Behind-the-scenes of Glee's music

Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:49pm EST
 
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By Shirley Halperin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Glee" is up for two golden gramophones at this Sunday's Grammy Awards, best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and best compilation soundtrack album, and much of the credit is due to one person: Adam Anders, who produces all "Glee"-related songs for the show and albums as well as the music for the forthcoming tour.

It's a full-time job times two, which is why Anders has a musical partner more than 10,000 miles away working during the overnight hours. It's also a highly demanding one, when show creator Ryan Murphy is your boss.

Of course Anders, who got his big break writing for Backstreet Boys a decade ago, isn't complaining. With over 56 million songs and nearly 10 million albums sold, and the promise by Columbia-Epic Label Group chairman Rob Stringer that Anders can work on the casts' future solo albums, he's looking at some very lucrative accolades.

The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with the Swedish-born Anders, as he readies for music's biggest night.

THR: When you first started working on the music for "Glee," what kind of direction did Ryan Murphy give you?

AA: He wanted it big. He was telling me, "This cannot be karaoke. This show has to have hit songs. It has to sound amazing and look good." When we did "Rehab," that's when he finally said, "That's my vision." We've done a couple hundred songs together, and I can think of maybe three songs that didn't work.

THR: The mashups are especially impressive, tell us about how those come together.

AA: Ryan comes up with them. He's crazy. Crazy brilliant… A lot is story-driven, where he'll call me and say, "These work lyrically, will it work musically?" And sometimes he gives me options. "This, this, this, or this?" He's just a jukebox really. And my job is just to get what he wants.   Continued...