The man behind The Hunger Games Soundtrack, Greg Wells, takes us into the development process used to create the music behind the blockbuster. Greg talks with PopMatters about collaborating with T. Bone Burnett, his favorite song on the album and more! Take a look!
As for the The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond, “It was T-Bone’s idea to bring in another producer that was more in line with Top 40 radio, which sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not,” Wells says. “But I made it to the top of his list of who he should talk to.” The first task Burnett gave Wells was creating a version of the Taylor Swift/Civil Wars song, “Safe and Sound”, that would be different than the version on the soundtrack, and more appropriate for Top 40 radio.
Wells explains, “[Burnett] said, ‘I’m not going to come watch you work, I’m not going to sit over your shoulder. I think you should just take these vocals and take this main acoustic guitar track, and just do what feels right to you. When you feel like the cake is baked, or baked enough, I’ll come by your studio and give it a listen.’
“So that’s exactly what I did, I just followed my nose. And that’s pretty much what I do with whoever I’m working with. I try not to overthink things, I just sort of lead with my gut feeling. Continue reading →
The spot features Taylor Swift’sHunger Games Soundtrack song, “Safe & Sound,” and includes some new scenes from District 12 (the bread scene!), the Reaping and a quick shot of Katniss in her bed in the Capitol. We can’t wait to see this in HQ!
MTV, along with Taylor Swift, debuted the music video tonight for “Safe & Sound,” Taylor’s song with The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games Soundtrack. There are no clips from the movie (although there is a mockingjay pin sighting!), but the dreary and simple setting is a perfect feel for the mood of the book. Let us know what you think!
MTV is also doing a Q&A with Taylor that includes many Hunger Games-related questions, and we’ll post video of that once it’s finished and available.
Taylor Swift has revealed on Twitter that she will be on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Her track called Safe and Sound featuring the Civil Wars is now available through iTunes.
It’s quite a haunting and beautiful acoustic song.
Not long after tweeting the link to the song, #safeandsound became the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. and No. 2 worldwide. It was certainly a surprise that Taylor Swift was going to part of The Hunger Games soundtrack.