Alexandra Patsavas On Her Approach To The Music For "Scandal"
GRAMMY-nominated music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Patsavas discussed her role as a music supervisor, placing music in the hit TV series "Scandal" and the most underutilized music genre in contemporary network television.
"['Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes] really wanted to focus on soul, R&B [and] funk — real vintage songs from the era, both hits [and] undiscovered gems," said Patsavas. "I feel like this is a really underutilized genre in contemporary network television."
A native of Chicago, Patsavas founded Chop Shop Music Supervision in Los Angeles in 1998. She has since supervised music in TV series such as "Grey's Anatomy," "The O.C.," "Gossip Girl," "Mad Men," "The Carrie Diaries," "Hart Of Dixie," and "Scandal," and in films including the Twilight series, Water For Elephants and The Dilemma. In 2007 Patsavas launched Chop Shop Records, which in January 2013 announced its partnership with Universal Music Group's East Coast Label Group.
Through her work, Patsavas has helped expose a variety of indie artists to a mainstream audience, including GRAMMY nominees such as Death Cab For Cutie, the Fray, the Killers, and Modest Mouse, among others. To date, Patsavas has garnered three GRAMMY nominations as a producer, including most recently in 2010 for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Her current projects include music supervision for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, due in November.
Patsavas is the current Vice Chair for MusiCares, The Recording Academy's health and human services organization.