Composer Joe Wong brings his cinematic flair to 'Mere Survival' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast The film and TV composer talks about his second solo album, plus scoring hit shows like The Midnight Gospel.

Composer Joe Wong brings his cinematic flair to 'Mere Survival'

Composer Joe Wong brings his cinematic flair to 'Mere Survival'

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Set List

  • "So Much Ground"
  • "Into Nothing"
  • "Dreams Wash Away"
  • "Ordinary Light"

If you have a TV, there's a solid chance you've heard Joe Wong's music. The composer and multi-instrumentalist has scored hit shows like Russian Doll, Master of None and Will Trent, and he just released his second solo album, Mere Survival.

In this session, Wong talks about his varied career, from playing basements in his hometown of Milwaukee to scoring The Midnight Gospel.

"It really did feel like we were lined up in a cosmic way from the beginning of that project," he says of the animated Netflix series. "It's certainly one of the highlights of my career."

Wong, who also hosts his own podcast, called The Trap Set, also talks about how he approached interviews with musicians, and why that stokes his own creativity.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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