Frank Palazzolo / Liza Richardson - Mad Doll Music
Hometowns: Manalapan, NJ / Phoenix, AZ
Spirit Animals: Woolly Mammoth / Red Panda
SILO: Why music supervision? What made you, both, get started?
Frank: I’ve always had a strong connection to songs in film. As a kid, I’d buy movie soundtracks nearly as often as I would buy movies themselves. Cocktail was my first soundtrack. When I was growing up, I used to sit my friends down to watch me play different songs over iconic scenes in movies (muted) and rate my choices. After college, I came to find out that what I was doing was actually a job, so I came out to LA to find this job and never looked back!
Liza: I’d been passionately DJ’n for years and realized it wasn’t sustainable so I wanted to find another career that was related.
SILO: Tell us a little about your collaboration on "The Leftovers" - would you say you guys are similar stylistically? Or is your partnership more a successful example of why "opposites attract”?
Frank: I would say that we are similar in how we agree on a final song choice for scenes, but do offer our own unique perspectives when bringing ideas to the table. Sometimes I’ll visualize a style of song for a scene but Liza will make a completely different interpretation that changes my mind to see the scene differently. So I guess it’s usually a case by case basis on whether it’s our similarities that help nail the scene or our different perspectives that get us to the best option.
Liza: Yes a little of both, sometimes we’re on the exact same page but the truth is, we have very different taste in music. I try to have as little ego as possible about music and my choices and tastes and have learned that Frank’s ideas are often much better than mine, let’s face it!
SILO: What have you found most rewarding working on "The Leftovers"? What can we expect for the third and final season?
Frank: The volume of music in the show has just been amazing. We’re working on a new scene daily and it’s so much fun, since our producers have such a passion for music as well. Season three is just a rad as season two. I think everyone really needs to tune into this final season, especially since the writer’s knew it was the final season before writing it, so they were able to complete the story. They really bring the series together perfectly.
Liza: what can I say but, expect the unexpected, this season is a rollercoaster ride, so much fun, we love it!
SILO: Liza - How have you found it being both a KCRW team member and a music supervisor? Do you think it's helped in discovering more new and/or up-and-coming artists for your TV and film projects?
Liza: Yes helpful but our music supervision gigs and my radio show often have no crossover whatsoever. I’m so grateful I have KCRW as a place to really explore, indulge and stay weird. There’s nothing I’d rather do on a Saturday night than crank some tunes and broadcast them!
SILO: What advice would you give your younger self, stepping into this field? As well as, all the youngsters coming in?
Frank: Learn all that you can about the business and how each individual task is executed. There is far more to this business than knowing great music and licensing, those are just the basics. Come in prepared, but always ready to learn.
Liza: Check the ego at the door. Trust your gut, when something doesn’t feel right, don’t keep marching blindly forward. Listen carefully and be the tortoise, not the hare.
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Frank Palazzolo - TW / IG: @phranklymusic