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Interview: Composer Kris Bowers Talks ‘Bad Hair’

Kris Bowers is a Grammy-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, and Juilliard-educated pianist and composer who creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences.

Bowers’ work as a film and television composer is a testament to his versatility as an artist. He established himself at the forefront of Hollywood’s emerging generation of composers and consistently champions the art guided by multidisciplinary collaborations.

Bower’s recent work includes Showtime’s Kobe Bryant’s Muse, Netflix’s Dear White People, Showtime’s Black Monday, Netflix’s When They See Us, FX’s Mrs. America and 2019’s Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, Green Book.

We reached out to Bowers to discuss his recent horror score for Bad Hair with music by Kelly Rowland and director Justin Simien, released on Lakeshore Records with the film streaming on Hulu – just in time for Halloween!


SSM: What inspired you to transition into composing for film and television?

KB: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I actually told my parents when I was 11 or 12 that I wanted to start off as a performer in the jazz space and find a way to transition into scoring. Somehow, I’ve stuck to that plan haha.


SSM: Bad Hair is a horror satire set in 1989 about terror striking when a woman’s new hair weave takes a life on its own. This is also your second time working with director/ writer Justin Simien. How did your approach to this project differ or resemble the Dear White People television series with Simien?

KB: With this, it was really amazing to work on a full feature with Justin and see how our process of establishing and working with thematic material in the score can be applied to a feature. Justin is so incredible with not only his selection of temp music, but his trust in allowing me to interpret that in whatever way I want to musically. That it’s much more about the feeling than the sound, and because of the amount of time we’ve been working on Dear White People together, Justin and I have a trust that allows for a lot of freedom in the creative process.

SSM: With horror films, the score is so vital in creating the mood and tone for the audience. Can you speak about some of the instruments and choices you made when scoring Bad Hair

KB: We were really inspired by the horror movies from the 60s and 70s, so a lot of the score is very traditional in its instrumentation: strings, brass, lots of percussion, and choir. In addition to that, I went about adding a lot of analogue synths to the orchestral cues to give it an eerie/ambient texture. A lot of the sound-design elements you hear in the score itself are artifacts from tape delays and insanely long reverb tails.


SSM: What is the worst hair cut/style you ever received?

KB: I had a couple of instances of texturizing my hair when I was in middle school. Not the most fun process haha


SSM: What’s coming up next for you? 

KB: I’ve just finished a biopic about Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson and directed by Liesl Tommy, as well as a new TV show for Netflix called Bridgerton. I’m also currently working on the next Space Jam movie with director Malcolm D. Lee.


Check out the Bad Hair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and find Kris on Instagram @krisbowersmusic!


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Dear White People: Justin Simien’s Crowd-Funded Indie Film That Started It All

Lakeshore Records - Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Before Justin Simien’s new Netflix series, Dear White People, there was the original theatrical film that started it all!  When the film opened in theaters, it broke domestic box office records for a crowdfunded film. (Indiewire)

If you’re inclined, you can watch the original film starring Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma, HBO’s “Westworld”) that inspired the series, available now on Digital via iTunes, and on Blu-ray and DVD

The film was scored by award-winning composer Kathryn Bostic.  In addition to the score album, the various artists album featuring favorite songs from the movie is also out now on Lakeshore Records.  See below for movie soundtrack purchase details and more.

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Justin Simien’s Acclaimed ‘Dear White People’ Film To Be A Series On Netflix | Variety


Fans of Dear White People, the indie satire that took theaters and social media by storm, will be happy to hear that director Justin Simien’s acclaimed film will be a series on Netflix!  Lakeshore Records is proud to have released Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Score), featuring score by Kathryn Bostic, and you can preview the albums below.  Congrats to Justin and Team Dear White People!  Read the full announcement at Variety.


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Dear White People Breaks Box Office Records, Own The Blu-ray/DVD Now, Collect The Soundtracks!

Dear White People Breaks Domestic Box Office Records For A Crowdfunded Film, Blu-ray/DVD Out On February 3, Collect The Various Artists And Score Albums!


Indie film darling Dear White Peoplewhich “broke box office records for a crowd-funded film” according to Indiewire, is now on Blu-Ray, DVD and HD video!  If you haven’t had a chance to watch the movie in theaters and want instant gratification, you can still rent it now on iTunes or buy the HD movie.  While you’re at it, check out the soundtracks featuring a great collection of music featured in the film, including the score by award winning composer Kathryn Bostic!

Download The Albums!

Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Score): iTunes

Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): iTunes | Buy CD

Watch Dear White People Album Preview On YouTube

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.” When Dear White People screened at MOMA’s prestigious New Directors/New Films, the New York Times’ A.O. Scott wrote, “Seeming to draw equal measures of inspiration from Whit Stillman and Spike Lee, but with his own tart, elegant sensibility very much in control, Mr. Simien evokes familiar campus stereotypes only to smash them and rearrange the pieces.” [DearWhitePeople.com]

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Own Dear White People on Blu-ray and DVD today!

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Lakeshore Records Monday Morning : Song One and Rudderless on The iTunes Top 15 Soundtracks Chart!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting Lakeshore Records, Rudderless, Song One and their Soundtrack Albums! What a way to start the week!

We woke up this morning to find two of our Soundtracks in the Top 15 Soundtracks Album Chart on Itunes with Rudderless back at #8 and Song One at #14!

Thank you indie film and music fans, you are the best!

LSRitms_2inTOP15_012615markedAlso featured on the iTunes Soundtracks home page are the soundtracks and films White Bird In A Blizzard and Dear White People.