Ever since Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor teamed up with Atticus Ross to win an Oscar (and a Grammy) for scoring The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I honestly thought more contemporary artists would be chomping at the bit to want to take a stab at composing a score for a film or at the very least curate the soundtrack. Perhaps 2015 will be the year that this prediction comes true.
Pharrell tried his hand at it and tackled the soundtracks for both Despicable Me films and scored a Best Original Song nomination for “Happy”. Another artist to take a stab at it is Lorde. She was asked curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and enlisted her famous friends to contribute songs. He efforts nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and don’t be surprised if she earns an Academy Award nomination.
But with these two scoring success, why haven’t more artists jumped on the bandwagon? Taking on the task of curating or even scoring a soundtrack seems like a daunting one. You’re asking an artist, who already has an established sound, to create music for a movie that may not necessarily be in line with their artistry. Sure it may work on paper, but who’s to say that they won’t feel inspired by the script?
Inspiration isn’t the obstacle. It’s all about getting the right artist. Williams worked for the Despicable Me flicks because his music is quirky, fun and different, something that Despicable Me encompasses. As for Lorde, her fans are the exact demographic for The Hunger Games franchise, so it’s a no-brainer why she was chosen.
But who else should take on the task?
Say what you want about the guy, but he has the ability to flirt the lines between experimental and mass appeal when it comes to his music. I could picture him composing a score for an off-the-cuff, gritty indie flick starring either Ryan Gosling or Jake Gyllenhaal directed by The Guest‘s Adam Wingard.
Like Lorde, she has a massive fan base made up primarily of teenagers. If some studio exec were to green light a teen dramedy in the vein of She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You or Easy A or even a YA novel like A Fault In Our Stars, why not have the girl who knows how to pen a song that strikes a chord with teenage girls everywhere to pen the soundtrack?
After watching Sound City, it’s clear that Dave Grohl’s Rolodex is deep and people want to work with him. If Peter Berg was looking for someone to curate the soundtrack for his next film, I could honestly see him calling on Grohl and his epic list of contacts to create original music for his film.