Hacks: Season 1 – Score By Carlos Rafael Rivera Releases Digitally, Critically Acclaimed Series Now Streaming on HBO Max!

“Rivera’s evocatively melodic score for Hacks revolves around its character themes for Ava and Deborah, also heard in Season 2.”

Fans of the critically-acclaimed HBO Max series, Hacks, can now experience the Original Series Soundtrack featuring music by multiple Emmy® and Grammy® Award winner Carlos Rafael Rivera (The Queen’s Gambit)!  Out now digitally via Lakeshore Records, the evocatively melodic score expands on two main character themes, of Deborah’s and Ava’s, that evolve throughout the series (inclusive of Season 2).  Keep reading to access listening links and further details.

The Emmy and Peabody Award winning series starring Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins is airing now on HBO Max.



Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Stream]

Track List:

01. Deb’s Theme
02. Ava’s Theme
03. Unhoused Residents – Ava’s Theme
04. Young Deb When She Was Happy
05. Deb’s Disco
06. Marcus And Wilson
07. An Evening Routine – Deb’s Theme
08. Unhoused Residents – Ava’s Theme – Alternate
09. Ava’s Theme – Keyboard
10. Young Deb When She Was Happy – Piano
11. Skip The Tasting
12. One Last Time – Deb’s Final Stand Up
13. Deb Lightens Mood




“Hacks” explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Einbinder). 

“Hacks” is created and executive produced by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky. Also, executive producing are Michael Schur, David Miner, and Morgan Sackett. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Says Rivera: “Well, other than having the privilege to score themes for the amazing HACKS duo that is Deborah Vance and Ava Daniels, played respectively by the incredibly talented Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, it is great to collaborate with one of the best comedy writing teams in Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello, and Paul W. Downs. 

This soundtrack presents our character’s themes with story-based variations. And although they may at first seem quite opposite (Deborah on her way out, and Ava on her way up) they have so much more in common than we may at first perceive. 

Thanks for listening!”



CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA is a multi-EMMY® and GRAMMY winning composer, whose career has spanned several genres of the music industry. Having scored one of the most viewed NETFLIX Limited Series of all time, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, and helmed by writer/director Scott Frank, Carlos received his second Primetime EMMY award, his first GRAMMY, and additionally received the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), as well as the BMI Film TV & Visual Media Award, the Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA), and two International Film Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards. 


His work for Film and TV includes scores for Netflix’ GODLESS, for which he received a Primetime EMMY, Universal Pictures’ A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, starring Liam Neeson, the PEABODY and EMMY Award winning hit TV show HACKS for HBO Max, for which he received the World Soundtrack Award (WSA) and the BMI Film TV & Visual Media Award, as well as JUST BEYOND for DISNEY +, and LA REINA DEL SUR 3 for TELEMUNDO.  

His work can be heard in concert halls and at festivals around the world, including performances by prestigious orchestras and chamber groups such as the Cincinnati Pops, Chanticleer, the Pro Musica Mundi Choir, and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. 


As a guitarist, he has performed onstage as opening act for The Who at the Hollywood Bowl; recorded studio sessions for Island/Def Jam, and Universal Records; and had songs placed on feature soundtracks (CRASH, DRAGONFLY), as well as Netflix’s FIREFLY LANE, ABC’s SCRUBS, MTV, and VH-1.   


A protégé of RANDY NEWMAN, he earned a DMA in Composition at USC’s Thornton School. He also loves to share his knowledge through teaching at The Frost School of Music, where he is Associate Professor of the Media Scoring and Production Program. He resides in Miami, Florida. 


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