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Interview with Alex Patsavis, Musical Director The O.C.

Alex Patsavis is the musical director for the FOX television series The O.C. She also puts together the show's very successful compilation albums that have become almost as popular as the series itself. Patsavis preference for unknown indie tunes has given many young bands an ideal platform to gain notoriety in the commercial mainstream. "The O.C. Volume 5" includes tracks by Kaiser Chiefs, Rogue Wave, Imogen Heap and The Subways [mp3]. I emailed Alex a few questions about how she goes about picking the songs for the show and the albums. Read further to see what she replied.

Arjan: Why do you think audiences are so turned on by your selection of music for the show?

Alex: I think that audiences have been so favorable in their response because source songs are used as almost as another character in the show. We (the producers, editors and I) spend a lot of time making sure that exactly the right song is chosen for each spot.

Do you receive a lot of demo tapes from bands? What is the most interesting thing a band has done to get your attention?
I get about 400 submissions a week – lots of emails, show invites etc. Nothing too exciting as far as bands getting my attention – just wish they would skip the glitter.

What aspects do you look for in a song for the show?
A well-crafted well-recorded track with an interesting lyric… Something immediately compelling.

When you are not compiling soundtracks for The O.C. what is rocking your own iPod?

This week – Starsailor, Every Move A Picture, Clearlake, Infadels, Electric President and Rock Kills Kid

If there would ever be a hot gay love scene in the program, what song would you pick for it?

Depends on the characters and setting but I think Keane is romantic and Rufus Wainwright is always genius.

Thanks for the email interview, Alex!

November 30, 2005 in Interviews | Permalink

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