For Kier Lehman, being the musical mediator between SZA and Issa Rae is all in a day's work. Kier Lehman during the SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. A 1980 video unveiled this Bad Sneakers mainstay, performed at nearly every show through 1986. © 2020 Billboard.

"And [since] we got it on a Saturday, we spent that weekend trying to figure out what the right spot in the show was, and then fortunately we were able to make the deal happen on the licensing side to be able to include it in the show and on the soundtrack." Or first, browse the videos below – glimpses of the band's erratic odyssey through the '80s. "And they thought I’d be a good fit for it.". Matsoukas and the Insecure team hired Lehman after showing him the pilot, which acted as his "guide for as far as the sound of the show they were looking for." Reach Out . "I definitely want to keep featuring new artists, up-and-coming undiscovered artists throughout the show and the soundtrack," Lehman offers. "She amazingly crafted that song really quickly and delivered it to us, and we were blown away and just so excited by how great that song is," Lehman raves. Though the show's second season just finished airing, Lehman is excited about working and crafting an even greater soundtrack next time around. ", Jorja Smith on Working with Drake & Why Amy Winehouse's 'Frank' Is the Soundtrack to Her Life, 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards: The Most Memorable Moments | Billboard News. Kier Lehman is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated music supervisor. He met with both Issa and Melina, trying to understand their creative visions. Copyright © 1979-2008, Dale Dallabrida, Neal Tillotson and Bad Sneakers. Lehman got his start in music supervision by interning at Hit the Ground Running, Inc., and eventually worked up the ranks to eventually being in charge of handling shows like the CSI franchise and Entourage. "To still have these new artists that we can kinda give a platform to, but then maybe bring in something bigger than can help it reach an even bigger audience than ever before.". Lehman contacted RCA (with whom SZA had recently signed) about the prospect, and she was incredibly excited about the idea of writing music for one of her favorite shows.

Bad Sneakers chugs through this mainstream rocker at a release party for the band's 1982 debut "Sneak Attack.". Management.

The soundtrack for Insecure's second season, which finished airing two weeks ago, has been widely lauded for its array of R&B, hip-hop, and rap that highlights both familiar and undiscovered talent. and welcome to the global Bad Sneakers community. "That show didn’t end up going [to air], but [HBO] mentioned that they had this show Insecure that was coming up," he explains. Ready now? Carried nationally by NBC's cable-TV USA Network. Between 1979 and 1986, this Newark, Del.-based band released three albums and performed 200 nights a year.

He then spent a few years as an in-house music executive and music supervisor for Sony Pictures before returning to independent supervising, this time at his own company, Bad Sneakers, Inc. Having worked on HBO shows before, Lehman maintained a relationship with one of the producers with whom he'd worked on a previous pilot for the channel. Lehman is the man behind the music for HBO's breakout series Insecure, created by and starring Issa Rae.

Matt Goodman Listen to the studio recordings, watch more videos or read the Bad Sneakers story. It didn't take SZA too long. "We had an unreleased song from her in the first episode which got a lot of people’s attention," Lehman acknowledges. He then spent a few years as an in-house music executive and music supervisor for Sony Pictures before returning to independent supervising, this time at his own company, Bad Sneakers… Bad Sneakers Inc. Jan 2017 – Present3 years 5 months. A 1984 episode of Philadelphia TV show "Dancin' on Air" had teens bopping to one of the band's signature songs. He then refined his search based on what he saw, and began reaching out to people he knows at labels, as well as publishers and managers and artists, quipping, "Relationships are important and you never know where they'll lead." Join to Connect.

"We had a call; we set up a conversation between Issa, Melina, and SZA so that we could kind of explain to her what we were looking for and what was going on in the episode, so she could get some story ideas and let her know the kind of tone we're looking for in the scenes that still needed songs," he explains.

All rights reserved. , A daily briefing on what matters in the music industry, Red Velvet's Irene Apologizes After Verbally Attacking Fashion Editor | Billboard News, Aaliyah Book 'Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah' Dropping Next Year | Billboard News, Lady Gaga's Dad Sides With Trump Despite His Criticism of Pop Star, 2020 U.S. Election: Artists and Celebrities Weigh In as The Wait Goes On (and Trump Claims Voting 'Fraud'), SZA Expresses Insecurities About Love on New Track 'Quicksand': Listen, can’t tell if it’s just because of the project, that I’m involved in it, that I love it so much, or it’s just that great of a song and I would love it as much either way. Insecure's second season soundtrack was released a few months after progressive R&B singer-songwriter SZA's debut album Ctrl. Lehman began sending music to the editors and producers to "see how they were using it when they were cutting it to picture, and the things they were more drawn to." "This second season we worked hard to have original music and to be able to feature unreleased songs... so that the soundtrack was more exciting because it has music that you couldn't get anywhere else. "People were kinda frustrated because it wasn’t released, and that song ['February 3rd'] is still not released [to the general public]." "It would be fun to try to have a song that connects with an even bigger audience, and kind of grows and lives out on its own outside of the show," he explains. This fortuitous timing proved beneficial for both the show and SZA herself: given that Rae is a big fan of hers, it was only natural that the show creator would wanted to feature two songs from Ctrl—"Supermodel" and the Travis Scott-assisted "Love Galore"—during key moments in the first few episodes of the season. Lehman also researches artists on his own, scouring different resources and websites -- as well as his own personal music library -- and gathers music that he thinks would fit and submits it to the show to see what their response is. And so I'd just like to build on that for this third season. Comments or suggestions? A chilling tale of urban apocalypse, from a 1984 live set that captured the band at the top of its game. Now, you can listen to this rich recorded legacy and read the history of Bad Sneakers' meteoric rise from obscurity to oblivion.. Or first, browse the videos below – glimpses of the band's erratic odyssey through the '80s. ... About. Before researching, compiling, and clearing music to be played on the successful dramedy, Lehman often consults with Rae and director Melina Matsoukas (who's helmed iconic videos for artists like Beyoncé and Rihanna) on their creative vision for each scene and each episode, and exercises the creative control they grant him to craft a musical experience unlike any other show on TV right now. ", Live, 1984: "Man, some people drink cough syrup when they don't even have a cold.". Live, 1982: "The story of a man, a woman, a long black automobile ... and the almost perfect crime. "We talked about things that they liked, things that they didn’t like, and things that they wanted to feature -- like Los Angeles artists, and [forward-thinking] R&B, soul music," the music supervisor recalls. Now, you can listen to this rich recorded legacy and read the history of Bad Sneakers' meteoric rise from obscurity to oblivion. "Quicksand" has received nearly as much love as Ctrl has, including from Lehman himself: "I can’t tell if it’s just because of the project, that I’m involved in it, that I love it so much, or it’s just that great of a song and I would love it as much either way.".

Lehman asked her manager for more music so fans could have more access to her, which led to groovy slow jam "Fine Line" debuting on the finale as well. The slam-bang finale from the 1983 Outdoor Cabaret in Wilmington, Del. Name * As the finale approached, Lehman asked Rae if there were any artists that she'd be interested in having write an original song for the soundtrack to debut on the finale; SZA was at the top of her list. Owner at Bad Sneakers, Inc. Los Angeles, California, United States 362 connections. Stream the Insecure season 2 soundtrack below.

Greater Los Angeles Area. Three minutes of pure go-to-hell. ", In addition to spotlighting lesser-known or undiscovered talent on the upcoming third season's soundtrack, Lehman also hopes that a breakout crossover hit is also in Insecure's future. All rights reserved.Billboard is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. One of the up-and-coming artists he was excited to have on the soundtrack was British singer Jorja Smith, of recent Drake fame following her appearance on More Life cut "Get It Together."

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