When the official “The Great Gatsby” film is released on May 7, the soundtrack will include tracks from artists like Jay-Z, Florence + The Machine, Beyonce, and Nero. Their new song, produced directly for the film, features an orchestral score of ambience, power, and awe. The opening starts with a woman heaving, breathing slow and heavy, and it’s followed by that ever so epic Nero-esque bass.
Alana Watson provides the transcending vocals that do nothing but enhance the melody. While this song may be a bit slower than Nero’s usual pace, remember whose the designated audience for this particular piece.
The movie scene creates itself through the music; an epic battle scene in the rain between Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey McGuire that ends in somebody shedding blood, and possibly a tear. EDM artists are slowly making their way into the realm of feature film scores, which means big things for movie lovers, music lovers, or fanatics of both – like myself. Here’s a short interview from Billboard with the U.K. duo, Joseph Ray and Dan Stephens.
When were you first approached about “Gatsby”?
We heard last summer that two of our tracks from ‘Welcome Reality’ were being used as temporary sound beds in the film. A little after that, Baz came to our studio in L.A. and we talked about writing original music for those parts of the movie. As fans of both the book and his work, we were pretty excited to get working on it. – Dan Stephens
Had you read the book? Any early school memories of it?
Yep. It had been ages though, so I actually watched the Robert Redford version to remind myself of the plot. But it’s such an evocative and memorable book it all came back very quickly. – Joseph Ray
How was the song developed? We heard it was a very integrated process with the film team.
We worked closely with Baz to write two pieces for the movie using some elements and themes from Craig Armstrong’s score. We also added some of the electronic sounds we’d used to other cues in the film to give some continuity to the overall score. One of the cues we’d written then developed into a full original song [“Into the Past”], with vocals from Alana. It’s based around one of the central themes of the story, that of memory and Gatsby’s drive to reshape past events. – Stephens
We spent a lot of time working the score music we’d written into a song, so it was a mixture of happiness and relief when we heard it was definitely going to be used on the soundtrack! – Ray