By Robert Channick
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A music supervisor is somebody who is hired to create a signature sound for television, a film or an ad project. Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, 48, has worked on more than 60 TV shows and films during her two-decade career, setting the mood for key scenes in “The Twilight Saga” movies, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.” and “The Hunger Games,” among others.
Alexandra Patsavas has a good eye for music.
The Chicago native and founder of Los Angeles-based Chop Shop Music Supervision has earned her chops in Hollywood by finding just the right song to place in TV shows and films to make the story, and the music, resonate with viewers.
Sometimes the artist Patsavas selects comes out of nowhere, or somewhere pretty close.
Patsavas, 48, has worked on more than 60 TV shows and films during her two-decade career, setting the mood for key scenes in “The Twilight Saga” movies, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.” and “The Hunger Games,” among others. An indie music fan, she has used the platform to help launch such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, The Killers and Ingrid Michaelson.
Growing up in suburban Chicago, Patsavas was a music fan and movie lover who was particularly inspired by the 1980s teen angst films of fellow Chicago suburbanite John Hughes, whose alternative soundtracks were integral to his movies.
She began to realize that her passions could pay off while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after joining the organization that brought bands to campus.
Patsavas left college in 1990 and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in the mailroom of Triad Artists. She then landed a job with BMI, the music licensing company, which introduced her to the role of music supervisor, and a career was born.