Composer Dominic Lewis Interview: Bullet Practice

Bullet Practice was simply launched in theaters, providing audiences one other serving of the signature mixture of distinctive motion and fast comedy that has come to outline a few of director David Leitch’s greatest hits. The movie follows the story of Ladybug (Brad Pitt), an murderer who finds himself trapped on a prepare with various unsavory characters out for blood. As everybody’s objectives twist and tangle, Bullet Practice ramps up the spectacle to pleasant impact. Different notable stars of the movie embody Atlanta‘s Brian Tyree Henry, Kraven the Hunter‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Wick 4‘s Hiroyuki Sanada, and The Princess‘ Joey King.


Along with its gorgeous motion sequences, Bullet Practice succeeds in its off-the-rails musical rating. Composed by Dominic Lewis, the rating for Bullet Practice mashes musical genres and instrumentation in a lot the identical approach that the movie brings collectively its disparate array of characters. Initially envisioned as an idea album, Lewis’ rating for the movie might draw from a wide range of sources, however finally defies expectations and classification.

Associated: Bullet Practice Solid & Character Information

Dominic Lewis is initially from London, England, and started his profession as a composer beneath the mentorship of grasp movie scorer Rupert Gregson-Williams. Lewis finally got here to collaborate with different well-known composers equivalent to Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman, and Mychael Danna earlier than establishing himself due to his work on initiatives like The Man within the Excessive Citadel and The King’s Man.

Lewis spoke with Display screen Rant about mixing musical kinds and the enjoyable of engaged on Bullet Practice.

Bryan Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Bullet Train.

Display screen Rant: I used to be completely amazed by this rating, as a result of it is chaos – the rating is anarchy – nevertheless it by no means distracted from the film in any respect. Was it onerous to strike the steadiness between going to all these totally different locations within the rating and ensuring that it by no means distracted from the motion or the story?

Dominic Lewis: This phrase is used approach an excessive amount of, nevertheless it was really a extremely natural course of. Oftentimes as a movie composer, you are required to be in, however not do a lot and simply help. Whereas, as a result of David is such a needle-drop-oriented man anyway, the choice for music was so deliberate that you might want to hear music. It is not a query of, like, being within the background and doing that factor that we usually do as movie composers, which is that we’re simply felt and probably not heard a whole lot of the time.

The place the method to this one was like, “We wish to hear music. It must be part of the tone. It must be part of each character.” And it performs a significant position within the movie. So, proper from the start, the directive was “Be daring. Be brave. Go large, or go house,” principally. And David stated, “Simply swing for the fences, and I am going to rein you in if it will get an excessive amount of.” And simply to be provided that freedom and that belief is so uncommon, and I believe that is why it is so loopy.

I imply, the film’s loopy, clearly. However I used to be in a position to go in no matter course I needed, no matter style I needed to do. We have been assured from the beginning that the thematic materials, and this complete concept that I got here up with that it is type of an idea album rating, would make every thing work collectively.

Did you could have any particular influences that you simply drew from? I really feel like there have been moments that gave the impression of Ennio Morricone, and simply every thing.

Dominic Lewis: I imply you say every thing, and that is right. Morricone would positively be in there, as a result of as a movie composer, how will you ignore that affect? Nevertheless it’s the identical – how will you ignore The Beatles’ affect? Or anybody that’s in my document assortment; subconsciously they’re all swimming round up in my mind. It wasn’t a acutely aware choice to depend on anyone style or particular affect. It was simply no matter got here out of my head at that time, and no matter I felt was proper, being influenced by the script and the superb pictures and superb performances.

As a result of I used to be on this factor from earlier than they even shot a body. So I had complete mad-scientist-in-his-lab freedom to only give you stuff and go nuts, based mostly on the script. And clearly, I would get dailies, and I would change some form of approaches to issues, however once I say I used to be given a clean canvas, I actually was. It was like, “You do what you do,” and David stated, “If I have to steer you in any course, I’ll.”

However we have been on the identical web page from the get-go, so it was such a tremendous course of to be let free and be free to make use of no matter style, no matter influences simply got here out. And truthfully, I did not go and particularly take heed to issues, or – as a result of I’ve form of accomplished that previously – I did not wish to do this. I simply shut myself off and simply relied on my mind, and no matter was floating up there on the time simply got here out, based mostly on no matter character it was. I would form of give them a musical background of style.

For instance, Prince. She’s Russian, however she went to boarding faculty in England, so she’d have Russian influences but in addition have English influences. English bands, and – not even English. I needed to offer her a Gen Z vibe, and I additionally needed to offer her a psychopathic killer vibe. That is why she’s received two sides to her theme. She’s received that, like, trip-hoppy, extra form of classical psychotic facet, after which she’s received that ’90s grunge Gen Z facet which is extra enjoyable. So, I used to be simply going mad, in a great way. Having enjoyable going mad, and simply type of exploring issues.

And that is not common, proper? That you’d get on board a venture like this so early?

Dominic Lewis: No.

Is {that a} David Leitch factor? How’d that occur?

Dominic Lewis: I am unsure, really. That is my first venture with David, so this was simply the way in which that we determined to do it on this one. As a result of it was – everybody knew that it was going to be so musically highly effective and nuts, so we type of wanted the time to type of discover concepts. We did not wish to be chained to that common three months of doing a movie. This complete strategy of with the ability to do it over a 12 months allowed the experimentation and allowed us to attempt various things.

To start with of this, a whole lot of the actually evil characters just like the White Demise and Prince have been actually darkish. I hadn’t seen any footage but, so I used to be simply going off the script. And as soon as David received off set and we have been in a position to chat and stuff, we might form of mould it higher to the popcorn enjoyable facet of issues. And a few of these darker components stayed, nevertheless it was actually nice having that point to only discover. Usually, should you’re on a film for a 12 months, it would be like “Oh, one thing’s gone fallacious, and I simply wish to get off it. I am so accomplished with it.” However I by no means received drained, I used to be continually creating as a result of I used to be given a lot freedom, and that is type of the place I wish to be. I wish to be provided that freedom and have that point to discover.

Joey King stars in Bullet Train

That is superb. One thing else I assumed was actually distinctive to what you probably did right here is that we’ll get midway via a cue, after which impulsively somebody begins singing, and it is like, “Wait, is that this a tune now? Has this been a tune this complete time?” What made you wish to do this?

Dominic Lewis: Yeah, that was the entire method. My pitch, once I did not have the gig and was attempting to get it, was “How do you give you a rating that seems like the right needle drop?” So typically, we attempt songs up towards a scene, and it really works for 20 seconds after which type of falls flat – and you find yourself going with a unique tune that is not fairly nearly as good in these 20 seconds, however that does higher via the entire sequence. It is not a really good recreation whenever you’re taking part in with needle drops; you are looking for one thing, and it is actually onerous.

With David clearly being that needle drop man, I needed to offer him that. However I additionally needed to have the ability to inform a narrative like a rating does, as a result of nothing tells story like rating can, and actually will get down and soiled with the story and the arcs of the characters. So, that was the entire idea. I needed there to be little or no to differentiate between the songs and the rating.

At any level, you can be like, “Oh, it is a tune. No, wait a minute, it is a rating. Oh. It is type of the identical factor.” And I additionally – I wrote a few songs for this, and I produced a few songs for this, so the music is all coming from the identical particular person, a whole lot of the time. Which is why you could have these moments the place I simply type of begin singing in the course of a rating cue, to straddle each these issues, rating and tune. I needed there to be a really blurry line between the 2.

In performing some analysis on you, it looks as if you play just about each instrument. So, congratulations on that. 

Dominic Lewis: Not each instrument! That is very type, however no, I am restricted. I play just a few issues, you already know.

You play cello, you sing, you play guitar and piano… However the query is, how a lot of the rating did you do by your self, and when do you herald different devices or musicians?

Dominic Lewis: Truthfully, it is type of a whole lot of it. As a result of it was the center of lockdown, we have been all going mad anyway, after which I used to be within the studio, and I’ve received all these devices, and I used to be simply taking part in round. And I believe that is why the rating has that uncooked band really feel, as a result of it is me taking part in most of these devices. I am not a drummer, so I received the superb Matt Chamberlain in to do the rock drums and the live-sounding drums. And clearly, there are a great deal of synth drums and stuff and I am simply mucking round taking part in with synths.

However yeah, it actually did really feel like – I do not know should you’ve seen that Dave Grohl particular. That 20-minute particular, the place he is similar to strolling round his studio build up a great deal of totally different guitars, and organs, and drums, and he is simply taking part in every thing. I form of felt like that. I felt like a one-man band. And it has been such a very long time since I have been in my band and been ready to try this. And I am not nice, so I believe it is received that “it is all about angle” vibe, versus being good.

Plenty of the time as a movie composer, you get in these insane musicians which can be simply completely good, as a result of they need to be. They have 50 cues to do in an hour, and so they simply rattle via as a result of they’re insane and so they’ve been practising for 8 hours a day for many of their lives. That is not me. I am all about, you already know, simply utilizing my ear and simply winging it. I believe that is why it is received that uncooked vibe to it.  It is received that very particular angle to it, as a result of that is what I needed. I did not need it to be good.

I needed it to sound like 4 guys received collectively within the ’70s and have been like, “Hey, do you wish to begin a band?” “Yeah, cool. I play a little bit of guitar.” “Effectively, I play a little bit of bass.” As a result of again then, that is how these bands began. They did not go to music faculty. They did not prepare for hours and hours. Music was in them, and so they had angle, and so they had vibe, and clearly they received extra skilled the longer they went on. And that is form of what I needed to create. I needed to create that phantasm, that it is some type of band that possibly did not fairly make it, and had one hit, and so they have been okay.

The entire film is so enjoyable, however is there one sequence, or one music cue that you simply’re notably excited for individuals to see within the theater?

Dominic Lewis: I do not know, it is such a journey. I am so pleased with the entire thing. All these cues are all of my kids, and it will form of be fallacious to decide on one. But when I did need to single out my favourite – as a result of let’s face it, each dad or mum’s received a favourite child, they simply do not admit it – I imply, there was that observe that was launched yesterday [August 3rd as of this interview], comingsoon.internet launched one of many tracks from the rating yesterday. It is form of the destiny stuff that I got here up with, and there is a singer on there, and it is actually type of my first exploration into this form of ’70s outdated document really feel that I needed to create. I actually do love that piece of music, I am very pleased with it, and I additionally assume the pictures it is accompanied with are so highly effective.

However once more, there’s one other second that I really like. I am attempting to consider learn how to say it and not using a spoiler. There is a second the place the digital camera pans in on Brad, and he says a cool line, after which it cuts straight to an enormous large shot of the bullet prepare coming into the Kyoto station with the White Demise and his henchmen on the platform. And it is like this large ’70s rock explosion, and I received to actually let go along with my vocals, and form of scream out the melody. It is not essentially my favourite piece of music, however whenever you watch it with the movie, it actually smacks you between the eyes.

Take a look at our different interview with Bullet Practice stars Hiroyuki Sanada in addition to Brian Tyree Henry & Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Extra: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Details About Bullet Practice

Bullet Practice is in theaters now, and its soundtrack is accessible in all places music is discovered.

  • Bullet Practice (2022)Launch date: Aug 05, 2022

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