A good chunk of you reading this already have plans to see The Hunger Games music–the rest of you must really want to know what movie guys have to say about music. OK, so the “movie guy” in question is actually a music guy–Greg Wells, whose credits include Adele’s “One and Only” and Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas,” among plenty of others–but still!
Anyway, Wells spoke to MTV Hive about the movie’s (quite good) soundtrack, what influenced it, that sort of thing. It’s a great read, and that’s a statement coming from someone who couldn’t tell Katniss from Lisbeth or whomever else made the jump from series fiction to movies this year. So go click that, but first, here are some highlights:
Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” sounds so spare because it’s basically a demo. Specifically, it’s a demo written with executive producer T-Bone Burnett (who also did work on O Brother, Where Art Thou), and here’s the story: “[Swift and the Civil Wars] had done this really beautiful, very stripped down, very spare version of it in T-Bone’s home studio. That’s the version that is going to be used in the movie, and that’s the version that was released on iTunes a couple months ago. And it’s beautiful.”
Kid Cudi is actually evil: Well, OK, not really. But you know how his vocals are pretty… particular on “The Ruler and the Killer”? Here’s why: “He’s sort of dialing in the Donald Sutherland character in the movie, an evil incarnate.” This also explains WZRD.
“Skrillex is the new Led Zeppelin.” Not Hunger Games-related, per se, but we just had to unbury that lead. That claim’s cushioned by a lot of context about how the kids can be just as OK with folk music as they are with dance music, but nevertheless: “Skrillex in a way is the new Led Zepellin, it’s like riff-rock to me.” That was said by Greg Wells. Now it can be that much more on the record.