David Kitay (Composer - 'Date Movie')
'Scoring, The Kitay Way!'
Thankfully for a lot of his admirers, David Kitay recently scored "'Date Movie' for writers/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Starring Adam Campbell, Allyson Hannigan, Eddie Griffin, Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge, the film is a spoof of the hit romantic comedies of recent years.
20th Century Fox released the film in February, and Lakeshore Records released the accompanying soundtrack on March 7, which includes a version of the theme song to "The Price Is Right" performed by David Kitay.
The 'Date Movie' score was designed to operate on two levels. Although it sounds authentic to the familiar images of romance, it also conveys the humor of the spoof.
'Date Movie' is the latest in a series of hit comedies Kitay has done since early in his scoring career. After solidifying his reputation in the teen genre with hit movies like "Clueless," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Scary Movie," "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and "Dude, Where's My Car?," Kitay kept his sense of humor and expanded into independent film.
Two upcoming releases, "Art School Confidential" and "Darwin Awards," are the next examples of off-beat, interesting films Kitay has done for a variety of innovative directors. Showing remarkable innovation, his score for Finn Taylor's upcoming "Darwin Awards" is the world's first retrograde reverse score, wherein the music was performed backwards and digitally reversed to play forwards, so the notes sound reversed even though they are accurate.
Kitay also completed scores for "Relative Strangers," starring Ron Livingston, and John Cosgrove's comedy ensemble "Caffeine."
Chatting recently with David, and being that he is the son of a professional opera singer, I first wodnered what his household had been like growing up? "Fun, loving, good food and lots of Puccini!"
Having been a respected session guitarist for so many years, I'm wondering who you've had the most fun thus far playing and recording alongside? "Bonnie Raitt, James Ingram, The Crusaders, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin."
Your first scored film was 'Look Who's Talking,' but just how did you get that gig ...? "I was lucky enough to have a friend suggest me to the music supervisor ... Amy liked what she heard ... I did a demo of two scenes (the biological clock and the birth). She liked them and the rest is ... yadayadayada."
... and did you ever feel alone and 'naked' composing it, missing the loud group jam sound/feeling that once surrounded you? "I have always enjoyed working alone (and sometimes ... naked), so that was an easy transition."
With regard your newly-scored 'Date Movie' soundtrack, it contains your new version of the theme song to "The Price Is Right." Just where does one start in the reworking process of such a "classic"?! "I tried to get as close to the original as possible any sound of "reworking" is and accident."
The same soundtrack whilst also conjuring familiar images of romance, also conveys the humor of the spoof. Just how easy (or hard) is that to combine two differing genres of music into the one sometimes all-to-quick piece? "Romance is easy, comedy is hard because the timing is so specific."
Keeping as busy as humanely possible, you've also recently composed the scores to upcoming movies such 'Art School Confidential,' 'Darwin Awards,' and 'Relative Strangers.' Couple those with 'Date Movie' and I'm wondering when you have time to sleep?! "Sleep is underrated! Some periods are very busy and than there are periods where you can rest up for the next run."
It's been said that you are currently working on your very own concert music. Please explain this more and when should we see its fruition? "I don't want to say much, so as not to deflate its intention ... I hope to be done this year."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop song would you love to re-compose today if asked ... and why?! "I'll get back to you on that!"
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "I prefer duck!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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