JAMES IHA COMPOSES SCORE FOR HULU ORIGINAL SERIES “DEADBEAT”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES IN U.S. AND JAPAN
Musician and producer James Iha has composed the score for the Hulu Original Series “Deadbeat,” a supernatural comedy co-produced by Hulu and Lionsgate Television set to premiere on April 9th. In addition to his scoring work, James remains busy as a performing musician. In early May, he will play LA’s Greek Theatre in A Perfect Circle, with whom he has been a member since 2002. He is also playing the legendary Fuji Rock Festival in Japan this summer as a solo artist.
You can hear the Deadbeat title theme song HERE. On scoring the series, Iha says “The creative process is about scoring chords and emotion to a picture which is completely different than creating music within a song. It’s a different side of the musical brain. The picture is created by the director and the writers, so this truly is a collaborative process.” All episodes of the show will be available on Hulu Plus on April 9th. Two episodes will debut on Hulu.com on April 9th, with new episodes rolling out weekly thereafter.
James has been an established figure in the music scene for more than 20 years and first made a name for himself as one the founding members of The Smashing Pumpkins. Iha recorded and toured with the group until 2000, during which time the group earned worldwide fame and released ten albums. In 1998, he released his first solo album, Let It Come Down, and simultaneously co-founded indie label Scratchie Records, which released albums by artists such as Robbers on High Street and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. The late 90’s marked Iha’s move from Chicago to New York and the opening of his Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios with fellow musician and friend Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy). This period also marked the beginning of Iha’s focus on producing other musicians such as Michael Stipe, Cat Power, St. Lucia, Hunters, and The Sounds. Since that time, he joined rock band A Perfect Circle, scored several indie films, remixed songs for Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Ladytron and released a second solo album, Look To The Sky.
About Hulu Originals and Deadbeat
“Deadbeat” is a supernatural comedy from co-creators/executive producers Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”) starring Tyler Labine (“Reaper”) as a hapless medium who will do anything to finish the unfinished business of New York City ghosts. Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) plays his best friend, Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) stars as celebrity medium Camomile White, and Lucy DeVito (“Melissa & Joey”) plays her assistant. Troy Miller (“Arrested Development, “Flight of the Conchords”) is director and executive producer of the series through his banner Dakota Films. Plan B Entertainment’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg are producers.
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About Lionsgate Television
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