Exclusive: Six Questions For 90210 Music Supervisor Scott Vener

13 06 2010

When 90210 featured The Script in an episode last fall, I had no idea who they were. Fast-forward to April when their single “Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)” went platinum–selling more than one million copies and playing on an endless loop inside my head.

In the last few months, I begun to increasingly wonder about 90210’s music selection process and (politely) stalked the show’s music supervisor, Scott Vener, for the low-down.

Vener took time out for a quick chat via e-mail about working on 90210 and two successful HBO shows.

TeenDramaWhore: What does it mean to be a music supervisor? What is the process for selecting music for a 90210 episode?

Scott Vener: The process is different on all shows.  But, on 90210, I pool together a library of music for the editors so they have music they can cut picture to.  I would say most of the songs come from me.  However, I’m really lucky on 90210 to be working with some really great editors who know music pretty well.  They make a lot of contributions.  Also, the showrunner [Rebecca Sinclair] has great taste and she is really supportive of using eclectic stuff, which makes my job a lot more fun rather than just placing songs that are currently charting on the radio.

TDW: Do you have a favorite 90210 “music moment,” a scene and song that really stands out to you in your memory?

Vener: I really loved using the song “Cat & Mouse” by this new group Nikki & Rich in the first episode of the season [Episode 2.01, To New Beginnings].  You can YouTube it.  It’s great!

TDW: The original 90210 had the After Dark, a club for the characters to gather where popular music artists would perform. This has also been seen on other teen shows, like The O.C., which had a place called The Bait Shop. Aside from The Script playing at the Beverly Hills Beach Club earlier this season [Episode 2.05, Environmental Hazards] and a brief performance by N.E.R.D [Episode 2.08, Women’s Intuition], the new 90210 has stayed away from that. Is that an intentional choice?

Vener: I don’t really know because I don’t write the scripts : )

TDW: How did Soundtrack 90210 come about? Any plans for a “volume 2”?

Vener: The soundtrack was CBS’s idea.  The show really lends itself to being a music-driven show.  So, having a soundtrack made sense.  I’m not sure if we’re going to do a new one.

TDW: You also work on Entourage and, more recently, How To Make It In America [starring Bryan Greenberg (Jake, One Tree Hill)]. How do you balance three shows and how do you think the music style for the shows differ?

Vener: They shoot at different times so it’s not hard to balance them all.  I definitely think the styles are really different.  There definitely is some cross-over.  I used Nas and Damian Marley’s song “As We Enter” and Broken Bells’ song “The High Road” on both 90210 and How To Make It.  But what I love about 90210 is I can use more singer-songwriter stuff that probably wouldn’t fit on either How To Make It or Entourage.  Entourage is definitely closer in style to How To Make It because they both lend themselves to hip hop.

TDW: Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have a favorite artist right now?

Vener: I really don’t like to use anything I don’t listen to in my personal life.  I definitely search music blogs all over the Internet from people all over the world.  I got a few people (blogs) working for me, who have no idea they work for me.  I feel guilty. I don’t pay them. (No, I don’t. Ha.) Foals’ new album is great.  It’s not out yet but I have it and it’s awesome.  Also, The Morning Benders, Nikki & Rich, and Freddie Gibbs.

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Win 90210 Goodies!

13 10 2009

I have some 90210 goodies to give away!

And as I hinted a while back, this is the contest pegged to the release of Soundtrack 90210, which hits stores today.

Here’s how to win:

Take a look at the tracklist below and use the comments section to tell me which band is your favorite AND why.

1. Many Shades Of Black by Adele and The Raconteurs
2. Soldier by  N*E*R*D featuring Santigold
3. One Hipster One Bullit by JET
4. Valium by MuteMath
5. I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe by OK Go
6. Sierra’s Song by The All American Rejects
7. A Perfect Tourniquet by Anberlin
8. Sunburn by Owl City
9. You’re So Cold by Will Dailey
10. Love Seat by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
11. One Small Step by Parachute
12. Hearts Collide by Sarah Solovay
13. Understand by Darrelle London
14. City Girl by Stars Crashing Cars
15. 90210 Main Title – 2009 Remix by John E. Davis

You have until 12am Saturday central time to comment!

Good luck!





News Roundup: 90210, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and More

23 09 2009
  • 90210 dropped last night from 2.4 million viewers to 2.2 million.
  • Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) and Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) will be on The Jay Leno Show tonight.
  • Celebrity deejay Samantha Ronson will guest-star on 90210, alongside Pharrell and N.E.R.D.
  • Beverly Hills 90210 gets a shout-out in this TVGuide.com photo gallery on memorable TV spin-offs.
  • Eastwick, starring Lindsay Price (Janet, Beverly Hills 90210) premieres tonight on ABC.
  • The CW Source has podcasts for the One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl premieres, and another old-school OTH one.
  • As expected, One Tree Hill has been picked up for a full season, according to their official Twitter account.
  • Kudos to OneTreeHillWeb.net for reminding me that today is One Tree Hill’s sixth anniversary!
  • My Jack Savoretti-One Tree Hill contest ends tonight.
  • Alloy has an interview with Ashley Rickards (Sam, One Tree Hill).
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One  Tree Hill) is featured in the new SoGoPro podcast.
  • Talking Gossip has a new podcast for last night’s Gossip Girl.
  • PEOPLE.com tells you how to copy the hairstyle Blake Lively (Serena, Gossip Girl) had at the Emmys.
  • Taylor Momsen (Jenny, Gossip Girl) helped launch the Clinique-Teen Vogue Fresh Faces Tour.
  • Mercy, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl), premieres tonight on NBC.
  • Ask Ausiello doesn’t have any TD spoilers this week but it does have some stuff on Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.)
  • Melissa Rosenberg, a former executive producer for The O.C., said working on the show got her her current gig as writing for the Twilight movies.
  • MTV has an interview with Cam Gigandet (Volchok, The O.C.).
  • An article on Glee discusses the Dawson’s Creek episode where Jack (Kerr Smith) comes out to his father.
  • Cougar Town, co-starring Busy Philipps (Audrey, Dawson’s Creek), debuts tonight on ABC.







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