Marius de Vries (‘CODA’ composer): ‘Simplicity is the most difficult thing to achieve’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“Sometimes, simplicity is the most difficult thing to achieve,” admits Grammy-winning composer Marius de Vries about his emotional score for “CODA,” which he says is more intentionally simplified than some of his previous compositions. “It’s the thing which you become successful at a lot later than some of the more extravagant gestures we’re all capable of, and that’s one of the reasons I valued this project.”

We talked with de Vries as part of Gold Derby’s special film composers “Meet the Experts” Q&A event with key Oscar and guild contenders. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

SEE Gold Derby interviews with 2022 Oscar contenders

The Apple TV+ coming-of-age drama was written and directed by Sian Heder, and stars Emilia Jones, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant and Eugenio Derbez. It follows Ruby, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) who is the only hearing person in her family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.

“It was difficult to begin with because, I guess in a lot of what I’ve done, it’s been loud and complex and strange and sometimes abrasive,” he says. “Sian really encouraged me to pair that back and I think that was good for me.”

“There’d be moments where I’d be sitting down playing a cue back for Sian and she’d say ‘it’s kind of all right, but we just need to simplify it,’ and eventually, sometimes it would just be one piano note,” he smiles. “She said, ‘you’re close, but it’s still too much,” he laughs, adding “there’s only one place to go from that!”

To watch this same interview with closed captions, view the YouTube video below and click the CC button on the bottom right.

PREDICT the 2022 Oscar nominees through February 8

Make your predictions at Gold Derby now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champs. Can you top our esteemed leaderboards next? Always remember to keep your predictions updated because they impact our latest racetrack odds, which terrify Hollywood chiefs and stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Everybody wants to know: What do you think? Who do you predict and why?

SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions

More News from GoldDerby