The Great Gatsby soundtrack is already star-studded with the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z and Florence + The Machine. Now you can add EDM trio Nero to that list. At first Nero’s music was used only temporarily but now their track ‘Into The Past’ has been confirmed as the final track on the soundtrack. They told Billboard more about their experience with The Great Gatsby:
When were you first approached about “Gatsby”?
Dan Stephens:We heard last summer that two of our tracks from ‘Welcome Reality’ were being used as temporary sound beds in the film. A little after that, Baz came to our studio in L.A. and we talked about writing original music for those parts of the movie. As fans of both the book and his work, we were pretty excited to get working on it.
Had you read the book? Any early school memories of it?
Joseph Ray: Yep. It had been ages though, so I actually watched the Robert Redford version to remind myself of the plot. But it’s such an evocative and memorable book it all came back very quickly.
How was the song developed? We heard it was a very integrated process with the film team.
Stephens: We worked closely with Baz to write two pieces for the movie using some elements and themes from Craig Armstrong’s score. We also added some of the electronic sounds we’d used to other cues in the film to give some continuity to the overall score. One of the cues we’d written then developed into a full original song [“Into the Past”], with vocals from Alana. It’s based around one of the central themes of the story, that of memory and Gatsby’s drive to reshape past events.
Ray: We spent a lot of time working the score music we’d written into a song, so it was a mixture of happiness and relief when we heard it was definitely going to be used on the soundtrack!