SMOKE AND MIRRORS

I notice that the American actor JESSE PLEMONS is ripping it up these days – Breaking bad, Back Mirror, Fargo and he’s starring the new Charlie Kaufman movie (I am big fan of Kaufman). He is also dating Kirsten Dunst.

My connection with Jesse is a song ‘If I’ve Got You’ I was commissioned to write that got me involved in the film ‘Meeting Spencer’, a little US Indie I scored a few years back. *

If you find all the behind the scenes technical stuff about films and music really boring, stop reading now and check out the video below.

Still here? Ok, a few weeks before they started to shoot, I was asked if I could write a song for Jesse’s character Spencer to perform in a pivotal scene.

After a couple of false starts, I delivered. The next thing was to get a version with Jesse singing it. In the scene, his character performs at a piano in a restaurant. Jesse doesn’t play piano, so I sang a version in London with me playing and sent it to LA so they could replace my vocal with his.

In the studio, understandably he was finding it difficult to sing with any vibe to my pre-recorded piano part, so he wanted to sing it whilst he played guitar.

This done, his vocal and guitar parts were sent back to me, I removed the guitar and played a new piano part to his vocal and added a solo. Still with me? Then I sent the final recording back to LA and he mimed to it whilst they shot the scene.

(As he doesn’t play, they shot someone else’s hands during the piano solo..Not mine:))

Ah, the magic, the smoke and the mirrors of movies

And check out this if you want to hear what the song sounded like with Jesse on guitar before I took over on the ivories.. Nice!

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