Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 38: Jeff Russo, Composer of “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard”

Jeff Russo has gone from rock bands in NYC to composing scores for Hollywood, and Trek fans will know him best for creating the music for “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard.”

Before he started scoring soundtracks, Jeff was part of the Grammy-nominated band TONIC, whose music you can hear in “Scream 2” and “American Pie,” and their music videos have millions of views on Youtube. His journey in music led him to score TV shows like “Fargo,” “Lucifer,” and “The Umbrella Academy,” where he got to work with Gerard Way from “My Chemical Romance,” as well as the world of Star Trek.

We talk about his experiences working on these shows, his philosophy on making music, creating the sounds of the Star Trek universe, working with Isa Briones on “Blue Skies,” his fandom for Star Trek, and his reaction to what happens in “Star Trek: Picard,” and how the COVID-19 Pandemic changed how TV shows were scored, especially during season 3 of Discovery.

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