Siddharta Khosla Q&A: ‘This Is Us’ composer
“It’s something that everybody can relate to by virtue of it being a show about family,” divulges composer Siddharta Khosla during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the success of “This Is Us.” “At its core, it’s about the humanity of these characters, and people have been able to relate to these characters.” Created by Dan Fogelman, this NBC domestic drama tells the story of a large, diverse family over several decades. The ensemble cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones.
Upon reading the script for the pilot, which features a shocking twist ending, the tunesmith recalls, “I remember just feeling like my whole world turned upside-down. The script was just so thoughtful, and beautiful and honest, and the emotion was just so palpable in the script. I immediately heard music.” What he heard was, “something organic, something simple but complex, just like the script.”
In addition to composing the score, Khosla penned the original song “We Can Always Come Back to This” for the episode “Memphis,” in which Randall (Brown) travels to the hometown of his dying father, William (Jones), and learns about his past as a young musician. The Motown inspired tune, “spoke to the idea of the show on the larger level… this idea that even if I die tomorrow, or you die tomorrow – you’re not here – our lives can still be connected in ways we don’t know.” The song has found success outside of the show, even hitting #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
Check out our full interview above for more about Khosla’s work on “This Is Us.”