The Music of La La Land with Composer Justin Hurwitz

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection music profile writer Jon Burlingame chats with Oscar nominated composer Justin Hurwitz about his work on Director Damien Chazelle's new musical La La Land. Justin shares his process of working with lyricist Pasek and Paul when writing the oscar nominated song City of Stars and his background writing Jazz music in college.

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Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Sound Credits

James Ashwill Foley Mixer
David Betancourt A.D.R. Mixer
Derek Casari Adr Engineer
Ryan Cole Recordist
Blake Collins Foley Mixer
John T. Cucci Foley Artist
Craig Dollinger Boom Operator
Teri E. Dorman Dialogue Editor
Luis Galdames Sound Effects Editor
Lee Gilmore Sound Effects Editor
Galen Goodpaster A.D.R. Editor
Mildred Iatrou Supervising Sound Editor
Michael Kaleta Sound Utility
Tom Lalley Sound Re Recording Engineer
Ai Ling Lee Re Recording Mixer And Sound Designer And Supervising Sound Editor
Melissa Lytle Assistant Sound Editor
Steven Morrow Sound Mixer
Andy Nelson Re Recording Mixer
Dan O'Connell Foley Artist
Erin Michael Rettig Sound Engineering
Paul Stula Additional Sound Mixer Epk
James Wright Dolby Sound Consultant (As Jim Wright)
Priscilla Ahn Additional Vocals
Carter Armstrong Music Consultant And Executive
Kevin Axt Musician
Michael Bahnmiller Music Preparation
Mateo Barragan Assistant Engineer
Nick Baxter Music Mixer And Score Recordist
Wayne Bergeron Musician
Eric Bradley Musician: Singer
Johnny Britt Musician: Trumpet
Daniel A. Brown Music Preparation
Celeste Chada Scoring Consultant
Wade Culbreath Musician: Percussion
Fiora Cutler Additional Vocals
Tim Davies Conductor
Marius De Vries Additional Vocals And Executive Music Producer
Graham Dechter Musician
Antonio Di Iorio Music Preparation
Monique Donnelly Singer
Peter Erskine Musician
Luke Flynn Music Preparation
Daniel Galindo Assistant Engineer
Steven Gizicki Additional Vocals And Music Supervisor
Mark Graham Head Of Music Preparation
Eldad Guetta Music Co Producer
Jon Robert Hall Choir
Dan Higgins Musician
Justin Hurwitz Orchestrator
Randy Kerber Featured Piano
Trevon Kezios Music Executive
Kieran Kiely Music Preparation
Liz Kinnon Piano Teacher And Coach To Ryan Gosling
Greg Lastrapes Additional Vocals
Briana Lee Additional Vocals
Edie Lehmann Boddicker Singer And Vocal Contractor For Additional Vocals
Laura Mace Additional Vocals
Sara Mann Singer
Jay Marcovitz Music Mixing Assistant
Andy Martin Musician
Baraka May Additional Vocals And Singer: Demo Vocalist And Singer: Featured Soloist
Charles McDonald Additional Vocals
Lindsey McDowell Singer: Background Vocals
Andres Montero Music Preparation
Justin Moshkevich Pro Tools Engineer
Kyle Okaly Music Development Assistant
Ashley Olauson Assistant Music Contractor
Fred Oliveira Assistant Engineer
Anele Onyekwere Additional Music Editor
Benj Pasek Lyricist
Justin Paul Lyricist
Jasper Randall Choir Contractor And Vocal Contractor
Lilly Reid Music Coordinator
Annie Rosevear Music Preparation
Peter Rotter Music Contractor
Jason Ruder Music Editor
Gaby Santinelli Singer: Soundtrack
Bob Sheppard Musician
Mark Edward Smith Score Vocalist
Ryan Svendsen Senior Music Coordinator
Eric Vetro Vocal Coach
Karl Vincent Musician
Eddie Wakes Playback Singer: Vocal Solo
D.A. Wallach Additional Vocals
Suzanne Waters Additional Vocals
Dana Williams Additional Vocals
Joe Zimmerman Music Librarian
Dylan Gentile Singer (Uncredited)