A Minute With; "Glee" music producer Adam Anders

Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:33am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Quirky musical TV comedy "Glee" returned to Fox this week after four months off-air with nine new episodes, including a highly-anticipated program featuring the show's unique twist on the hits of Madonna.

Since taking a break in December, "Glee" has picked up Golden Globe, People's Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards for best TV comedy, and saw its remakes of songs top music charts in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada.

Reuters spoke to "Glee" music producer Adam Anders -- a Hollywood-based, Swedish-born songwriter and bass player -- about how he creates the mash-ups and original cover versions of songs for the TV series.

Anders, 34, said he had 20 songs in production for the remaining nine episodes of season one, including 10 for the Madonna episode alone, which airs on April 20.

Q: How did you get this job?

A: "I am Swedish, so pop music is in my blood. I grew up with Abba. 'Dancing Queen' was playing in the delivery room! I started as a bass player, studied jazz, did a lot of session work and went on to producing and songwriting and had big hit with "More than That" for the Backstreet Boys. I had done about five or six theme songs for different Fox shows. They suggested me to ("Glee" creator) Ryan Murphy. He asked me to take a stab at a cover version of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" on a Friday, and have it ready by the Sunday."

Q: What's the process of arranging and recording the music for "Glee"?

A: "They write the script. Ryan pretty much picks all the songs. He'll go 'here's a list for this episode, here's the script, have fun!'"   Continued...

<p>Cast member Naya Rivera poses at a party to celebrate the premiere of the second season of the television series "Glee" in Los Angeles April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>