New York, NY (March 15, 2006)–It will be hard for viewers to believe their eyes when they start watching FX Network’s new reality show, Black.White. They’ll definitely be able to trust their ears, however, as the fresh soundtrack from JECO Music helps to pace a daring new series where two families–one white, one black–share a house in Los Angeles while seeing the outside world as the other race.
With the experienced team of hip hop icon Ice Cube and R.J. Cutler (The War Room, Bound for Glory) executive producing, expectations were high that JECO would be able to quickly connect with the show’s deep message and create a wide variety of effective music tracks to support it. “Black.White. breaks barriers down and raises the bar of reality TV,” said Leigh Roberts, composer and co-founder of JECO. “This is an extremely compelling series, and we were careful to cloak each scene with the right dramatic vibe or undercurrent.
“For a scene where a white family member has black makeup on, or vice versa, the instrumentation can be a hip hop groove, but we might also score it with strings or piano on top of that, something that blurs the line between genres. Other times, we’re writing within a very specific genre because the scene calls for clarity. But the opportunity to write these hybrid pieces of music is what’s most exciting, fusing styles and cultures.”
Roberts and Jon Ehrlich, JECO’s other co-founder/composer, lead a team of six additional composers who worked quickly to cover the multitude of authentic musical styles that the series called for. “With our diverse roster, we were particularly well-prepared to take on Black.White,” Ehrlich said. “There were 40 different cues for the first episode alone, and stylistically they were all over the map. This is where we excel. We’re an incredibly diverse group of artists stylistically, and we have a great system in place that allows us to cross-pollinate with one another while playing to each of our strengths.