As the music supervisor for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has long been TV’s musical rainmaker… Below, Patsavas discusses how she takes a well-worn track like Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and gives it new meaning, plus her one major exception in Scandal‘s soulful set list.
As told by: Alexandra Patsavas
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Shonda now for 10 years. I’ve been on Grey’s Anatomy since the pilot and have had the good fortune to work on all of her TV shows. I knew that she wanted this show to have a unique voice. Very early on, she talked about [showcasing] soul and R&B — specifically vintage tracks. Most of the tracks are very classic and, in my opinion, underused. There are definitely some wonderful [Top 40] hits from the Ohio Players or Booker T. [and the M.G.’s] or The O’Jays, but we’ve also used some lesser-known gems of the genre. I do think that this show introduces some of these songs to a new audience in the same way that Grey’s does.