Who’s the Music Behind Tarantino’s Latest Film?

The golden ‘60s lives on as an era that cuts an impressive stature as some of the purest form of post-blues music. Citing Deep Purple, Bob Seger, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and KHJ on the tracklist of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.

Music Press Asia discovers some of Quentin Tarantino’s music executives and professionals selected for his latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, which has recently grossed $USD357.6 million.

Following a bidding war to distribute the film, the grand assignment eventually went to Sony Pictures replacing Tarantino’s long time partner Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Set in 1969 Los Angeles’ changing Hollywood film industry, Tarantino followed a poignant chapter of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate’s live alongside fictional characters played by Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt.

Its soundtrack — a compulsive highlight and excessively perplexed mix of era-specific commercials, golden age rock and roll and radio DJ patter — thanks to the works of Holly Adams [soundtrack producer], Mary Ramos [music supervisor], Gary Raymond [pro tools music playback and recording], Gabriel Saban [composer] and Jim Schultz [music editor].

Listen to Spotify’s playlist titled “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in which includes commentaries from Quentin Tarantino on why songs were chosen for the film.

And here are just some of the music professionals (highlighted below) who we believe have made it all possible.

L-R: The Music Team — David Tichauer (mix technician), Jim Schultz (music editor), Lindsey Alvarez (dialogue editor), Tina Anderson (production manager), Fred Raskin (picture editor), Michael Minkler (re-recording mixer), Quentin Tarantino (director), Christian Minkler (re-recording mixer), Wylie Stateman (supervising sound editor), Paola Magrans (sound effects editor), Harry Cohen (sound effects editor), Leo Marcil (sound effects editor). [Music Press Asia]

Jim Schultz
Jim Schultz, the founder of Wavesync Music, began working professionally in music and film while working as a staff recording engineer at Nightbird Studios (formerly The Studio at the Sunset Marquis) almost two decade ago.

Since then he has worked with some of world’s most prolific filmmakers including Charlie Kaufman, Steven Soderbergh, James Mangold, Adam McKay, Harold Ramis, Tommy Lee Jones and most recently in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.

Schultz’s latest project “Free Solo”, a National Geographic documentary, received seven EMMY nominations (and won all seven noms) for directing, editing, cinematography, interactive media, sound editing, sound mixing and music composition.

Schultz was also music editor for “The First”, a TV series starring Sean Pean.

Mary Adams
This is not Adams first collaboration with Tarantino. Having worked on his other films including “Pulp Fiction” “Kill Bill” (Vol.1 & Vol.2) “Jackie Brown” “Grind House” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained”, Adams most recent project included Tarantino’s eighth film “The Hateful Eight” and Ennio Morricone.

In a 2016 interview with USA Today, she described Tarantino as a man who willfully follows his own instincts. “I’ve had to acquire a lot of different skills…He doesn’t pick songs that are on the current radio charts. Almost all the music choices are deep cuts that are either out of print, never came out commercially, or are on homemade videotapes of ‘70s Japanese TV shows…”

Holly Adams
Appointed to the role of Head of Soundtrack and Score, Global Classics and Jazz and Globe UK by Universal Music Group earlier this year, this young executive was responsible for the acquisition and marketing campaigns for a series of soundtracks including two Oscar-winning scores: “The Hateful Eight” by Ennio Morricone and “The Shape of Water” by Alexandre Desplat.

Mike Minkler
Michael Minkler is a motion picture sound re-recording mixer who has mixed over 200 projects. Minkler has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with three wins for Best Sound Mixing for his outstanding work in Black Hawk Down, Chicago and Dreamgirls. He has also won multiple Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Satellite Awards and many others, including the Career Achievement Award from the Cinema Audio Society.

Minkler is now the Managing Director of Moving Pictures Media Group, a company that specialises in film development, packaging projects for production funding acquisition.

Tim Miurhead chats with Paola Magrans (sound effects editor), Harry Cohen (sound effects editor), Leo Marcil (sound effects editor) from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” about audio and sound designs on Tonebenders podcast on Soundcloud below.

Main soundtrack listing:
1. Treat Her Right – Roy Head and the Traits
2. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger System
3. Hush – Deep Purple
4. Hector – The Village Callers
5. Son of a Lovin’ Man – Buchanan Brothers
6. Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course – Chad & Jeremy
7. Hungry – Paul Revere & the Raiders
8. Good Thing – Paul Revere & the Raiders
9. Choo Choo Train – The Box Tops
10. Jenny Take A Ride – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
11. Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple
12. The Circle Game – Buffy Sainte-Marie
13. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
14. Bring a Little Lovin’ – Los Bravos
15. Hey Little Girl – Dee Clark
16. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
17. Don’t Chase Me Around – Robert Corff
18. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon (feat. Mark Lindsay) – Paul Revere & the Raiders
19. California Dreamin’ – José Feliciano
20. Dinamite Jim – I Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni
21. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Vanilla Fudge
22. Miss Lily Langtry – Maurice Jarr

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