Film.Music.Media: Podcast

Composer Interview: Carl Thiel (May 2, 2015)

September 15, 2017

If you're a fan of Robert Rodriguez then you know Carl Thiel's music well. Carl has been a part of Robert's creative fold for many many years now, and has become the most prominent aspect of a Robert Rodriguez film's soundscape. Carl started working with Robert all the way back on Spy Kids 3-D, and since then has co-composed scores like Shorts, Spy Kids 4, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Carl talks about his collaborative relationship with Robert and how it has evolved and grown over the years. Since Robert is a musician and a composer himself, it's one of the most interesting Director/Composer collaborations in the industry. Rodriguez recently launched his own TV network called El Rey, and for its flagship series he called on his friend and collaborator Carl to take the helm. Carl talks about his musical approach for From Dusk Till Dawn and how he wanted it to both touch on the original cult classic film, but also give it a more emotional spin while still having fun with the genre. From the instrumentation and how he chose to do a less thematic structure, Carl talks about what the music needed to do for the story. We also talk about Carl's score to the upcoming docudrama, The Teller And The Truth. Hearing Carl's voice as a composer grow over the years has led him to become one of the more bold and stylistically engaging composers working today, and it was great to have him back as a guest.

Interview Conducted By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Carl Thiel