The artists featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” could easily share the same bill at any live music event, according to music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who played a crucial role in putting music together for the movie.
“There’s definitely a cohesion within the music of the movie,” she said today (Oct. 29) at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles. “All these bands can play on a festival together.”
Chop Shop owner Patsavas also served as a producer of the “New Moon” soundtrack, which features exclusive tracks from Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Lykke Li and Sea Wolf, among others. In addition, she produced the soundtrack to the previous “Twilight” movie, which has sold 2.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
During the filming process of “New Moon,” the film’s director, Chris Weitz, took meetings with some artists on the soundtrack to discuss how the songs should sound and what scenes he had in mind for them. “A great percentage of the artists who spent time with [Weitz] were in the movie,” Patsavas said. “That’s the reason the music fit so well.”
Eye2ear Music founder/CEO Paul Katz said the “New Moon” soundtrack is “a great platform for acts to be introduced to another audience” that may not have discovered them on their own. He cited independent-leaning artists like Lykke Li and Sea Wolf.
The first single from “New Moon” is Death Cab For Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox.” Katz said the band’s enthusiasm for the project has helped with the marketing. “We want [artists that] enjoy the movie and will talk it up and who are part of our team,” he said.
Some members of Death Cab For Cutie are following in the footsteps of Paramore singer Hayley Williams, whose band had the first single (“Decode”) from the “Twilight” soundtrack. Williams blogged about the series on Paramore’s Web site and posted pictures of herself holding the books and attending the “Twlight” premiere.
Other marketing plans for the film and soundtrack include a Hot Top-branded concert tour, which features some of the bands on the soundtrack. The Los Angeles date on Nov. 6 will feature Death Cab For Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf and others, according to Livia Tortella, GM/executive VP of marketing & creative medi at Atlantic Records.
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" hits theaters on Nov. 20. Meanwhile, "Eclipse" -- the third book in the "Twilight" series -- is filming in Canada and should be released in summer 2010. Patsavas said music selection process for the film has not yet started.