Beau­ti­ful Beats

Little Angel - - MUSIC ANGEL -

Did you al­ways know that the char­ac­ters were go­ing to be bugs or did you toss around other crea­tures?

They are ‘bugs’ but in a way they are their own mag­i­cal char­ac­ters. A lot of thought went into each of the five main char­ac­ters and what they rep­re­sented: Wal­ter is very the­atri­cal and open with his emo­tions and feel­ings; Crick is into sci­ence and a lot more shy than the other char­ac­ters; there is Kumi who is an ex­tro­vert, very en­er­getic and in­her­ently car­ing; Jay is mis­chievous and play­ful; and then there is our youngest, Buzz, who is wide-eyed, full of won­der­ment for the world and en­rap­tured with her friends. How did you end up get­ting artists like P!nk, Rob­bie Wil­liams and Sia to sing songs for the show? We had a white­board in the lit­tle place my wife and I lived in at the time, that had a list of all the artists we were hop­ing would be in­volved in the project. We would send hand­writ­ten let­ters ask­ing them to be a part of the show, and one by one as we went through the process, they kept say­ing yes. I still have a photo of that white­board.

Can you take us through the mu­sic process?

The mu­sic was cre­ated with the show’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Daniel Johns (from the band Sil­ver­chair). The mu­si­cal tracks would then be sent to artists to record their ver­sions if we were un­able to be in-stu­dio with them.

I was a huge fan of Sia and al­ways dreamed of her singing ‘ Black­bird’, so when she reached out and said she would like to sing the song, it was serendip­i­tous. I re­mem­ber send­ing her the mu­si­cal track at 5:30 in the morn­ing and go­ing straight to bed. When I woke up, her fin­ished track was in my in­box and it was mag­nif­i­cent and be­yond ex­pec­ta­tion. Will there be more sea­sons? Who else would you love to have sing on the show? I would love to do more sea­sons of the show. There is still a bounty of songs left for mul­ti­ple sea­sons and a movie. I would love the op­por­tu­nity to see Bruce Spring­steen sing ‘ LetItBe’ or Bey­oncé to do ‘ HeyJude’ but we will just have to wait and see.

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