Exclusive: One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington Fills In The Blanks

16 05 2010

Tomorrow night’s episode of One Tree Hill will be the last of the seventh season–and possibly the last of the series. As the show’s music supervisor, Lindsay Wolfington has been a constant presence throughout more than 150 episodes, carefully choosing the songs that make us laugh, cry and spend hours on iTunes.

Wolfington was kind enough–and fun enough–to play a quick game of “Fill In The Blank.”

TeenDramaWhore: _____ is the song most often mentioned to me by One Tree Hill fans.

Lindsay Wolfington: “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS in the 100th episode [Episode 5.12, Hundred] is probably the most asked about song on OTH – why was it changed out after the first airing. I’ve explained that legally, we only were able to get rights to air it on TV in the U.S., not for the rest of the world or on DVD. Some other fan favorites mentioned to me often are Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” [in Episode 3.22, The Show Must Go On] and maybe “More Than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw [in Episode 1.21, The Games That Play Us and Episode 3.22, The Show Must Go On].

TDW: I’ll always regret not using _____ in the One Tree Hill scene where _____

Wolfington: No regrets! One funny story though: I sent in Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” as background/party music at Haley [Bethany Joy Galeotti] and Nathan’s [James Lafferty] wedding at the end of season 3 [Episode 3.22, The Show Must Go On]. Mark [Schwahn, creator] and Joe [Davola, executive producer] didn’t like the song and pulled it out. In the end, we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway because Led Zeppelin cleared and took up most of the budget, but it was funny that about a month later, it was the biggest song on the radio and a few months after that, it won the Grammy for Record Of The Year. The nice thing is that even Mark and Joe look back on it and think “whoops!” Again, it might have been cut anyway because of budget, so no need to harp on it. It’s just nice that they were able to say “hey, Lindsay actually knows what she’s talking about!”

TDW: The hardest One Tree Hill scene to score was _____.

Wolfington: I’ve mentioned a couple times that the coda where we used Keane’s “She Has No Time” [Episode 2.13, Between Order And Randomness The Hero Dies In This One] was really hard for a while. It was a long coda and I kept trying song after song, but nothing was great. Then when I put Keane to the picture, it was perfect.

TDW: A band I’ve never admitted to liking is _____.

Wolfington: I’m not ashamed to admit if I like a cheesy band or song! If you are looking for an embarrassing song that I like, I would say Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping.” It is killer on the dance floor! I love it because people just dance however they want and don’t think about it because the song is goofy, and that’s when people really have fun, I think.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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Exclusive: Jonathan Jackson and Enation on Their One Tree Hill Connection

18 04 2010

About 200 artists are heard on One Tree Hill each season, according to the show’s music supervisor, Lindsay Wolfington. Of that 200, only a tiny portion are seen on-screen. A few easily come to mind…Fall Out Boy…Kate Voegele…Mike Grubbs. But what made the use of Enation particularly unique is that its first song on the show, “Feel This,” wasn’t sung by the band but by Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley).

After Galeotti’s character performed the song during the season 5 finale (Episode 5.18, What Comes After The Blues), the band performed onstage with Galeotti as she sang it again in season 6 during the USO concert (Episode 6.10, Even Fairytale Characters Would Be Jealous), which also featured Voegele (Mia) and the band Angels & Airwaves. Enation, which features Jonathan Jackson (yes, that Jonathan Jackson), Richard Lee Jackson, Michael Galeotti, Luke Galeotti and Daniel Sweatt, also had their song “World In Flight” played in that episode.

I recently spoke with Jonathan Jackson on the phone and caught up with Richard Lee Jackson and Luke Galeotti via e-mail. In our interviews, the band discussed the effect One Tree Hill has had on them, their plans for the future and using social media to connect with their fans.

TeenDramaWhore: First of all, I want to congratulate you. I heard you have another baby on the way.

Jonathan Jackson: Yes, I do. Thank you. We’re excited.

TDW: I also have to commend you for the unbelievable job you did not too long ago on General Hospital in the scenes where Lucky confronts Elizabeth and Nikolas.

Jackson: Oh, cool. Thank you.

TDW: We all know that you have an obscene amount of talent but those were just breathtaking.

Jackson: Thank you so much. That’s awesome.

TDW: I don’t know if you can say but were those in your Emmy reel?

Jackson: Well, those are for 2010. If I’m nominated next year, then I’ll be sending those scenes in.

TDW: The cut-off dates always throw me for a loop.

Jackson: The ones [for the upcoming Emmys are from] ‘09 and that particular episode aired in January of 2010. So that won’t come around til next year.

TDW: Oh, wow. So even though you filmed it before January, it matters when it airs.

Jackson: Yes.

TDW: Gotcha. Switching over to Enation, some bands would say being featured on a teen soap like One Tree Hill or even a daytime soap like General Hospital is cheesy or selling out. But Enation has obviously embraced it. Why is this the route you thought was good for you guys?

Jackson: Well, there’s a few reasons. One is we’re friends with Bethany Joy Galeotti and Michael, who’s our keyboard player in the band, is married to her. So it was a friendship and a relational connection that specifically got us excited about doing something for One Tree Hill. And just in terms of the basic idea of placing songs on TV shows, we’ve always been for that. Especially as an independent band, when you don’t have a giant label pushing your music on radio, that’s sort of a different way to reach a wide audience. One Tree Hill has a really strong following and we thought it would be a great way to get our music out there and exposed to more people.

TDW: The fans who were uninitiated to Enation before One Tree Hill, did their enthusiasm surprise you at all?

Jackson: It really did. We had no idea that the music would catch on like it did. It’s been pretty cool. And the song that we did with Bethany Joy was really cool. People really connected with that song. It was a real personal song for me about redemption. It was neat to see people really connect with it.

TDW: For your appearance on the show, what differences did you notice between filming One Tree Hill, a primetime show, and General Hospital, a daytime soap? I know the processes are a bit different, right?

Jackson: Primetime shows that shoot on film are pretty different than daytime. Daytime is sort of a hybrid between theater and film in the sense that on General Hospital you have four cameras that are shooting at once. One Tree Hill usually does one camera at a time, which is more of the traditional film style. You do multiple takes from a bunch of the different angles over the course of the day. On General Hospital you basically do the scene once and they catch it with four different cameras and you move on to the next scene. As an actor, it’s pretty different. But I grew up doing films and other TV shows as well so I’m pretty used to the different styles that people do.

TDW: Was it an added challenge to be filming something with the musical component? Because you weren’t filming something as an actor, like you usually are.

Jackson: It was cool, actually. It was fun. I had never really experienced it from a different angle like that. It was cool to be part of the filming but not be one of the actors, per se, and just be one of the musicians. It was cool to see it from a different perspective and it was fun to partner with Bethany and see what happened. The USO thing was really cool, too, because the people were amazing. Just to be able to support something like that meant a lot to us.

TDW: I know Enation and [Galeotti’s band with Amber Sweeney] Everly recently booked a gig for August at the Corn Palace. Will other joint dates be announced?

Jackson: As soon as we get ‘em, we’ll announce ‘em. That’s definitely a possibility. It works out perfectly for us just because we’re all really good friends. Our music is different but it sort of complements each other well and there’s crossing of audiences with One Tree Hill and General Hospital. So I think it’s possible we’ll do more dates.

TDW: When you guys perform together, do you collaborate on-stage, too? Like, do you perform Feel This together?

Jackson: We’re sort of talking about that right now, how we’re going to arrange all that stuff. We’ve done small acoustic shows where we’ve done that but this is probably the first full-on, full-length show that we’re doing together so we’re talking now about how we’re going to execute everything.

TDW: In Enation, you & Richard are brothers and Michael & Luke are brothers. What is the benefit of working with your siblings?

Jackson: Well, for Richard and I, it’s awesome. Most of the creative things we do in our lives, we do together, whether it’s writing scripts or playing music. All that kind of stuff. It’s great. He’s an incredible drummer and producer. We work really well together. And I think it’s fun for Luke and Michael as well. It’s just nice when you’re traveling and touring to have your brother there and feel like somebody’s got your back. But we feel like that with Dano as well. We’re sort of a band of brothers.

TDW: I like that phrase. How do you find time for everything? You have the music, you’re doing other projects with your brother, you have two kids, and you have an immensely popular but very time-intensive daytime series. How do you fit it all in?

Jackson: It’s pretty tough. It’s pretty crazy. I don’t know. You just do your best to prioritize. For instance, I’m not working on GH this week so I’m up in Washington and we’re working on music. When I have downtime at night, I spend a lot of that time writing screenplays and books and stuff like that. Whenever I’m not doing one of those creative things, I’m doing another. Also prioritizing time with my wife and kids is something I work really hard at, trying to put that time before all the creative stuff.

TDW: You guys have increasingly been using Facebook and Twitter to interact with fans. It’s one more thing to do but it’s opened up opportunities to have relationships with fans that you didn’t necessarily have before.

Jackson: I know. It’s been a transition, probably, over the last five years to incorporate more of that stuff. It’s really important, especially, like I said, as a band when you’re doing some stuff independently. There’s a fun creative process of just dreaming about how you can stay connected with people and let them get to know what you’re about and what the music is about. We’ve been doing an online magazine, Enation Magazine. I think we’ve done five or six issues, and that’s been really cool because it gives people a really in-depth picture of some of the music and some of our experiences. But Twitter and Facebook have been great.

TDW: Last question, and I know it might be an impossible one to answer. If you had to choose one for the rest of your career–doing TV, making movies or playing music–which would you go with?

Jackson: Yeah, that probably is impossible. I think between the three, I’d probably try to hold on to a combination of making films and still playing music with the band. Maybe we could make films and then score the soundtracks. That would be cool.

Q & A with Enation’s Richard Lee Jackson and Luke Galeotti

TeenDramaWhore: How has the association with One Tree Hill changed your “knownness” factor?

Richard Lee Jackson: Being on One Tree Hill has increased our exposure in a big way. Not only were we able to play in front of the live USO crowd of over 3,000 people the night our show was filmed, but we were also seen by the millions of fans who watch the show once it aired. We’ve had over 100,000 people download the version of “Feel This” we did with Bethany Joy, which is now our biggest-selling song. There were also over 100,000 people all over the world who watched a YouTube video focusing on the lyrics to “Feel This”––which as a co-writer of the song makes me feel pretty great! We want that message of hope, beauty, and redemption to get heard, and One Tree Hill was a big part of that happening.

Luke Galleotti: Well for me, playing on One Tree Hill was the first time I’ve really been around “Fame” and I got an interesting new perspective on why I am playing music. Fame is very overrated but at the same time it can be used to influence a lot of people. So, I guess what that whole experience showed me was that what I really want for me and my music is to be content being me and bless a lot of people along the way.

TDW: What was the most surprising thing about filming your appearance on One Tree Hill?

RLJ: For me, the most surprising part was how involved the USO really was. The men and women on the base there in [North Carolina] were the ones who actually built the stage where the concert was performed on. They were so inviting, so happy for us to be there. We were the ones who were honored to serve them any way we could, but their hearts were so filled with gratitude. They put their lives on the line for us, and here they are thanking us for showing up and playing a concert. We told them, from the stage, anywhere we could, how thankful we were for their sacrifice and service.

LG: I was surprised that the cast and crew were everyday normal people. For me, I had a totally different view on how things worked and how people acted in the industry but when it was all said and done, we are all just people. I really enjoyed hanging out with everyone. There are a lot of great people on that set.

TDW: What’s the one TV show you would love to have an Enation song on?

RLJ: Lost. No question for me. That’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They’ve had some really great music sequences, too.

LG: I don’t watch a lot of TV but it would be fun to hear our songs on the shows I do watch–Lost, Chuck and/or The Legend of the Seeker.

TDW: Who would play each of you in the movie version of Enation’s career?

RLJ: : Oh, man, great question! Okay, let’s see.
Jonathan: Leonardo DiCaprio or Johnny Depp
Myself: Matt Damon
Daniel: Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell or Jeff Bridges (younger)
Michael: Matthew Fox
Luke: Colin Farrell

LG: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I think I would nominate Enation to play Enation. I don’t know anyone who is better at being us than, well, us.

TDW: What’s next for the band?

RLJ: We are continuing to promote our recent albums, “World In Flight” and our first ever live album, “The Future Is A Memory.” We are also working on our next album, which at this point is at the “throwing paint on the canvas” stage. We don’t know what it will look like yet. We have some shows lined up for the summer and we’re still looking to book more. Those dates should be released pretty soon for our fans. We are always interacting with our fans, making our Enation Magazine for the Enation Army members, and we love keeping in touch through Twitter and Facebook. Our biggest desire is to continue to be who we are, making  great music that we hope connects with people. We want to look back and be really proud of the catalogue of music we have.

LG: Well, I hope to work on building a strong fan base in the northwest and seeing what opens up from there. For me, it’s not about where we go or how far we go. It’s about us being together.

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News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210, The O.C. and Dawson’s Creek

22 03 2010




News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210 and The O.C.

6 10 2009
  • Be sure to check out The CW’s site for all the new video content this week.
  • Both One Tree Hill (2.1 million viewers) and Gossip Girl (also 2.1 when rounded up) dropped significantly in the ratings compared to last week.
  • The CW Source has a podcast about last night’s One Tree Hill, as well as one for last week’s ep and last week’s Gossip Girl.
  • There’s another Mark Schwahn preview for next week’s One Tree Hill.
  • There’s a new One Tree Hill Connection podcast, this one featuring an interview with Lindsay Wolfington, the show’s music supervisor.
  • WakeyWakey tweeted a lot today from the One Tree Hill set.
  • Maria Menounos (Jules, One Tree Hill) tweeted that she will be the first-ever female co-host of Monday Night Raw, a wrestling program.
  • Ausiello is reporting that there will be a very, um, scandalous sex scene in the Nov. 9 episode of Gossip Girl. Purely for shock value, I’m sure, seeing as that’s how Josh Schwartz rolls these days.
  • Lady Gaga is reportedly appearing as herself on an upcoming Gossip Girl episode. See, it’s all about the buzz.  To be honest, though, I haven’t seen this confirmed elsewhere yet.
  • Korbi has a cool behind-the-scenes video of Matt Lanter (Liam, 90210) and Ryan Eggold (Ryan, 90210) filming tonight’s episode.
  • The Los Angeles Times has an entertaining interview with Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210).
  • The New York Post has an interview with Michael Steger (Navid, 90210).
  • TVGuide.com has quotes from most of the 90210 cast about upcoming episodes and storylines.  Quite a few spoilers in there, though some are slightly outdated and others are new.  A few of you won’t be happy!
  • I caught a glimpse of Melrose Place and I think I saw Nicholas Gonzalez (DJ, The O.C.). Can anyone confirm?




News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210 and The O.C.

12 08 2009
  • The One Tree Hill Twitter account tweeted a picture of Mark Schwahn (creator), Lindsay Wolfington (music supervisor) and some of the crew.
  • There’s a very interesting interview posted on YouTube (done by The CW Source–don’t know why it’s not on their site) with Schwahn and Austin Nichols (Julian, One Tree Hill). Turns out the show is jumping ahead MORE than a year–14 months, to be exact.  And Schwahn says it’s possible for Leyton to return.  Also says the show returns with Jamie’s 7th birthday, which means his birthdays have been celebrated on the show at 3 different times during the year. Like I said, interesting…
  • Robert Buckley (Clayton, One Tree Hill) is on PEOPLE.com’s wish list for Dancing with the Stars contestants.
  • There’s a new SoGoPro podcast featuring Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill). There’s also some new vlogs.
  • India de Beaufort (Miranda, One Tree Hill) tweeted from the set.
  • The next round in the Gossip Girl bracket tournament has been posted.
  • Korbi posted a picture from ELLE magazine that features Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) and Ed Westwick (Chuck, Gossip Girl), and some pics from the set.
  • According to Newsweek, NYC Prep “tops” Gossip Girl, and one of the stars mentioned GG in an interview.
  • Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and Lori Loughlin (Debbie, 90210) will be one of the presenters for the Daytime Emmys.
  • Garth now has a Twitter account.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) has won the CLCA Green Award.
  • Tori Spellling (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) recently did an interview with Allure.
  • You can submit a question for Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) here.
  • Mischa Barton (Marissa, The O.C.) spoke to TVGuideMagazine.com about working on The Beautiful Life.  PEOPLE.com has a story on Barton’s new fitness regime.
  • Chris Pratt (Che, The O.C.) got married last month.




News Roundup: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210

31 07 2009
  • PEOPLE.com posted a behind-the-scenes video featuring some of the Gossip Girl cast.
  • PEOPLE.com also has a story on the “Gossip Guys” getting new apartments.
  • Sebastian Stan (Carter, Gossip Girl) discussed working with his real-life girlfriend Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl).
  • Tyra Banks will guest-star on Gossip Girl this season but won’t be playing herself, according to AusielloKorbi and Kristin have a few details on Banks’ character.
  • Scenes from Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and 90210 are nominated for Funniest Moment and Best Villain in the Sourcies.
  • Lindsay Wolfington, One Tree Hill’s music supervisor, tweeted 2 Twitpics from an on-set performance by Noisettes.
  • Per an e-mail I got from Joe Manganiello (Owen, One Tree Hill), if you live in LA you can see him in the play Drinking Games.
  • The One Tree Hill reunion trip will be canceled if there’s not enough interest so go check it out!
  • TV Squad has a spoilish article on 90210.
  • A few teen drama stars will be at various TCA anels this weekend and next week, so let TVGuide.com know if you have any questions for them!







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