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Interview: Music Supervisor Jen Malone on the Ambitious Task of Putting Together Every ‘Euphoria’ Episode

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Music supervisor Jen Malone has had a busy TV season, working on The Offer, WeCrashed, Queer as Folk, Yellowjackets, and the third season of FX’s Atlanta, which earned her an Emmy nomination for season two. Now she’s back with her third Emmy bid, for Euphoria, a show which occasionally boasts 37 songs in a single episode!

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Malone about the process of finding the music for the show and the challenges that present themselves along the way. Discussing Sam Levinson’s involvement, Malone shared:

“He has the vision, such a clear vision of the show, of every aspect. It’s my job as a music supervisor to help fulfill that vision. On a music level, he has an encyclopedia of music in his head at all times and he loves talking about music. So he is very involved, as I think every showrunner would be on their show, but it’s amazing to work with someone so brilliant on every level, and then when it comes to music, it’s great.”

On one particularly challenging scene to score, Malone explained:

“The opening of episode one was very tricky because it was such a gnarly scene. It had all the things – it had sex, it had drugs, and not just weed, male and female nudity, violence, all the red flags that some copyright owners would potentially not want their songs to be a part of. Plus, we knew that we wanted to score Grandma with a certain sound. We weren’t necessarily going to go with modern, contemporary new releases. Finding those things, I think, was really tricky to work, both the clearance aspect, making sure that the copyright owners would be cool with us using the song over the footage, but also making sure that it fit and supported the story, and that it helped bring us back into the world of Euphoria.”

Listen to the full conversation below:

The first two seasons of Euphoria are streaming on HBO Max.

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