Thomas Golubic Q&A: ‘Better Call Saul’ music supervisor
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “Better Call Saul” music supervisor Thomas Golubic reveals that from the beginning, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “did not want to do ‘Breaking Bad’ 2.0. They wanted to do something very, very different.” This AMC series centers on Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a down-on-his-luck criminal lawyer who tries to do the right thing, but always manages to get in his own way. The show is a prequel to Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad,” in which McGill has transformed into huckster attorney Saul Goodman. The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean, Peter Fabian, and Michael Mando.
Having worked on “Breaking Bad,” Golubic was excited to explore new terrain with familiar material. “We would be telling a different story, and we’d be telling it in a different way,” he divulges, since “Jimmy McGill is a very different character than Walter White.” Ultimately, “because we were designing it very much as its own beast with its own sensibility, and its own rhythm, it’s own way of telling a story with music, we ended up really kind of reinventing the wheel in a way. It was almost like learning how to play left-handed.”
Golubic received a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for “Six Feet Under” in 2006. He has worked on such shows as “The Walking Dead,” “Ray Donovan,” “The Killing,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Nobodies,” “Grace and Frankie,” and “Love.” Could he compete in the newly created Best Music Supervision category at the Emmys this year?