Dot Da Genius recently spoke with Netflix about the creative process behind making his first film score.
“It was challenging, but everyone was supportive and they got the vision,” he shared. “They got the sonic landscape that me and Cudi stay in. And yeah, I mean, besides having to make 30 compositions, it was fun at the end of the day.”
When asked to detail the process behind building a story for Entergalactic through music, Dot Da Genius explained: “A lot of times it’s like feeling your way through the dark. Because we’ve been doing this for such a long time, we take a lot of time exploring sonically first. Cudi has very specific taste, and he responds to whatever inspires him. I could be playing the keys and then maybe 15 minutes in, he hears a synth and a progression that he likes, and that will set it off. He’ll start exploring how that makes him feel, what he wants to talk about. And then he’ll feed me bits and pieces of ideas that he’s thinking of and we’ll talk about it and refine it, and then he just goes in and does what he does. But [Entergalactic] wasn’t very different from the way we create, because we created it before the show. Trying to make the score intentionally [to accompany] a visual was a little bit more challenging. Because the animators had to mold [the special] to the music we were making, but in the score I had to mold [the music] to the emotions the director wanted to convey.”
Stream Entergalactic (Soundtrack From The Netflix Special) now on all major platforms.