Zach Cowie Q&A: ‘Master of None’ music supervisor
“Season one was such a different feeling because we had no idea if anyone would like it,” admits “Master of None” music supervisor Zach Cowie during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). “Once it did get all this response, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to top it in Season two.” Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, this Netflix original series stars Ansari as Dev, a struggling New York actor navigating his career and love life. The debut season won an Emmy for Best Comedy Writing (Ansari and Yang) and competed for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Ansari), and Best Comedy Directing (Ansari).
Season one ended with Dev traveling to Italy following a breakup with his girlfriend Rachel (Noël Wells), so the first two episodes of this season picks up with his trip abroad. “There’s two very distinctly different Italian tones,” reveals Cowie of the music. The first episode, a black-and-white homage to the films of Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Vittorio De Sica, is, “almost entirely repurposed Italian film scores from the ’60s, a lot of which is by Ennio Morricone.” The second episode, in glorious Technicolor, is mostly, “Italo disco from the late ’70s, early ’80s.”
Cowie is best known for his film credits, including “Public Enemies” (2009) and “Celeste & Jessie Forever” (2012). Could he contend for his first Emmy in the newly created Best Music Supervision category? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Master of None.”