Brief Mark Snow Interview
E-mail by Alexander Grodzinski, between late October and early November
Alexander: When did La La Land Records first
approach you with their
idea of releasing your
About a year ago, La La
Land wanted to know if I would cooperate
in releasing music from The X-Files
Alexander: Were you involved in the selection process
should be on it)? Was it clear from the beginning that there would be
multiple discs and volumes?
So much of the music
from The X-Files
that I feel very
close to and would have been most difficult for me to pick out the best
pieces that would be accessible and listenable. So I left it to them,
and when they first assembled the music, I was able to edit some of the
cues and change the order, and even reject some of it. But it was a
Alexander: When you´re working on a feature film
normally you deal with
the director in terms of music for the film. What was it like on
X-Files? Did you go through every
episode with every director
responsible for it or did you just deal with the producers of the show
all the time?
For all of the 9 years
of the show, someone from the production
team would come to my studio and listen to the music, whether it was
the director or one of the producers or writers. I always looked
forward to those preview sessions, it was like a wonderful secret club!
Alexander: There must be thousands of hours of music
that you created
over the last decades. Do you have a musical archive of your own music?
For example do you have every single note ever recorded for every
X-Files-Episode stored somewhere?
Yes, I have all the
music archived on a special digital format,
in a VERY secret place.
Alexander: Does it surprise you that
X-Files are still so popular
after all these years?
Its very gratifying to
have this wonderful legacy , knowing that
some of my music has been heard all over the world, and still seems to
be quite popular.
Alexander: You did some feature film scores as well
but you never went
fulltime into the movie business. Was it just not working out as you
would have hoped or do you feel more comfortable doing tv shows?
If I had a very close
friend or relative directing films, I might
have been more active in the movie world. But I have no complaints what
so ever about my involvement with the many TV shows I've written for.
Alexander: Is there a specific memory that you have
X-Files? A funny incident, an
episode that is your favorite, or the
most difficult episode to score?
Every time someone asks
me this question, I seem to have a
different answer as far as what my favorite episode was. Right now, I
would say “Post-Modern Prometheus,” “Home,” “Bad Blood,”
“Irresistible,” and “Paper Hearts.” I know that’s not just one, but I
can’t imagine ever having just one favorite. I do remember acting (not
a speaking part) in one of the episodes, “Per Manum,” written by John
Shiban and directed by Kim Manners. It was a night shoot, and filming
started at 1:00 a.m. By the time I did my bit, I tripped over the
steady cam cables and shut down production for a few hours. Not very
funny, but everyone was a good sport about it, since it gave the actors
a much needed break!
Alexander: How did you feel when
The X-Files finally ended? Was it emotional, or did
you think, “It was a great time all these years, but that’s my job, I
compose music, and now I move on to another project”?
I thought when the show
finally ended, I will never do another TV show as good as this. It was
a once-in-a-lifetime assignment where every episode was like a mini
feature film. Truly amazing, especially because I was able to use my
experience with avant-garde music to full advantage. I remember
previewing the music for the last episode: Chris Carter and the other
producers came to my studio, my wife made a fabulous lunch, we all had
a group hug, shed a slight tear, and it was over. Long live The X-Files
I must thank Alexander Grodzinski for
the double duty of writing his wonderful in-depth review of The X-Files: Volume 2 box set,
taking the time to conduct this interview with Mark Snow. A very
special thank you must go to Mark Snow, who graciously took time away
from his schedule to conduct this interview via e-mail. Mark Snow
continues to demonstrate himself as a true gentleman. As of this
writing, it has been announced from La La Land Records, due to
overwhelming demand that a Volume three will go into production in the
Please check out Alexander’s two
reviews of these releases, from here and here.
Once again, I must thank Mike Joffe
for all of his help.
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