Hello, and welcome to this week's 'From The Mouth Of The Mouse!'
Each week, we spotlight a different Cast Member story to give you more insight into some of your favorite attractions, resorts, and movies from all over the Walt Disney Company.
We FINALLY have a BRAND NEW episode of the podcast for you as well. That's right, a brand new interview for you to enjoy.
This week, we talk to Danny Jacob, composer for my favorite show currently on the Disney Channel, Phineas and Ferb!
Danny is quite an accomplished musician, with a career going back well before Phineas and Ferb. In this excerpt from a longer interview (which is available as a new podcast!), he talks to us about how he got started with Phineas and Ferb.
After reading the article below, listen to the podcast to hear more about Danny's nd Dimension, and much more!
And now, here's Danny!
JEFF: How did you get started with music to begin with?
JEFF: Before Phineas and Ferb, you toured with many music legends such as Cher and Bette Midler. Do you use some of those influences in the music for the show?
JEFF: How did you get hooked up with the show to begin with?
DANNY: I had been working as a song writer for Disney for quite a while before the show came along. Some of my first big things were the theme song to the Lilo and Stitch TV show and Emperor's New School. I was sort of the go to song writer and producer for them for awhile. I started to ghost as a composer for other composers because I wanted to do the whole gamut, and not just songs. I kept bugging my boss that I wanted to seriously get into composing and he kept saying he'd find the right one for me. Finally, when Dan and Swampy, the creators of the show, got the green light, my boss pitched me as the composer. What sealed the deal was that they write their own songs, and they gave me little demos of the Gitchee Gitchee Goo and Perry the Platypus songs. I did those two big numbers for them based on their demos, which are the ones used in the show now. That got me the gig. The scary part was, now that I got the job, I had to do the whole underscore for each episode too! So I really worked hard on the first episode and it was magical. Everything just worked.
JEFF: So, the versions of those two songs we hear today were the first pieces you made for the show?
DANNY: Yeah, they are pretty close to the original! Sometimes I get little subtle fixes, like try more guitar here, but we were basically on the same page from the get go. We had the same idea for everything. It was pretty magical.
JEFF: Do you have any songs that are a favorite of yours?
JEFF: As for the orchestral scores, are there any characters that you enjoy writing for the best?
JEFF: Aside from the composing, you do a lot of singing on the show, too! My Nemesis is quite possibly my favorite P&F song!
Thank you, Danny , for sharing with us!
To learn more about Danny, visit his website at http://www.dannyjacobmusic.com/
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