Fun.'s Andrew Dost Talks Scoring New MTV Series 'Faking It' (Exclusive)
Fun.’s Andrew Dost is entering the world of film and television scoring, beginning with composing music for MTV’s newest scripted series “Faking It.”
Dost, a former member of Anathallo who got a taste for scoring in Fun.’s video for “Carry On,” had a conversation with MTV's director of music Ernesto Elias about scoring a show and the timing was perfect for “Faking It” as Fun. was on hiatus from touring and recording.
Composing, Dost tells Billboard, “is my career goal, my biggest ambition. I loved the show and after meeting the creator (Carter Covington, a co-executive producer on “Hart of Dixie”) and the producers, it seemed like the perfect project.”
Dost has scored all eight episodes of the romantic comedy set at a high school in Austin, Texas. The lead characters, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk), see a turn in their popularity after word gets around campus that they’re lesbians. Once they're granted celebrity status, the girls continue the ruse. It premieres April 22.
“One thing I am proud of that happened with the show is I was learning on the job,” Dost says. “The first episode has a lot of keyboard and as the characters develop, the music develops. Some episodes are a little more aggressive than others and some late episodes are more guitar-oriented.”
Rochelle Holguin, VP of Music at MTV, said Dost "has created a truly unique sound for the show and his 'soundtrack' has not only elevated the series with music that is perfect for the story but is also very much on brand for the MTV audience."
Dost is also working on his first film, “Me Him Her,” the directorial debut of screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle”), which stars Scott Bakula, Alia Shawkat and Haley Joel Osment. Dost is using a different collection of instruments for the film, among them a melodica and vintage synthesizers.
“There’s no limit on the palette,” he says of both projects. “Going into all of this I thought I was going to get out my old orchestration notebooks, but it winds up being ‘Let’s scale it back.’”