Mark Mothersbaugh

‘The LEGO Movie’ Exclusive Interview with Composer Mark Mothersbaugh

‘The LEGO Movie’ Exclusive Interview with Composer Mark Mothersbaugh

To children of the 80s, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Devo, whose hit song "Whip It" rocketed them to stardom. After the singer and his Devo band mates went their separate ways, he moved on to a new career as a film and TV composer, crafting the theme song for Pee-wee's Playhouse and providing the scores for Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Slaughterhouse Rock and a number of other movies, short films and TV shows throughout the 1990s. He gained a whole new fan base by composing the scores for early Wes Anderson films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, proving himself to be one of the most versatile composers in the business. The musician reunites with his Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller for The Lego Movie, which has earned nearly $200 million worldwide after less than two weeks in theaters.

I recently had the chance to speak with the musician about how he first got started composing scores for movies and television, how he likes to bring a distinct style to each project, producing The Lego Movie's hit song "Everything Is Awesome," how he helped get Phil Lord and Chris Miller their job directing The Lego Movie, and future projects such as 22 Jump Street. Take a look at what Mark Mothersbaugh had to say in our exclusive interview.

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