific worlds, celebrating their shared culture of inquiry, and was named an ‘Album You Need to Hear Now’ by NPR.  Reynolds is also a company member of the internationally acclaimed Rude Mechs theater collective and resident composer of Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater and Forklift Danceworks.

Graham’s additional accolades include an Independent Music Award, two Frederick R. Loewe Music Theatre Awards, ten Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, and multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins.

Reynolds currently resides in Austin, Texas and works primarily in his newly built Red House Studio.


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.


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!


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!


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!



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.